Wednesday October 9, 2019

Tomorrow morning is picture day!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  No school on Friday and Monday!  Thank you for making sure that letter books and poem duotangs are returned tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered how a compass works.

-in math message we continued our work with dominoes.   Do I have dominoes at home?  If so, I can show you what we've been working on.

-In Social Studies, we continued our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.  You can ask me these questions:  What is the capital?  What are "jellybean houses"?  What is the provincial bird and flower?  What do I know about icebergs?  What is the "edge"?  Ask me if I would like to go to Newfoundland.

-in science, we read about Magnets and started setting up our next experiment.

-we had gym and music.

-we also got to travel to Nova Scotia.  We learned what a ferry is because we took it from NFL to Nova Scotia.  Some of us have been on a ferry.  So far in Nova Scotia, we explored Fort Louisbourg and the Cabot Trail.

-we started getting to the exciting part of Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened. 



Monday October 7, 2019

2 Notices coming home today:  Halloween Howl notice and another tip sheet for reading at home and the reading strategies that I will be using with the students.  Scholastic book orders due on Thursday.  Friday is a PD day and Monday is Thanksgiving (no school).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about "who invented the alphabet?"

-we talked about the Brain memory pocket and we started to add to it.

-we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+9, 7+5.  Many of us are counting up on our fingers.  We are working at recalling our doubles and using our doubles to figure out near double facts.

-we did a repeating pattern task.  We were given 3 colours and had to make vertical coloured patterns to make flags.

-in science, we worked on the next centre.  Ask me what centre I did today.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday October 4, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful letters back to your children in our Friday letter books.  The students were so excited to write you back today.  Please remember to send back poem duotangs and letter books on Monday.  Today we are bringing home a picture day reminder and the October scholastic book order which will be due on Thursday before the long weekend.  PD day on Friday and no school on Monday due to Thanksgiving.

Today:

-it was Friday funnies!

-we worked on one poem about magnets to share with you.  On Fridays, it is our choice to bring home a book for home reading.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we wrote letters to you.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday October 2, 2019

Please continue to send reading logs back to school daily.  Thank you so much for your support with the reading program.  School pictures on October 10.

Today:

-we wondered about magnets.

-we played a throwing game in gym.

-in math message, we worked on subitizing 2 dice.  We showed the number using an addition sentence.

-we wrote a story from our imagination pocket.  Some of us shared our stories in author's chair.

-we did a number talk.  We are continuing to work on doubles and near doubles.  If I know my doubles to 20, then I can easily solve near double number sentences.  For example 5+6 is 5+5 and adding 1 more.

-we continued on repeating pattern work.  We repeated our patterns 3 X, circled the core and named the patterns using letters.

-we worked on our first science centre and experiment.  Ask me what I did in my first centre.

-we had music with Miss Bell in the afternoon.



Tuesday October 1, 2019

Please have students bring reading logs to school EVERYDAY!  Students are  trying to learn routine and responsibility and need your help to keep on track with reading logs.  Even if your child has not had a chance to read, they still need to bring their reading log everyday.  It took a lot of time to get student set up with a reading log and reading level.  Books should seem fairly easy, as it is important that the students are gaining in their confidence and feeling successful when reading with you at home.  Thank you so much for your support!


Monday September 30, 2019

Today is the first day that students will be bringing their reading log home.  They have picked a book at their level today and wrote in their reading log.  Please initial nightly and return communication bag with the reading log and book back to school everyday.  Some students also have a list of sight words to practice.  For these students, I will review the sight words on Fridays.  Also, on Mondays, poem duotangs and letter books need to be returned.  

Today:

we wondered if a meteor has ever hit a person.

-we started 2 new morning routines:  our reading logs and math message.  In math message this week, we are working on subitizing dice.  Subitizing means to recognize numbers right away.  We can practice this by playing dice games.  Can I instantly recognize the numbers on a dice?  Can I recognize the numbers on 2 dice and add them together?

-we chose a topic from our fact pocket and wrote about it.

-in gym, we played indiginous games because today is orange shirt day.

-in math, we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+8, 7+6. We should know our doubles up to 10+10.  If we do, we can use the near double strategy.

-we started talking about patterns.  A pattern is something that follows a rule.  We practiced naming patterns and talked about the core of a pattern.

