Nov. 20 – 24th

This week, reading James and the Giant Peach, students showed their comprehension (understanding) by acting out the chapters we read on Monday.

Students have been working hard practicing reading their poems for our Assembly next week. They are practicing their presentation skills – facing the audience, speaking loudly and clearly, and reading with expression and confidence.

In our unit, How We Express Ourselves, we read the book “Journey”. Students shared the themes that they thought connected to the story – communicators, creativity, change, and imagination.

2.1 students have been enjoying using their expressions and bodies to act – another way to express themselves.

They studied some artwork by Picasso and noticed that he painted faces with a lot of color, and out of proportion. 2.1 experimented making “Picasso-esque” faces by drawing and sculpting.

We also watched some videos of STOMP performances, and experimented with using everyday objects like a piece of paper to make music.

Students brainstormed the big ideas within our unit of inquiry. After putting together their Central Idea puzzle, students came up with 7 important concepts related to our unit – people, audience, communicate, create, imagination, art, and expression. They used these words to guess the Central Idea!

In math, 2.1 has continued looking at 2D and 3D shapes. They hunted around the room for 3D shapes, and used PicCollage to document patterns they found in our everyday lives.

Thank you for the FOLSCO donations! We are starting to fill our first donation box. We will continue to take donations, until we wrap the packages in December!

Your child may have brought home a sight word list this week – please help them review these words at home. If all the words are easy to read, please send the list in and we will check their progress! The poems that were sent home this week are an extra copy for students to use to practice at home for our assembly next week.

Poems for Poetry Cafe – Nov. 29th

Dear Parents,

2.1 students have been working hard practicing their poems for our Poetry Cafe (Assembly) on November 29th. They would like to bring their poems home to continue practicing at home and over the weekend. We will be sending a printed copy home this afternoon, please assist them in practicing reciting their poems if you are able.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you at our assembly next week!


Ms. Emily

November 13 – 17th

This week Y2.1 has continued exploring different ways of expressing ourselves through the arts. They categorized different arts as either “performance art” on the stage with an audience, or “visual art” which is art a viewer just looks at.

We investigated different styles of painting – painting like Seurat or Pollock.

We had a dance workshop with Mr. Capita and one with Ms. Jasmine and learned to create our own moves and dance styles and had a visit from a local sculptor.

We got to see the dress rehearsal of the performance “The Circus” and practiced our listening and self-management skills in the audience.

In math, we explored different shapes, and shared our knowledge that some shapes are 2D (flat) and some are 3D (fat).  Students wrote clues to describe a shape, and came up with important vocabulary words like side, corner, round, and straight. We also played “Guess My Number” with numbers from 1 to 10.

We’ve been focusing on practicing our fluency and presentation skills when we read, and have learned to write shape poems and acrostic poems this week.

We also began a new book by Roald Dahl – “James and the Giant Peach”. Ask your child about the two aunts in the story, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker!

Please save this date on your calendars — November 29th Y2 will be hosting a Poetry Cafe from 2:15 to 3 and you are invited to attend!

It has been wonderful seeing so many parents active on Seesaw – liking and commenting on student work. We hope you are enjoying this new platform for sharing about learning. If you have donations for the FOLSCO charity, you are welcome to send them to school anytime – we have a box for donations in our classroom :).

Nov. 6-10th

This week Y2 has started tuning into our third Unit of Inquiry, How We Express Ourselves.

We began by examining a box of objects and finding out – what are they, how are they used, and how are they connected?

From there, we began unpacking the word “art” through various examples and non-examples and by unpacking the concepts in the book “Ish”.

2.1 described art as something that involved creating something and using creativity. We explored how to be creative by turning a simple squiggle into many different things and how to turn a paper bag into a puppet.

We shared about perspectives responding to the book “Duck! Rabbit!”.

We found that we could understand a story read in Umbundu by listening to the emotions in Ms. Tamara’s voice, watching her facial expressions, and looking at the pictures. Students were even able to retell the story with puppets!

We began to interpret artwork and shared our perspective and our own beliefs about “art”.

Students are now moving independently through the first four stages of the writing process! Soon we will be ready to publish!

Last week 2.1 looked at rhyming poems. This week they wrote their own color poems.

Students looked at the attributes of different shapes and objects through the lens of perspective.

We also explored creating two-dimensional shapes with geoboards and pattern blocks.