This week we dove into revising our personal stories about a special small moment. We are fortunate to be able to confer with several teachers in small groups to discuss our progress with the stories. We focused on identifying adding details and stretching out endings in stories. Mrs. Madonna also came and taught a lesson about identifying different parts of a story. It was a nice visible thinking activity.
Here are also some new writing strategies we are beginning to use.
In reading, we have also been analyzing story structure and pulling out only the main information such as main characters, problem, and solution. It is difficult to summarize it in a condensed way, so we are using this re-telling strategy.
For our unit on communities, Mr. K popped into our class and taught us a new way to show our learnings. We used a new app called Book Creator. We used the notes we took on leaders at SIS and made it into digital books! This was also a nice way to practice our note-taking and summarizing skills.
Here’s a quick new math strategy for word problems! Ms. Cheung is trying to trick us with unnecessary information!
Lastly, congratulations to Rebecca, Bitchan, Madeline, and Ann for trying out STUCO Class Representative. It was a tight race and in the end Madeline was chosen this year. Congrats to all!
This week, we started to elaborate on different addition strategies. Many of us know how to add two and three digits so the focus is on showing our thinking in a clear way to demonstrate we understand place value. The strategies below will soon help us with trickier addition problems that require regrouping (borrowing).
Besides that, we compared numbers using mathematical language. We also looked at good ways to remember quick addition facts.
Mr. Bywater came in today to start our first meeting with the counsellor. We talked about sharing nicely with others, how to use a kind voice, and taking turns. We also were lucky to get a chance to go to Level 5 and enjoy a photography exhibition–many of the photographers are teachers at SIS!
For Writer’s Workshop, we analyzed our stories to see if we were writing good beginnings, making good transitions, and elaborating on endings. Many of us worked in small groups this week with different teachers.
Here are some of the reading strategies we are currently using in class.
For writing this week, we focused on making a good lead, or beginning to our personal stories. As we start to write more and more, we need to remember to stop, re-read, and add more details to our sentences. We learned that in a good beginning, there needs to be some sort of action, dialogue, and setting. We’ve worked in small groups every day with different teachers to focus on those points. When we do find a place where we can expand our story, we add in a post it note to “magnify” that moment. This strategy is one tool to use during the editing process.
In reading, we practiced two more strategies to help us with comprehension skills. We learned to match the characters’ feelings and actions by noticing the characters’ expressions in the pictures and different fonts (i.e. bold letters, all caps, italicized words, etc.). By “acting” it out (not too dramatically), it will help us with following the stories and noticing details. The other strategy we learned is to “scoop” or chunk words together to read more fluently. No more reading like robots!
Lastly, Mr. K, our Learning Innovation Coach came in to teach us how to organize our thoughts using a new app, called Popplet. This will relate to our community unit in the coming weeks!
To end the week, our Head of School, Mr. Stearns, read us a very nice book called, Whoever We Are. We all liked the message.
This week we showed major improvement in getting used the routine of going to the school the whole day. Although the weather is hot, we learned how to calm down quickly after recess by practicing mindful breathing and listening techniques. This helps us get ready for the next lesson.
For math, we focused on “Math Talk” skills, such as repeating and reasoning. We started showing some of our thinking skills in our math journals and then practiced verbalizing our through process. On Friday, we had fun by learning a new addition game called, Watch Out, Addition!
For writing, we discussed the need to practice our “writing stamina”, meaning we exercise our brains to think harder to write more colorful sentences. Of course, we will learn more writing strategies very soon! Many of us enjoyed sharing our personal stories or fictional stories in front of the class. We had many giggles.
We enjoyed our first Library session with Mrs. Livingston on Thursday. We were so excited to learn that in second grade, we can check out 4 books! Also, we need to practice these tips to choose a “just right” book!
Lastly for our unit on communities, we started to brainstorm who and what are in our communities by drawing a map. We learned that many of us live very close to SIS, while some of us live very far. We then discussed some key places and people who serve our communities. Next week, we will dive further into special community leaders and their roles/responsibilities.