-we watched a Brain Pop Video about magnets.

-We did a science experiment to test "What happens when you put magnetic poles together?"  What happened when I put North and South together?  What happened when I put South and South together?  What happened when I put North and North together?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read a Pug book.  It was so funny!


Friday September 27, 2019

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at https://healthyhunger.ca/

Monday is orange shirt day.  We talked about what orange shirt day is for.  See link:  https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day

A reminder that every Monday Blue Poem Duotangs and Letter books need to be returned every Monday.  Can you please write back to us in our letter book every week.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies. We saw a video of Roo and a picture of Copper and our funny video was about birds.  We love Friday Funnies.

-we talked about Orange Shirt Day.

-we have 2 new poems to . share with you.  We continued working on rhyming and learning new vocabulary in poems.

-we read a story "Can I Be Your Dog?"  It was a book full of letters from and to a dog named Arfy.  We learned how to set up a letter and we wrote our first letter to you.  Please see the instructions inside our letter book and return on Monday.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had a class meeting.



Thursday September 26, 2019

Today our math task was a patterning task with blocks.  All of us were able to get to the challenge question, but none of us solved it.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us how we could use an idea from the first task in order to solve the second task.  Can I find the answer tonight?  Using 4 coloured blocks, how many different towers can I make?



Wednesday September 25, 2019

The Terry Fox run was great today!  Thank you for your donations and filling the sticker out with your children!  We raised over $1000 at the school.

Today:

-we counted the money we raised for the Terry Fox run.  We raised $39.90 as a class.  How many twoonies make $10?  We made 10's in order to make counting easier.

-we wondered how long a marathon is.  We watched another video about Terry Fox.  We have learned so much about Terry Fox.

-was the 16th day of school.  How many more days until the 20th day of school?  What will be the 20th day of school?

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we read another story about the brain that Mrs. Byciuk just bought.  It was great.

-we reviewed the parts of the brain and started making our brain hats.  We will finish them tomorrow.

-we talked about what magnets are attracted to?  Iron, Cobalt, Nickel and Steel (has iron in it).  We made a creative journal page to remember.

-we did the Terry Fox run and had oranges after.


Tuesday September 24, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon is the Terry Fox run.  I am send the "I'm running for" stickers to fill out at home.  You can fill them in and I will help the students put them on before the run. Please have your children dress appropriately for the run and bring a twoonie for Terry!


Monday September 23, 2019

Thank you to all the families that were able to drop by on Thursday night.  It was great meeting all of you.  If you were unable to make it, I will be sending home the curriculum letter with your child.  We will be swimming from October 28th-31st in the mornings.  I am looking for a few volunteers, especially dads to help with getting the children changed before and after swimming.  Volunteers need a current police check through the school.  Please let me know if you are able to help out any or all of the days.

Today:

-we read the Dr. Seuss story "What Pet Should I Get?"  We made predictions of the pet the kids chose.  We wrote about the pet we would get.  We worked on adding details:  What, why, how

-in math, we watched the You Cubed video "The Importance of Struggle".  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 12 square tiles and we had to build as many different rectangles as we could.  We drew them on grid paper.  We got back together and talked about how we could make sure to find all of the answers.  What pattern could we follow?  Following the pattern, we were able to find 16 different rectangles.

-we had gym and practiced for the Terry Fox run.  The run will be on Wednesday afternoon.

-we had music with Mrs. Bell.

-we talked about the different types of magnets and made a title page with them.  We can't wait to learn about magnets.

-we had a firedrill.  We are working on being silent and serious.



Wednesday September 18, 2019

A reminder that tomorrow morning we will be walking down to Fish Creek for SOGO.  Students should be dressed for running  with proper shoes and clothing and a water bottle.  Tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 is the school's open house.  This is something that the school is trying instead of a sit down meet the teacher time.  You are welcome to come anytime during this time period with your child.  This is a chance to tour our space, check out our amazing art work and class books and see some pictures of the things we have been doing in the last 3 weeks.  You will also recieve a curriculum letter for the next 3 months.  I am looking forward to meeting all the families.

Today:

-we wondered if tv affects the brain.

-we finished our EST classroom writing.

-we finished our Bioglyphs and can wait to show you tomorrow.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+9, 9+8, 9+8.  Students can work on learning doubles up to 20 if they can't recall them already. 

