Mr. Meiklejohn

Our Learning for June 14th to 18th

Hello Grade 2 Families. I hope you all had a good weekend! I wanted to wish a big happy Father’s Day to all of dads and guardians this Sunday! 

 

Library and Home Reading

If your child has any outstanding library books or home reading bags at home, please return them as soon as possible.

 

Gym

In Gym this week, we started our last unit on Cup Stacking! We have been working on stacking cups of 3, 6, and have been working up to stacking 10 cups as fast as we can!

Literacy / Social Studies

  • I can express my thoughts and feelings in letter form

  This week in writing we explored letter writing! We talked about how all letters need a salutation, a message and a sign off. We used our understanding to create cards for a few special people in our lives. As well we finished our week by creating thank you cards for the wonderful Educational Assistants that have helped us do our very best this year!

Math

·      I can use personal addition and subtraction strategies to solve equations, with and without regrouping

In math this week we continued to practice our math facts through some addition and subtraction activities. We watched videos, and did some guided practice on regrouping to remind ourselves of some strategies for solving more complex addition sentences. 

Social Studies

This week in social studies we continued to explore Truth and Reconciliation through literature and by taking part in talking circles. We read a few stories and discussed the big ideas behind them and how we can support during Aboriginal Awareness Week next week. Additionally, Monday June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.


Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Our Learning for June 7th – 11th      

Library

All Library books are due back by June 14th at the latest. 

Home Reading

If your child has a home reading bag at home, could you please return them by June 14th as well. This will allow time for the books to be returned to our classroom library and their guided reading bags.


Literacy / Social Studies

  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of sources.
  • I can research animals found in an Acadian Community

This week in writing we started the week by publishing our fact-based paragraphs about the beaver! Take a look at a few of our final products


We also began exploring an online resource called Pebble Go. Once we were comfortable accessing Pebble Go on our technology we began to practice taking short jot notes based on what we have read and listened to on various animals.

Math

·      I can describe the relationship between addition and subtraction in fact families.

·      I can describe the effect of adding and subtracting 0.

·      I can describe the commutative property of addition.

In math this week we continued to talk about various properties of addition such as adding and subtracting zero, the commutative property of addition and the relationship between addition and subtraction. We practiced these ideas by listening to videos, building fact families, and whole class activities during our number routine.

Science

·      I can construct objects that float on and move through water, and evaluate various designs for water crafts.

This week the engineers in room 7 finished building their boats and began testing! We tested whether our boats would sink or float. As well we measured how much weight our boats could hold by using Unifix cubes.

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Our Learning for May 25th – 28th      

Library

Our last opportunity to take out a library book from the book bus is this week on Tuesday June 8th. Our librarian Mrs. B has requested that all books that are taken out this week stay at school to aid with returning all books by the end of the year.

All Library books are due back by June 14th at the latest. 

 

Home Reading

If your child has a home reading bag at home, could you please return them by June 14th as well. This will allow time for the books to be returned to our classroom library and their guided reading bags.

 

Literacy / Social Studies

  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of souces.
  • I can research animals found in an Acadian Community

This week in writing did a research project as a class. We learned how to gather information from books and videos, and how to write them in short jot notes. Later in the week we learned how to turn these into sentences within our first paragraph.

We learned that a paragraph begins with a topic sentence to let the reader know what their paragraph will be about, and that all paragraphs have a concluding sentence to summarize the facts in your paragraph. We finished the week by planning our paragraphs and will begin to publish next week!!

Math

·      I can describe the relationship between addition and subtraction in fact families.

·      I can describe the effect of adding and subtracting 0.

·      I can describe the commutative property of addition.

In math this week we learned that fact families are a collection of related addition and subtraction sentences. These are built using three numbers to create two addition sentences and two subtraction sentences that are true.

We also discovered that when we add two numbers together that the order in which they are added does not matter, it will have the same answer! (2+10=12 is the same as 10+2=12)

Science

·      I can construct objects that float on and move through water, and evaluate various designs for water crafts.

This week the engineers in room 7 were hard at work planning, and building their boats! We planned the design of our boats, shopped for our supplies based on what we thought we would need, and used those supplies to bring our boats to life. 

Next week we will be completing our boats, and reflecting on how closely our final product aligns with our design, remember engineers make changes as they test various design features, so our final products may be different than we first thought! We will then test them to see how many snap cubes they can hold when floating on water.

Here are some pictures of us hard at work!

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Our Learning for May 25th – 28th      

Library

Our next library day is on Tuesday June 1st. If your child has any library books at home, please return them before Tuesday so that a new book can be taken out. 

 

Literacy / Social Studies

  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of souces.
  • I can research animals found in an Acadian Community

 

This week in writing we shifted gears to begin talking about informational writing. We practiced gathering facts from videos, books and other resources to learn about a few common animals near Nova Scotia. We talked about the Orca Whale and the Harbor seal! Did you know that Orca’s aren’t actually whales? In fact they are the largest dolphins in the world!


Math

·      I can measure length to the nearest non-standard unit.

In math this week we continued our exploration of measurement that we began while learning online. We talked about how some non-standard units are better for measuring certain objects. We practiced measuring length, width and height using unifix cubes. We decided that snap cubes would be perfect to help us measure how long our shoes are. 

Science

·      I can describe some properties of water.

