Happy Summer

Thank you so much for a fantastic year. Your support, kind words and heartfelt emails/cards over the past few days and throughout the year have really made me feel very lucky to have been able to get to know both you and your children throughout the year. Over the past ten months each and every child has made my day in some little way. One of the biggest compliment is the slip ups that occur during the midst of working and the children forget who I am and call me mom, then smile with embarrassment; the ultimate compliment indeed.

I can’t say thank you enough for the lovely gift. I will definitely enjoy treating myself! Wherever you are this summer I hope you have an amazing break and enjoy your time together. There is something magical about the lazy days of summer! Enjoy!

Stephanie

 

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2C Blog – May 29 – June 2

The end of the school year builds all sorts of excitement. It is difficult to believe there are only four days left!

A few important things to note:

  • iPads are available for pick up
  • all library books are past due
  • please return any classroom books that your child may be reading at home
  • yearbooks will be signed and sent home on Wednesday
  • Ryze Celebration on Tuesday 11:00-1:00 (We hope to see you there!)
  • free DDD on Thursday (no theme)
  • dismissal on Thursday, usual time of 2:20

Have a great weekend.

Stephanie

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2C Blog – May 22 – 26

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243_3288This week we conducted several plant experiments. The experiments are tools used to deepen our understanding of plants, how they work, what they need, and why we should care for them. In one experiment we placed a bean seed in a clear bag with wet cotton in the hopes that it will grow. The clear bag should allow us to see the intricacies of a sprouting seed and provide a great opportunity to generate a list of descriptive adjectives and verbs that relate to plant growth.

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In literacy lessons we are continuing to examine and experiment with descriptive language. The children are using effective adjectives to describe the properties and characteristics of various plants and their parts. They are learning that varied placement of adjectives in sentences can make writing more interesting, as well as similes.

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Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 1.37.51 PMThe children are measuring with greater accuracy and many are becoming very skilled at measuring and drawing different length of lines. We are now using rulers, metre sticks and measuring tapes to measure different things. We are also converting between mm and cm.
Clink on the link for the final POW. POW week linear measurement
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VISUAL ART:
In art this week we continued to use flowers as our inspiration. The children completed Thumbprint drawings of a small portion of a flower. Thumbprint art focuses on a small “thumbprint” sized part of a picture. This allowed the artists to focus on the small details in the flower and its key parts. Keeping the exact proportions and working on shading techniques provided a unique challenge.

 Message from Mrs. Lovegrove in The Library
This week I will be introducing Overdrive (CDNIS library E-Books) to the Grade 2 students. The students will be able to read ebooks from our library on devices on or off line. This is great for holiday reading!

Please check out the  Primary Library blog post . It helps parents and students get sorted with their Overdrive account.

Important Dates to Remember:
June 1: LS Transition day (Grade 2 will visit Grade 3 classrooms)
June 2: Progress Report Cards released
June 6: Ryze End of Year Celebration
June 8: Last Day of School

Have a terrific weekend!

Stephanie

 

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2C Blog – May 8 – 12

SHARING THE PLANET:
This week we continued with tuning in activities. We determined what students already understand about what plants PROVIDE, what plants NEED, and what they HAVE (features).
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Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 3.06.13 PMTo fill in some of the gaps in their understanding we went up to the green roof to start weeding some of the planting beds. Although almost all students understand that plants need sunlight, water, air and soil, there were very few that knew how important it is to have proper space to grow.
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We also started inquiring into why plants need different parts, and the function of each part.

The activities generated a lot of questions and sparked very interesting discussions. We are developing our skills to ask more open questions that drive our inquiry, as opposed to ‘yes/no’ closed questions.

Some Student Questions:
Are trees plants?
What makes trees plants?
Are weeds plants?
What are weeds?
How do we get seeds?
How do new plants sprout?
Do all plants have the same parts?
Do all new plants have to be the same colour as the parent plant?
Do some plants live forever?
What makes plants grow?