-we did some You Cubed Math.  First we watched a video "Math is Not Speed".  Did you know that some of the most famous mathematicians were slow doing math.  What is important in math is to think carefully, deeply and to make connections. We worked with cuisenaire rods.  We noticed that they are different lengths and different colours.  Each colour is a certain length.  Mrs. Byciuk made a train out of 3 rods and we had to make a train of the same length only using one colour for each train.  We used grid paper to draw each train and write a number sentence.  For example:  yellow, red, white:  1+2+5=8 . white, white white, white, white, white, white, white 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=8 red, red, red, red 2+2+2+2=8.  

Then we got to make our own train using 3 or 4 different coloured rods and find equivalent trains.  We are going to continue this tomorrow.

-we had music



Monday September 16, 2019

I'm extending the due date for the book orders until tomorrow as my online order page wasn't working over the weekend.  Please let me know if you have any issues with this.  A reminder that our open house is on Thursday night from 6-7:30.  This is different than a regular "meet the teacher night".  Parents can come with their children sometime during the open house to tour the classroom, receive the curriculum letter and check out our art work in the hallway.  This is not a sit down meeting, but I will be here to answer any questions you have about the upcoming year.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Today:

-we had our first Adventure running day.  Ask me about my first 2 stations.  Tomorrow morning we are having our second day of SOGO.

-we started talking about place value---ones and tens.  Today was the 10th day of school.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us the place value blocks---the units (ones) and the rods (tens) and talked to us about how they represent number.  Ask me how we represented the 10th day of school and what happened with our school straws.

-Mystery Doug was about the biggest apple in the world.

-we read a book called "Things that are Most in the World".  We started working on our own page of the class book.  We can't wait for you to see on Thursday.  

-we tried using the "quiet creatures".  We worked so quietly.  Mrs. Byciuk was impressed.

-we finished our animal parades in math and shared all of our different number sentences.  There are so many ways to make 12 using the numbers 8,6,4, 2 and/or 1.  Ask me about my animal parade and my number sentence.

-we shared the rest of our "Me In A Paper Bag".  It was so fun to listen to everyone's stories over the last week!

-we finished our Art projects and started a new art project.  It is a bioglyph.  Ask me what that means.


Friday September 13, 2019

Next week students will be participating in SOGO adventure running. Our times are Monday and Tuesday morning first thing, so please dress for the weather and wear proper runners.  Bring water bottles.  On Thursday, the grade 2's will be walking down to Fish Creek for adventure running.  This is a special program for the whole school. Scholastic book orders are due on Monday.  We were unable to finish paper bags today and will finish on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday funnies about sloths!

-we have a new poem about brains to share with you.  A reminder that duotangs should come back on Monday.

-we had Ketchup time.  Our class is working on focusing on getting our tasks done.  We are way too chatty.

-some of us worked on our art project.

-we had class meeting for the week.


Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019

Please continue to send in all forms.  Scholastic book orders coming home.  You are welcome to order online or send in a check with your order.  Due on Monday.

Today:

-we continued to review the calendar, days of school (10 Frames).

-our Wonder was about how we can wake our brains in the morning.  Ask me something that I can do.

-we shared 5 paper bags throughout the day.  The students are doing a great jobs sharing the items in their bags.  We are learning a lot about each other.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk 6+6, 6+5, 6+7.  WE need to practice our doubles at home.  We should be able to recall these doubles.  We shared our strategies and worked on "near double" facts.

-we continued a You Cubed activity from yesterday.  For the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on stretching our brains, having a growth mindset, sharing our thinking in math and working together.  Jo Boaler ( a mathematician from Stanford) created the You Cubed activities.   Today we talked about how important fingers are in math.  See article https://qz.com/668828/a-stanford-professor-says-counting-on-your-fingers-is-critical-to-understanding-math/.  We played a game using our fingers.  We had to use both our right and left hand and different fingers to move counters.  We were challenged with a harder game board.

-we started another You Cubed activity called the animal parade.  We first watched a video about believing in ourself and the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us a picture of some animals and asked us how many feet they have.  Our challenge was to make an animal parade with 12 feet.  We cut pictures out of the animals and glued them in a parade.  We then wrote the number sentence to go with it.  We are going to finish our parades tomorrow.

-we had music with Ms. Bell.