·      I can describe the interaction of water with different materials and apply that knowledge to practical problems of liquid absorption, 

This week in science we explored many different properties of water! We began the week by testing if different materials would absorb water or if they were waterproof. We noticed that absorbent materials could hold water and that waterproof materials could not.

We then talked about how some objects are able to float on water while others sink. We gathered materials in partners and tested them to see which would float so that we could make a generalized rule. We learned about density and how all things have particles that can be closely packed together like in solids. Or they can be loosely packed together like in liquids and gases. We discovered that if something is less dense than water it will float!

Important Dates:

Wheel day at EMJ School: On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be hosting a ‘Wheel to school day’.  This day is to help promote active methods of transportation on the way to school.  Research shows that being active before school can stimulate student’s engagement in their learning.  Students can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards to school.  We will be closing the gym for the day and students can safely store their ‘wheels’ there until the end of the day.  Please remember to wear your helmet!  We look forward to seeing you on your ‘wheels’ on June 2nd.

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.

Our Learning for April 27th – 30th      

Word Work

In word work this week we explored the different vowel combinations that make the long “a” vowel sound. Take a look at our work in centers this week.

Literacy 

  • I can create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends; settings; and main characters that perform actions. 

This week we did some shared writing and continued to create our stories. We talked about how we need to solve our characters problems before the end of our stories. Throughout the week we shared our stories in small groups. 

Math

·      I can add numbers using base ten blocks. 

This week we have been focussing adding numbers together using base ten blocks. We practiced our skills through games, songs, and practice problems!

Science

·      I can describe the interaction of water with different materials and apply that knowledge to practical problems of drying, liquid absorption and liquid containment

This week in science we continued to talk about liquids. We started the week by creating mind jars as a tool to help us with our regulation. We talked about how different liquids can mix well together, whereas others do not mix. After we finished our mind jars, we realized that they did not work out the way expected them to. The glitter would not sink and we were very surprised!

We sat down to solve this problem and we discovered that the oil did not mix well with the water! When we go to create our new mind jars this week, we decided that this time we will not use oil!

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Our Learning for April 19-23      

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! With this week being a short week, there will be no Library on Tuesday April 27th. Library will begin again in May.

 

Literacy 

  • I can create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends; settings; and main characters that perform actions.   

This week we finished up the beginning of our stories and started work on the middle of our stories. In many great stories, it is in the middle where the problem is introduced. This is something that our character has to overcome. This week we will begin writing the end of our stories.

For earth day we did a number of activities to play our part in restoring the earth! On Earth Day, we did some shared writing! Each team responded to the question, “How can I restore the earth?” by making a poster to display around the school. We filled these posters with many wonderful ways that we can all help to restore the earth!

Math

·      I can identify a digits place and value using base ten blocks. 

This week we did a number of place value activities aimed at identifying a digits place and value, when given a picture of base ten blocks or numerals. We also practiced our skills by playing a place value dice game where we had the opportunity to try and roll to create the biggest number possible.

Science

·      I can show my understanding of why water is important to living and non-living things

This week we began exploring liquids! We brainstormed a number of things that we knew about liquids already, as well as we made a prediction and tested that prediction with a science demonstration. 


In Science we have been talking about Liquids and on Friday during Art, we discussed the amount of water there is on Earth and how it compares to the land. We then used watercolour paints to describe our understanding visually.

Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Our Learning for April 12-16      

Our Library day is on Tuesday, so if you have any library books that your child has signed out from the school please send these back to school before Tuesday so that a new book can be taken home. 

 

Literacy 

  • I can create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends; settings; and main characters that perform actions. 

 

This week we planned and began writing a story with a beginning, middle and end. For our stories, we chose small moments in our lives that we could stretch and expand to create a story. We are well on our way to completing our stories this week!

Math

·      I can build numbers using base 10 blocks. 

·      I can identify a digits place and value using base ten blocks. 

This week in math we continued to look at place value through games and a math art activity. At the end of the week, we created spring mobile where we represented a number of our choice in various ways. 

Take a look at our mobiles!


Health

·      I can describe the effects of combining healthy eating and physical activity

·      I can classify foods according to Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating, and apply knowledge of food groups to plan for appropriate snacks and meals. 

As we finish up Nutrition this week we did a few activities that helped us create our own plate that follows the new Canada Food Guide. We began the week by sorting various foods into three categories – protein foods, fruits/vegetables and whole grain foods. We then Filled Our Plates with foods that belong in our dream healthy plates!

Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

 


Our Learning for April 6-9      

Welcome back families! We had a great week back and we explored lots of topics around nutrition, place value, and we began to talk again about story elements in writing. 

 

This week we will be able to take out new books from our Library Book Bus. Our Library day is on Tuesday, so if you have any library books that your child has signed out from the school please send these back to school before Tuesday so that a new book can be taken home. 

 

Home reading

Home Reading will begin again this week. If your child brings their home reading back this week I will reset the bags and send them home starting Monday April 12th

 

Literacy 

  • I can retell the events portrayed in oral, print and other media texts in sequence
  • I can identify the plot points that happen in the beginning, middle and end of a story.

This week in literacy we revisited the three parts of any story. We looked at the beginning, middle and end and the different components that are in each of the parts. We read and then retold a familiar story, the Three Little Pigs. We then summarized the beginning, middle and end of the story Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch. 

On Thursday we also took part in another Think About it Thursday prompt. We needed to decide between whether we would like to have a tail that can grab things or wings. Once we decided our preference we needed to back up our writing with three reasons why we made our choice. 

