This week, grade 2 is exploring how water is a limited resource through the eyes of 7-year old Fatamatou from Doussiaradou, Guinea. Students visualized a life in the day of Fatamatou, which includes a long walk to get water as well as a choice of where to get the water. This experience is leading to our Maker Day tomorrow, where students will help Fatamatou with a problem she has. Please ask your child to tell you about their experience this week, the problem that Fatamatou faces, and the ways we came up with to solve that problem.
In Math, students completed an assessment on time. Using this assessment, they checked on their progress toward their own individual goals in learning time. We will continue to practice telling and using time as a form of measurement all year; please continue practicing at home as well. In addition to working with double-digit subtraction strategies this week, students tackled a 3-Act math task called “Candy Bowl”. Students were encouraged to keep trying, even in the face of a very challenging problem. Here are some of the tools and strategies students used to work on this problem.
In Reading, students focused on pre-reading strategies for nonfiction as well as defining the purpose of nonfiction text features. In Writing, students inquired into the reasons writers write persuasive topics. Students also brainstormed topics and began drafting their first piece independently.
Thank you to everyone who sent in plastic bottles for our Maker Day activity tomorrow. Please remember to send your child wearing clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting dirty and a little wet. You can send a change of clothes if you wish and there will be time to change at lunchtime.
A message from Ms Sally: We started a new partner song this week, reading music notation and singing together. Several students in your class wanted the sheet music to practice playing on the piano at home. Could you add this link to your blogs, so that students can access the sheet music? http://blogs.unishanoi.