-we started working on statements for our art.  We art so excited to share our art with you on "open house" night.


Monday Sept 9, 2019

There were a few students who didn't bring their "Me In a Paper Bag" today.  Please send in tomorrow.  Please continue to send in parentview points and form envelopes.  Poem duotangs are to come back on Mondays.  If  this was forgotten today, please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we learned what causes the Northern lights.  WE also learned about some other glowing things.

-we continued reviewing the calendar.  We have been talking about 7 days=a week.  Today is Monday.  What will next Monday be.....9+7=16.

-we signed our class contract.  A contract is an agreement.  Mrs. Byciuk wrote our class contract based on all of the ideas we came up with last week.

-we shared numerous Paper Bags today.  We were really good at explaining why each object was in our bag.  We are working on our audience manners and respecting others by listening when they are sharing.

-we read the book "The School Year Will Be The Best!"  WE wrote about a wish that we have for the school year.  We could write a silly exaggerated wish like "This year I want a chocolate water fountain." or we could write a serious wish like "This year I hope to make new friends."  

-we did our very first number talk.  We will be doing a number talk almost everyday.  We are learning to explain our strategies and listen to the strategies of our peers.  Our number talk today was....3+3, 3+4, 3+2.  In grade 2 we should recall our doubles up to 10+10.  We talked about near doubles and the near double strategy.  For example, for the number sentence 3+4, we can recall the double 3+3 and add 1 more.  

-we talked about how we will be sharing our ideas and strategies in math and working a lot with others.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a special team activity.  We each got a highlighter.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 3 minutes to take turns highlighting the numbers in order from 1-100.  At first it was really challenging, but we talked as groups, figured out strategies and got better in each round.  Some of us even figured out the pattern.  It was so fun.

-we had gym and music.




Friday September 6, 2019

We are bringing our poem duotang home for the weekend.  On Fridays, we do work with poems and bring these poems home to share with you.  Duotangs need to be sent back to school on Mondays.  Me in a Paper Bag is due on Monday.  Please send in form envelope and parent viewpoint.

Today:

-we had a Welcome assembly.

-we had Friday funnies.  Ask me what the video was.

-we worked on poems, focusing on rhyming and illustrating our favourite things from our first week of school.

-we had Ketchup time to finish 3 things that we have worked on this week.  As a class, we are working on focusing on our jobs and keeping our voices at a "6-inch" level.


Thursday September 5, 2019

We are bringing home 3 things today:  an envelope with forms to fill out and return to the school, a parent viewpoint so Mrs. Byciuk can get to know us better (please send back ASAP) and our homework due on Monday.  Our "Me In a Paper Bag" has instructions glued to it with a due date (Monday Sept 9).  Mrs. Byciuk shared her paper bag with us today.  Ask me about it.

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Today:

-we started our daily morning routine.  We did calendar and talked about the days of school.  We watched Mystery Doug and learned why Pluto is not considered a Planet.  We also learned about some REALLY small things.  Ask me to tell you one of the really small things.

-We really 2 "Unbelievable Summer" books.  We thought they were really funny.  We wrote 2 truths and a lie about our summers.  Some of us shared and we tried to guess the "lie".  

-we glued in our first day of grade 2 photo and learned/reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  Ask me what zone I should be in at school.  We made a creative journal page about the zones and had to glue the pictures under the proper colour.

-we started working on our "Math and Me" page.  We talked about how to properly draw eyes, nose and a mouth and made ourselves for the page.  

-we read "The Fantastic Elastic Brain" and started learning about all the different parts of the brain.


Welcome Back!

What a great first day!  It was great meeting you and starting to get to know your children today.

Today we:

-made our coat tags and helper tags.

-read the story "First Day Jitters".  Did you know that teachers are also nervous on the first day of school?

-Read "Where I belong" and did a classmate scavenger hunt.  You can see it in my bag.

-Read "Decibella" and brainstormed what we want our classroom to look like, sound like and feel like.  We used Post-it-Notes to record our ideas.

-we worked on a classroom wordsearch.

-we took a tour of the school and talked about expectations for the washroom and the lunchroom.

-we went outside and took "First Day of grade 2" Photos.

-we were given a challenge with our group:  "Who can stack the tallest tower with the cups?"  Ask me about it.

