Positivity Posters

by jackierendina on June 5, 2017


Today students in 2A participated in an activity to write positive comments about each other.  Not only is the end result a wonderful poster for each kid to take home, but the act of thinking and writing all of those positive things had a wonderful impact on the whole class today!  Take time to celebrate with your child tonight all of the most wonderful things about him/her.  You could even add your own ideas to the poster!

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May 29th – June 2nd 2017

by jackierendina on June 2, 2017

WEEK IN REVIEW
This week students have completed their learning journeys about descriptive writing and you should see a record of your child’s learning on the iFolio today.  We have begun to wrap up our final Unit of Inquiry by discussing ways, and making posters to show ways we can personally look after plants in the world.  To learn more about your child’s new understanding you can check out their blog post showing what he/she plans to do.  In math this week we continued to learn about measuring using the standard units of cm and mm.  They used their skills to make a blueprint for a greenhouse, labelled with precise metric measurements.  Check out this and much more on your child’s iFolio.

SUMMER LEARNING
If you missed last week’s 2A blog, please check it out for some simple ways to help your child avoid summer slide (students losing some skills and knowledge of the summer).  My suggestions are teacher recommended and kid approved.  They will not bore children or make them resent learning.  In fact, the suggestions are short, fun and relatively easy so as to keep up your child’s confidence and make sure they are ready to start grade 3 on a high note.

OVERDRIVE
This week students from Grade 2 each received Overdrive accounts which they can access all summer long. Overdrive is an e-book platform where students can check out books to read on electronic devices.  To find out more information and learn how to access this great resource check out the  Primary Library blog post.

REMINDERS
As we approach the end of grade 2 please remember the following:
– iPads should be picked up at your scheduled time (if that is what you have chosen)
– All library books are now overdue so please make sure you return them along with any books borrowed from class
– 2A party at Ryze will happen on Wednesday June 7th
– Thursday June 8th is a full day of school for students

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FOFBOC

by jackierendina on June 1, 2017

This week students learned a new mindfulness practice called FOFBOC (Feet on Floor, Bottom on Chair).  This is a guided practice that students and/or parents can try at home.

 

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May 22nd – 26th 2017

by jackierendina on May 26, 2017

SUMMER SLIDE
Each summer students lose some of the skills and competencies they gained throughout the year.  So, what can we do about it?  We certainly don’t want to take over the entire summer with tedious work that will make our children resent us and think negatively of learning.  After all, they have worked very very hard this year and have earned themselves a break!  However, there are a couple of things that we can do and make a part of daily routines which are proven to help kids keep their skills up while having time for fun, adventure and exploration this summer!  See my best recommendations below!

MATH FACTS – 5 minutes per day
Students are invited to continue their journey toward mastery of addition and subtraction math facts using the program XtraMath.org.  Some students have demonstrated a certain level of mastery with the facts but regular summer practice can help to solidify and maintain this important knowledge.  Students will bring home a summer login letter for parents on Monday.
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MATH PROBLEM SOLVING – 5 minutes per day
Problem solving is a vital future-ready learning skill and luckily there are awesome, fun resources for student practice.  My favorite by far is BedTime Math.  To find out more about this exciting app, which is updated daily, check out my previous post HERE.
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READING – 10 to 20 minutes per day
Parents reading TO students is still very important at this age.  In fact, the importance can not be underestimated.  Reading to your child allows him/her to increase vocabulary and access higher levels of comprehension which would not otherwise be possible for the level of his/her decoding.  Finally, and possibly most importantly, reading TO your child allows you to build a stronger relationship through shared experience and deep discussion.  This is one of the best opportunities to have discussions about feelings, beliefs and family values.  And, yes, your child should also read to you at least 5 minutes each day to keep up his or her accuracy and fluency skills.  To read books that are at a “just right” level your child is welcome to continue accessing his/her Raz-kids account throughout the summer.  All data collected about his/her progress will move forward with your child to grade 3.
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WEEK IN REVIEW
Although we are coming to the end of the school year, our learning is not slowing down one bit!! 2A have been hard at work this week representing complex multiplication, learning about probability, using adjectives in new and exciting ways, discussing human impact on plants around the world and making suggestions for lowering that impact.  On top of all this we made some graphs with data we collected, continued to work on our spelling sorts and had a very fun and exciting sports day!  Take time to ask your child about some of their highlights from this week.

PAWS b.
This week 2A continued our study of the brain and learned 3 new ways to practice mindfulness.  Ask your child to explain about the part of the brain called the hippocampus and what it helps us to do.  You can also ask them to teach you about our three new ways to practice: Pause be, Torchlight of Attention and Mindful Eating.

