It has been a year of learning, fun, and friends in 2D! I’ll sure miss all the kids next year and wish them all the best! Here is one last class photo to finish off the year. (We’re sorry that we missed a couple of the kids that had to leave early). Have a great summer everyone!
We will be celebrating Earth Week at school next week. Below is a poster showing what our daily focus will be on. I encourage all of you to have discussions with your children at home about the themes of reducing our use of plastic, conserving water, recycling, and more. Here is a link to a video we will be showing to introduce Earth Day 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACaFPq9wOp4
It’s book week at SIS! I’m sure that you have received plenty of information about the events of the week, so I won’t go into detail here. This morning we started our day in our pyjamas and with a read aloud by Mr. Kanabar. We brainstormed some ideas for decorating our door and the kids came up with a cute one. Photos coming soon! Please remember that Friday is “dress as your favourite book character” day.
Last week we began working on our summative activity for our Unit of Inquiry. The kids are working on demonstrating what they have learned about how a place (specifically Shenzhen) changes over time. Looking forward to seeing their finished projects this week!
In reading, we have been working on the skill of “inferring”. This reading strategy is sometimes referred to as “reading between the lines”. See the attached anchor poster to get a further idea about inferring.
In writing, we have continued to practice writing about our opinions and supporting them with strong reasons and examples. You can support your child at home by discussing their opinions on different topics and having them share why they have this opinion.
This week in 2D we practiced identifying ‘literary language’ while we read. The children learned all about idioms and comparisons (similes) and the importance of stopping to think about what the author’s meaning is when they use such special language. Some comprehension questions we asked this week were:
- What does the author mean when they say…
- How did the character change throughout the story? How was the character the same or different from the beginning of the story to the end?
- Can you give a quick retell of the story? (See the 5 finger retell – emphasize that a retell should be quick and only include the important parts of the story).
In writing, we practiced the concept of cause & effect. The children were given scenarios where they either identified the causes or effects. They then practiced their paragraph writing skills while sharing their thinking. They also wrote paragraphs sharing about their amazing CNY break! They focused on the skill of considering their audience – what type of details would the people who read their paragraph want to hear?
In math, we learned about line plot graphs. Similar to bar graphs, they are a handy way to collect and visually represent data. We practiced our fact fluency skills and ability to regroup 1s, 10s, and 100s through some fun games. Next week, we will begin learning about time. Our goal will be to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
In our unit of inquiry we practiced our ‘historical research’ skills. The children selected a topic (school, children’s lives, or transportation) and looked at various sources to come to discover how these aspects of life were the same or different in the past. Our sources included: articles, pictures, videos, historical fiction, people. Next week, students will begin their final projects. I will be sending home a short interview that your child should do with you early this week!
Last week in reading, students practiced strategies that will help them become more fluent readers. Some students have also been reviewing strategies for decoding difficult words. Some fluency building and decoding strategies that we practiced can be seen in the photos below.
We also began thinking a little more about the characters in the books we read. During read aloud and independent reading, we practiced identifying the traits of various characters and giving reasons to support our ideas. As well, we discussed how characters can change throughout a story.
Questions you can ask your child at home:
- Who is the main character in this book? Tell about him or her.
- Tell about a character that you would (or would not!) like to meet from your book. Explain why (or why not!) you would like to meet this character.
- How did the main character change during the story? Ex. How did their feelings, actions, sayings, or thoughts change?
In writing, we have begun a new unit on opinion writing. This week we reviewed what an opinion is and we practiced giving reasons for various opinions that we have. Next week, we will practice letter writing skills as we write letters to classmates stating our opinions about the books we read and the characters within them.
In math, we have been working on reading and creating bar graphs and pictographs. Next week, the kids will deepen their understanding of data collecting and graphs by creating their own survey question, collecting the data, and creating a graph for others to read their findings.
The focus of our unit of inquiry this week has been on inventions old and new. The kids looked at pictures of old inventions and had to guess what their functions were, how they worked, and whether we still use anything like them. They then compared and contrasted old inventions to their modern versions. Finally, we ended the week by visiting the Shenzhen Museum where students looked into Shenzhen’s past, discovering what types of jobs people used to have, when the city started, and how the city has changed over time. Next week we will take a closer look at how Shenzhen has changed over time, comparing Shenzhen of the past to the Shenzhen of now.
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Please take a moment to look at the overview of our next UOI to see how you can support your child in their learning.
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