Friday May 26th, 2017

Inquiry
The students learned about parts of the scientific method (Observe, Hypothesise, Experiment and Report) and conducted a celery and food colouring experiment. They dipped the celery in coloured water and analyzed its change from the beginning to the end of the week.IMG_6613

As a class, we also started looking at ways that humans harm plants as well.  Some topics covered include habitat destruction and deforestation.

Students have completed their writing on photosynthesis and shared their thinking using Doodlecast. When you have time, please take a look. 

Literacy 
An important part of descriptive writing is integrating the use of similes. Students learned that similes usually follow the structure of ______ is as ______ as ______ OR  _______ is like ______. The children had a lot of fun writing a variety of similes about things and people they know.

Here are some of the examples the students came up with:
Steve Jobs is as creative as Leonardo Da Vinci.
Adrian is as cool as a cucumber.
Aiden is like a lightening bolt.

Math

This week, students learned to convert centimetre to millimetre. Through engaging in multiple hands-on activities (including measuring various body parts!) students defined
what length, width, distance around and height meant and incorporated these terms when creating their own measurement questions as well.

Since next week and the week after are short weeks, there will not be anymore PotW.

Important Dates

  • Tues. May 30th: Tuen Ng Holiday (school closed)
  • Thurs. June 1st: Transition Day (Gr 2s will visit Gr 3 classrooms)
  • Fri. June 2nd: Report cards go home
  • Thurs. June 8th: Last day of school
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Friday May 18th, 2017

Inquiry:


This week, we began exploring the life cycle of a plant and continued to document the growth of the plants in class. The seeds are sprouting and some seedlings (lentils, tomatoes, pears and green beans) are growing very quickly!

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A term we focused on this week was PHOTOSYNTHESIS. We determined what plants provide, what plants need, and what they have. Students did independent research, created jot notes and wrote a short summary describing PHOTOSYNTHESIS.

We were very fortunate to have Nadine (Aiden’s mom) come in twice this week to create plant-inspired collagraphs with the students. With their knowledge of plants, students drew a variety of leaves (including veins and stomata) on foam paper. Then, they glued their collage of foam leaves onto a printing plate. Afterwards, students rolled paint onto their printing plate and pressed a piece of paper on the surface to create a print. Everyone had a lot of fun designing their own pots and recreating leaves using different art mediums. Thank you, Nadine!

Literacy
As a class, we brainstormed a list of words that fall under the 5 senses (see, touch, taste, smell, hear). Students created their own descriptive writing piece and self-assessed it using the class-created writing checklist. They reflected on their writing and came up with specific goals as well.

Math
Throughout this unit of inquiry we will inquire into linear measurement and probability during math activities. We have been experimenting with rulers and discussed how they help us measure exact measurements. We also compared and chose the appropriate unit of measurement depending on the item we were measuring. As we continue with linear measurements next week, we will begin to use this knowledge to record growth measurements in plant experiments we will be conducting.

Problem of the Week

Important Dates

  • Wed. May 24th: Grade 2 Sports Day (after lunch)
  • Fr. May 26th: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. May 30th: Tuen Ng Holiday (school closed)
  • Thurs. June 1st: Transition Day (Gr 2s will visit Gr 3 classrooms)
  • Fri. June 2nd: Report cards go home
  • Thurs. June 8th: Last day of school
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Friday May 12th, 2017

Inquiry:

This week, we unpacked the central idea for our unit, Sharing the Planet. We dived right into learning about the different parts of a plant and a seed. Students have been observing their seedlings for the past couple of days and documenting how different factors (warmth, water, location, etc) directly affects the growth. Thank you to everyone who donated their seeds from home!

Literacy:


We are starting to look at different types of descriptive writing. We focused mainly on describing plants and seeds, focusing on the five sense.

Math:

We wrapped up our unit on Multiplication. The children completed an artwork demonstrating their knowledge of different multiplication facts. They will be coming home soon, stay tuned!


We started our unit on Measurement this week. Students have had many opportunities to use tools (non-standard and standard) to measure the attributes of objects. Next week, we will compare the different standards of measurement (inches, centimetres, millimetres).

