Sept. 25th – 29th

The final week of our first Unit of Inquiry! To show what they have learned about community, 2.1 students took action. They proposed changes for the LIS Community that would help us learn!

This week 2.1 began reading our first chapter book, George’s Marvelous Medicine. Students described the character Grandma with words and pictures. We used the comprehension strategy of making predictions to guess what the medicine will do to Grandma!

In math, students continued practicing their data handling skills. They used tally marks and bar graphs, and this week learned to make pictographs as well. We also practiced finding our left and right and giving directions. After practicing on our grid in the classroom in partners, students used the app “Lightbot” to practice directions on the iPads.

Ms. Betsy has been connecting Year 2s learning in Music class with our Unit of Inquiry, How we organize ourselves. She has been working with them on the orchestra. Please visit this link to continue the learning from the unit at home!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!

September 20-22

A very short week! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.

In language, 2.1 continued to work on recount writing, writing about their long weekends. They made a checklist to remind themselves to explain the who and the what, to use the past tense, and to use sequencing words.  They played memory to help them build their knowledge of sight words.

In math, students worked on creating bar graphs. They used bar graphs to show the months of the year with the most and least birthdays in 2.1. They also continued working on proving their math knowledge in a variety of ways.

In our Unit of Inquiry, students continued to practice their social skills by working in groups and taking on different roles. Some were the leaders, others the writers or the presenters. In small groups students had to work together to decide what game 2.1 would play outside. They know that they are the most important members of our LIS community, and that everyone participates to make our community better. They have been challenged to look around our school and find a way that they can make our community even better.

2.1 also enjoyed celebrating Peace Day.



Sept. 11th – 15th

This week in writing, 2.1 continued to develop their knowledge of writing recounts. They focused on using sequencing words (First, then, next, finally) to organize their writing, as well as using the past tense.

In reading we focused on practicing common sight words by playing snakes and ladders, and building words out of play doh.

In math, students were challenged in small groups to create different shapes out of a loop of yarn. They had to communicate and cooperate together. We talked about convincing others, and Ms. Tamara and Ms. Emily played the role of the skeptics.

Students also played “The Game of Totals”, practicing making tens.

Building off of the shapes challenge, students had to convince Ms. Emily that 1 + 2 really is equal to three. They brainstormed many ways to convince me, showing me in pictures and tally marks, building the equation with cubes, explaining their solution in words, showing me with a tens frame, a number line, and even their fingers! Students then practiced showing their work in many different ways.

In our Unit of Inquiry, students defined a community and brainstormed the various communities they are a part of. They worked together playing different roles in our LIS community and used yarn to show all the connections between us. They realized that everyone works together.

We had a visit from Mr. Dylan to ask him some questions about his job. See what questions 2.1 had for Mr. Dylan:

Do you read books to little kids? – Sarah

Do you have homework? – Ryan

Did you have a class job today? – Andre

What does a director do? – Fatima

Do you come to school on Saturday and Sunday? – Ian

Were you ever a class teacher? – Ryan

What do you do in your office? – Kenza

Are you responsible for children? – Ian

Is your room next to Mr. Chris’s room? – Geanine

How did you become the director? – Fatima

Were you a principal before you became a director? – Somto

Why are you outside when we come to school? – Ruth

In small groups, students were asked to rank different roles in the community by importance. Each group ranked the roles in a different way. We realized that everyone is important and has responsibility within our community, and our school community wouldn’t function if someone stopped doing their job.

We started using the class iPads this week – thank you so much for sending headphones to school! If your child hasn’t brought a cloth bag to use for reading in the classroom, please send one in on Monday. Enjoy the long weekend and see you on Wednesday!

September 4th – 8th

In language, 2.1 focused on reading with fluency. We practiced reading “The Book with No Pictures” and read the words the way the author wanted us to by noticing the size of the font,and by looking at the ending punctuation.We used the whisper phones to listen carefully to our fluency at read to self. We read our September poem and some of our favorite books in partners. We also practiced using ending punctuation in our writing. This week 2.1 started bringing home books for home reading. They can read with you, to you, or listen to you read the book to them! Don’t forget to help your child fill out their reading log each night.

In math we continued working towards open-mindsets. Students were challenged to create as many different rectangles as they could using just 12 tiles.

In our Unit of Inquiry, students thought about the different roles and responsibilities at LIS. They wrote about what they know about Mr. Chris’s job and came up with many questions about the role of the principal. Mr. Chris came to answer some of our questions.

We thought about true, basic  needs , and whether we really need all the materials we have at LIS. Students looked at a photo of a classroom from another country and shared their opinions on whether those students have everything they need.

We uncovered the Central Idea: People in a community contribute to meet common goals.

At our Year 2 Assembly today, students were inspired to brainstorm questions about other members of our LIS community.

This week we also met our Year 6 Buddies and thought about Peace.

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to the Back to School Night on Thursday. If you were not able to attend, please find the presentation slides below. We asked that you please send a pair of headphones in a labeled, ziplock bag to keep at school for use with the iPads. Have a great weekend, and hope to see many of you at the Jogathon!