Mrs. Byciuk

Wednesday October 9, 2019

Tomorrow morning is picture day!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  No school on Friday and Monday!  Thank you for making sure that letter books and poem duotangs are returned tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered how a compass works.

-in math message we continued our work with dominoes.   Do I have dominoes at home?  If so, I can show you what we've been working on.

-In Social Studies, we continued our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.  You can ask me these questions:  What is the capital?  What are "jellybean houses"?  What is the provincial bird and flower?  What do I know about icebergs?  What is the "edge"?  Ask me if I would like to go to Newfoundland.

-in science, we read about Magnets and started setting up our next experiment.

-we had gym and music.

-we also got to travel to Nova Scotia.  We learned what a ferry is because we took it from NFL to Nova Scotia.  Some of us have been on a ferry.  So far in Nova Scotia, we explored Fort Louisbourg and the Cabot Trail.

-we started getting to the exciting part of Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened. 



Monday October 7, 2019

2 Notices coming home today:  Halloween Howl notice and another tip sheet for reading at home and the reading strategies that I will be using with the students.  Scholastic book orders due on Thursday.  Friday is a PD day and Monday is Thanksgiving (no school).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about "who invented the alphabet?"

-we talked about the Brain memory pocket and we started to add to it.

-we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+9, 7+5.  Many of us are counting up on our fingers.  We are working at recalling our doubles and using our doubles to figure out near double facts.

-we did a repeating pattern task.  We were given 3 colours and had to make vertical coloured patterns to make flags.

-in science, we worked on the next centre.  Ask me what centre I did today.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday October 4, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful letters back to your children in our Friday letter books.  The students were so excited to write you back today.  Please remember to send back poem duotangs and letter books on Monday.  Today we are bringing home a picture day reminder and the October scholastic book order which will be due on Thursday before the long weekend.  PD day on Friday and no school on Monday due to Thanksgiving.

Today:

-it was Friday funnies!

-we worked on one poem about magnets to share with you.  On Fridays, it is our choice to bring home a book for home reading.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we wrote letters to you.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday October 2, 2019

Please continue to send reading logs back to school daily.  Thank you so much for your support with the reading program.  School pictures on October 10.

Today:

-we wondered about magnets.

-we played a throwing game in gym.

-in math message, we worked on subitizing 2 dice.  We showed the number using an addition sentence.

-we wrote a story from our imagination pocket.  Some of us shared our stories in author's chair.

-we did a number talk.  We are continuing to work on doubles and near doubles.  If I know my doubles to 20, then I can easily solve near double number sentences.  For example 5+6 is 5+5 and adding 1 more.

-we continued on repeating pattern work.  We repeated our patterns 3 X, circled the core and named the patterns using letters.

-we worked on our first science centre and experiment.  Ask me what I did in my first centre.

-we had music with Miss Bell in the afternoon.



Tuesday October 1, 2019

Please have students bring reading logs to school EVERYDAY!  Students are  trying to learn routine and responsibility and need your help to keep on track with reading logs.  Even if your child has not had a chance to read, they still need to bring their reading log everyday.  It took a lot of time to get student set up with a reading log and reading level.  Books should seem fairly easy, as it is important that the students are gaining in their confidence and feeling successful when reading with you at home.  Thank you so much for your support!


Monday September 30, 2019

Today is the first day that students will be bringing their reading log home.  They have picked a book at their level today and wrote in their reading log.  Please initial nightly and return communication bag with the reading log and book back to school everyday.  Some students also have a list of sight words to practice.  For these students, I will review the sight words on Fridays.  Also, on Mondays, poem duotangs and letter books need to be returned.  

Today:

we wondered if a meteor has ever hit a person.

-we started 2 new morning routines:  our reading logs and math message.  In math message this week, we are working on subitizing dice.  Subitizing means to recognize numbers right away.  We can practice this by playing dice games.  Can I instantly recognize the numbers on a dice?  Can I recognize the numbers on 2 dice and add them together?

-we chose a topic from our fact pocket and wrote about it.

-in gym, we played indiginous games because today is orange shirt day.

-in math, we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+8, 7+6. We should know our doubles up to 10+10.  If we do, we can use the near double strategy.

-we started talking about patterns.  A pattern is something that follows a rule.  We practiced naming patterns and talked about the core of a pattern.