 MATHEMATICS:
Throughout this unit of inquiry we will inquire into linear measurement and probability during math activities. This week we examined the difference between standard and non-standard units of measurement. After experimenting with non-standard units we began to examine rulers and discuss how they help us measure exact measurements. 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.

Click on the link below for the next Problem of the Week.POW multiplication
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MAKE * CREATE * COLLABORATE
We had an amazing time expressing ourselves in new creative way at this visual arts/performing arts event!

Important Dates to Remember:
May 24: Grade 2 Sports Day (12:15-onwards)
May 26: DDD (info about theme coming soon)
June 1: LS Transition day (Grade 2 will visit Grade 3 classrooms)
June 2: Progress Report Cards released
June 8: Last Day of School

Have a terrific weekend!

Stephanie

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2C Blog – May 2 – 5

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This week we started tuning into Sharing the Planet.  We began with a pre-assessment where student analyzed spring onions and then wrote to describe what they observed using their five senses.

Central Idea: By nurturing plant life, we are caring for and sustaining the Earth.

Inquiring into:

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

For more information, please click the Gr2 STP Parent Overview.
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Our inquiry into multiplication continues. Our speed and accuracy of facts is improving as we all aim to be masters of  0x, 1x, 2x, 5x and 10x. Your child has now brought home several tools they can use to practise for 3-4 minutes each day.

Click on the link for the Problem of the week. POW multiply


VISUAL ART:
In art we experimented with a new portrait technique. Using glue and chalk pastel we drew realistic portraits of the individual each child is researching. Students also wrote a personal description to accompany their portrait, which highlighted who they were, character attributes, their biggest accomplishment and how it has changed lives.
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Important Dates to Remember:

May 12: LS House Day (wear PE Shirt)
May 24: Grade 2 Sports Day (12:15-onwards)
May 26: DDD (info about theme coming soon)
June 1: LS Transition day (Grade 2 will visit Grade 3 classrooms)
June 2: Progress Report Cards released
June 8: Last Day of School

Have a terrific weekend!

Stephanie

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2C Blog – April 24 – 28

Thank you so much for supporting your child during their SLLR today.  I hope your child was able to demonstrate many different skills and share some valuable observations about themselves as learners.

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME / LITERACY:
We have been hard at work researching our significant individuals. The children spent time organizing their jot notes into workable chunks to help with the various paragraphs they will write (i.e. introduction, early years, middle years/body, conclusion, etc.). Organizing our jot notes into periods of their life helped us identify what facts should be grouped together in our biography.  We have already begun writing our first drafts of the introduction and early years. The children have written very effective questions/sentences to grab the reader’s attention. We will complete this writing process next week.

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

For more information, please click the Gr2 STP Parent Overview.

MATHEMATICS:
Our inquiry into multiplication continues. We’ve been playing games, working with online tools and flash cards to strengthen their recall speed and accuracy.

There is no Problem of the Week, due to the short week.

Important Dates to Remember:
May 1: Public holiday (Labour day)
May 3: Public holiday (Buddha’s birthday)
May 12: LS House Day (wear PE Shirt)
May 24: Grade 2 Sports Day (12:15-onwards)
May 26: DDD (info about theme coming soon)
June 1: LS Transition day (Grade 2 will visit Grade 3 classrooms)
June 2: Progress Report Cards released
June 8: Last Day of School

Have a terrific weekend!

Stephanie

 

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2C Blog – April 19 – 21

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME / LITERACY:
This week we began researching our significant individuals. The children spent time researching about the person’s early years and organized their jot notes into workable chunks to help write a paragraph about this stage of their life.

MATHEMATICS:
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. Beginning next week your child 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, 10X and 5X. 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

Please click on the link for the Problem of the Week. POW multiplication array
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VISUAL ART:
This week we created a city skyline that had many different arrays.

REMINDERS:

April 24th – DDD-  Wear GREEN for Earth Day (no pay)
Friday, April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews (Wear school uniform to scheduled appointment)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie

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2C Blog – April 3 – 7

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME / LITERACY:
This week students completed oral presentations for their own personal histories. We are developing presentation skills that focus on voice, body and gestures. Each presenter receives feedback in the form of both peer and teacher assessment, which will be used to help us develop skills in area.