Math

·      I can build numbers using base 10 blocks. 

·      I can identify a digits place and value using base ten blocks. 

This week in math we returned to place value! We reviewed the value of each of the blocks that we use to represent the value of a number. We then started to talk about a digits value, and did a cut and paste matching activity. 

Health

·      I can describe the effects of combining healthy eating and physical activity

·      I can classify foods according to Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating, and apply knowledge of food groups to plan for appropriate snacks and meals. 

This week we talked all about Nutrition! We began the week by creating a plate that contains all of our favourite foods. We began each lesson by brainstorming some foods that fit within the three categories of Canada’s Food Guide (fruits/vegetables, proteins and Whole Grain Foods).

We ended the week by sorting a group of foods into two groups; foods that we think we should eat more of and foods that we should eat in moderation.

Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Our Learning for March 15th to 19th      

Literacy 

  • I can describe the problem and how it was solved in a given story.
  • I can express thoughts related to the events and characters in books. 

 

This week in literacy we focussed on solving problems in stories. We did some shared writing where we solved problems in groups through writing and illustrating the story. Take a look at some of our group writing creations: 

For Saint Patrick’s Day, this week we did our end of the month write! We read the book How to Catch a Leprechaun, and brainstormed ways that we could safely catch a leprechaun. Many of us used gold to lure the leprechaun into their trap and others used lucky charms!

 

Later in the week we did our next STEM challenge! We were challenged to create our leprechaun trap in 40 minutes using only the items in our bags. Take a look at our wonderful writing coming to life.

Math

·      I can identify if a number is even or odd.

·      I can build numbers using base 10 blocks. 

We began the week in math by doing counting and grouping beads to concretely show if a number is even or odd. We decided that it was easier to see if a number is odd or even if we grouped the beads into pairs.

We then explored how we could use a new tool in math to represent numbers. We learned of tree types of blocks that can help us show a digit’s place and value. The three blocks we learned are called units, rods and flats.

We built various numbers with our new tools and explored with how these blocks can be used in many different ways.

Social Studies

In social studies this week we began to learn about one of the animals that live in the arctic region. We explored polar bears by watching videos to learn new facts, and by doing a guided drawing. Next week we will be adding some of the facts we have learned to the necks of our polar bear!

Important Dates: 

March 2021

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

·       Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School

·       Apr. 6 - Classes Resume

·       Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome! Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning



Our Learning for March 8th to 11th     

Word Work

In our various word work groups, we continued to explore decoding unfamiliar words in the context of closed passages. We have been looking at CVC words, long and short vowel sounds, and recently have begun looking at consonant blends. 

 

Upcoming this week, each of the members of our class will be asked to take their word work folders home daily. This provides the opportunity to review the work we have been doing. As well, this gives additional practice reading new vocabulary in context. Please ensure that your child’s word work folder returns each day.

 

Literacy 

  • I can describe the problem and how it was solved in a given story.

This week we began to explore problems and solutions in stories. We used animated shorts to start our day by thinking about how problems are introduced and how they are solved during mindfulness.

We read the book Knuffle Bunny, summarized the important details and then wrote about our understanding of the problem.

Recently our class has been very excited about Would You Rather brain breaks! At the end of the week, we began to bring this excitement into our writing through our first Think About It Thursday. We talked about how when we make our decision in this journal prompt we need to think of reasons to support why we have made our choice.  

This week we answered the following question: would you rather own a horse or a suit of armor? Take a look at a few of our responses!

Math

·      I can identify if a number is even or odd.

This week in math we explored patterns in numbers by beginning to talk about even and odd numbers. We looked at visual patterns that arise in a hundred’s chart, we looked visually at what it means to be even or odd, and we decided upon a rule to help us determine if a number is even or odd.

Our Rule: 

·      Numbers are even if they end 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 (each object has a pair)

·      Numbers are odd if they end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (one object is feeling lonely)

Social Studies

This week in social studies we collected our ideas that answered the question: how do the people of Iqaluit travel around their landscape. We brainstormed a few ideas, such as: 

·      Bigger trucks

·      Snow mobiles

·      Walking

·      Dog sleds

Important Dates: 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


Our Learning for March 1st to 5th    

This week on March 11th (afternoon) and March 12th there will be no school due to school conferences. You can book a conference through you MyCBE site. I look forward to speaking with you all later this week!

 

Recently our class has been very excited about Would You Rather brain breaks! At the end of the week, we began to bring this excitement into our writing through our first Think About It Thursday. We talked about how when we make our decision in this journal prompt we need to think of reasons to support why we have made our choice.  

 

This week we answered the following question: would you rather own a horse or a suit of armor? Take a look at a few of our responses!

Literacy 

  • I can express thoughts related to the events and characters in books and in our class. 

 

This week in writing we explored character traits and feelings. We started the week by reading Chester by Melanie Watt, and explored his inside and outside features in a CSI activity. We then took a look at the characters in one of our classes favourite movies, Toy Story. We drew, labelled and described Potato Head, take a look at our fantastic descriptions. 

We finished the week on Friday by starting to draw and describe a mystery friend in our classroom.

Math

·      I can apply mental math strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18.

·      I can create my own addition story.

This week we jumped right into our addition stories! Throughout the week we wrote many addition stories that have two or more addends. We challenged ourselves by choosing more complex equations with bigger numbers and additional numbers added together.

