Successful Student Led Conferences

With only a few weeks left in the school year, things are getting busy! Here are some of the learning highlights from the past week.

Reading: It’s testing time and the kids have all had a chance to sit down for their end of year reading test and participate in a discussions about their growth. They have had a chance to reflect on some goals to help them continue to grow as readers over the summer!

Writing: This week, the kids published their poetry books and gave each other feedback on their work. Reviewing the feedback given to them helped them to set goals as writers.

Math: We are finishing up our unit on American coins and counting money. We will begin reviewing skills taught in Grade 2 for the final weeks of school.

UOI: Our classroom economy is alive and well! The kids have been working hard to earn and save money for the movie and ice cream party that we will be holding in the last week of school. They will use their savings to buy tickets and snacks. There have been several conversations about how to earn more money by selling goods or services, balancing their bank books, and consideration over the value of items based on sentimentality, scarcity, and demand.

MAP Testing: MAP testing has been completed and results will be shared with parents at the end of the month.

Student Led Conferences: The kids did an amazing job planning for their big conference and it was wonderful to watch you all have a chance to learn about their learning.

            

Twins Day: Here are a few photos of 2D twins.

Happy 30th Birthday SIS

This week SIS celebrated it’s 30th birthday.  2D celebrated by attending a Visual Arts Show which showcased pieces of their own art work and learning more about our school’s history during a special morning assembly.

  

Highlights of the work we did in class this week are below!

Reading: Everyone has been assigned a “same book” partner. Each group chooses a just-right book to read, either together or apart, and then meet to discuss. These partnerships allow the kids to share their thinking about a book and gain help with words or parts they did not understand.

Writing: The children have been working hard to publish a collection of poems which they cannot wait to share with you all during their Student Led Conferences coming up on May 23!

Math: We have begun a unit on Counting Money. Our primary focus in on American coins as this allows kids the chance to practice skip counting with basic patterns (5s, 10s, 25s, 50s) in order to add.  This is a great time for you to share currencies from your home country, or even our host country, with your child to have them practice counting money and making change.

UOI: This week we finished off our summative task for our unit on landforms…look forward to seeing your child’s project and/or reflection on Seesaw! They will be sure to show you samples of their hard work during Student Led Conferences!

We are also starting our new unit on value. The central idea is: Value is determined in different ways and involves decision making. We will look closer at how value is determined, the outcome of our choices, and the role of economic institutions (such as the bank). We have begun a “classroom economy” whereby students can make and lose money based on a list of actions which they have determined themselves. Ask them more about how their school savings account is stacking up!

New Student: We have a new student in our class! Please welcome Isabella and her family to SIS!

MAP Testing: Students will begin MAP testing this week. Please see below for 2D’s testing dates. Please be sure your child gets adequate sleep the night before and is sent with a healthy snack (and maybe a good luck charm!) to ensure they are able to do their very best.

Upcoming:

Swimming in PE – This is out last week of swimming. Please remember to pack swim gear!

Student Led Conferences – May 23rd. Sign up sheets will be sent soon!

MAP Testing – 2Ds Test dates will be held May 14, 16,  and 21.

Step Up Day – On May 20th, your child will have a chance to check out 3rd Grade and ask some questions. Can you believe they are nearly 3rd Graders now?!

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.

 

Modeling Seed Dispersal

This week the children used everything they knew about animals and seeds to create a model to show how seed dispersal and pollination works. After researching, planning, and designing their models, they decided to invite the rest of Grade 2 to come and take a look.  It was such a powerful experience for them to share their work with their peers, receiving feedback that both made them proud and gave them ideas for improvement when making future models.  The kids used clay models, diagrams, and even some acting to show how their chosen animal disperses its seeds.  Look for their reflections on Seesaw!

            

To continue their investigation into how plants and animals are connected, the kids started researching about biodiversity within a habitat of their choice. This week they formed questions they had about their selected habitat, began locating sources for information, and taking jot notes. Next week, they will organize their information and begin to publish their habitat informational books. You will all be invited to celebrate their hard work at a publishing party…more information to come soon!