Problem of the Week

Make.Create.Collaborate:
At the first annual Make.Create.Collaborate event, students participated in large-scale artworks, open mic, drum circle, sound exploration, digi models, and more!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Important Dates: 

  • Wed. May 24th: Grade 2 Sports Day (after lunch)
  • Fr. May 26th: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. May 30th: Tuen Ng Holiday (school closed)
  • Thurs. June 1st: Transition Day (Gr 2s will visit Gr 3 classrooms)
  • Fri. June 2nd: Report cards go home
  • Thurs. June 8th: Last day of school
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Friday May 5th, 2017

Inquiry:

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This week, we wrapped up our unit on Where We are in Place and Time. Using their jot notes and scripts as a guide, students presented their information to the rest of the class. They also critiqued each other and did a personal reflection on the oral presentation skills that they have been developing throughout this unit.

Later on, students reflected on their learning and wrote about 3 people they thought were most significant in the world. More importantly, they shared how learning about these individuals have impacted their own lives. Here are of the students’ ideas:

  • Amelia Earhart inspired me to never give up on my dreams
  • Rose Parks taught me to treat everyone equally
  • Abraham Lincoln taught me to not boss other people around
  • Jane Goodall taught me to be caring, a thinker and and a risk-taker

Next week, we will also start tuning into our last unit, Sharing the Planet.
Central Idea: By nurturing plant life, we are caring for and sustaining the Earth.

We are inquiring into:

  • How plants sustain life on Earth
  • How our actions impact plant life
  • Why we should be growing and looking after plants

Literacy:

We will focus on descriptive writing for the last unit of inquiry. Some key aspects include labelling, using vivid adjectives (5 senses) and comparing words. Students completed a pre-assessment (describing ginger) earlier this week.

Math:
Our inquiry into multiplication continues. Most of the children have a solid understanding of the 1x, 2x, 5x and 10x facts and have moved onto practicing other facts. We’ve been playing games, working with online tools and flash cards to strengthen the recall speed and accuracy.

Problem of the Week

Important Dates: 

  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
  • Fri. May 12th: LS House Day (wear PE shirt)
  • Wed. May 24th: Grade 2 Sports Day (after lunch)
  • Fr. May 26th: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. May 30th: Tuen Ng Holiday (school closed)
  • Thurs. June 1st: Transition Day (Gr 2s will visit Gr 3 classrooms)
  • Fri. June 2nd: Report cards go home
  • Thurs. June 8th: Last day of school
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Friday April 28th, 2017

Student Led Learning Reviews
It is without a doubt this week’s focus was on preparing for the SLLRs! Students spent a lot of time going through their work and reflecting on what they have improved on. They have taken ownership of their learning and chosen pieces of work to share with you. Throughout the process, it is evident that all of the students have gained a clear understanding of where they are at as a learner.

It was an incredible experience watching from the sideline and witnessing (and listening to!) all the wonderful conversations happening between the students and their families. Thank you for taking an active role in the learning reviews. The students have worked extremely hard and we are all very proud of their accomplishments thus far!

Preparing for SLLRs

Pictures from SLLR (missing photos from Alicia and Thera)

Inquiry and Literacy
Next week, we will wrap up our research projects by putting final touches on our factual writing and completing presentations on the significant individuals we have chosen.

We will then move onto our last unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet. We will complete a pre-assessment to understand what the students already know and hope to learn about in the next two months. Here is the Sharing the Planet parent overview.

Math
Our inquiry into multiplication continues. This week we solidified our understanding of the connections between arrays, groupings and the way to record these representations in an equation. Students will be asked to practice multiplication facts for 3-4 minutes each afternoon to strengthen their recall speed and accuracy. Our goal is that by the end of next week all children have fast and accurate recall for 0X, 1X, 2X, 5X and 10X. If your child has already demonstrated mastery of these facts, they may choose to practice an alternate fact that they would like to improve upon.