Social Studies

As our unit focussed around Iqaluit is nearing a close, we began to explore the land in this arctic community. We began by brainstorming what we already knew about the land in Iqaluit, and recorded these ideas in our visual journals. 

We then returned to the land by exploring Google Earth. We took a few virtual walks through the community, and noticed that many of our predictions were true! We also noticed that the people of Iqaluit get around their community in different ways than we do. We saw many trucks and snowmobiles, and did you know that there are no roads outside the city?

Science

In Science this week we began testing the strength of different magnets. We started with testing how many paper clips a bar magnet can pick up. Next week we will be testing ring magnets and magnetic marbles.

Important Dates: 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes



Our Learning for February 22nd to 26th   

Literacy 

  • I can write pattern sentences 
  • I can express thoughts related to the events and characters in books. 

In writing this week we connected some of our learning activities towards Pink Shirt Day! We wrote sentences that followed the pattern “I can lift my peers up by ____.” Some of our wonderful ideas included 

  • Helping our friends when they are sad 
  • Saying nice things
  • Playing with my friends

At the end of the week we read the book How to Catch a Yeti by Adam Wallace to prompt our end of the month writing. Many of our peers thought about using a net in a hole to catch the yeti, others thought that meat in a cage might be able to trap the elusive yeti. Take a look below at a couple of our amazing pieces of writing.

Math

  • I can apply mental math strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18.
  • I can create my own addition story.

This week we began to look at addition through a different lens. As authors and mathematicians, we can tell stories with addition! We explored a few different read alouds to prime our understanding of addition stories, and we will be writing our own addition stories starting next week!

Social Studies

·      I can demonstrate ways to appreciation to friends and others 

This week in social studies we explored Pink Shirt Day, and the many ways that we can lift each other up as a team. We brainstormed different ways that we can make our peers feel supported in our classroom community. Here is a list of kind things we can do in our classroom: 

o   Ask if they want to play

o   Help my friends when they are sad

o   Give a compliment

o   Show our wonderful smiles

o   Give a kind message

Important Dates: 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


Our Learning for February 16th to 19th  

Literacy 

  • I can plan a story about a small moment in my life
  • I can describe where and when my story takes place.

In writing this week began the week by planning a small moment in our lives that we could write about later in the week. We explored a couple different ways that writers plan before starting to write. This week we planned our writing by using a picture plan!

On Friday, we focussed all of our activities on our exciting STEAM day! In writing we answered the question: What are you most excited for on STEAM day? Some of our peers said that they were looking forward to seeing Elephant Toothpaste, while others were looking forward to building as a team! 

Math

·      I can apply mental math strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18.

This week in math we started to look at the Make Ten addition strategy. This strategy helps us take on more complex addition questions by breaking down questions into more manageable numbers. Take a look at the addition question below, how could we change this equation to make one of the numbers an even ten?

Social Studies

·      I can investigate the physical geography of an Inuit community. 

In social studies this week we focussed on how the people of Iqaluit get their food. We discovered that the ways that they get their food will be different than the ways we do because of the physical geography of Iqaluit. For example, hunting and ice fishing are common in Iqaluit because of the tremendous amount of ocean available. Take a look at the ice fishing huts that we created below!

STEAM Day: 

STEAM stands for Science, technology, engineering, art and math. On Friday we put on our steam hats and took part in a few elements of steam through hands on cooperative activities. We worked together in teams in a STEM challenge to create ice fishing huts, take a look at a few of our amazing creations below!

We also ended our day with a demonstration of Elephant Toothpaste! This is a very cool reaction that combines household items to cause a colourful foam!

Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday February 24th

Wednesday February 24th will be the day that we explore Pink Shirt Day. The focus of Pink Shirt Day this year is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. We talked last week about how we are a team, and our goal is to lift each other up with kindness and compassion. On Wednesday, as a school we are inviting all staff and students to wear Pink to symbolize our understanding of Pink Shirt Day and spread anti-bullying awareness. 

Take a look at the website below to explore more information about Pink Shirt Day.

https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

Important Dates: 

February 2021

·       Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


Our Learning for February 1st to 5th

Literacy

  • I can describe where and when my story takes place.

In Writing, we started a new unit where we will be exploring the many different story elements that authors use to write exciting or interesting stories! We began looking at setting. This week we played on the park, and in writing we described the where and the when for that small moment of our week!

Word Work

·      I can apply phonics rules and generalizations to read unfamiliar words in context. 

This week we started targeted literacy activities for decoding and reading unfamiliar words. We broke down words into their individual letter sounds, blended them together and altered words in our morning messages. 

Math

·      I can apply mental math strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18.

This week we learned a new math game to practice our addition facts. When playing Part, Part, Whole we broke numbers down into smaller more manageable parts and used pictures as a strategy for adding numbers together. 

Science

  • I can describe the interactions of magnets with other magnets and with common materials.

In Science this week we finished rotating through our magnet centers! We explored how different objects interact with various magnets, and next week we are going to look closer at each center to collect what we have learnt. 

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we talked about what we knew already about hunting and various arctic animals. After we explored this vocabulary we listened to folktale “The Polar Bear and Son”. Next week we will be delving deeper into folktales and the importance of hunting to the Inuit people. 

Art

On Friday we got prepared for Valentine’s day by creating our Valentine’s bags. Take a look at a few of our wonderful creations!

Important Information:

Report Cards

As of February 4th, report cards are available to view on your MyCBE page.

