Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Visit from Santa & 1F Reindeer

The Gingerbread Mystery

During the month of December, 1F students worked diligently comparing the characters, settings, and events of a variety of versions of the traditional tale of the Gingerbread Man. We are getting very good at retelling a story!
Next, thanks to the assistance of Mrs. G., we were able to make some delicious gingerbread cookies. We worked very hard decorating the cookies and took great care placing them in the oven to cook. When we went to retrieve our cookies, imagine our surprise when all we found was a note,
"Run, run, run really fast, you can't catch us we are the gingerbread class!"
1F students looked all over the school for the little rascals. They left notes in our gym teacher, Mr. Konrad's class, the office and even in Mrs. Woodruff's library. Poor Mrs. Woodruff thought she may have closed the door on a little brown foot and is pretty sure they left flour on her library floor.
Just before we got ready to go home there was a knock on our classroomdoor. One of the GNPS staff caught the little stinkers running down the hall. Needless to say, we gobbled them up quickly before they could escape again! It was an exciting day!
Lise Fellbaum

1F Gingerbread Mystery on PhotoPeach

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feliz Navidad


North Point's IBand performs some popular Christmas carols for us. Amazing! Please Santa, bring Ms. Fellbaum an IPad for Christmas.......

Lise Fellbaum

Canadian Coins


This week we are going to be having some fun with coins during our Numeracy Block. In grade one students are required to name the coins and know their corresponding values. They must also be able to represent money amounts to 20 cents. We have been tracking the number of days we have been at school using coins, daily, during Marvelous Math Minutes so I am hopeful that students find these concepts easy to grasp. Also, students that are proficient rote counting by fives and tens will find this concept less of a challenge.

Ms. Fellbaum

Friday, December 3, 2010


We had so much fun today learning how to make pottery from Ms. Alice. A special thanks to our family members who came in today to help us out. Check out our talented artists at work. Thank you so much for your support of our program.

Ms. Fellbaum

Our Christmas Pottery Lesson on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our First Book Talks


Each student was invited to bring in a favourite book from home and share a part of the book with us. Some friends read their stories, some did a retelling based on what they remembered and others did a picture walk for us. Students were presented with a variety of literature and this quickly became a highlight of our literacy block as we anticipated the next book to come in.

Thanks for your continued support of our program.

Our First Book Talk on PhotoPeach

Online Advent Calendar


This is a link to an online advent calendar that is lots of fun.

Each day students get to hear about things that happen in Santa's home during the 24 days before Christmas. If you click on the text the story will be read to you. There is also a little mouse hiding in each picture. If you click on the ears of the mouse he will pop out.
Let the countdown begin!
Lise Fellbaum

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bullying Presentation

Today students heard a presentation from Mr. Neuts on Bullying. Mr. Neuts' son, Myles died when he was ten years old as a result of a bullying incident. Mr. Neuts now travels to schools to speak to students about bullying in the hopes of eliminating bullying from our schools. It was a very powerful presentation for our young students. We have been talking about bullying, reading books and viewing videos on the topic in the classroom. Mr. Neuts will be doing an adult only presentation tonight in our gym at 6:30p.m. It is important that every child feels safe and accepted at school. In 1F we will continue to work hard to insure that happens.

Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween


A special thanks to all of the parents who sent in Hallowe'en treats on Friday. As can be seen by the pictures below it appeared as if we had visited a subdivision once all of the treats had been handed out.

Enjoy a safe and happy Hallowe'en.

Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gosfield Wind Farm Presentation

Last week we were treated to a visit from one of the engineers from the Gosfield Wind Farm, as one of our students has a special connection and was able to convince our guest to come and visit.  Students were able to see first hand all of the steps involved in the construction of  a wind turbine.  It was interesting to see all of the different professions that are involved and all eyes were glued to the SMART board as we watched a  slide show showing all of the different stages.  As can be seen in the photos below another highlight was trying on the safety equipment.
Thanks so much to our special visitor.  If you should have any questions about the construction of the Gosfield Wind Farm please just ask one of us, since we are now quite familiar with the process involved:}
Lise Fellbaum

Construct Wind Farms / Crane Operator

What Will I Do For My Community Part 2

Our Community Presentations continue to be a lot of fun to listen to.  We have quite a variety of careers to prepare for.  It has also been great to welcome all of the guests to our classroom.  If you would still like to come please feel free to do so.  
Thanks again for your continued support of these presentations.
Lise Fellbaum

Build Fences with Dad

A Veternarian

A Race Car Driver
An Author & A Teacher

A Fireman
Work with Horses
A Policeman & A Farmer
An Author

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jolly Phonics You Tube


We have been using a program called Jolly Phonics to reinforce the quick recall of the letters' corresponding sounds. Each sound has an action associated with it. Thanks to Mrs. Mackay we now have a you tube that reviews the basic 26 sounds of the alphabet.

Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes


A good friend sent us a link to a story her class really enjoyed. Today we had a lot of fun watching and reading this live telling of the story Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. This story has a great message for us all.


Lise Fellbaum

A Visit from a Daycare Supervisor


1F students had an opportunity today to learn about what it takes to run a daycare. We talked about all of the different things that make a child's experience at daycare a positive one. Then we did a science experiment together and were given some levelled books to add to our library. Students were also given a sample of the mysterious Goopy Goo to take home. What an exciting way to begin our day. Many thanks for all of our goodies today !

This is the recipe for Goopy Goo if you would like to try it at home.

Goopy Goo

Begin with 4 teaspoons of Borax.

Mix 1 cup of hot water and leave this in a separate container.

In a different container pour one cup of white glue and mix it with one cup of water.

Then pour the glue solution into the Borax solution and observe what happens.

Do not mix it but just swish it around in the bowl.

Yank it out and place on cookie sheet. There will be some excess liquid.

The video below highlights the fun we had today.

Lise Fellbaum

Monday, October 11, 2010

Parent Presentations

1F students have really enjoyed our parent presentations thus far. A special thanks to our parents that have generously given of their time to share their professions with us. We have been treated to a visit from a hairdresser and were given some hair products to try at home. We enjoyed some tasty treats as we learned about owning your own landscaping and trucking business. Lastly students were given some recycled cell phones to add to their dramatic play collections at home as we learned about the cell phone business and how important cell phones have become in our community.
We are looking forward to our future visits. If you should have an opportunity to visit please let us know.
Lise Fellbaum

A Visit from our Community Police Officer

During one of our student presentations last week we were treated to a visit from Officer Bertoni, who has been assigned to GNPS as our community liason officer this year. Officer Bertoni spoke to the grade one students about his job and the role of a police officer in the community. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and view his uniform and equipment. As can be seen in the pic below, Officer Bertoni's visit coincided perfectly with our student presentation that day.
Lise Fellbaum

What Will I Do for my Community Part 1

We have had a great deal of fun listening to our presentations on our future community contributions. Students are doing a fantastic job sharing their ideas, speaking clearly and answering questions from their audience. Keep tuned for some pics from this week's presentations.
Lise Fellbaum

A Quilt Designer/Maker

An Equestrian

An Artist

A Police Officer

An OPP Officer

A Landscaper & Truck Driver

A Life Guard

A Veterinarian

Happy Thanksgiving


I have had some minor technical difficulties but am happy to say we are back to blogging. I am hopeful that everyone enjoyed our beautiful turkey artwork and was treated to our animated Turkey song. An extra day to a weekend is always a nice treat!

Thanks for your continued support.

Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, September 19, 2010


All permission forms have been signed so we are ready to BLOG!

The purpose of this blog is to provide a showcase for activities in our classroom, student writing and art work and to provide school to home communication. I hope that students, families, and friends will leave comments after any of the posts on this blog. Just type into the comment box after the post. You do not need to include your email address here. To protect the privacy of our students, their work will only be identified by their initials. When you post a comment, please don’t include your surname. Just sign it as “A.R.’s Mom,” or “J.D.’s Grandpa” etc. All comments will be moderated by Ms. Fellbaum before they appear in the blog. PLEASE write us a comment. It is very motivating for the children to know that someone will be viewing their work.

Children should always be supervised when using the Internet. The intent of the website links included in this blog and on our website is to provide appropriate, and informative links. The safety of our children is paramount. Please report any link of concern immediately. Any ads, pop-ups, or inappropriate links that may appear are not endorsed by Ms. Fellbaum.

We are excited to begin.
Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, September 12, 2010


1F was a very busy classroom last week as we worked on getting to know each other and reviewing some basic concepts. Hopefully the adjustment of coming to school every day was not too overwhelming. I certainly was impressed by the eager smiles greeting me each morning.

The first week was filled with many new adventures for 1F students like getting a table spot, using our pencil cases, getting to go to music class with Mrs. Dalley for the first time and finding our new bus locations at the end of the day. I am looking forward to continued new adventures in week two.

I have attached some fun websites for students to try at home below.

Lise Fellbaum

Bembo's Zoo

Read Write Think ABC Match

Rhyming Activity

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Welcome to 1F!

Dear Grade One Families,
Welcome to our Grade One Classroom Blog! My name is Lise Fellbaum and I will be your child's teacher this year. I am very excited to begin our grade one journey together and look forward to our many adventures ahead. Grade One can be a big change as students move from a play based learning environment into a more structured learning environment. But don't worry, we stil have a great deal of fun in Grade one!
I have left last years' classroom blog posts on our blog to give parents an opportunity to look around and see what kind of information we posted last year. I will be sending home a form to be signed that gives me permission to post your child's photo, audio files and/or videos we make in class. Names can never be posted with photos. Students love to see their pictures and share our activities with parents and other family members. Please call me at school if you have any concerns or questions with the blog.
I look forward to working with you throughout the year ahead.
Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, July 1, 2010

We are on Our Way!