Below is a link to many online multiplication games that your child might enjoy playing as a way of strengthening their recall speed. http://www.multiplication.com/games

Click here for the Problem of the Week (Part 2 and 3 are optional)

Important Dates: 

  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
  • Wed. May 24th: Grade 2 Sports Day
  • Tues. May 30th: Tuen Ng Holiday (school closed)
  • Fri. June 2nd: Report cards go home
  • Thurs. June 8th: Last day of school
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Friday April 21st, 2017

Inquiry


This week we created mixed media portraits of significant inventors. The portraits are a combined collection of paint, cardboard, yarn and jute. Next week, students will be writing reflections to explain the changes that are a result of these inventions.

Literacy


Students started to research a significant individual of their choice. This research process will support both our literacy focus (factual recount) and also our unit of inquiry on ‘significant individuals’. This week, we focused on identifying a significant individual to research, gathering relevant information on the individual through books and websites, answering questions (writing in jot notes) and citing the sources. Next week, we will move towards developing jot notes into full sentences and paragraphs, editing punctuation, spelling and grammar, publishing as a final piece and completing an oral presentation.

Math

In mathematics we continued to inquire into multiplication. This week’s activities focused on arrays, repeated addition, equations/product and skip counting. The children made connections between multiplication and the various ways to represent this operation. Games are proving to be a fun way of practicing our speed and accuracy with multiplication.

Problem-of-the-Week.pdf

Student Led Learning Reviews
Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Important Dates

  • Mon. April 24th: Green Dress Down Day (to promote Green Week and environmental awareness!)
  • Fri. April 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday April 7th, 2017

Inquiry/ Literacy

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A special thank you to Sam (Hazel’s mom) for dropping by and chatting with the students about Food Angel. The students were very focused and asked lots of great questions about ways they could help out in the community.

This week students completed oral presentations for their own personal histories. We are developing presentation skills that focus on voice, body and gestures. The children received feedback and will be using the suggestions provided to further develop their presentation skills.

After the holiday we will begin writing factual recounts of significant individuals in the world. This research process will support both our literacy focus (factual recount-biographies) and also our unit of inquiry on ‘significant individuals’.

Math


In mathematics we began to inquire into multiplication. This week’s activities focused on arrays, repeated addition and groupings. We drew, constructed and designed many of these. The children are consolidating their understanding of what each specific number represents in an equation, and how to represent this in various multiplication forms.

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To wrap up the week, students completed an art activity called City of Arrays where they had to cut and glue a certain amount of windows (like an array) on the buildings they designed.

There is no new Problem of the Week due to the three day week.

Student Led Learning Reviews 
Please watch this video to learning about the purpose, structure and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

Important Dates

  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Fri. 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)

Have a fabulous Spring Break everyone!

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Friday March 31st, 2017

Inquiry
This week we were VERY lucky to have so many guest speakers (a total of 5!) come speak with the students about significant people in their lives.

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Ms. C (the guidance counsellor) talked about volunteering her time to help the refugees here in Hong Kong.

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Then, Ms. Cooper shared stories about her niece who organizes an annual lemonade stand in the States to raise money for a playground in India.

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Aiden’s mom, Nadine, shared her expertise on graphic designs and examined a variety of different timelines with the students. She also talked about the top 3 most significant people in her life.

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Ratika from 2E also came to the class to talk about “Maid for You” a domestic agency in HK who supports helpers, at no fee, so that they can find employment based on fair wages and suitable work conditions.

Mr. Grantham shared how his ruby and running coach helped him persevere and believe in himself despite some challenges he encountered.

At the end of the presentations, students reflected and brainstormed ways to make a difference. They came up with lots of meaningful ways to make a positive contribution.

Literacy

We worked on creating our own personal timelines this week. We collected information about important events in our lives and sequenced them in chronological order. Many children brought in small photos to accompany their written work. We are currently working on writing scripts to accompany the timelines. These will be used when students present their timelines to the rest of the class. Thank you parents for your support with this project!

Math


This week our focus was on estimation and rounding. Students were tasked with “estimating” the number of books in the shelf, glass stones in the container, etc… Then, students thought about the specific strategies they used and explained why some items were easier to estimate compared to others. In small groups and independently, students practiced rounding numbers to tens and hundreds.

Problem of the Week

Important Dates: 

  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th ONLY: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 24th, 2017

Inquiry

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We continue to do daily reads on significant people in the world. A special thank you to Tanner and Zoe for their inspiring presentation and sharing with us how they have contributed to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Way to go!

