This week has been an exciting week in Grade 2, and the fun is not over. We wrapped up our How the World Works Unit with our Science Expo today which was a huge success. We will do our best to upload our videos to our Easyblogs in case any of our parents were not able to attend due to other committments.
There is a wealth of information in this blog post so be sure to read all the way through if possible- most importantly though please remember our music celebration on March 22 at 9am. Coffee and tea will be available for parents in the CfA from 8.30 – 9am and the music concert will run from 9 – 9.45/10 am followed by a short comment from Megan. Remember too that this is the FINAL weekend to get your concert attire ready. Students should wear black pants or skirt and a white shirt. Here are some ideas: Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt. Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please). Formal black shoes (no sneakers please). ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt
In Math we have just started to learn about multiplication through repeated addition, using arrays, equal groups and using an open number line. Our standard is to recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays.
Our vocabulary includes: add, take away, group, row, column, array, number of rows, number of columns, number in each row, number in each column, total, equal, is the same as, shared between, shared equally, part left over, empty number line, number chart.
You won’t find us practicing and memorizing times tables in grade 2. It’s okay if you want to practice those at home, but in class we really want to be able to demonstrate our understanding of what multiplication is, and how it is connected to division. Today, we played one of our favorite games called 21, and we practiced playing by skip counting by threes. We discovered the game goes really quickly when you count on by threes! Ask us to show you.
We have been working on writing procedures in class, and have really mastered the idea of having “bossy” verbs or commands at the beginning of our steps. You could ask us to write a procedure for anything, and I bet we could do it. We have also been challenging our skills with using the thesaurus to find out new words we can use since put is a banned word as is using the same command verb more than once in a procedure.
We are always reading, this never changes. And while our fluency and accuracy with words is greatly improving, our goal now is to really understand what we are reading. Here is an article which I have found very helpful. If you are one of those parents who wants to know how to help their child with their reading check it out. It offers some great tips on how you can help your child understand what they are reading and to build their comprehension skills.
Next week we will begin unpacking our new unit Where We Are in Place and Time. Be on the lookout for some field trips coming up as we are hoping to pack our bags for adventures! We were so inspired by a guest visitor we had three weeks ago, Henry Evans. He traveled to the Antarctica to study!