Oct. 16-20

In reading this week, we learned how using our schema (what we know about the world) can help us understand a text better.  Students practiced activating their schema prior to reading by discussing what they already knew about the topic and by making predictions about what they thought might happen during the story. You can use some of our “Schema Thinking Stems” when you read with your child at home (in English or in your home language). We also had the pleasure of meeting with our new reading buddies, the students of 5C, for the first time. Reading aloud helps to build fluency and expression. Their buddies supported them by giving them “wait time” before helping them to read a difficult word.  Sometimes all we need is a little coaching!


We began a new science based Unit of Inquiry and a new informational writing unit this week.  The overarching theme has to do with how we organize ourselves.  In writing, we are looking at how scientists use the Scientific Method to help them organize their experiments.  Students watched and participated in two experiments and recorded them in a lab book.  The children also took a closer look at our “central idea” – Scientists use their knowledge of materials to create and invent – and discussed what that means.


In math, students are working hard to build fluency with their basic math facts to 20.  We are also looking at strategies for subtracting double-digit numbers and for solving 2-step word problems.

A big thank you to parents who attended our Learning Comes Alive event this week!  The kids really enjoyed sharing what they know with you. 🙂


New Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

Today we began a new Science-based unit of inquiry. Check out the newsletter to read more about what your child will be learning.  If you have any materials that you can donate for some of our projects, such as  cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, or other recyclable materials, please send them in with your child.

Download a copy of the Newsletter here: Newsletter-2lt4ahd

October 9-13

This week in reading, students participated in a variety of activities leading them to understand that doing “real reading” involves more than just being able to read all of the words. “Real Reading” involves thinking about the text as well.  We practiced sharing our thinking out loud to classmates, partners, and to ourselves. As you read together with your child at home, consider using some of the “Thinking stems” listed below to start conversations about the text.


In math, we practiced using a Hundreds Chart to help us add or subtract. We used key vocabulary such as: one more, one less, 10 more, and 10 less to describe how to add or subtract using the chart.  As well, we reviewed some basic strategies for solving subtraction strategies. In the days and weeks to come, we will continue practicing basic addition and subtraction facts to attain fluency.



In Writing and Social Studies, students worked diligently to publish their final small moment story and to find a way to express their understanding of communities and leadership.  Their final products will be ready to view at our Learning Comes Alive event, next Wednesday (October 18).


During our morning meetings, the kids have been working at developing their conversation skills. They have selected a number of topics that they wish to discuss with their classmates. Each morning, we draw a random topic and they practice greeting, sharing, taking turns, and responding to various partners about the topic.  Here, students discuss what they hope to be for Halloween!


Sept. 18-22

It has been a big week in our 2D classroom community. We spent the earlier part of our week watching videos of interviews done by 2nd Graders with leaders at our school. The kids practiced note taking as they listened and learned about the various roles and responsibilities of Mr.Kanabar,  Mr. Johnson, Mr. K, and Ms. Laurie.  With leaders on our mind, we finished off the week by voting in our 2D class rep! Our candidates all worked very hard to prepare and present a speech on why they should be chosen as class rep.  It was a tough choice as it is clear that 2D has a lot of great leaders, but we’d like to announce that our new class rep for 2017-18 will be Serina!  Congratulations to Serina, Zoe, Nathan, Kaya, Luana, Chloe L., and Ammy, for the amazing effort that they put into their campaigns!


Swimming Starts Tomorrow!

Please be reminded that swimming starts tomorrow! Your child will be in the pool on the following dates: September 20, 26, 27  & October 10, 13, 20.

They are asked to bring the following items with them to PE on those dates: Swimming clothes, goggles, sunblock, towel, dry bag, & water bottle.

As I was unable to email all parents tonight due to the system being down for maintenance, please pass this reminder on to those who may not read the blog.


September 11-14

We expanded on our Social Studies theme this week, moving from a focus on roles and responsibilities to a focus on leaders in our SIS community and the qualities that we want our leaders to have.  This was an apt topic as students finished the week voting for this years STUCO executive members. (Coming up this week will be an opportunity for your child to run for the position of class rep! – More info to come!). To help us build a better understanding of our leaders, we practiced making questions and interviewing skills to gain more information about what responsibilities are linked to leadership roles. On Thursday, students interviewed various leaders on campus. We’ll analyze our interview results next week!



Our goal in Math this week was to practice strategies that will help students to fluently add math facts to 20. Being able to quickly solve these facts lays the foundation for solving more difficult math facts in the future.  We also began practicing skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s as a daily practice.

In reading we practiced the skill of “cross-checking”. If a word doesn’t look right, sound right, or make sense while we are reading, we should go back and try it again. We reviewed a variety of strategies for “attacking” those words that might be more difficult to read.  We read the story “Mercy Watson to the Rescue” (a class favorite!) and practiced recalling and retelling the events of the story to a buddy.

In Writing, we continued looking at strategies for elaborating and adding volume to our small moment pieces. These strategies include: adding talk/dialogue, 5 sense details (see, hear, feel, smell, etc.), and making characters move. We also looked at some methods for “hooking” our readers by writing strong beginnings for our stories.