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In addition to being exposed to factual recounts, students also read a variety of imaginative recounts including the Dot. Inspired by the book written by Peter Reynolds, the children were tasked with creating a drawing, simply by starting with a gold dot on their piece of paper. Here are some of the imaginative pieces created by the artists in 2D!

Literacy


This week we focused on writing personal recounts. Students first organized their ideas using both an orientation map (who, what, when, where, why) and a recount text map. Then, they described one specific event that happened over the weekend. The children also had a chance to peer-assess others’ work, looking closely for:
-past tense
-sequence words
-orientation
-ideas are in chronological order

Over the next couple of weeks, Mrs. Lovegrove will be coming in to teach students about locating main ideas and supporting ideas in texts. This week, students were exposed to a selection of photos and worked in small groups to find the “main idea”. Students had a lot of fun, were thoroughly engaged and look forward to seeing Mrs. Lovegrove again next Thursday!

Math
This week, we examined addition and subtraction strategies and how they are connected using the part-part-whole strategy. Students practiced formulating various addition and subtraction equations using part-part-whole. As a class, we also practiced subtraction with and without regrouping. Some of us are focusing on two-digit subtraction while others are working on multi-digit (3 or more) subtraction.

Problem of the Week

Swimming (starting next Tuesday!)
For more information: 2D Letter to Parents.doc

Book Swap
The Book Swap for Pre-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria. Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one. If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Book Swap!

A note from the Lower School Admin Team:
Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.
  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.
  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.
  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.
  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.

Sincerely,

Lower School Admin Team

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Thurs. Mar 30th: Book Swap (before school in the 12th floor cafeteria)
  • Fri. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th ONLY: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 17th, 2017

Inquiry
This week, we focused on the word Contribution. To help students gain a better understanding, they were asked to work in small groups to build something that would be a contribution to the classroom. The possibilities were endless! Some students worked on building a 4-section recycling bin while others created a manual fan to conserve energy.

Literacy
We explored different types of recounts including personal, factual and imaginative recounts. We also brainstormed a list of common language features in them. One key aspect of recounts is sequencing events in chronological order. Students have had a lot of practice identifying important events in stories and biographies, then ordering placing them in chronological order.

Math 
We looked at a variety of subtraction strategies this week. They include zig zag, counting on, counting back, addition and doubles. Since the subtraction strategies covered in class are connected to the addition strategies learned in previous week, students are requiring less time to understand and apply the skills confidently. Next, we will begin exploring subtraction with(out) regrouping and repeated addition.

Students really enjoyed using StopMotion to represent their thinking and wanted to use it again. This time, they worked with a partner to show and explain addition with regrouping. When you have time, please check out your child’s blog for the newest post!

Here is a great example created by Sebastian and Jade. Great collaboration!

Problem of the Week

VISUAL ARTS
We just finished creating our straw-blown paintings. Here are some pictures of the students working on their abstract self-portraits.

2D NEEDS YOU!
Have you met someone who has changed your life? Do you know someone who has changed other people’s lives and made it better? Are YOU making the world a better place? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then 2D NEEDS YOU!

We are just starting our new unit on Where We Are in Place and Time and our central idea is: Significant people have made contributions to society that have changed lives. We are looking for people who can share and talk to us about individuals that have made an impact on people lives. We are eager to hear more about regular people (not necessarily famous) who are making the world a better place. Five-ten minutes of your time is all we need!

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Fr. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 10th, 2017

Inquiry and Literacy:
We unpacked the unit by exploring and analyzing the central idea for Where We Are in Place and Time (WWAPT). Students had a lot of questions related to the unit and it was wonderful seeing them formulate higher-order thinking questions using question starters such as why, what if and how.

Some students pondered over the term “significant”. To assist students with gaining a more in-depth understanding of the word, we came up with a list of synonyms. Some of the words students came up with include special, famous and important. Using graphic organizers (venn diagrams and tables), we defined and compared the terms significant and famous.

Individually, students looked at what qualities make them unique. They are now in the process of  creating a self-portrait using an art technique, paint blowing.