IPPs were sent home on Thursday. Please review, sign and return the IPP signature page.

Teacher's Convention 

This week is a short week. There is no school for students on Thursday and Friday this week due to Teacher's convention.

Valentine's Day 

This year Valentine's Day will look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your child brings Valentine's cards this week they will need to sit until after the long weekend when they can be distributed. With certain restrictions in mind, on Monday we will be handing out valentine’s cards in a particular way:

  • On Monday we will be distributing our cards into our Valentine’s bags that we made on Friday.
  • After all of the cards are passed out, each bag will be stapled closed so that they can sit until Wednesday.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, our class will take home their Valentine's bags.

Finally, just a reminder that we are not able to hand out any candies (or other food items) due to AHS and CBE policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your child brought treats for the class, we will unfortunately have to send those back home.

Cold Weather Clothing

This week the weather is forecasted to be quite cold, and with that we will be likely having indoor recess. (unless the weather gets warmer than -20) With that being said, please make sure that your child has hats, mitts, and warm clothes like jackets and snowpants for the chance that the temperature will increase.

Important Dates: 

February 2021

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes



Our Learning for January 25th to 28th

Valentine’s Day 

This year Valentine’s Day will look a little different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your child would like to participate in exchanging Valentines Cards, students/families will need to: 

  • bring a Valentines Card for each member of our classroom community (There are 21 students in our class
  • have their cards in to the school no later than the end of day Friday, February 5th to be distributed on the 10th (as they need to sit for at least 72 hours)

If cards come in on Monday January 8th or later, they will have to go out after the long weekend. Finally, just a reminder regarding food and Valentine’s day treats. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to bring Valentines treats or food for our peers.

Literacy / Health 

·      I can identify possible physiological responses to stress.

This week we explored the Zones of Regulation by identifying our physical responses when we are feeling different emotions. We looked closely at the Red and Blue zones and will be finishing the yellow and green zones next week. Take a look at our Zones self-portraits!

Math

·      I can apply mental math strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18.

This week in math we practiced 1- and 2-digit addition using strategies such as counting on. We engaged in games, colour by numbers, and songs to solidify our understanding.

Science

  • I can describe the interactions of magnets with other magnets and with common materials.

This week we engaged in magnet centers. We explored how magnets can attract and repel each other. We also sorted objects using magnets, and discovered that magnets attract most kinds of metals. 

Social Studies

To end our week, we took our long awaited “trip” to Iqaluit! We packed our bags, received our tickets and boarded a plane for our flight. We were excited to see what we could see from out the window of the plane. Check out the link below to the video we used to fly to Iqaluit!

Important Dates:

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying


Our Learning for January 18th to 22nd   

Literacy / Health 

·      I can identify possible psychological and physiological responses to stress. 

In literacy we began to review and write about what we have already learned about the Zones of Regulation. We started to explore and work to identify the different emotions we feel throughout the day. We did this by meeting some of the emotions from the movie Inside Out! Next week we will be brainstorming strategies to help us regulate our emotions and create our own strategy books.

Math

·      I can gather and record data about self and others to answer questions.

In math this week we continued to look at different ways to gather, organize and represent data. We talked about different ways that we can gather data, such as anonymous surveys and voting with our hands up. We finished up surveying our friends to find out what our favourite insects were, and represented this information on a bar graph. Next week we will be creating and conducting our own surveys!

Science

·      I can describe the interactions of magnets with other magnets and with common materials.

This week we began our conversation about magnets by discussing the different types of objects that magnets attract. We explored magnets this week through videos, discussions and will be starting magnet-based centers this upcoming week! Look at the objects below, can you identify which objects a magnet might stick too? 

Social Studies

·      I can appreciate how stories of the past connect individuals and communities to the present. 

This week in social studies we began to talk about how the Inuit people of Canada share many aspects of their past through oral story telling. We started the week by exploring the story The Gift of the Inuksukby Michael Ulmer. We learned that the Inuit word Inuksuk means “stone man that points the way.” Inuit hunters would often use them as travel markers. Next week we will continue to look at other Inuit folk tales and take our “trip” to Iqaluit on Thursday January 28th

Art

This week we read the sequel to one of our favourite books, Dragons Love Tacos. For art, we did a guided drawing to create our own tacos! Take a look at a few of our drawings from Friday!

Important Dates:

January 2021

·       January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

·       Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying


Our Learning for January 11th to 15th  

I hope you all had a wonderful break! Starting this Sunday, we will be returning to weekly blog posts that will give a snapshot into our learning for the week. Thank you to all of the families and students in our class! I was so impressed with how hard our class worked during our week of online learning. 

Home Reading

Our Home Reading program will start back up again on January 25th. If you have any remaining home reading books at home could you please send them back to school so that I can take inventory and allow the books time to sanitize during the week. 

Writing at Home

Over the week of online learning our class took part in reading response BINGO. Each day while we were at home, our class responded to a book that we listened to that day or one that they have read on their own. During online learning, I said that there will be a prize for writing each day (completing a BINGO). On Friday I handed out the little prizes to the members of our classroom who have brought back their work from January 4th to 8th

If your child has not received their prize yet, that is okay! If the online writing work is handed in anytime in the next few weeks, I will be handing out the prize on Friday. 

Literacy

  • I can connect own ideas and experiences with those shared by others.
  • I can appreciate the importance of collaboration and living in harmony.

