Swimming & Landforms

Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to in 2D!

UOI:  The kids have been exploring our central idea: “People are knowledgeable about Earth’s changes and use solutions to adapt.”  First they explored photos and videos that shared different types of landforms. They worked in a team to draw a map including several different landforms and then created a 3D model of their maps in art class.  Currently, we are looking at slow and quick ways that Earth changes. For the final project, the children will decide where on their maps would be a good place to build a home. They will have to defend the safety of their choice by explaining how the Earth could change around their home and how they might prevent this change.

You can support at home by:

  • Pointing out the different landforms in our neighbourhood (mountains, bay, coast, peninsula, etc.)
  • Noticing any real life examples of weathering or erosion that you see.
  • Discussing any structures around your home or neighbourhood that have been built to prevent Earth changes (ex. floods, fires, tsunamis, etc.) or prepare for Earth changes

Math: We’ve completed a unit on geometry which included basic 2D shapes and their attributes (and some 3D shapes), equally partitioning shapes, and basic fractions (halves, thirds, fourths).  Now, we are doing a quick unit on time.

**Your child should be showing you their latest math test which was sent home today!**

You can support at home by:

  • Point out real life uses for fractions. For example, dividing a birthday cake or pizza, or cutting a sandwich in halves.
  • Ask your child to read the time on both analog and digital clocks.
  • Talk about what time you do certain activities, how long they might take, and whether they occur in the am or pm.

Reading: We have been working on strategies to build reading fluency. The kids have been working with partners to practice reading and rereading text to improve pace, accuracy, and expression. Next up, the children will be paired up with a “same book partner”. These partnerships will promote peer coaching (giving feedback and assistance to each other) and book discussions. Many children will also be pushed toward selecting more challenging and longer texts such as chapter books.

You can support at home by:

  • Ensuring your child builds a daily habit and love for reading. Read together, or have them read alone.
  • Your child LOVES the EPIC! book app. It is free for them to read at school, or you can pay for a monthly subscription at home. This is just a tip for any parents who feel it’s a struggle to have their child read at home!

Writing: We’ve been learning to write poems using many different structures and paying attention to our word choice. You will be impressed when you read some of their work!

You can support at home by:

  • Helping your child to enhance their vocabulary through daily conversation.
  • Read some poetry together.

SWIMMING BEGINS MONDAY!

Mr. Elliott should have sent all parents an email regarding swim week. It will take place from April 29 to May 17 (every Monday and Wednesday). Please remember to send your child to school with the essentials: swim suit, goggles, sunblock, towel, dry bag, and water bottle. 

EARTH WEEK

Support your child, yourself, and Mother Earth by playing STUCO’s Earth Week Bingo.  Please make sure your child returns the board before Friday to collect a goodie!

A NOTE ABOUT SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

2nd Graders have been talking a lot about plastic and how they want to use less of it. Help support them by considering where you can reduce the use of single-use plastic in snacks or lunches. Top offenders include pre-packed snacks, plastic bags, and plastic cutlery.

 

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