Grade 2/3 Team

Mrs. Hutchens and Mrs. Van March 6th

Literacy:

We have spent the last two weeks working on our stories! Last week we did all the brainstorming and oral telling of our story. This week we actually wrote our stories! Monday we looked at a good story hook, Tuesday we wrote the introduction to our stories, Wednesday we worked on the problem, Thursday the solution and we spent Friday editing our stories with our new editing checklist!

Math:

We continued our work with multiplication. Monday was a math challenge that looked at using 36 and seeing how many different arrays we could create using that number. We are asking the students to create arrays with cubes to help them visually and physically understand how we can break larger numbers apart. This will be very helpful when we introduce division. 

Science:

We continue our work with magnets this week. We spent three days working through a variety of science experiments designed to help build the student's understanding of how magnets work. 

We will be taking a break from our magnets unit next week while half of the kids are away on the field trip, but will continue the next week in a final project in which we ask the students to create toys using magnets!

Reminders:

- Our open minds field trip for Mrs. Hutchens class is next week. We leave at 8:30 sharp so please ensure your child is at school on time.

- Parent teacher conferences are now open. Please book a time to meet with your child's teacher. If you are having trouble doing so please email the teacher and they can book for you.

Have a great weekend!

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Room 4 Update February 29th

Happy Leap Day!

What did we get up to this week?

Reading: We've been reading Wonder by R.J Palacio together as a whole class.

As part of our daily reading, students have opportunities to read to their peers, read to their teachers to learn new skills, and plenty of practice for these skills by reading independently. Please continue to have your child read to you to increase their fluency, they are all making such great progress! 

Writing: We've been working on Elaborative Details in our narrative writing. 

Math: We've been exploring Multiplication! Our problem solving Pizza Parlour Palooza was so much fun.

Social: We are exploring the province of Nova Scotia and looking at the Acadian community called Meteghan (Meh-teh-han) 

Upcoming Reminders:

We have Calgary Campus Open Minds on May 11, 12, 13, and 14th! This is a full week of field trips. 

Homework:

Reading: It is an expectation that students are reading, at minimum, 20 minutes each night to encourage growth and a love for reading. Remember to log your reading minutes for Read Across Canada!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Gamache and Mrs. Yellowaga


Mrs. Hutchens and Mrs.Van February 27th Update

We still do not have any volunteers for the Tuesday and Thursday of our field trip! please if you can help you send me and email, slhutchens@cbe.ab.ca and let me know!


Math:

We have begun our look into multiplication. Multiplication is only a requirement up to 5 x 5 for grade 3 students, but because we are approaching it in a very hands on way, we have included our grade 2 students in the unit as well. We have started by teaching the kids what multiplication really is. It is groups, or sets, or things. For example, 3x4 is 3 groups of 4. We have also taught them that you can show multiplication in an array as well as with repeated addition (3+3+3+3). We will continue this work for the rest of March.

Literacy:

We continued working to flush out our ideas about the objects that interested us last week to help with our story writing. Students took the objects they were most interested in, created a setting for their story and also looked at two main characters and developed some internal and external traits for each character. We will begin the actual writing of our stories next week by first looking at what makes a good story hook. 

Science:

We started our magnetism unit this week by first exploring what attracts and repels magnets in our classroom. We then created a flipbook to record all of our observations and also explored magnets via a centres activity. Ask your child what they have learned so far about magnets.


Reminders:

- Field trip for Mrs. Hutchens March 9-13

- Parent teacher interviews will be March 19th in the evening and 20th during the day.


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Mrs. Hutchens and Mrs. Van Weekly Update Feb 21st

We had a really quick week jam packed full of activities! We had two assemblies, one about Jump Rope For Heart and one about having a positive mindset! 

We are still short volunteers for our field trip so if you are able to volunteer for the Tuesday March10th or Thursday March 12th it would be very appreciated!

Literacy:

We started a project with story writing this week but our beginning steps are planning out our story and practicing telling our story orally before we begin writing. There were a few objects that were brought into class to help inspire some fun stories with the students first and each student had a chance to share their story idea with the class. Ask your child which object or objects they chose and what their story idea is. The students have brainstormed some interesting story titles and images to go with their story and they have created a setting for their story so far.

Math:

We continued our practice with subtraction this week and have begun to introduce multiplication. We are currently teaching the students that multiplication is sets of objects. We are having them show a multiplication question in pictures to ensure that they understand that 5x5 is five groups of five.

Social Studies:

We wrapped up our unit on the Acadians this week by comparing what we have previous learned about Calgary and Iqualuit with Meteghan and the Acadians. We compared songs (ask your child about throat singers) and looked at the various dance that can be found in each culture. We also looked at the Mi'kmaq Indigenous people from Nova Scotia and compared their culture to Tsuut'ina and Inuit culture and dance.


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Room 4 Update February 12th

Have a happy long weekend, everyone!

What did we get up to this week?

Reading: As part of our daily reading, students have opportunities to read to their peers, read to their teachers to learn new skills, and plenty of practice for these skills by reading independently. Please continue to have your child read to you to increase their fluency, they are all making such great progressm!

Writing: We have been writing up a storm! We are learning how to use the Narrative Writing Diamond framework as our 'skeletons' for planning an effective story. We know the difference between a great beginning from a boring beginning, and are starting to explore story critical characters, setting, and objects. 

Math: We are wrapping up our patterning unit and exploring addition and subtraction strategies for two and three digit numbers. 

Social: We are exploring the province of Nova Scotia and looking at the Acadian community called Meteghan (Meh-teh-han) 

Upcoming Reminders:

We have Calgary Campus Open Minds on May 11, 12, 13, and 14th! This is a full week of field trips. 

It's a long weekend! See everyone back at school on Tuesday, February 18th!

Homework:

Reading: It is an expectation that students are reading, at minimum, 20 minutes each night to encourage growth and a love for reading. Remember to log your reading minutes for Read Across Canada!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Gamache and Mrs. Yellowaga



February 7th, 2020

Hello Families! 

Mrs. Hutchens Open Minds Field Trip is coming up quickly! We still do not have enough volunteers to go! If you are able to help please sign up using the this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4ba5a929a5fd0-grade1


Math: I can use an efficient strategy to subtract

We practiced some subtraction strategies this week and really focused on our basic subtraction facts. We want to get really good at those so that when we are subtracting larger numbers we are efficient!

Here was one of our math questions this week:

Would you rather have 326 hats and give 48 away or 354 hats and give 32 away?


Literacy: I can review a book including a summary, favorite character and recommendation

This week we focussed on doing book reviews. We reviews the Day the Crayons Quit and The Great Paper Caper. Next week the students will choose their own book to review and videotape their reviews!


Social: 

We have completed our research project this week on Meteghan and the Acadians and created a trading card to display our work! You can check out our research project on our documentation panel outside our classroom!


Reminders:

- Next week is teachers convention so there will be no school on Thursday and Friday

- Wednesday we will do our Valentines Exchange. 




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