Ms. Fournier | Grade 2/3

December 19th, 2022

We have 4 more teaching days before the winter break. We have been very busy finishing up some work, such as our unit on magnetism and learning about Alberta and Nova Scotia. We will be continuing our learning about the Mi'kmaq (pronounced meeg-maw) on the East Coast and the Inuit in the North. 

On Thursday, students are encouraged to wear their pyjamas. We are going to have a little winter celebration in the afternoon. All the grade 2/3 classrooms will be playing a different movie and students can choose which movie/room they would like to go to. As well, students are welcome to bring in some treats if they would like. Please be mindful that we do have a student who is severely allergic to nuts. So any treats must be nut free.

In math, we have been working on addition with regrouping. We have been practicing using base ten blocks to help visualize what is happening when we regroup.

In writing, we finished up our procedural writing (how to books). I now know how to fill up a water bottle, wash my hands, draw a Kaiju, take care of a kitten, and get ready for Christmas, just to name a few. : )

Thank you to everyone for all the donations to our Winter Wonderland of Giving. It was so great to see so many families at the event. The Calgary Humane Society was so grateful to receive all the donations and hand made cat and dog toys. 

It is going to be a cold week. All days will be blue days. If your student has signed up for Polar Bear club, they will be given the choice to stay in or go outside with me. Ms. Johansen will be inside to supervise students, and I will be outside. If your student is in the Polar Bear club, when they are outside, they are more than welcome to go inside whenever they would like. All students who are NOT in Polar Bear club, must remain inside during all recesses.

During our PD on Friday afternoon, we were learning about literacy and how important sight words are. It was brought to our attention that the first 100 Fry sight words make up around 50% of all text that students are reading. If students know these words by ‘sight’, it frees up their cognitive load to read the other words on the page. Over the break, I encourage you to look over these words and practice them if you can. The new curriculum specifically addresses sight words and it is suggested that by the end of grade 2, students should know the first 200 sight words and 300, by the end of grade 3.

I have put the sight word lists in our Google Classroom under Literacy. I have also included a page with some suggestions on how to make learning them more engaging.




November 30th   

Thank you, families, for coming in or visiting me online last week! If you were unable to attend our November Parent Teacher Conferences and would like to check in, please contact me through email:

jvshimmonsfournier@cbe.ab.ca

Woodbine’s Winter Wonderland of Giving

It is coming up and we are looking for some more donations.  A parent in our school has created a sign up for some of the items.  Feel free to sign up in the link below: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a45a9aa29a3f58-woodbine

Food Bank Boxes Are Outside Our Doors

Students can start to fill the boxes up anytime from now until the last evening of December 15th. Non-perishable items only please.  The Food Bank will be picking up the boxes between the dates of December 16th and December 22nd. 

Students have been planning/designing a device that will move an object using magnets. Students created a list of things that they will need, to construct their devices. I asked students to check their recycle bins at home to see if there are any materials that they can use and bring them to school. Of course, we will have some supplies at school as well : )

 


November 19th, 2022

Math: In math we have been working in our Jump math books. Some of the concepts we have been working on are, skip counting, number patterns, written number words, as well as addition and subtraction patterns. Students have also completed a couple of bar graph assignments and 2 math assessments.

Inquiry: We have been learning about landforms and which landforms are in Alberta. We are looking closely at the prairies and how they impact our way of life. We are also exploring the different Indigenous groups that live in Alberta and how their communities are distinct and diverse.

Students are writing up their rock reports as a final assignment for our geology unit. They are compiling all their data into one written document. They have been working hard to write engaging sentences, as well as include all the important information.

We will be moving on to our magnets unit this coming week.

Literacy: We have been working on adding detail to our writing, as well as ensuring that we have spaces between our words, we are writing on the lines and to the margins, as well as appropriate punctuation. Students learned the strategy, GUM it. Where they try spelling the word they want to write, underline it if they think they spelled it incorrectly, then moving on with their writing. Students are encouraged to not let correct spelling hinder their ability to write. We also learned to use dictionaries and thesauruses. Students has fun looking up words and using different words in their writing : )

Health: Students were tasked to come up with what the worst classroom would like, feel like, smell like and sound like. After brainstorming in small groups, students shared their ideas. We wrote them on the board and then students needed to decide if it was their responsibility, the teachers responsibility, both responsibility, or out of our control. After going through the list, students discovered that in order to make the classroom NOT the worst classroom, it was mostly their responsibility. We then created a Classroom Community Expectations agreement together that everyone signed : )

Woodbine’s Winter Wonderland of Giving:

As a grade ⅔ team, we decided that our charity of choice is the Calgary Humane Society. We will be making toys for the cats and dogs at the shelter, because everybody deserves a gift. Here are the items we would love to have donated, if possible, to make our toys to donate:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Fleece fabric
  • Felt
  • Wooden dowels
  • Small Wooden rings or plastic rings (like the ones from a craft store or craft section at Walmart)
  • Shoe laces
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Old colourful t-shirts
  • Ping pong balls
  • Colourful/patterned duck tape
  • Knee high/long socks
  • Tennis balls

If you would like to donate other items, the Calgary Humane Society has created a wish list. Here it is:

New or gently used items:

  • Animal beds
  • Towels & blankets
  • Flat sheets
  • Duvets/comforters (non-feather only)
  • Animal Toys
  • Enrichment puzzles, lick mats
  • Cat posts & trees
  • Food Dishes (metal or ceramic only)
  • X-pens & crates
  • Dry cat food (must be in original packaging)
  • Hard-sided cat kennels
  • Harnesses (two points of contact preferred)
  • Double-ended leashes

New Only:

  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheez Whiz
  • 9v batteries
  • AA batteries
  • Rabbit supplies (due to RHDV in the community)
  • Bird supplies (due to Avian Flu)
  • Puppy pads
  • Compostable poop bags
  • Large rectangular litter boxes
  • Litter scoops
  • Dog and exotic animal food

As well, do not forget to sign up for conferences this coming week, November 24th and 25th. You can do in person or online meetings.


Reminder:

  • Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday November 10th at 10:30
  • No school Friday, November 11th 
  • If your child is part of a service group (ie. Sparks, Beavers, etc.) they are encouraged to wear their uniform on Thursday