Enjoy our last digital production.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the year. It has been a pleasure working with you this year and I wish everyone a safe and happy summer. Enjoy!
Lise Fellbaum

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child's mind
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher;
the tools she used were books
and music and art;
One was a parent with a guiding hand
and a gentle loving heart.

And when at last their work was done
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had worked into the child
Could never be sold or bought.

And each agreed they would have failed,
If they had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home.

Primary Fun Day

We had a great time on Primary Fun Day! Enjoy!
Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

When Mr. Peterson Retires........

2F students are really excited about a book we made for Mr. Peterson, the GECDSB Computer Consultant who works with us on the SMART Board project. Mr. Peterson will be retiring at the end of this school year and will be sadly missed by GECDSB employees and students. He has been a great source of inspiration for me throughout my own journey of embedding current technology into my classroom routines.
Mr. Peterson stopped by for a final visit and we presented the book to him. He then posted our book on his own blog, which currently has about 60,000 hits. 2F has become famous.
This is a link to Mr. Peterson's blog and to our video. Enjoy!
Lise Fellbaum

Monday, June 21, 2010

Our Field Trip to the Chatham Cultural Centre

Finally, a free moment to post our pics from last week's field trip. A special thanks to all of the parents and grandparents that were able to join us.
Lise Fellbaum

Friday, June 18, 2010

Greetings, We have had a great deal of fun with our dance unit this term. Groups were able to choreograph some fantastic themed dances with high, medium and low moves. Enjoy! Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Map & Globe Unit

My apologies for not blogging as of late. We have been so busy, we have forgotten.
But........ we're back!
During the past couple of weeks we have been working on a unit called Map & Globe Skills. We have learned all about the seven continents, the four oceans, the equator, parts of a map like the key and legend, the differences between maps and globes, direction and even how to read the coordinates of a map.
Here are some fun links to try at home.

Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

An Amazing Green Wonderland

Greetings, The students in 2F have been working really hard on explanatory writing during the past six weeks. I am sure you are equally impressed with all of the published pieces that have been sent home for your reading pleasure. Using all of the information that we have learned about rain forests students worked as a group and completed a brilliant explanation. We later used this writing as our mentor text for our final independent piece of explanatory writing. Finally, we added some illustrations and put it altogether in a book for our blog. Enjoy! Ms. Fellbaum & 2F

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Groundwater Video

Here is another classroom favourite to illustrate the importance of groundwater in the water cycle. We had a great discussion afterwards about how important it is for us to take care of our earth.
Ms. Fellbaum

Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt Day is to stop people from bullying because it isn't nice to bully other people. People will not want to be your friend and soon you will have no friends. Pinks Shirt Day started by a boy who had his first day in grade nine and he wore a pink shirt to school. Some bullies made fun of him and some older grade twelve boys stood up to the bullies. The next day they wore pink shirts and then others joined in and wore pink shirts to school too. That is how Pink Shirt Day started.
by Mackenzie

On April 14th GNPS students were encouraged to wear a pink shirt to school to send the powerful message that bullying is not acceptable. Way to go Mac, for having the courage to wear a pink shirt on this day!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Water Cycle

We are studying the water cycle in Science. This is a really catchy tune to help students understand the stages of the cycle.
Ms. Fellbaum

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Earth Hour

For more information about Earth Hour click on the following link...

For a fun game try this link.

Lise Fellbaum

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome Back!


Our blog has a fresh new look for third term. Report cards will be sent home tomorrow. Interviews will take place on April 22nd and April 23rd. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss your child's progress before the interviews.
Today was a long day for us as we attempt to get back to our daily routines. We have started a 2D Geometry unit in math. Here is a good link to practice what we did in class today.

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

ImageChef Word Mosaic -
I hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful March Break holiday. How lucky we have been with the weather.
Here's a fun game to play.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


We are working hard on symmetry in math. Symmetry is when both sides are a mirror image of each other. We have looked at diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry. Some things have no symmetry and then other things like a circle have unlimited lines of symmetry.
This is a fun website to practice. Have fun!
Lise Fellbaum

Monday, February 22, 2010


Sumi is enjoying the beautiful Vancouver weather at the beach. He'll be coming for a visit to Cottam soon.
Ms. Fellbaum

Friday, February 19, 2010

Canada vs. Switzerland & Miga

Lucky little Miga had great seats last night as Canada beat Switzerland in the Men's Hockey Game. Go Canada!
Lise Fellbaum