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May 15th – 19th 2017

by jackierendina on May 19, 2017

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PLANTS, POLLUTION, ART and MORE
This week 2A students continued sharpening our observation skills as we followed the progress of the many plants we are looking after in our green roof garden and the seeds we are growing in the classroom.  We have begun looking at ways that we harm plants as well.  Students began to learn about deforestation and also how air pollution causes acid rain.  A learning share took place earlier in the week where students watched a variety of videos and shared their new knowledge with one another.  You can check out 3 of the videos on the links below.  Finally, inspired by our close work with plants students completed an art project involving app smashing (or the use of several apps for one project.)  Students photographed a plant, traced the outline of that plant, removed the photo and used digital watercolor tools to paint their plant outline in complimentary colors.  You can check out your child’s art in his/her iFolio.
Deforestation Video
Responsible Consumption Video
How Trees Clean the Air Video

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MULTIPLICATION STORY PROBLEMS

Over the past several weeks 2A students have been learning to take apart multiplication story problems, draw pictures to represent the problems, transfer this understanding to number sentences and solve the problems correctly.  This week students made a Doodlecast video to walk you through how they solve a problem.  You can watch your child’s video on his/her iFolio.  Further details and individualized teacher feedback will be posted on the iFolios shortly.



DESCRIPTIVE WRITING + ADJECTIVES

To improve our descriptive writing, we have been learning about how adjectives are words that describe nouns.  In addition, we have started to learn how to use adjectives in interesting ways, instead of just in a list.  We engaged in several experiences this week, including a mindful eating activity with mandarins, to help us focus, engage and gather ideas for our descriptive writing.  Finally, on Friday we had a guest lesson with Mr. V. who helped us to learn about comparatives or words which can help us to describe better using comparisons.  To watch an adjectives video that is a throwback to the my own days at school, check out Unpack your Adjectives by SchoolHouse Rock!

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Paws b. – MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

During our last unit of inquiry I found myself wondering how I would be significant in the lives of the 2A students.  I wondered what would be my legacy, what I could leave with them as they move on to grade 3 and beyond.  That’s when I decided that I should teach them about Paws b.  Paws b. is a mindfulness program for 7-11 year olds that I have been trained to teach.  Students began this week by learning about the difference between the brain and the mind.  They also learned the names of several parts of the brain and focused particularly on the prefrontal cortex.  Students now know 3 ways the prefrontal cortex helps us in our lives and 1 breathing practice that can help to train the mind and develop that very important part of the brain.  Ask your child what he or she learned and have them teach you as well! Parents who want to know more about Paws b. can check out the Mindfulness in Schools Project website.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Wednesday MAY 24 – Grade 2 Sports Day 12:15 – 2:00
Friday MAY 26 – Dress Down Day
Wednesday JUNE 7 – 2A & 2E End of Year Celebration at Ryze
Thursday JUNE 8 – Last day of school for students

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May 8th – 12th 2017

May 12, 2017

GREEN ROOF This week 2A spent some time on the green roof.  We have been working to better understand plants and how they grow by looking after some of the garden beds.  Most of our time we have spent weeding and transplanting to make sure all of the plants have enough space.  Plants need space […]

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May 2nd – 5th 2017

May 5, 2017

RECOUNT WRITING LEARNING JOURNEY Just as with the last writing unit on persuasive writing, you can view your child’s progress through their entire recount writing learning journey on his/her iFolio.  You can view this as an iBook with samples of work, learning engagements, student reflections, teacher comments and checklists.  This is a valuable resource to […]

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April 24th – 28th 2017

April 28, 2017

SLLR SUCCESS! Congratulations to the students of 2A for doing an amazing job on their Student-Led Learning Reviews.  The children confidently guided their parents through a close look at their learning through the lens of our PYP concepts.  2A focused on CHANGE, FUNCTION, CONNECTION and RESPONSIBILITY.  An extra thank you to the parents who took […]

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SLLR Info for Parents

April 27, 2017

Dear Parents, Tomorrow is the Student-Led Learning Review! Students are very much looking forward to sharing their personal learning journey with you. Over the past few weeks the children have been reflecting on themselves as learners. They have been purposefully selecting different learning engagements, classroom tools or games, etc. to use during the SLLR. These […]

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April 19th – 21st 2017

April 21, 2017

STUDENT-LED LEARNING REVIEWS Please watch this video to learn about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.  SLLRs will take place next Friday, April 28th. LITERACY Recount writing remained a big focus for 2A this week as we began our final independent recounts to show all that we […]

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