-we watched a Brain Pop Video about magnets.

-We did a science experiment to test "What happens when you put magnetic poles together?"  What happened when I put North and South together?  What happened when I put South and South together?  What happened when I put North and North together?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read a Pug book.  It was so funny!


Friday September 27, 2019

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at https://healthyhunger.ca/

Monday is orange shirt day.  We talked about what orange shirt day is for.  See link:  https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day

A reminder that every Monday Blue Poem Duotangs and Letter books need to be returned every Monday.  Can you please write back to us in our letter book every week.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies. We saw a video of Roo and a picture of Copper and our funny video was about birds.  We love Friday Funnies.

-we talked about Orange Shirt Day.

-we have 2 new poems to . share with you.  We continued working on rhyming and learning new vocabulary in poems.

-we read a story "Can I Be Your Dog?"  It was a book full of letters from and to a dog named Arfy.  We learned how to set up a letter and we wrote our first letter to you.  Please see the instructions inside our letter book and return on Monday.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had a class meeting.



Thursday September 26, 2019

Today our math task was a patterning task with blocks.  All of us were able to get to the challenge question, but none of us solved it.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us how we could use an idea from the first task in order to solve the second task.  Can I find the answer tonight?  Using 4 coloured blocks, how many different towers can I make?



Wednesday September 25, 2019

The Terry Fox run was great today!  Thank you for your donations and filling the sticker out with your children!  We raised over $1000 at the school.

Today:

-we counted the money we raised for the Terry Fox run.  We raised $39.90 as a class.  How many twoonies make $10?  We made 10's in order to make counting easier.

-we wondered how long a marathon is.  We watched another video about Terry Fox.  We have learned so much about Terry Fox.

-was the 16th day of school.  How many more days until the 20th day of school?  What will be the 20th day of school?

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we read another story about the brain that Mrs. Byciuk just bought.  It was great.

-we reviewed the parts of the brain and started making our brain hats.  We will finish them tomorrow.

-we talked about what magnets are attracted to?  Iron, Cobalt, Nickel and Steel (has iron in it).  We made a creative journal page to remember.

-we did the Terry Fox run and had oranges after.


Tuesday September 24, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon is the Terry Fox run.  I am send the "I'm running for" stickers to fill out at home.  You can fill them in and I will help the students put them on before the run. Please have your children dress appropriately for the run and bring a twoonie for Terry!


Monday September 23, 2019

Thank you to all the families that were able to drop by on Thursday night.  It was great meeting all of you.  If you were unable to make it, I will be sending home the curriculum letter with your child.  We will be swimming from October 28th-31st in the mornings.  I am looking for a few volunteers, especially dads to help with getting the children changed before and after swimming.  Volunteers need a current police check through the school.  Please let me know if you are able to help out any or all of the days.

Today:

-we read the Dr. Seuss story "What Pet Should I Get?"  We made predictions of the pet the kids chose.  We wrote about the pet we would get.  We worked on adding details:  What, why, how

-in math, we watched the You Cubed video "The Importance of Struggle".  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 12 square tiles and we had to build as many different rectangles as we could.  We drew them on grid paper.  We got back together and talked about how we could make sure to find all of the answers.  What pattern could we follow?  Following the pattern, we were able to find 16 different rectangles.

-we had gym and practiced for the Terry Fox run.  The run will be on Wednesday afternoon.

-we had music with Mrs. Bell.

-we talked about the different types of magnets and made a title page with them.  We can't wait to learn about magnets.

-we had a firedrill.  We are working on being silent and serious.



Wednesday September 18, 2019

A reminder that tomorrow morning we will be walking down to Fish Creek for SOGO.  Students should be dressed for running  with proper shoes and clothing and a water bottle.  Tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 is the school's open house.  This is something that the school is trying instead of a sit down meet the teacher time.  You are welcome to come anytime during this time period with your child.  This is a chance to tour our space, check out our amazing art work and class books and see some pictures of the things we have been doing in the last 3 weeks.  You will also recieve a curriculum letter for the next 3 months.  I am looking forward to meeting all the families.

Today:

-we wondered if tv affects the brain.

-we finished our EST classroom writing.

-we finished our Bioglyphs and can wait to show you tomorrow.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+9, 9+8, 9+8.  Students can work on learning doubles up to 20 if they can't recall them already. 

