There is no homework this week as it is a short week. However, we do recommend that your child is reading every day for at least 15 minutes. This was a consistent message given last week during the parent teacher conferences and something we hope becomes a habit with your child.
Not only does reading help your child comprehending written material, it also helps your child develop their verbal and written skills. Additionally, reading helps your child to articulate their thoughts through improving their vocabulary.
The cold facts!
We have been very lucky with only a few children absent over the past two weeks with the flu. We are reminding children to wash their hands before eating and to cover their mouths when coughing. We also appreciate those children coming to school with masks so they do not spread the flu.
If your child is sick or beginning to show signs of the flu do not panic about missed lessons, it is better that they remain home and recover and come back to school 100%. We can always make time to cover any missed work.
One of the highlights last week was Grade 2Bs being ‘big buddies’ to the EY1 children. This gave them a chance to be role models and leaders as they organised games to play with their little friends.
The children also completed a ‘See Think Wonder’ activity in which they made connections between what they saw in the pictures of different types of houses and the possible land-forms they would be suitable for. They then added in their thoughts about why it would suit a particular land-form and then posed questions for further research.
This week at a glance.
Parent Teacher conference are on this week. Be sure to check your appointment times that are posed on the classroom door. The conferences will take place in the Maker Space so as not to interrupt classes.
Monday October 15th Holiday
Remember that this coming Monday is a National Holiday. If you happen to be travelling out of Bangkok you could ask your children to take some photos of some of the different land-forms that they see as well as any connection they can make between local food and the local environment. For example, fish restaurant on the beach.
This week the children will be following the second line of inquiry in our UOI; “Human use of location and resources”. Within this research they will be examining the differences between needs and wants as well mas making connections between location and resources and how these fulfill our needs.
The children will be continuing to consolidate their knowledge and skills in descriptive writing and applying this to the UOI.
The children are going to be continuing to develop their skills at determining the main idea of texts and the supporting details. This will be done through re-tells with and developing comprehension questions for their ‘buddies’
The children will be continuing their investigation into number looking at number bonds, ways to make 10, doubling, fact families and applying these in real-world situations where the children carry out calculations.
In Math the children are completing their maps and exploring the attributes of Numicon.
In Writing the children are working on their descriptive writing and linking this to the UOI by describing landforms.
In Reading the children are working on their Raz Kids, reading UOI related texts and making summaries to share with their peers and exploring suffixes in word work.
The children are using a variety of tools to identify the continents and then locate where significant land-forms occur. Once they have discovered where they are, they represent these land-forms using symbols such as shapes or colours. In addition to this, the children are developing keys to explains the symbols they have chosen to represent the land-forms.
Last week in math, we were learning how to use coordinates to find location on maps and grids. The students are now in the process of creating their own treasure maps, and then writing a page of instructions using directions (north, south, east, and west) and coordinate points so that their classmates can try to discover where their hidden treasure is.
The grade 2 teachers work together to plan and prepare a variety of learning engagements. These include reading, writing and numeracy activities that challenge and extend the children’s understandings of concepts and how to apply these in real-world situations.
This week’s learning engagements include:
UOI- The children are completing their 321 tasks about their chosen landform. In this they identify
3 BIG ideas,
pose 2 questions and
make 1 connection.
Once they complete this they can share their findings with their classmates which helps create deeper and more meaningful understandings around the concept of ‘What is a landform?’. This will then lead to the children engaging in more complete research on a landform of their choice.
- This week the children are continuing to develop their descriptive writing skills.
- Word work and looking at suffixes.
- Reading re-tells to a partner; summary, synopsis and focussed descriptions.
- Guided Reading with a focus on non-fiction texts.
- Reading and understanding coordinates on a map.
- Cardinal directions.
- Ordinal directions.
- Plotting coordinates.
The children were exploring stimulus pictures of different land-forms in an effort to tune-in further to the UOI and to generate discussion that will lead the inquiry.
Last week we had our provocation where our courageous children were blindfolded and exposed to very different environments. They had to use their senses to discern exactly what sort of environment it was. There were new sounds, smells and tactile things to touch.
This week we will be unpacking the UOI and tuning-in to the notion of maps, location, where we are and the reasons for people being in certain locations and the adaptations they have to make in order to utilize their environments.
We welcome you to share any arterfacts such as maps, clothing, postcards or other things that can help the children tune-in to the fact that the world has so many different types of environments.
Remember that Thursday and Friday are holidays for the children. Because of the short week we are not setting any formal homework, however we would encourage children to read every single night and to visit both IXL and Reading A-Z to build up their math and reading understandings.