Grade 2 started their very first Unit of Inquiry this week based on ‘Who We Are’. We have been doing activities to find out more about how understanding and developing our knowledge of social and cultural behaviours (mainly non-verbal communication) helps us to communicate to others. Please find the UoI overview below with some information about the unit and some ideas of what parents can do at home to help their child.
An activity the class did this week was the Morning Session message. Each student had a turn at finding spelling, punctuation and other grammatical errors in the text to correct. We used a coloured Smartboard pen to add the students’ editing and later did a whole class edit using another pen. This activity to all learn the same editing system as well as develop their writing skills.
The class was introduced to the word study book earlier in the week. We call it word study because it involves activities other than spelling. For example, some students may need to practice how to use words in present or past tense, or need to consolidate his or her understanding of ‘I’ or ‘me’ in the sentence structure. Over time we will use a variety of word study and spelling techniques. The students also have a spelling test at the end of the week.
Finally in Language Arts, the class was introduced to their first text form of the year: prose. We first looked at a variety of text forms to help us distinguish which text form was a story. We discussed what the students already knew about stories and other forms of prose. Next we took a short story and analysed the text organisation and language features of the text. We will continue to do lessons and activities on story elements in the coming weeks.
Morning Message on the Smartboard – helps develop spelling, grammar usage and revising and editing skills
Recount writing – adding words to our ‘Have-a-go’ spelling books
Word study activities
Story time class reading
Pre-writing assessment – sorting out different text forms
Word study – developing our bank of word study activities
Prose writing – analysing the text organisation and language features of a story
Some of the math activities are conducted in the morning sessions. We do time measurement with days, weeks and months and this week we also did analogue clock activities based on O’clock and half past. We did measurement of length for one of our activities. The students were asked to estimate how many handkerchief lengths were needed to measure the boards. We then did estimates and measurements using our hands in the classroom. We did place value activities working in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s using the number chart, pen and paper and computer tasks, and we also used thinkboards to represent basic addition facts in various ways.
Place Value – students choosing to count on using the same number pattern
Measurement – O’clock, A.M., P.M. and half past with an analogue clock
Thinkboards to display our thinking of addition problems
Measurement Inquiry – ‘How many handkerchief lengths do we need to measure our class boards?’
Measurement – estimating and then measuring with arbitrary units (our hands!)
Place value activities using Mathsonline
This week the students did a ‘tuning in’ activity for our ‘Who We Are’ UoI. We looked at a variety of pictures that represented non-verbal communication in different scenarios and from different cultures. After a class discussion we then went through the main features of the unit and completed an ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ sheet. We have also started finding out more about non-verbal usage and we have been adding our understandings to the class ‘Graffiti Wall’.
The class (including the teachers) signing the class agreement
Who We Are – Tuning in to our new unit
Who We Are – the class discussing what they think the UoI is all about
Who We Are – an information session on the UoI and summative assessment
Who We Are – the class adding their current knowledge of nonverbal communication to the class ‘Graffiti Wall’
Indonesia Independence Day School Activities
On Friday, the elementary students did a variety of activities on the school’s field as part of the Indonesian Independence Day festivities. It was also great to see many of the parents on the field in support of the school and having some fun along the way. Below are a few pictures of the events.