Week of August 28th – 31st

This week in writing, 2.1 focused on using appropriate capital letters. Students looked at examples of capital letters in various sentences, and discussed the rules they know for when to capitalize letters. They also focused on proper letter formation.

In reading, 2.1 revisited the idea of “Good Fit Books”. They chose one book from their book bags and shared why it was a good fit for them.

In math, 2.1 worked in partners to try and put various shapes in order, changing the shape or the color but not both in each step.

We also discussed how we do math – that it doesn’t need to be fast, but we need to think deeply. For example, students were challenged to use their fingers to show the number 3 in as many different ways as possible.

Following our unit-related discussions on organization, 2.1 began to concentrate on data handling, and used tally marks to search for items in the classroom.

We began thinking about inquiry and our current unit, How We Organize Ourselves, when we returned to our classroom after break and found that everything was messy! Students brainstormed their ideas on what “organized” means, and explained why it is important to keep things organized.

2.1 looked at four different photos and objects and discussed whether these items were something we really needed. In sharing back with the rest of the class, they defined “needs” as something you have to have to survive, to be healthy, to be safe, and to feel happy and supported. They realized that we have other needs at school than the four we first looked at; for example, we forgot about security guards! Have a look at all the needs they brainstormed for LIS.

We revisited our cooperation games from last week. Students reflected on what went well – they communicated with each other, and many people shared the materials. They also reflected on what didn’t go so well – some of our friends were stuck at one end, while others made it across the lava! We had a second attempt, and successfully got the whole class across!

On Thursday Year 2 had a visit from the Secondary students organizing the Jogathon. They reminded us that we can bring old closed-toed shoes to donate to the orphanage and that we can find sponsors to help us raise money. You’ll see the box for Year 2 outside the 2.2 classroom next week.

If your child has not brought a book bag to school to use in the classroom, please send one as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you on Friday for our Parent Teacher Connection Meetings!

August 21st – 25th

This week 2.1 created a classroom community agreement. They brainstormed lots of ideas about how we should act when we are together at school and settled on four main points. Have a look at the agreement they decided upon.

In reading, 2.1 has been talking about lots of different strategies we use as readers. This week we focused on strategies to help our comprehension (do we understand what we read) and fluency (reading with expression). One comprehension strategy we practiced when reading the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk was using the pictures to guess a word that would make sense. Another was making connections to the characters in the story. We also worked on developing stamina and choosing “Good Fit Books” when reading to ourselves. *Thank you for sending in cloth bags, we are using them as reading bags within the classroom! **

This week 2.1 had our first Writer’s Workshop. We worked on focusing on our writing for fifteen minutes (five to plan and pre-write, ten to write).

In math, students began thinking about how we organize and categorize items. This week they sorted emoji faces by emotions, colors, and shapes. They also sorted shoes by color, style, size, and purpose. Finally, they created their own pictures to sort in multiple ways.

This week we drew our self-portraits and briefly reviewed the key concept, form (what is it like?). 

In our Year 2 Gathering today, we talked about the skill of cooperation, a focus for the current Unit of Inquiry. We watched a short video clip and played two different games to practice cooperating with others.

You’ll notice a “Friday Reflection” in your child’s Friday Folder today. Please have a look at your child’s self-reflection. If you have any questions or comments there is space for you to add your reflection too. Please sign (just so I know you’ve seen it!) and return the Reflections in the Friday Folders on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

First Week of School!

Year 2 is off to a great start! What a fun week getting to know each other.

This week 2.1 played lots and lots of games and practiced our social skills! Ask your child to teach you how to play “Now I’m Walking”, “Pop”, or “Octopus Tag”.

Students shared great ideas about why it is important to learn to read and write. They also had lots of ideas about what “math” means.

We began reading a few books by Mo Willems, and students shared their favorite parts of the story. Some volunteered to share their work with the class! In writing, we decided the most important words we need to know how to write are…our names! Students wrote their names to add to our word wall to use as a reference this year.

2.1 had a short visit from Mr. Dylan, and went to Mr. Chris’s office on Thursday for a read aloud. Our visit to Mr. Chris’s office sparked a few questions that will lead us into our first Unit of Inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves. Have a look at the overview of our unit here.

On Friday, students thought about what they are excited to do in Year 2. They then shared about what they want to learn how to do this year. Have a look at 2.1’s goals for the year!

It was wonderful to meet so many parents this week. Please feel free to stop by before or after school to introduce yourselves, and of course, don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or concerns.

A few quick reminders:

  • Please complete and return the language profile if you haven’t already done so.
  • Thank you to those who have already sent in a framed family photo and a small cloth bag! If you have not yet, please send them in at your earliest convenience.
  • Your child will be bringing home their Friday Folder today – don’t forget to return the folder on Monday morning. Try to ask your child about the work they bring home, and see if they can teach you what we are learning about! All work in the Folder can stay at home.

Enjoy the weekend, and see you on Monday!