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.
This week was busy exploring patterns. We investigated patterns on the playground and thought about how these patterns help us. We also thought about grow and shrink (increase and decrease) and showed this concept in different ways. Most students made a 'staircase' and realized the pattern was counting by 1's. Then we challenged ourselves to create different patterns. Some ended up skip counting by 3's, 5's, 6's and 8's! At the end of the week, we worked with 'Groovy Grids'. There were several numbers missing and we had to think about the difference between certain numbers in order to fill in the missing ones and identify the rule.
During Daily 5, we worked on predicting (making a smart guess about what we think will happen) and inferring (using our own experiences and clues from the text and pictures to make a good guess). Students chose new reading goals, and picked certain strategies throughout the week to help practice these goals. Free writing has been an exciting time lately, as many students are teaming up to co-write stories, draw characters and work together to use their imaginations. We also spent class time investigating word patterns, practicing each other and using them in different ways.
During UOI time this week, we started off watching the story Journey, written by Aaron Becker.
We had previously identified what we thought makes a good story. Ideas ranged anywhere from having action, being a mystery or funny, using interesting sentences or words and learning something new. We kept these ideas in our minds as we began to write our own stories, based on the images in the story, Journey.
We met back throughout the week to have mini-lessons about looking at detail in the pictures, starting sentences in different ways, problems and solutions, and writing super sentences. As students began to finish, they continued with the writing process and revised, making changes to sentences or different words. Some students chose to work together with a buddy to have extra support. Most students have also finished editing, where they have checked conventions - spelling, spacing, grammar and punctuation. These stories will soon be typed up and shared on students' blogs, as well as inside or outside of our classroom. I am very impressed by the creativity, ideas and voice coming through in these writing pieces.
We also spent time examining different images, noticing that many can have different meanings based on our perspective. We think the artist must have had an idea in mind when they created it, but our ideas might be a little different from their ideas. We will continue exploring, sorting, evaluating and creating images next week.
We ended the week with a Grade 2 scavenger hunt. Teams worked together to find different items throughout the playground and school grounds. It was a fun way to team up with other students from the other two classes.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I know many of you will be attending the Fun Fair on Sunday.
I look forward to a fun filled and busy week before our Spring Break next week.
This week was our second week of a new unit. We made signs on the computer but first we made a poster. We guessed the other classes and wrote down what we thought about the sign. - Marin
We did Chinese paper cutting. - Kaya
The symbols were about happiness, double happy. They use it in a wedding. - Joe
The other symbol that we did with paper cutting was spring. So it was happy and spring, so happy spring! - Tudor
We did patterns in math. We drew a pattern and we wrote where we see the patterns. - Kento
Today and yesterday we were looking at some pictures. We were writing stuff on paper about the pictures. We thought about connections, reflections and function (the purpose). - Carmella
In math, after we made patterns, we were writing down ideas. - Advay
In Daily 5, we looked at some pictures. Ms. Luttrell gave us a picture. We wrote down what we thought the picture was trying to say. Then we were trying to make the story with all the pictures. Finally we read the story, but some of the things were a little different. We noticed that we can make our own story. - Marin
On Friday, 18 March 2016, there is going to be a pajama day. If you want to wear pajamas, you must bring something for the FoodBank or bring $3 or more.- Alik
Today in Mandarin, we did some paper cutting, and we made a carrot and a spring onion. Some people thought that it was really hard to cut and some kept on falling apart. - Carmella
Today Ms. Luttrell put Jurassic World music Hero on so that I could dance. - Advay
At assembly today, Valencia got the award and they announced pajama day. A person from the food bank talked to us about what we should do for the food bank. - Odemar
A few notes:
As a reminder, the Family Fun Fair will be Sunday, 13 March. Thank you to those families who have volunteered to help. The sign up sheet is here in case you'd like to sign up. Please make sure the delicious goodies, plates and napkins are brought to the stall at the beginning of the fair, so that they may be sold throughout the afternoon.
Pajama Day will be Friday, 18 March. If students would like to come dressed in pajamas, they must bring either $3 or some food to donate to the FoodBank in Singapore. For more information about how your family can help out, please visit their website.
Have a great weekend,
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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