  

In Math, we began discussing equal groups, arrays, and repeated addition.  These are the precursors for understanding how multiplication and division work. Try going on an “array” hunt with your child! Arrays are everywhere!

Notes for Next Week:

  • Field Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13 from 1-2:30.
  • Ask your child if you can help them along with their habitat research. Maybe you have some books at home or some websites that you can look at together.

We are researchers!

For the past 2 weeks, 2D students have been building their research skills.  They have been using their “researcher” skills to ask questions, find good sources, and record jot notes to save their learning. Many have been using their jot notes to write non fiction paragraphs during their writing time.  We have focused on the skills of organizing paragraphs (topic sentence, details, closing sentence), elaborating their work (adding various details and facts to lengthen and strengthen their writing), and enhancing their craft by using words that show they are experts in their topic area.

 

The kids have been growing their knowledge of what plants need to survive by conducting an experiment using 5 plants with various conditions. Some receive no sunlight, some no water, etc. They have been tracking their observations using notes, diagrams, and photos.  So far their hypothesis are correct…no sunlight and no water = certain death for plants!

We have also looked at how animals help with seed dispersal. Next week they will develop models to show how this works!

In math, we have just finished up a unit on data collection and graphing. Next week, we’ll begin playing with odd and even numbers and building arrays. Having a solid foundation in arrays and repeated addition is the foundations for learning multiplication and division in 3rd grade.

Dream Job Day!

Field Research! What do you notice about the plants around our building? What are you curious about?

 

 

What’s the Main Idea?

Our Weekly Learning

This week we started a new Unit of Inquiry (UOI).  Our central idea is “All living things are connected and need each other to survive.”

Students began inquiring into the topics and concepts of habitats, the importance of biodiversity, and energy transfer within an ecosystem.

Next week we will inquire into how plants get their energy and begin to look at how plants rely on animals to help them disperse their seeds.  We will take a field trip to Evergreen Park to get a closer look at how various living things interact with one another.

You can support your child at home by having discussions about various habitats and the life found within. Consider places you have visited during vacation. Have you explored ocean and beach habitats? Tropical rainforests? Mountains? etc. What type of plants or animals did you see there?

In reading, the children have been digging into non-fiction texts and were challenged to share what the main idea of their book or chapter is, and share some supporting details about the topic.  We are learning to share only the most important details when we summarize.

Kids took turns presenting what they had learned from the article presented in their guided reading group.

In writing, they are using their knowledge of main ideas and details to create paragraphs about a specific topic. They have chosen topics that they know all about or have learned all about in books they have chosen to read during their independent reading time.

In math, we have been exploring how to collect and share information using surveys and graphs. Last week we practiced reading and creating bar graphs. Next week we will look at pictographs. Talk to your child about real life situations where data is collected to help inform people.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is always a special holiday to celebrate in a classroom, but it was a real treat to celebrate with such a caring group of students!  Here are some pictures from our snack party.

Global Citizens!

This week during our assembly, Mr. Bywater presented awards to students who have demonstrated the traits of a global citizen. A global citizen is kind and caring to others and shows respect for their environment. Here are our winners!

Finishing up our UOI

What happens when you give 2nd Grade students the opportunity to choose how they want to share their learning? So many awesome things! Last week, the children chose an object, place, or lifestyle to share how it has changed over time. After some research into their topic, they were given the agency to choose how they wanted to share their learning. They created posters, paper books, ebooks, Keynote presentations, PicCollages, and Seesaw video blogs. Here is some of their work (check out Seesaw to see the rest!):

         

We’ve started off the new year learning some new skills. Here are some highlights of the learning we’re doing:

Math:  3-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping

Writing: Opinion Writing – supporting our opinions with reasons and examples

Reading: Summarizing fiction books (SWBST)

We’re looking forward to 3 Way Conferences next week (sign up sheets will be sent out on Wednesday afternoon) and the G2 Music Performance this Thursday morning!