After the holiday we will begin researching a significant individual the children have chosen (see previous post for details on how we need your help). This research process will support both our literacy focus (factual recount-biographies) and also our unit of inquiry on ‘significant individuals’. This process will involve:

  • 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
  • Developing jot notes into full sentences and paragraphs
  • Editing punctuation, spelling and grammar
  • Publish as a final piece
  • Oral presentation

MATHEMATICS:
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.

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

VISUAL ART:
This week we created mixed media portraits of significant inventors. The portraits are a combined collection of paint, cardboard, yarn and jute. They also wrote reflections to explain the changes that are a result of these inventions.

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.

GOOD-BYE
It is a sad day today for 2C as we say good-by to Tarun.  We are all disappointed to see him go, but hope that the new adventure that awaits him will be wonderful. We are lucky that it is not a forever goodbye, as he will remain here in Hong Kong. He hopes that you will all keep in touch. We wish you all the best Tarun!

REMINDERS:
April 10 – 17 – Spring Break
April 18 – Professional Learning Day – No school for students
April 21st – DDD- Theme TBA
Friday, April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews (Prep-G5)

Have an amazing holiday.

Stephanie

 

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Significant Individual Research

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Dear Parents,

Today we discussed a research project that we will undertake the week we return after the holiday. Your child has been asked to choose a significant individual that interests them, and whom they would like to find out more about. The children were very enthusiastic and possible names were instantly being mentioned.

Allowing the children to choose the individual themselves is a key element in making the inquiry process meaningful to them. However, this also means that I do not have books and biographies to help all of them with their research. The Wednesday we return (April 19th) will spend time in class using several child friendly biography sites (duckster, kid konnect, brainpop, garden of praise, etc.) to begin collecting information. We will continue to do this in class throughout the week, but I am hoping you can also help us with this process.

Over the next few days or during the holiday, can you please sit with your child and discuss possible individuals, and help them begin to find information that will support their research. Printing out website findings or sending them in with books you have found would be extremely helpful. Helping them filter through sites to find information that they are able to read and understand is very important. The children MUST cite their sources so it is important that the website link is recorded on print outs. We discussed the importance of finding meaningful, useful sources. If you find it difficult to find good sources of information please take this as a sign that this individual is not the best choice, as finding child friendly resources will be difficult. Please help them choose another meaningful individual.

We will need the individual to be chosen and the initial sources of information brought to school by Thursday, April 20th.

Thanks very much in advance for your help – we really appreciate it and couldn’t do this without your support!
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2C Blog – March 27 -31

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This week our small groups presented their significant individual to teach the class about the significant individual researched. We gained a beginning understanding of the contributions of Georgia O’Keefe, Thomas Edison, The Wright Brothers, Gandhi, Jacques Cousteau and Dr. Suess. The children peer assessed their presentation skills and provided feedback on voice, body position and gestures. The children will use this feedback to prepare for their individual presentations on their personal history.
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During guided reading groups and literacy lessons with Mrs. Lovegrove, we are working on identifying the main idea and supporting details in text. The development of this comprehension skill supports our inquiry as we read and inquire into significant individuals.
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MATHEMATICS:
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.

Please click on the link for the Problem of the Week. POW Multiplication
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VISUAL ART:
This week Gustav Klimt was the significant individual who inspired self-portraits. We experimented with repeating patterns and colour techniques to create unique portraits that were influenced by the painting style of Klimt.
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REMINDERS:

PE EVERY MONDAY – PE has swapped again due to swimming!

April 4th – Ching Ming Festival – Public Holiday- No school
April 10 – 17 – Spring Break
April 18 – Professional Learning Day – No school for students
April 21st – DDD- Theme TBA
Friday, April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews (Prep-G5)

Have a lovely weekend.

Stephanie

 

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