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We hope you had a safe and relaxing Songkran break. We are all disappointed about the latest Covid outbreak and return to remote learning, but as in the past we will do our best to make the best of a difficult situation. The following is information about the first week in Term 3 and our return to remote learning:
- To begin the term tomorrow (Monday), we have three activities planned for students to reflect on their holiday, and on what they can do to have a happy and successful remote learning period. These activities can be found on Google Classroom. Please remind your child that Google Classroom is the place where they will go to check what activities they have each day, and the place where they will go to meet their teachers and classmates online. We will not have any scheduled online class meets tomorrow
- Tuesday, April 20th will be the first day of full classes where we will follow the Remote Learning Schedule (attached below). Please note the times for ‘Morning Meetings’, reading groups, specialist classes, etc. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
- Tomorrow teachers will be going into school to prepare material bags for each student. These bags are to be picked up by parents on Tuesday. There will be an email from our administration explaining how to pick these bags up. The bags will contain reading books, notebooks, and other materials students will need during remote learning.
- Tomorrow afternoon we will send an overview of the learning activities that students will be doing for the rest of the week. Going forward these weekly overviews will be sent each Sunday evening. There will also be daily overviews of activities that will be posted on Google Classroom, and additional planning details on the Grade 2 blog.
That is all for now I believe. Thanks as always for your support. If you have any questions please email your child’s classroom teacher. If your child has extra time tomorrow we suggest taking some time to prepare their learning space, and discuss with their family members how they can have a great remote learning period. Let’s hope it’s a short one.
Jordan, John, Marc and the Grade 2 Teaching Team
This past week, we continued our investigations into how matter can change between different states, and how people do this intentionally to benefit our lives.
In math, we inquired into the measurement of volume, and did several activities where we had to estimate the amount of volume different containers had, and whether we should use liters or milliliters as a measurement.
In Literacy, we are continuing to read non-fiction texts about the scientific method and different types of scientists. We then took the information that we had gathered and used it to plan and write a narrative story about a scientist as the main character of the story.
One week left until the end of this unit and our Songkran break. We we would like to thank all of the parents who have been supportive of their children’s enthusiasm for preparing experiments at home, as well as the parents who volunteered their time to come in and share with us interesting knowledge about how to make different things through the change of states of matter.
This past week, we continue to go further with our thinking regarding the states of matter. Students began planning (and presenting) their own experiments in front of the classes. Learning from each other is one of the best ways that we can help each other understand the scientific method.
In math, we did inquiries into both temperature and measurement involving weight. The students found objects in the classroom that they estimated were a certain weight, and then had to use numeracy skills to figure out which groups were the closest. We are also learning how to convert between grams/kilograms, meters/centimeter, and (next week) liters/milliliters.
In literacy, we are inquiring into different scientists that could match our own passions in life. After researching about them and finding out more about them, we will begin planning a narrative story around them as the main character, and that will probably take the next week or so.
We had a great time making soap with Tzuri’s mom and really appreciated the chance to see how people manipulate matter for our own benefits.
This past week was an exciting week where we continued finding out more about the states of matter using scientific investigation, and ended with a visit to the Grade 5 exhibitions, where many of our students asked insightful questions and seemed inspired by some of the projects that they saw.
We did a couple of inquiries that helped the students understand better about how the molecules react in the different states of matter. This led to a number of student questions that will inform our scientific investigations over the next couple of weeks.
In Math, we continued to go further with our understanding of the measurement of length, and learned to estimate how long things were based on the inquiries that we had done previously.
In Language Arts, we are going further with our procedural writing and using it often as we plan out and take notes on our experiments using the scientific method. The students seem to be developing a strong foundational understanding of how to write and explain procedures and we have been excited by their progress.
The Parent-Teacher conferences seemed to go really well, and there was a lot of positive discussions about how we can best help each student moving forward for the rest of the year.
Here are some photos from the past week.
This past week we continued finding out more about the different states of matter – Solid, Liquids, and Gas. We also inquired into the scientific method and began to use it to plan out our own experiments.