-we did some You Cubed Math.  First we watched a video "Math is Not Speed".  Did you know that some of the most famous mathematicians were slow doing math.  What is important in math is to think carefully, deeply and to make connections. We worked with cuisenaire rods.  We noticed that they are different lengths and different colours.  Each colour is a certain length.  Mrs. Byciuk made a train out of 3 rods and we had to make a train of the same length only using one colour for each train.  We used grid paper to draw each train and write a number sentence.  For example:  yellow, red, white:  1+2+5=8 . white, white white, white, white, white, white, white 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=8 red, red, red, red 2+2+2+2=8.  

Then we got to make our own train using 3 or 4 different coloured rods and find equivalent trains.  We are going to continue this tomorrow.

-we had music



Monday September 16, 2019

I'm extending the due date for the book orders until tomorrow as my online order page wasn't working over the weekend.  Please let me know if you have any issues with this.  A reminder that our open house is on Thursday night from 6-7:30.  This is different than a regular "meet the teacher night".  Parents can come with their children sometime during the open house to tour the classroom, receive the curriculum letter and check out our art work in the hallway.  This is not a sit down meeting, but I will be here to answer any questions you have about the upcoming year.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Today:

-we had our first Adventure running day.  Ask me about my first 2 stations.  Tomorrow morning we are having our second day of SOGO.

-we started talking about place value---ones and tens.  Today was the 10th day of school.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us the place value blocks---the units (ones) and the rods (tens) and talked to us about how they represent number.  Ask me how we represented the 10th day of school and what happened with our school straws.

-Mystery Doug was about the biggest apple in the world.

-we read a book called "Things that are Most in the World".  We started working on our own page of the class book.  We can't wait for you to see on Thursday.  

-we tried using the "quiet creatures".  We worked so quietly.  Mrs. Byciuk was impressed.

-we finished our animal parades in math and shared all of our different number sentences.  There are so many ways to make 12 using the numbers 8,6,4, 2 and/or 1.  Ask me about my animal parade and my number sentence.

-we shared the rest of our "Me In A Paper Bag".  It was so fun to listen to everyone's stories over the last week!

-we finished our Art projects and started a new art project.  It is a bioglyph.  Ask me what that means.


Friday September 13, 2019

Next week students will be participating in SOGO adventure running. Our times are Monday and Tuesday morning first thing, so please dress for the weather and wear proper runners.  Bring water bottles.  On Thursday, the grade 2's will be walking down to Fish Creek for adventure running.  This is a special program for the whole school. Scholastic book orders are due on Monday.  We were unable to finish paper bags today and will finish on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday funnies about sloths!

-we have a new poem about brains to share with you.  A reminder that duotangs should come back on Monday.

-we had Ketchup time.  Our class is working on focusing on getting our tasks done.  We are way too chatty.

-some of us worked on our art project.

-we had class meeting for the week.


Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019

Please continue to send in all forms.  Scholastic book orders coming home.  You are welcome to order online or send in a check with your order.  Due on Monday.

Today:

-we continued to review the calendar, days of school (10 Frames).

-our Wonder was about how we can wake our brains in the morning.  Ask me something that I can do.

-we shared 5 paper bags throughout the day.  The students are doing a great jobs sharing the items in their bags.  We are learning a lot about each other.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk 6+6, 6+5, 6+7.  WE need to practice our doubles at home.  We should be able to recall these doubles.  We shared our strategies and worked on "near double" facts.

-we continued a You Cubed activity from yesterday.  For the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on stretching our brains, having a growth mindset, sharing our thinking in math and working together.  Jo Boaler ( a mathematician from Stanford) created the You Cubed activities.   Today we talked about how important fingers are in math.  See article https://qz.com/668828/a-stanford-professor-says-counting-on-your-fingers-is-critical-to-understanding-math/.  We played a game using our fingers.  We had to use both our right and left hand and different fingers to move counters.  We were challenged with a harder game board.

-we started another You Cubed activity called the animal parade.  We first watched a video about believing in ourself and the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us a picture of some animals and asked us how many feet they have.  Our challenge was to make an animal parade with 12 feet.  We cut pictures out of the animals and glued them in a parade.  We then wrote the number sentence to go with it.  We are going to finish our parades tomorrow.

