Books for Birthdays!

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Wednesday, November 6

Last week was an exciting week in Grade 2.

For our second UOI, we created biomes in groups and displayed them on the wall outside of our classroom.

As a provocation for our next unit, Sharing the Planet, we demonstrated how these biomes and being destroyed by human actions. The students were quite shocked at first, but at the end of the provocation when we asked for questions about what they had seen, we ended up with a list of over 40 questions for each day/biome, with the students wondering how desertification happens, or why we are willing to cut down all of the trees, or what will happen if all of the coral die.

In Math, the students began to collect data on their own and created their own bar graphs. They’re still learning about how to correctly label everything correctly so that anyone can understand the data they’ve collected, but we are all making progress.

In Writing, the students are learning about how to develop reasons in order to support their opinions for the persuasive writing that we will be doing this unit.

In Reading, the students are learning how to read non-fiction texts and how to skim and scan for important facts.

Learning Engagements for this week:

UOI –Tuning into food chains and food webs.

Math: Addition skills;  Collecting data and bar graphs.

Writing: Persuasive writing.

Reading: Skimming and scanning non-fiction texts.

 

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Welcome back!

We hope everyone had a restful and/or exciting holiday!

This week, we will begin tuning into our new unit, Sharing the Planet.

 

Learning Engagements for this week:

UOI –Tuning into Sharing the Planet.

Math: Addition skills;  Collecting data and bar graphs.

Writing: Persuasive writing.

Reading: Learning different strategies to decode unknown words.

 
UPCOMING DATES:

Wednesday, October 30 – Diwali Performance, 8am

Friday, November 1 – Halloween celebration and costume dress-up

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Red Bin Collection

Red BIns

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Poster Competition

Please see the following from our PYP Coordinator about an inter-house poster competition.

Poster Competition

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend, and are ready for one last week before our October break!

Last week, we synthesized all of the information that we have been learning this unit – biomes, needs and wants, settlement patterns – and we created our own settlements within the biomes that we created using the virtual sandbox.

In math, we finished our maps that we created on a coordinate grid, and we finished writing the directions that would lead people around the map and to the hidden treasure.

In language arts, we continued to deepen our understanding of the use of descriptive language and began typing up our final products on the Chromebooks.

Learning Engagements for this week:

UOI –Reflection on what we learned and how well we did throughout the unit.

Math: Addition skills;  Introduction to collecting data and bar graphs.

Writing: Descriptive writing.

Reading: Finding information in non-fiction texts.

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UPCOMING DATES:

Wednesday – Friday, October 16 -18 – Book Fair

Monday, October 21 – Friday, October 25 – Autumn Break

Wednesday, October 30 – Diwali Performance, 8am

Friday, November 1 – Halloween celebration and costume dress-up

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Book Fair!!! October 16 – 18.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Last week we began to make conclusions about what we have learned from human settlements in different biomes.

We discussed how their are certain similarities between different places where people have settled and where the major cities of the world are. The students began to understand the underlying connection between biomes, human needs, and the different things that are required for humans to survive in the world.

On Friday, we began planning the first stages of our final project for this unit. The students worked in pairs to create a biome which they then made into a physical reality using the virtual sandbox.


This week, the students will use the maps they created and will created a settlement and explain why they chose that location and biome and exactly how the needs of the settlement will be met from that location.

Learning Engagements for this week:

UOI –Going further with wants/needs/biomes to understand why people choose to live where they do.

Math: Addition skills;  Map skills

Writing: Descriptive writing.

Reading: Finding information in non-fiction texts.
UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 14, 2019 – No School.

Monday, October 21 – Friday, October 25 – Autumn Break

 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Last week we all had a wonderful time on our field trip on Thursday (see previous blog post).

This week we will go further with our knowledge and try to understand settlement patterns and why people choose to live where they do.

We will then build upon this and the students will create their own worlds using the VR sandbox, and then they will choose where they want to start their own cities, and hopefully they’ll use the knowledge they’ve gained during this UOI to explain their reasoning.

Learning Engagements for this week:

UOI –Going further with wants/needs/biomes to understand why people choose to live where they do.

Math: Addition skills;  Map skills

Writing: Descriptive writing.

Reading: Finding information in non-fiction texts.

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UOI Settlements: Features and characteristics of Biomes

Grade 2 took a field trip to Sea Life, Paragon to explore different biomes. We saw animals that had adapted to the coral reef, rainforest, tundra and temperate forests, as well as the ocean. Here are a few memories of our trip.

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