On Thursday, Mayu’s mother visited our class to help teach the students how to make bath bombs. This was an excellent connection with how states of matter can change between states, and all of the students were excited to see the finished product!
In math, we began to learn about what it means to measure things, and we began to find out more about how to measure length. Throughout the week, one could find the students using random objects to measure lengths, using tape measures to measure how long things were in our classroom, and even students measuring each other as they went further with their understanding of measuring length.
In Literacy, we are focusing on procedural writing, which is very important when writing the steps for how to do an experiment. The students realized how difficult it is to explain even simple things, such as brushing teeth or opening a door, and it was gratifying to see them using dictionaries and asking one another in attempts to find the precise words to help explain their thinking.
This week, we have our Parent-Teacher conferences.
Monday, March 8 – Class A
Tuesday, March 9 – Class B
Wednesday, March 10 – Class C
and then there are several conferences at other times throughout the week.
Last week was a short week, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a FUN week.
We tuned in to our new UOI – How the World Works – by doing different experiments in each classroom. The students rotated between the classes over the three days last week and began finding out what the scientific process looks like.
In G2A, we observed three different balloons and wrote down our observations and hypotheses about what was in each balloon. (Spoiler Alert – one balloon had air, one had water, and one had gas).
In G2B, we took the magical powder that help diapers become absorbent and observed how matter changes state.
In G2C, we made our own lava lamps!
We also continued with our goals setting and personal reflections as we prepared for our upcoming conference.
This week, we will begin tuning into measurement, procedural writing, and finding out more about the scientific process.
Last week, we spent a lot of time thinking about how we could take action using what we have learned during this unit. The students each designed their own wellness plans, with goals and strategies to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual health in a variety of ways.
In math, we took what we had learned with fractions and went a bit further and investigated the world of probability. This week, the students will be creating their own games, using fair and unfair rules, with probabilty guiding their choices.
We also finished up our final personal narrative for this unit. We have seen an amazing improvement in how the students take events from their lives, and turn them into stories, using dialogue, descriptive language, and time transitions.
On Friday afternoon, G2A did an escape room based on solving mathematical problems and codes using teamwork. It was a huge success and the students are looking forward to the next Escape Room episode.
Last week was a fun-filled week with plenty of visitors who volunteered to come speak with our students and inspire us to be more balanced in our lives!
In math, we are beginning to inquire into how subtraction is connected to addition, and different strategies that we can use to do mental math subtraction problems.
For our reading, we continued to focus on non-fiction texts related to our UOI, and how to find key details and information in a reading. We learned quite a lot this week about mental and spiritual health, and how to deal with stress, the importance of sleep, and how to be in the present and not worry about the future or the past sometimes.
For writing, we are writing another personal narrative. This time, we are focusing on including all of the different elements of writing that we have studied during this UOI – time transition words, dialogue, description.
We will be finishing up this unit next week, and then moving onto our fifth unit of this year – States of Matter.
Overall, it was a very exciting week, which ended with the celebration of Chinese New Year on Friday!
Our first week back was filled with tons of fun and learning as the students showed us that they really did learn a lot while doing remote learning at home.
Thank you, parents, for all of your hard work!!!
This week, we continued to sort out what we knew about telling time, and – for many students – going further and working on problems about time duration. We also reviewed what we had learned about fractions and inquired into what fractions truly represent.
In language, we focused on writing dialogue and tried to connect it to our UOI (writing dialogues for our puppet shows about home learning) and to math (writing dialogues about time duration problems). Most of the students have a strong understanding of where and how to use quotation marks correctly, but we are still finding out how to use commas while writing.
For our UOI, we continued to learn about what it means to be balanced. We learned about different kinds of exercise and groups designed their own exercise program and led the rest of the class in different activities. We also learned about yoga and the importance of staying hydrated.
Next week, we will be focusing on mental and emotional health, as well as subtraction strategies and a final assessment of fractions and telling time.
Overall, it was a great week and I think all of us were very happy to be back!