Everyone was excited this week, as Sports Day was Friday! With the haze so unpredictable, we were hoping the weather would be okay, and thankfully it was perfect! It was so fun to watch the Grade 2 students participate in the track and field events, as well as the running races. They worked so hard in the heat and also cheered each other on. Congratulations to everyone for trying their very best! More pictures of Sports Day will be coming on next week's blog post.
Earlier in the week, students spent some time investigating addition and subtraction story problems. We are beginning to look at the language used, in order to help us identify if we will need to add or subtract. Students also are beginning to pick out the important information and identify the question that is being asked. We worked together to solve different problems and spent several days exploring and explaining different strategies - using number lines, hundreds charts, counters, fingers, tally marks, drawing pictures, etc. Students are remembering to show their work and were able to explain their thinking to the class. At the end of the week, students worked to write several different story problems (some simple, and some more complex). Here are just a few of the many that were created:
We have 99 glue sticks and 74 people. Someone buys 6 more glue sticks and 5 more people by 4 glue sticks. How many glue sticks do we have altogether?
Joe has 6 glue and I take 5 away. How many glue sticks does he have now?
Marin had 48 cookies. Marin gave Kento 23 cookies. How many cookies does Marin have left?
I had 15 chips and I gave away 4. How many do I have now?
I had 54 cookies. Then 2 people ate 4 cookies each. How many cookies do I have left?
We have 99 marshmallows and we give 10 to Ms. Sue. How many marshmallows do we have now?
Carmella had 26 fish. Then Advay ate 5. How many fish are left?
During Daily 5 and 'Work on Writing', we looked at the form and function of letter writing. Why do we write letters? How do we write letters? What needs to be included? Why might we send a letter instead of an email? After looking at different picture books, students identified the five main parts of a letter:
* greeting (Dear _______,)
* body (all the stuff we want to say)
* closing (from, love, sincerely)
* signature (name)
Students then wrote a letter to Dr. Chris, thanking her for taking the time to Skype with us and teach us about sign language. We will be mailing these letters in a few weeks.
Our first unit of inquiry is coming to a close, and we spent some time looking into cross cultural communication. Several moms were able to come in from the other classes and share with all of grade 2 about their culture and how they communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. It was a fascinating afternoon and the students were eager to share what they had learned after visiting the different classrooms. If you are still interested in sharing this with our class, please let me know and we can find a time for you to visit.
Next week is a somewhat short week. We will be going on our field trip on Wednesday. Please remember to send a packed lunch with your child, as we will be eating at the Botanic Gardens. We will be leaving about 8:30 and returning around 1:30. There is also no school on Thursday!
Lunch menus for October will be going home on Monday. They need to be returned Tuesday. I'm sorry I couldn't get them out earlier, as it was a short day on Friday and students were picked up from the field.
There will not be new 'Words Their Way' words next week, as we will spend the time reviewing our past words and spelling patterns.
More pictures will be uploaded next week.
Have a fantastic 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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