This week in literacy we began the week with some practice with a few of our writing routines. We started by developing our writing endurance with some fire writing activities. We then discussed the important elements that make up a sentence. Finally, we brainstormed ways that make up a peaceful classroom. We decided that a peaceful classroom is one that is calm, happy, and quiet. Take a look at a few of our journal entries from this week. 


Math

  • I can gather data about self and others to answer questions. 

This week in math we talked about how bar graphs can be used to keep track of information. We started the week by comparing the temperatures in Iqaluit to that of it here in Calgary. We will be tracking this every day after lunch recess. 

We also used blind voting to decide what our classes favourite Arctic animal was. Our favourite Arctic animal was the husky because they helped the Inuit people travel while they hunted. 

We finished math this week by taking a survey of our class to determine what our favourite insects were. We kept track of our survey results by using tally marks to represent our counting. 


Science

  • I can investigate, with guidance, the nature of things, demonstrating an understanding of the procedures followed.

This week in Science we reviewed some of the things that we learned about spiders during our week of online learning. Did you know that spiders are arachnids who have eight legs and eyes. The most poisonous spider is the Black Widow and the largest spider is the Goliath Bird Eating Spider. Take a look at some of our spider diagrams from this week below. 

We finished off the week in Science by starting our exploration of magnets! We talked about what a hypothesis is, and tested many objects around our classroom to see what objects are attracted to magnets.

   


Social Studies

This week we continued to prepare for our “trip to Iqaluit” by building our suitcases for the trip. We began comparing the temperature in Iqaluit to Calgary’s, and brrrr is it much colder there. Take a look at our Social Studies Art project!


Important Dates: 

January 2021 

January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Our Learning for December 7th to 11th  

Literacy

·      I can use own ideas to create oral, print & other media texts

This week in writing we continued working in our writing groups. One group has been working on interactively composing sentences. Last week we wrote many sentences about topics that we found personally interesting. Take a look at the word cloud below with some of our topics last week!

Another group continued to look at small moments, and have been working hard to create our first small moment stories. Take a look at our progress in creating our books. 

Math

·      I can demonstrate an understanding of addition 

This week in math we began to take a look at addition using doubles and near doubles. We listened to songs, watched videos, used unifix cubes to visualize and practiced adding doubles and near doubles. One of our realizations this week was that when we add doubles it creates a growing pattern that increases by 2!

Science

·      I can describe the general structure and life habitats of small crawling and flying animals.

This week in science we began to discuss the life cycle of the ladybug. We discovered that ladybugs have four stages to their life; egg, larva, pupa and adult ladybug. 

Social Studies

Preparations for our imaginary “flight” to Iqaluit continued this week, and we began to compare the temperature in Calgary to the temperature in Iqaluit. When watching videos, interactive read alouds, and checking the weather we realized that Iqaluit is normally far colder than Calgary. We finished the week by creating a packing list four our “trip.” 

Our “trip” to Iqaluit will happen when we return from winter break! :)

Important Dates: 

December 2020

  • December 14 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume (online)
  • January 11 In person classes resume


Our Learning for November 30th to December 3rd 

Home Reading

Happy reading grade 2s! Over the past two weeks I have been adding additional items to your child’s home reading bag. In your child’s home reading bag you will find a home reading journal and a new letter. With this journal, we will begin to take part in reading responses. This is an opportunity for each of the members of our classroom community dig into these new texts and form connections to their own lives.

Reading at home each day is encouraged! New books will be sent home every Wednesday or Thursday, if the previous book has been returned and if a response has been written. Please encourage your child to keep this book all week; it is helpful in early reading development to re-read a book several times whether it is by you or by your child.

Literacy

·      I can use own ideas to create oral, print & other media texts This week in writing we began working in writing groups! In our groups we have been working on capturing our ideas in different ways. One group has been working on interactively composing sentences. Another group has started to look at small moments and have begun planning our first small moment story. Birthday parties and vacations are great examples of large moments in our life, can you think of any more very small moments that we can capture in our writing?

Math

·      I can say the number sequence 0 to 100 by 2s backwards and forwards.

This week we continued to discover patterns when counting on a hundred’s charts. Later in the week we practiced counting by 2s using a number maze!

Science

·      I can describe the general structure and life habitats of small crawling and flying animals.

We finished discussing that some animals prepare themselves for winter by working together as a team. Ladybugs often gather close together to keep warm while they hibernate. 

Social Studies

This week in social studies, we began preparing ourselves for our upcoming “trip to Iqaluit!” Before winter break we will be taking an imaginary plane ride to beautiful Iqaluit, Nunavut. To prepare for this trip, we began making preparations for our flight plan by acknowledging where we are in our community and where we are going, Take a look at our preparation so far!

Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to EMJ’s parent counsel for the wonderful new additions to our classroom library. Take a look at a few of the many new books we will get to explore!

Important Dates: 

Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

·      December 11 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater and/or hat

·      December 18 PJ day

·      December 18 Last day of classes before winter break



Our Learning for November 23rd – 27th

Literacy

·      I can apply phonic rules & generalizations to read unfamiliar words.

·      I can use own ideas to create oral, print & other media texts

In Fire writing this week we began to organize our ideas using lists. What are some of our favourite things in room 7? Take a look at a few of our lists that we created this week!


Math

·      I can demonstrate an understanding of increasing patterns.

·      I can represent & describe numbers to 100 concretely, pictorially & symbolically.

