We have continued to explore both 2D and 3D shapes this week, along with symmetry. We used rubber band boards, tangrams and other shape pieces when combining to form other shapes. We looked at similarities and differences in 2D shapes, and the relationship with 3D shapes. Students worked with partners to become an 'expert' on a particular 3D shape and will be sharing their knowledge with the class next week. Mathletics has also had some fantastic games and learning experiences to help consolidate their understanding. Next week, we will move onto a math unit which focuses on pattern and function.
During Daily 5, students have worked on predicting. We've been reading a novel about Pee Wee the guinea pig. He started out as Robbie's pet, but ended up in the park. We have been working to find evidence within the story to support our prediction. Some students noticed we could use text and others noticed pictures are also useful. We will continue predicting next week, as well as inferring. Our writing focus will shift toward story writing as we begin to explore setting and character development before the holiday.
We began our firth unit of inquiry this week: How We Express Ourselves. Students started the unit by exploring different symbols. They identified what they thought these symbols meant and we watched a short video discussing the specific use of colour and shape for certain international symbols. Students have been working to create their own symbol and will be predicting the meaning of the other Grade 2 symbols next week. Individually, students worked to unpack the central idea. They highlighted important words and unknown words, and then worked together to look up definitions in the dictionary. Our central idea is: Images express meaning.
A letter was sent home today (Friday) about next Wednesday, 2 March. During Mandarin class, students will be participating in a paper cutting workshop. Students will explore another form of image: symbols in Chinese culture. Instructors from One Event Company will be demonstrating and then students will have the chance to create their own symbols using the paper cutting technique. The cost is $11 per student, and we ask that payment comes to school by next Tuesday, 1 March.
Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to another fun week,
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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