This week in the Wonders program we will investigate the question, “How can we protect our Earth?” Students will read stories that teach us how a small action can make a big difference in our environment. We will practice making predictions as we read, and identifying the problem and solution in the story. As well, we will study the spelling patterns that make the /all/ sound.
In Math this week, we are beginning a new unit on geometry. In this unit, students will be challenged to sort shapes beyond just color, shape, or number of sides. They will be introduced to angles (including the right angle) and the term polygon. We will spend a great amount of time building and manipulating 2D shapes before we look more closely at 3D shapes.
We are beginning informational writing this week. This is a great tie to our Wonders question, and our work with eco-artist Cynthia Robinson that begins this week. Students will have the chance to become Earth experts, realizing solutions to sustain and protect our playground environment.
Just a reminder that our new school times begin tomorrow, May 1st. School will begin at 7:30, and end at 2:30 in order to make up time for the multiple snow days.
As well, you should have received an email sign up for parent teacher conferences that take place this week. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this!
This week in the Wonders program we will investigate the question, “What do heroes do?” Students will continue to practice summarizing stories as they read about people who changed the world. As well, we will study the spelling patterns that make the oo sound as in the word moo. I will also introduce the students to idioms this week.
In Math this week, we continue to focus on measurement and data. In second grade, students are expected to be able to measure to the nearest half inch and identify that a centimeter is smaller than an inch. As well, students are expected to organize data in order, represent data as a graph or line plot, and answer questions using data. We continue to practice these skills as we collect, graph, and analyze data this week.
We are wrapping up our realistic fiction stories this week, and celebrating all the hard work we did! As well, students are working on writing postcards from Cuddles (Did you hear he was on vacation?) and postcards from the islands they have created for their landform projects. This work will be presented at our Artist in Residence celebration night, coming up in May.
Just a reminder that April vacation is around the corner, and our new school times begin May 1st. School will begin at 7:30, and end at 2:30 in order to make up time for the multiple snow days.
As well, you should have received an email sign up for parent teacher conferences. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this!
This week in the Wonders program students will study the question, How do people get along? We will read stories that highlight the way people can solve problems when they don’t agree. We will also continue to practice summarizing stores as we read, and will practice the oi/oy spellings.
In Math this week, students are learning about collecting and analyzing data. We will measure standing jumps and arm spans before plotting the data as a bar graph and a line plot. Students will answer questions about the data, and create a question that could be answered using the data. Interpreting data is an important skill in grade two, and can be tricky for kiddos at times.
We are wrapping up our realistic fiction stories next week, as we write our final draft. The students have loved the opportunity to create a character, imagine a problem, and find a resolution in their story. The ideas are quite creative, and I can’t wait to put them up on display! We will begin our unit on informational writing next week and I will model how students can collect and organize facts when writing. As well, we will continue to learn more cursive letters.
Have you heard about the islands we are creating? As a cumulative project around our landform learning, students are creating an island that showcases at least three additional landforms. They have planned out the name of the island, special features, and even if it is inhabited by people. The students will build their islands out of salt dough that we make in the classroom. We will tie in additional writing to the project before presenting them to our fifth grade buddies!
Please be aware that there is a change in the school schedule beginning May 1st. School will be extended by 30 minutes (15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon). Look for an update from Mrs. Underwood in the near future.
As well, you should have received an email to schedule a parent/teacher conference. I am happy to meet with all who would like to set up a time. If you don’t see a time that matches your schedule, please let me know and we can try to make a different plan.