Circles, Dots and Paragraphs

This week room 6 started a unit on multiplication. Today the students played Circles and Dots to reinforce the understanding of multiplication as the combining of equal groups. Here are the instructions so you can play at home – Circles and Dots Game. All you need is a die and pencil and paper. An additional rule we added in the classroom is to write the corresponding repeated addition sentence, alongside the multiplication sentence, with each turn taken.

Although we are finished our unit on time the boys and girls are continuing to refine their analogue clock reading skills. I covered the digital clock in the classroom earlier this week and banned peeking to look in the hallway for the digital time. Please practise at home in everyday conversations to give real life meaning to these skills.

After spending a few days writing and discussing paragraphs we wrote our learning goal and success criteria. The students then applied these criteria to some writing samples from previous EQAO tests. Tomorrow they will write their own paragraph about a place they would like to visit. Once completed they will assign the paragraph a level and justify their thinking.

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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.