-we had music with Ms. Bell.

-we started working on statements for our art.  We art so excited to share our art with you on "open house" night.


Monday Sept 9, 2019

There were a few students who didn't bring their "Me In a Paper Bag" today.  Please send in tomorrow.  Please continue to send in parentview points and form envelopes.  Poem duotangs are to come back on Mondays.  If  this was forgotten today, please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we learned what causes the Northern lights.  WE also learned about some other glowing things.

-we continued reviewing the calendar.  We have been talking about 7 days=a week.  Today is Monday.  What will next Monday be.....9+7=16.

-we signed our class contract.  A contract is an agreement.  Mrs. Byciuk wrote our class contract based on all of the ideas we came up with last week.

-we shared numerous Paper Bags today.  We were really good at explaining why each object was in our bag.  We are working on our audience manners and respecting others by listening when they are sharing.

-we read the book "The School Year Will Be The Best!"  WE wrote about a wish that we have for the school year.  We could write a silly exaggerated wish like "This year I want a chocolate water fountain." or we could write a serious wish like "This year I hope to make new friends."  

-we did our very first number talk.  We will be doing a number talk almost everyday.  We are learning to explain our strategies and listen to the strategies of our peers.  Our number talk today was....3+3, 3+4, 3+2.  In grade 2 we should recall our doubles up to 10+10.  We talked about near doubles and the near double strategy.  For example, for the number sentence 3+4, we can recall the double 3+3 and add 1 more.  

-we talked about how we will be sharing our ideas and strategies in math and working a lot with others.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a special team activity.  We each got a highlighter.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 3 minutes to take turns highlighting the numbers in order from 1-100.  At first it was really challenging, but we talked as groups, figured out strategies and got better in each round.  Some of us even figured out the pattern.  It was so fun.

-we had gym and music.




Friday September 6, 2019

We are bringing our poem duotang home for the weekend.  On Fridays, we do work with poems and bring these poems home to share with you.  Duotangs need to be sent back to school on Mondays.  Me in a Paper Bag is due on Monday.  Please send in form envelope and parent viewpoint.

Today:

-we had a Welcome assembly.

-we had Friday funnies.  Ask me what the video was.

-we worked on poems, focusing on rhyming and illustrating our favourite things from our first week of school.

-we had Ketchup time to finish 3 things that we have worked on this week.  As a class, we are working on focusing on our jobs and keeping our voices at a "6-inch" level.


Thursday September 5, 2019

We are bringing home 3 things today:  an envelope with forms to fill out and return to the school, a parent viewpoint so Mrs. Byciuk can get to know us better (please send back ASAP) and our homework due on Monday.  Our "Me In a Paper Bag" has instructions glued to it with a due date (Monday Sept 9).  Mrs. Byciuk shared her paper bag with us today.  Ask me about it.

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Today:

-we started our daily morning routine.  We did calendar and talked about the days of school.  We watched Mystery Doug and learned why Pluto is not considered a Planet.  We also learned about some REALLY small things.  Ask me to tell you one of the really small things.

-We really 2 "Unbelievable Summer" books.  We thought they were really funny.  We wrote 2 truths and a lie about our summers.  Some of us shared and we tried to guess the "lie".  

-we glued in our first day of grade 2 photo and learned/reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  Ask me what zone I should be in at school.  We made a creative journal page about the zones and had to glue the pictures under the proper colour.

-we started working on our "Math and Me" page.  We talked about how to properly draw eyes, nose and a mouth and made ourselves for the page.  

-we read "The Fantastic Elastic Brain" and started learning about all the different parts of the brain.


Welcome Back!

What a great first day!  It was great meeting you and starting to get to know your children today.

Today we:

-made our coat tags and helper tags.

-read the story "First Day Jitters".  Did you know that teachers are also nervous on the first day of school?

-Read "Where I belong" and did a classmate scavenger hunt.  You can see it in my bag.

-Read "Decibella" and brainstormed what we want our classroom to look like, sound like and feel like.  We used Post-it-Notes to record our ideas.

-we worked on a classroom wordsearch.

-we took a tour of the school and talked about expectations for the washroom and the lunchroom.

-we went outside and took "First Day of grade 2" Photos.

-we were given a challenge with our group:  "Who can stack the tallest tower with the cups?"  Ask me about it.

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