The highlight of the week was our field trip on Friday. We spent a few hours in the morning down in the city, near Marina Bay Sands, looking, observing and noticing different features of different structures. We saw old buildings but many noticed that the older, 'less shiny' buildings were being overshadowed by the taller, shinier metal and glass skyscrapers - the more modern buildings. We've started to realise that there are many structures from all over the world in Singapore. We can tell some of these structures apart based on their characteristics. However, many modern buildings are hard to place, as they could be anywhere!
In math, we spent a few days exploring maps. We looked at what maps are, what maps can help us to and the features of maps. We also explored the concept of change in relation to our unit of inquiry. As structures and land change, certain types of maps must change as well. I had sent parents three links to some mapping games, which can be played at home as well. We have moved onto exploring different types of 2D shapes and will continue with shape for the next few weeks. Tangrams proved to be challenging for some students, especially when using the tans to create a design using only a silhouette.
Students have had their word sort for two weeks, a we feel this allows them to have more time to work with their words, understand the meaning and work on the spelling patterns in different ways. There will be no new words or homework next week, as we only have two days of school.
The last few weeks, we have spent exploring opinion writing. We have read and examined important features in different books and have written our own opinion pieces based on the book Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Students did a fantastic job or working through the writing process - drafting, revising, editing and publishing - very independently. Well done!
During Daily 5, we are paying more attention to our personal goals, and selecting a specific reading strategy to practice during read to self. We are also becoming more independent with Daily 5 and keeping track of our choices throughout the week, to help us become even more balanced.
On Thursday and Friday, we selected a few pieces to add to our paper portfolios. We will add more to our online portfolios in the next few weeks hopefully.
Mr. Gallagher worked with Grade 2.1 students on Tuesday to create a maze for a beebot. Students worked with their table groups to measure the distance a beebot traveled. They then worked as a team to draft their maze, and then transferred their ideas to a larger maze. They tested their first few squares of the maze and made adjustments before moving on. Students worked on using their cooperation, problem solving and communication skills during this measurement activity.
A few notes about upcoming events:
8-10 February: No school for students
11 February: Students can wear red as we will be having a Lion Dance that day.
12 February: Book fair and book character dress up day. Students can come dressed as their favorite book (not movie) character.
15-20 February: Author week - more information to come.
I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing Chinese New Year 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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