Parent Overview for Where We Are in Place and Time (WWAPT)

2D NEEDS YOU!
Have you met someone who has changed your life? Do you know someone who has changed other people’s lives and made it better? Are YOU making the world a better place? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then 2D NEEDS YOU!

We are just starting our new unit on Where We Are in Place and Time and our central idea is: Significant people have made contributions to society that have changed lives. We are looking for people who can share and talk to us about individuals that have made an impact on people lives. We are eager to hear more about regular people (not necessarily famous) who are making the world a better place. Five-ten minutes of your time is all we need!

If you are interested in being an inspiration to us, please contact me with a few time and day options. Thank you in advance!

Math: 
This week, we looked at other addition strategies including zig-zag and column addition with regrouping. Before exploring subtraction strategies, students completed a summative assessment on addition. All of the students were amazed to see how much progress they have made in a month!

Problem of the Week

Special Events:
Grade 2 Economy Final Sale (Movie in 2D!)

25th School Anniversary and Alan Dick Day

MHL Assembly (Way to go Bethany and Thera!)

Parent Workshop:
Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective. The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.

More information can be found here.

Important Dates: 

  • Week of Mar 27th: Booking for SLLR Appointments
  • Fr. Mar 31st: Dress Down Day
  • Tues. Apr 4th: Public Holiday (school closed)
  • Apr 8th-17th: Spring Break (school closed)
  • Tues. Apr 18th: Professional Day (no students)
  • Thurs. Apr 27th- Fri. 28th: Student-led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)
  • Mon. May 1st: Labour Day (school closed)
  • Wed. May 3th: Buddha’s birthday (school closed)
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Friday March 3rd, 2017

Inquiry:

On Thursday, we were blessed with great weather in Stanley as students in 2D and 2E navigated through the markets in search of the best deals. Not only were they on the lookout for the best quality and price, but they also had to make sure that they kept a record of the way they spent their money. We ended the trip with a nice lunch at the playground area and of course, free play. Thank you again to our parents Vivian, Toni, Dickie, Meghan, Karie-Ann and Polly for facilitating the groups.

As a class, we brainstormed ideas for what we could do with the money left from the trip. One group decided to split the money evenly while the other four groups decided to donate their money to WWF and Jane Goodall Institute. I am incredibly proud of the choices the students have made!

Students made informed choices as they bid for items that were purchased from Stanley Market the previous day. It was a learning engagement that demonstrated how the value of something is affected by supply and demand.

Next week is our final sale and students will get to spend their saved up money for some special things. Of course, the principles of supply and demand will apply and I hope that each student will get to participate in something they really want.

Literacy:


After drafting their persuasive letters using graphic organizers and self- and peer-assessing other’s writing, students spent some time revising and editing their own work. Then, some chose to publish their work using Pages while others opted for writing on paper.

Math: 
This week, students were introduced to “bridge to 10” and “column addition” to solve addition problems. They also practiced counting banknotes and coins effectively using these strategies:

  1. Grouping banknotes/coins by their denomination,
  2. Starting by counting the higher value notes/coins and working your way to the lowest value notes/coins,
  3. Counting the banknotes first and then the coins.
  4. Using start-and-stop skip counting (remember to keep the last number in your head as you transition to skip counting in a new way for a new denomination.)

Problem of the Week

Performing Arts Update:
Click here for the link to the “Fourth Little Pig” performance playlist.

Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning
In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.

Important Dates:
Wed. March 8th: Grade 2 Final Sale
Thurs. March 9th: Alan Dick Day –wear pink! (8:30AM to 10:45AM)
Fri. March 10th: Grade 2 MHL Assembly (9:30AM to 10:05AM), Lower School House Day

 

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Stanley Market Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that 2D will be going to Stanley Market tomorrow. Students can come to school in their regular uniform. For those who usually bring a home lunch to school, please pack a light lunch that is easy to carry and can be stored outside.

Thank you!

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Friday February 24th, 2017

Inquiry:

Resource Market
Students had a BLAST at the annual Resource Market! A big thank you to Vivian, Pete, Polly, Caroline and Dorothy for lending a helping hand. It was great seeing the students collaborate, problem-solve and come up with creative ideas to make and sell shapes!

