Grade 2 did a lot of typing on the computer (with a few small revisions and edits) but the class has now finished their stories. All the students have also illustrated their pictures so we will put the stories up for display next week. Our next text type is just around the corner so watch this space for more details!
Fabulous Friday – Practising intonation, volume and presentation for our speaking parts
Word study activities
Completing our stories on the computer
We did a few different forms of math over the week. First we did revision activities. We worked with partners who gave each other subtraction problems to do and then we peer corrected the calculations. You may think that this is an easy task, but it tells the teacher a lot of information. “Which students understand the subtraction process well enough to explain it to a peer? Which students still need the benefit of using concrete materials to help them work out the answers? Which students require more challenging problems such as working in thousands or with regrouping?” Second, we also revised what we know about doubles and near-doubles. Once again it seems like a simple task until we start discussing the applications of doubles. Such discussions helps give the math rigor. For example, doubles can be used for addition and subtraction, it makes it easier to figure amounts in jobs of science, banking, population growth and so on. Third, we engaged in an activity that challenged the students. They had to use one piece of paper, stand it at least 8cm tall and see how many 100s blocks it could hold for at least 3 seconds (and yes, this was a UoI activity). There is a lot of problem-solving, estimating, calculations (students doubled or quadrupled the paper thickness with folding so there was a connection to our doubles lesson) and other thinking processes. Inquiry is also about investigation and math concepts come to the fore when the time necessitates their use. Last, we introduced a new concept to the students. We did activities to find out what students already knew about shapes and we started to find out about polygons. Although it is the start of the unit the students have already given some information that will help guide the upcoming lessons. To sum, although there is a math curriculum to cover in Grade 2 there is also a balancing act of how the math concepts are covered. Teaching new concepts, revising and consolidating, applying knowledge and delving into math inquiries help balance the math the students cover over the year.
Measurement – adding our new understandings to the measurement poster
Subtraction – working with a peer on problems
Doubles and Near Doubles – visual representations of where we might see double and near doubles in real-life
Shapes – Sharing what we know about shapes and polygons
Shapes – activity encouraging students to describe their current understandings about shapes
We finished up our UoI based on knowing social and cultural gestures help people to communicate. We also started a new Unit of Inquiry based on materials, their properties and their functions. We did the ‘Paper Challenge’ activity, created mindmaps to show what we already know about materials and we did an ‘I See, I Think, I Wonder’ sheet so we could share our understandings about materials and ask questions about what we want to learn.
Tour of new BIS building – very exciting!
Practising our skits
Vocal practise outdoors
Script practise – “Can we hear your voices from across the room?”
Questions for our inquiry
Paper structure challenge
New UoI – What do we know about materials?
New UoI – completing the sheet, ‘I See, I Think, I Wonder’
Some activities in Week 10 were geared towards the Grade 2 Fabulous Friday at the end of the week. We practised our speaking parts, skits, ‘What Am I?’ presentations and non-verbal gesture charades. We also practised our song using sign language. Below are some pictures of the Fabulous Friday.