In our number routines this week, we have been finding many different ways to count to 100. We recognised that counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s are examples of increasing patterns using numbers. 



Additionally, this week we played choral counting games and practiced extending increasing patterns after identifying how much each pattern was increasing by. How many triangles would you need to draw to extend the pattern below?


Science

In science we finished exploring ladybugs protect themselves predators by playing dead! 

 

With the weather going to begin to get colder, we discussed that some animals prepare themselves for winter by working together as a team. Ladybugs often huddle together to keep warm while they hibernate. On Monday we will post some of our visual representations of how and where ladybugs hibernate.

Small Worlds

This week we added a new element of storytelling to start our day. We were introduced to small worlds, where we could create our own stories that have a setting and a character. Take a look at some of our amazing creations!

Important Dates: 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy Reading!

November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Our Learning for November 16th-19th

Literacy

·      I can apply phonic rules & generalizations to read unfamiliar words.

·      I can use own ideas to create oral, print & other media texts

This week in literacy, we explored the book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. As a class, we let our creativity flow when we generated a few ideas of what our dots could be. Take a look at some of our amazing dot creations described through pictures and words. 

We continued our exploration of forming words through games and read aloud activities that caused us to think about the different sounds we hear in words. Here is a photo of our class with all of our answers locked in during a whiteboard game! 

Math

·      I can demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns.

·      I can demonstrate an understanding of increasing patterns.

This week in math, we finished our Pattern Fish Activity and began to discuss growing patterns! More pictures of our amazing Pattern Fish Art will be posted to our blog on Monday. A growing pattern is a pattern that gets bigger in the same way over and over again. Can you think of any growing patterns that we see in our lives? 


We ended the week by recognizing and extending patterns by taking part in a SmartBoard game!

Science

·      I can describe the general structure and life habitats of small crawling and flying animals.

In science we began to explore some of the main predators of our friends the ladybugs! What are some ways that insects protect themselves from predators? We first started by talking about how ladybugs often play dead when they feel threatened.


Important Dates: 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy Reading!

November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break



Our Learning for November 9 – 13th

 

Literacy

In literacy we began to talk about some of the different topics that authors can draw from in their writing. Us as authors have three “pockets” in our brains that we can use to inform our writing. Our three “pockets” are areas in our brain dedicated to memories, facts, and our imagination. We began to collect ideas in our own physical brain pockets, to help inform our fire writing process! Take a look at a few of our Brain Pockets!

Additionally, we continued to explore creating words in daily word work activities. Below are some of the words we created this week using the letters n, a, g, u, b, s and t! What other words could we make with these letters? 

Math

In Math this week we returned to our exploration of patterns by taking part in problem of the day activities, and our first math art activity! To prepare for our math art activity, we listened to the read aloud titled “Pattern Fish” by Trudy Harris. When listening, we were able to point out that there were many patterns appearing throughout the book. Take a look at some of our very own pattern fish!

Social Studies

This week we discussed Remembrance Day and honored the lives of the soldiers who fought for our country by exploring the meaning of the Poppy. We listened to the Poppy Story, discussed the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, and created our own classroom poppy! 

Art

On Friday we finished our second art hub guided drawing! Take a look at some of our amazing artwork for one of our favourite arctic animals, the penguin!

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Our Learning for November 2-6th

Happy November everyone! I hope you are all staying warm with this sudden change of weather out there! Just as a quick reminder, please ensure that your child has weather appropriate clothing (such as jackets, hats, gloves, etc) 

 

Literacy

  • I can use knowledge of word patterns, word combinations and parts of words to learn new words.
  • I can write complete sentences, using capital letters and periods.

In Literacy we continued to explore our new writing structure Fire Writing! Additionally, we practiced making consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, take a look at some of the words we were able to create by using the letters from the word “November.” Can you see any patterns arising in our CVC Words? 

Math

  • I can say the number sequence 0 to 100 by 2s, 5s and 10s.

This week in math we explored number lines further through games, choral counting and creating our visual representations. Number lines are amazing tools that help us add, keep track of our counting, and can even help us represent patterns. Take a look at some of our visual numberlines! Can you see any patterns emerging when we add pictures to our number lines? 

Science

  • I can describe the general structure of small crawling and flying animals.  

This week, the scientists in our class were continuing to explore the different components that make up the ladybugs body. Each body part has a specific function used by the ladybug. Did you know that the pronotum is the area between the hard red shell (elytra) and the head? Check out some of our amazing labelled ladybugs!

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Our Learning for October 26th – 29th

Literacy

  • I can use knowledge of word patterns, word combinations and parts of words to learn new words.
  • I can write complete sentences, using capital letters and periods.

In Literacy this week we started a new activity called Fire Writing! In Fire Writing, we explored how we can express ourselves in daily timed journaling activities. We used scientific wonder videos and picture books to spark our interest before heading into our individual writing times, Many students were writing about their past experiences, some were expressing their excitement for Halloween through writing, and others were interested in creating books. 


Additionally, we reviewed that some words follow specific patterns that can help us in decoding unfamiliar words while reading. We explored and created our own Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words through choral readings, book read alouds and games.


Math

  • I can say the number sequence 0 to 100 by 2s, 5s and 10s.

This week in math we investigated how we can use number lines to count numbers between 0 and 50. As a part of our number routines we practiced counting forwards and backwards by 2s and 5s chorally as a class. On Wednesday, we explored counting on number lines when we learned a new math game called Race to 50.