Stanley Market Field Trip next Thursday- Planning Ahead
On Thursday, March 2nd we are going to the Stanley Market to apply some of the skills we have learned throughout our current unit. Students will be put into groups and each group must raise $100 to use for the activity. The students can raise the money in any way, and in their groups they will discuss ways in which they can earn this money. I recommend that they are given some responsibilities (e.g. chores) to earn this money. I will leave this up to the individual family to decide.  As the students are in groups of 4-5  they should not need to bring any more than $20 to school. Please have the money brought to school on Tuesday, February 29th, so that we are prepared. I hope that you can support us on this fun activity! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Literacy:


This week, students started writing their own persuasive letters. I truly enjoyed reading their ideas and understanding what they are truly passionate about! Here are some of the theses written by students:

  • I strongly encourage zookeepers to free animals living in the zoo back to their natural habitats
  • I think it’s best that people stop smoking in public
  • I think it’s best for children to stay away from eating unhealthy foods at home and at school
  • I strongly discourage citizens of Hong Kong from cutting down more trees

To ensure students had a clear understanding of the language and text features of a persuasive letter, we developed a writing checklist as a class and reviewed the characteristics of a persuasive text before beginning to write.

In replacement of Book Club this week, students took part in reading a script related to money. They have all been assigned a role in Reader’s Theatre and have been extremely keen on practicing their lines in class. Currently, we are focusing on reading fluently and understanding the text. Next, we will encourage students to add expressions while reading.

Math:

We worked through various math rotation that incorporated writing money amounts in different ways (i.e. ten cents, 10¢, $0.10), counting money, representing monetary values using different combinations of notes and coins, etc. Some mental math strategies we covered this week include doubles and near doubles. We also used StopMotion to represent money in different ways.  When you have time, please check out your child’s portfolio online.

Problem of the Week

Important Dates:
Mon. Feb 27th: Dental Visit
Thurs. March 2nd: Stanley Market (Polly, Jenny, Meghan, Karie-Ann/Pete, Dickie, Toni and Vivian)
Fri. March 3rd: Silent Auction in class

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One More Parent Volunteer Needed!

Resource Market
We are looking for one more parent volunteer this Wednesday on February 22nd. The event will run from 9:15AM to 10:40AM. Please email me if you are able to help. Thank you!

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Friday February 17th, 2017

Inquiry:
On Thursday, we visited the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to learn about the history of money in Hong Kong as well as the design and safety features of notes. Thank you to Vivian who helped us that day.

Some key terms we covered this week include supply, demand, gross profit and net profit.

Thank you in advance to everyone who will be volunteering their time in the upcoming weeks. We look forward to having you join us for the special UOI events!

Literacy:
After looking at the common features of persuasive text, we compiled our ideas and made a list of topics we could argue about. Some of the ideas the children came up with include:

  • Should citizens of Hong Kong be allowed to play Pokemon Go on the streets?
  • Should swimming be offered throughout the year at CDNIS?
  • Should uniform be mandatory at school?

As a class, we completed a modelled writing piece about Pokemon Go. Afterwards, students collaborated with a partner to come up with 3 arguments and supporting detail for why swimming should/shouldn’t be offered throughout the year. Next week, they will begin to work on writing a persuasive piece independently.

Math:
This week we focused on another mental math strategy: Doubles. Students played a variety of games to help solidify their understanding.

We also examined different ways to come up with a sum using Hong Kong currency. Firstly, students used manipulatives and mindmaps to assist them with jotting down their thinking and counting out loud. Now, they are working with a partner to document their understanding using StopMotion. Stay tuned!

Problem of the Week

A Message from Ms. Benusa:
Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! The Lower School Performing Arts Department is looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of an audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Lower School Parent Morning
Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skills can have a negative impact on their school performance. Join us on Feb 23 8am-9:30am at LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more on how to help your child manage and develop executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. RSVP here.

Important Dates:
Wed Feb 22nd: Resource Market (Polly, Dorothy, Karie-Ann, Vivian)
Fri Feb 24th: Dress Down Day
Mon Feb 27th: Dental Visit
Thurs March 2nd: Stanley Market (Polly, Toni, Jenny, Karie-Ann/ Pete, Dickie, Vivian, Meghan)

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Parent Volunteers

We are still in need of parent volunteers for the upcoming class trip/activity. If you are interested in leading small groups, please let me know. Thank you!

