We spent Monday morning looking at how our class communicates with parents, via the blog and Twitter. We responded to some comments on our blog and also discussed why someone might choose to send a letter rather than an email. We continued finishing up our unit of inquiry this week with a trip to the Botanic Garden where students were in groups and worked together using different forms of communication. On Monday, students will complete a summative assessment task where they will to different scenarios and describe how they might communicate in order to build relationships.
In language, we reviewed recounting/retelling and also continued to explore summarizing. We watched a 'short film' and practiced summarizing using a graphic organizer. The key words we have to think about when summarizing are: somebody, wanted, but, so, then. When reading with your child at home, you can ask them to summarize a story using these words! We watched this short story to help us summarize.
Grade 9 students visited us this week and put on a performance of different stories from various countries. We heard stories from Korea, Indonesia and Russia. The high school students had practiced putting on different plays for our specific age group and did a fantastic job. We watched (and even participated) in three short plays. It was fun interacting with the older students and our Grade 2's were eager to help be trees when the characters needed to walk through a forest. They also gave advice to a man and a giant, and helped another character make an honest decision. Ask your child for more information about these plays. This afternoon tied in nicely with our unit about building relationships through communication.
Our math warm ups this week have involved skip counting. Please practice this with your child, starting both on odd and even numbers. Many students are struggling with this, yet it is a concept that should be consolidated. We are starting at different numbers - some students are using two digit numbers and others are using three digit numbers. For example, start on the number 64 and ask your child to count by 2's. Or start at 110 and ask your child to count by 5's. We continued exploring the language used in addition and subtraction problems and many students brought in sticky notes with addition words and subtraction words. We will continue with this next week, as well as doubling.
We worked in the computer lab on student ePortfolios. Students had inserted a picture a few weeks ago, so they finished up writing a little about themselves. We also practiced adding in a GoogleDoc. Students will have an ePortfolio for digital work, including photos and video and some typed work, as well as a hard copy portfolio that will be kept in the classroom. This will include written work, stories, reading, some math activities and UOI written work. Students selected their first UOI piece in hard copy and wrote a reflection about why they were proud of it.
Wednesday was the most exciting day of the week, as we had our Grade 2 field trip. Thanks to all the parent volunteers that were able to come. Unfortunately with the haze, we ended our trip about an hour early, However, students were able to partake in 3 of the 4 planned activities. They worked together using both verbal and non-verbal communication to complete various tasks. Below are some comments from the students when we returned:
"We learned about communicating with somebody and doing games and helping each other." - Joe
"I liked the activity we did with the cup stack, because we couldn't talk but we used gestures and everyone understood what we wanted to say. It was difficult." - Marin
"We learned how to communicate in different ways when working in a team and using pointing and so much of other things." -James
"I learned how to do gestures and sign language and how to communicate and building our imagination." - Odemar
"It was so fun and we walked from the Tanglin gate and on the way we spotted a squirrel. In the water we saw two swans, and then I saw a chipmunk while playing my games." - Advay
"I liked playing the games, because it was so fun. When I was in one group we were running." - Jasmine
"I had fun when we were in Mr. Hugh's group, because we got to work in teams and I like working in teams." - Carmella
"I liked it when we were making the blocks, and I had fun discussing with my group." - Lizzie
Thursday was no school and we weren't at school on Friday due to the haze. Hopefully everyone stayed inside to stay healthy!
See you Monday,
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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