Fun Friday

We read chapter 6 of Marty Mcguire. Students recorded connections they made and also blogged about what role they would choose in the play The Frog Prince. You can read and  reply to the responses here. In Math students continued with their surveys about grade 2 and 3 students. We are learning that collecting data can be tricky. Below is also a picture of our calendar. Can you identify the pattern and which attributes are changing?

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Learning skills are the foundation of student acheivement. To help students become aware of their strengths and needs in this area, throughout the year we will focus on the different learning skills that are covered on student report cards. We have started with independent work. The grade 2’s and 3’s have self-assessed their skills in this area and set a goal or two to work on. They will reassess in a few weeks to see if improvements have been made.

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This afternoon we had a special guest. Our community police officer, Officer V, came to talk to the class about getting along and how to deal with a Bully. The class enjoyed the presentation and learned the key message: STOP, WALK, and TALK. Ask your child to explain this to you. Officer V also showed us the many pieces of equipment she wears and answered a variety of questions from our curious audience.

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To round out the day we had a few more For the Love of Reading presentations as well as some time to practise writing personal narratives. Our wall of fame is filling up! The Friday finale was music with Mrs. A.

This week is flying by! Tomorrow I will be at the cross country meet with the grade 3-6 students who are representing Lincoln. This means I only have one more full day with the amazing kids in room 6 before the long weekend. Tomorrow the grade 2’s, along with the grade 3’s not attending cross country, will spend most of the day with Mrs. Andreychuk.

On Monday students were introduced to the HWDSB Commons. This is a platform where students can learn and share online through blogging in a secure environment. I think by the end of day today everyone was successful in creating their avatar and requesting membership to our class group: Global Projects. This group is visible to the public but only members can post on it. Students are also able login from home. To start we will use the blog to share our thinking about the book we are reading for The Global Read Aloud titled Marty McGuire. This afternoon I read chapter 3 aloud and students continued to practice making connections and categorizing them. We may be lucky enough to Skype with a class on Thursday, who is also reading Marty McGuire.

In math we are following up last week’s O.R.E.O. Project by learning how we can display data. Yesterday and today the class focused on creating a pictograph. Our anchor chart is posted on the learning goals page. Today students used the anchor chart to assess their work and create next steps.

A reminder that there is only one more week for students to complete their For the Love of Reading projects for cycle #1. We have had 5 creative presentations so far. I look forward to the rest.

Already Amazing!

What a fabulous week and it is only Tuesday! The 2’s and 3’s have already accomplished so much. Yesterday students worked on creating skits to demonstrate how friends can solve problems. I look forward to their presentations tomorrow. We had two courageous students launch our For the Love of Reading program with their presentations. The creativity and uniqueness of each project engaged the whole class. I can’t wait for the rest. The 2’s and 3’s also learned a lot about Terry Fox from our read aloud Terry Fox: A Story of Hope and from a short video. The boys and girls had a lot of questions about this famous Canadian and were inspired by his thoughtful words. Here is one of our favourite quotes:

“Anything’s possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” Terry Fox

Today we dug a little deeper and considered Terry’s friendship with his lifelong pal Doug. Students practiced going back to the text to find evidence to support their thinking.

In math students consolidated their learning about patterns through practice activities and games. Tomorrow we will move on to data management by starting with the exciting global O.R.E.O. project. More information to come.

In writing, today’s focus was on understanding the difference between “seed” and “watermelon” ideas. Ask your child for details.

Today’s highlight was running in the beautiful October sunshine to keep Terry’s dream alive. The enthusiasm and participation of all Lincoln students was fantastic. I think we all walked back into school feeling like very proud Canadians.

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Learning Goals: Reading, Writing and Math

I have updated the Learning Goals page with the information that you will find in this post. The reading and writing goals will take us through October. The math goal will be changing shortly after we practice some problem solving connected to patterns. I have also added the letter that went home Friday about the For the Love of Reading program to the page listed under Homework. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Reading

We are learning to extend our understanding of what we read by making connections.

We can use our prior knowledge (schema) to make meaningful connections.
We can identify the author’s message or the big idea in the text.
We can give supporting details to prove the author’s message.
We can tell why the author’s message or big idea is important to learn.

Writing

We are learning to write a personal narrative. This means we are writing about an experience we have had.

We can think of a seed idea.
We can include who, what, where and when.
We can use connnecting words to organize our beginning, middle and end (gr. 2: first, then, next, etc. gr. 3: a few minutes later, meanwhile, afterward, etc.).
We can write details that paint pictures for the reader.
We can conclude with a personal reaction (why the experience is important/how you felt).

Math

We are learning to create, talk about and extend growing and shrinking patterns.

We can identify what comes next in a pattern using the pattern rule.
We can create a number pattern if we are given the rule or see the pattern on a number line or hundreds chart.
We can use given parts (terms) of a pattern to determine parts (terms) that are missing.
We can talk about patterns using math words (add, subtract, growing, shrinking, rule).
We can solve problems using what we know about patterning.

Terrific Thursday

Everyone looked fabulous today for Picture Day and did their best to stay tidy at recess. The weather has been nothing short of spectacular all week. We enjoyed D.P.A. outside both yesterday and today playing Hide the Tile and Circle Dodgeball. The cross country runners have also had perfect conditions for their practices.

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In the lab this week the grade 2’s and 3’s spent time learning the ins and outs of Bitstrips for Schools, which is a free educational comic making website. Students are able to log in at home and share their work with you. Their assigment this week was to create 3-4 panels with their character expressing a variety of emotions through body language and the use of captions and speech bubbles. The goal was for students to learn some of the many features and tools of Bitstrips and develop a comfort level.

We have been working very hard on developing our success criteria this week for making connections, writing a personal narrative and our home reading program – For the Love of Reading. The Learning Goals page will be updated tomorrow to reflect this and a note will be going home tomorrow with details about For the Love of Reading. The students are super excited and have come up with great ideas about how they can demonstrate their learning. I can’t wait to see the results. The first cycle begins on Monday and lasts 3 weeks.