February 22nd: Resource Market (@ CDNIS) from 9:10AM to 10:50AM

March 2nd: Stanley Market from 10:10AM to 1:30PM

 

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Friday February 10th, 2017

Inquiry:

It is without a doubt that the Trader’s Market was the highlight of the week! Students strategically bartered for items of their choice by splitting up their own personal items (Pokemon cards) or combining them (small plastic toys with paper clips) to make the trades desirable. We also discussed how unwanted items can be viewed as treasures to others.  

Throughout the week, we have been looking closely at the features of the HK currency. As a class, we labelled the common features. Afterwards, students designed their own currency as well! 

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Literacy:

In conjunction with our unit on HWOO , we are currently working on persuasive writing. A focus is on convincing our audience to believe our point of view on a certain matter. As a class, we read the book I Want an Iguana. It was a great introduction to our literacy unit as it allowed the class to analyze the structure and language commonly used in persuasive texts. Afterwards, students deconstructed samples in small groups and independently. They also identified similarities and differences of various persuasive texts. 

Math:

This week, a focus was on expanding our current repertoire of mental math strategies. Students applied the Making 10 strategy to larger numbers. Examples include 20 + 80 = 100, 300 + 700= 1,000. They also transferred their knowledge of Making 10 to making 20, 30, 40, etc..

Afterwards, we introduced the Counting On strategy (+1, +2, +3, +10). To reinforce the concepts taught in class, we played a game of  Counting On Tic-Tac-Toe using the 100s chart. 

Problem of the Week

Parent Coffee Morning (from guidance counsellor Ms. C):

Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with  Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.   RSVP here.

Important Dates: 

Thurs. Feb 16th: Field Trip to HKMA (Please pack extra/bigger snack for the morning. We will have lunch later that day.)

Fri. Feb 17th: 2C Assembly @ 9:30AM

Wed. Feb 22nd: Grade 2 Resource Market @ CDNIS ( 5 parent volunteers needed. Please email me if interested.) 

Mon. Feb 27th: 2D Dental Appointments

Thurs. March 2nd: Field Trip to Stanley Market ( 6 parent volunteers needed. Parent email me if interested.) 

 

 

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Permission Form to HKMA

Dear Parents,

A permission form was sent home earlier today for our field trip to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on Thursday, February 24th. Please disregard this form as HKMA has just notified us that they have to cancel our tour due to renovations. An updated permission form will be sent home later this month. Thank you!

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Thursday January 26th, 2017

CNY/Inquiry/ Literacy:

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2D class party! It sure was a big hit! A special thank you to Sam, Vivian, Dorothy and Ken’s dad for helping out with organizing the party.

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The CISPA Flower Fair was the perfect way to help tune in to our unit. Before heading to the Flower Fair, we completed a reflection about our purchases from last year. After attending the Flower Fair, we discussed how much money we spent and whether the items purchased would fit under the “needs” or “wants” category. We also defined and discussed the differences between “goods” and “services”. While the students were counting how much money they had left, some were very surprised to find out that they had spent all their money in such a short period of time! It was certainly an excellent introduction to our discussion on money.

Math: 

This week, we introduced the terms sum and addend. As a class and in small groups, we looked at multiple number sentences and identified the sum and addends in each. The students are now exploring various mental math strategies in class. We mainly focused on “making 10” this week. Next week, we will look at other mental math strategies such as doubles and counting on.

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As part of our unit of inquiry, students are familiarizing themselves with money. We sorted coins by their currency and value. Then, we completed a coin rubbing using pencil crayons. As a class, we identified the similarities and differences of each coin. We also compared and ordered the coins by size, thickness and value.

Important Dates:

  • Jan 27-Feb 5: CNY break
  • Feb 6: PD day
  • Feb 22: G2 Resource Market (in school)
  • Feb 23: 2D field trip to HK Monetary Authority
  • Feb 27: 2D Dental Day

Happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the rooster bring you many blessings including happiness, peace and health.

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