This was another busy week as we finished up before the holiday! In math, we looked again at the Groovy Grids, and worked out some strategies for how to figure out missing numbers. Some students counted in their head, others used a hundred chart or a number line. It helped many students to visualise the 'steps' between numbers in order to find the missing one. Students began creating their own and guessing each other's 'rule'. After the break, we will continue identifying patterns in different numbers and creating our own, before we move into a new math concept.
During Daily 5, students continued sorting, using and practicing their words, glueing them in on Thursday. We are also practicing our handwriting weekly, and students are encouraged to apply this practice in their daily writing, both at school and at home.
Students changed their reading goal, and focused on specific strategies when reading to self. This is something students can practice over the spring break. We also had many wordless picture books that were explored during read to self and read to a buddy. Students continued to revise and edit their Journey writing. Then they read their stories to a teacher who typed them. Hopefully they will be uploaded to student blogs before the break. If not, they will be there afterwards. A display of their wonderful, descriptive writing will also be outside of our classroom after the break. I was very impressed with the time students took to examine each image, writing very detailed sentences and using descriptive language. Some students added dialogue to their stories. Others focused on starting sentences in different ways. It was a long process, but students should be very proud of their writing this term!
On Wednesday, we went to the high school to view some Grade 10 art. Grade 2 students interpreted the artwork and Grade 10 students. Grade 10 students then explained the meaning behind their artwork. It was fun to have these discussions with artists, and then we came back to school and created our own meaningful art. Ask your child about the piece of art they created and why it is meaningful to them.
We concluded the week with Pajama Day on Friday. Thanks to everyone who donated food or money. We also had a small swap shop at the end of the day, inspired by Kento!
There will be no homework over the holiday, although students are encouraged to read daily! Advay kept a journal during the last holiday, and some students are eager to record their daily adventures during this break.
Have a fantastic and relaxing break. Please remember we have a staff development day on Monday, 4 April, so students' first day will be on Tuesday, 5 April.
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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