Science

  • I can describe the general structure of small crawling and flying animals.

Ladybugs have many important physical features that help them perform very specific functions. We have learned that ladybugs have a hard set of wings called the elytra that protect their soft inner wings. Additionally, A ladybugs antenna help them smell taste and feel their way around. Last week we created our first scientific diagrams of our ladybugs, and this week we applied our understanding by creating plasticine ladybugs!


Important Upcoming Dates:

·         November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·         November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

·         November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·         November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·         November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·         November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·         November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·         November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·         November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)



Our Learning for October 19th– 23rd

General Updates: 

  • Students are allowed to wear their Halloween costumes for the whole day on Thursday if they would like too. 
  • As a quick reminder, sharing food or Halloween treats are not allowed

Literacy:

·       I can use writing to inform my reader

This week we focussed on descriptive writing, to accompany our scientific ladybug diagrams. Did you know that ladybugs have two sets of wings!? They have a set of soft wings inside their shell, and they have a hard red protective shell called the Elytra. 


Math:

·       I can represent numbers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically.

This week we reviewed how we could use ten and twenty frames to represent numbers symbolically. As a class, we are getting very excited for Halloween! So to end our week, we took part in a Halloween themed ten frame hunt around our classroom community!


 

Science:

·       I can observe, describe and compare living things.

·       I can use a variety of drawing media in an exploratory way to see how each one has its own characteristics.

We have been exploring how we can describe objects, animals and insects using pictures and words in order to tell our readers important details. We finished labelling our pictures of Mr. Radu, and then focussed our attention to describing the important features of a ladybug. Pictures of our amazing labelled ladybug diagrams will be posted to our blog on Monday. 


Art:

Halloween is just around the corner! We ended the week with a fun Halloween art activity where we created paper Jack-O-Lantern. We talked about the different emotions that we could represent in our lanterns to guide our discussion. 


Plan time: 

This week, we introduced a new portion of our day called Plan Time! During plan time, students can choose to start the day by playing individually (My Plan) or with two other friends. (Group Plan) We explored many different ways that we can cooperatively build, explore and create using Kapla Blocks. Check out some of our amazing creations!


Important Dates:

October 2020

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

·       November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·       November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

·       November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Our Learning for October 13th– 16th

I hope you all kept warm and had a wonderful weekend. As we see the temperature dropping and snow begin to fall, please ensure that your child is wearing weather specific clothing such as; jackets, gloves, hats, etc. Going forward with the snowy weather, outdoor shoes are encouraged. This week we have been learning the new procedure of taking our outdoor shoes off as we enter the school and switching too our indoor shoes before walking down the hall to our class.

Literacy: This week we focussed on the ideas of feeling visible and invisible at school. We started our exploration by reading the book “The Invisible boy” by Trudy Ludwig. We discovered, that as a class, we feel most visible when we are seen and heard by the people in our classroom community. How can we make everyone feel visible in our school?

Math

This week we have been progressively working through a math assessment, as well as we explored how we can create and extend patterns using manipulatives like Lego.

In addition, we continued our number routines this week. This week we did a math talks to count objects and dots, we practiced our number of the day activities with numbers larger than 20, and we finished off the week with number bingo! How many different ways can you represent the number 32?

Science: 

Scientists use diagrams (labelled pictures) and their writing to give information to their audience. This week we started our discussion on descriptive writing by describing our Principal, Mr. Radu, and labelling a photograph as a class. Each student then had their chance to draw Mr. Radu using the information that we gathered. Pictures of our amazing diagrams of Mr. Radu will be posted to our blog on Monday. 

Art 

On Friday we talked about how artists often use simple features of their art, like empty space, to guide their artistic vision. Everything artists do has a purpose; how can we use the empty space intentionally to send a message to our viewer? Here is an example of our empty space tape art!

Important Dates:

October 2020

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Our Learning for October 5th – 8th

I hope you are all having a fantastic and happy thanksgiving long weekend! Here is a snapshot into our learning from last week. 

Writing:I can build a creative story using loose parts

This week we explored some of the different ways that authors come up with the ideas for their stories. Authors often write about their past experiences, things that they like to do, or topics that are interesting to them. Later in the week, we were introduced to our new story bags! These bags contain a number of loose parts (shells, beads, sticks, pom poms, etc). However, they also contain many stories just waiting to be told! Check out some of our first stories told through loose parts. 

       

Math:  I can represent numbers to 20 concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 

This week we noticed many fall changes happening in our community. We decided to gather a number of objects that showed the seasons changing from summer to fall! We looked for leaves, pinecones, sticks and other objects that we could sort. We sorted them into many groups, and graphed how many of each object we found!

We also started our first number routine this week! We were exploring the many ways that we are able to represent our understanding of number through number of the day activities. This week we represented numbers using dots, tally marks and ten frames. How many ways can you build and represent the number 16? 

Science:I can describe the general structure & life habitats of small crawling and flying creatures.

This week we began to discuss the needs of small creatures such as ladybugs. Ladybugs need shelter from their predators, water to drink and plenty of food. Ladybug fun fact! Did you know that ladybugs can eat up to 100 aphids in one day? Check out some of the ladybug habitats that we created this week!


Home Reading 

This is just a quick reminder that a new home reading book was sent home on Wednesday this week, along with a letter explaining the book return process. New home reading books will be sent home every Wednesday, so long as the previous book has been returned. If you see your child in need of a book that is either easier or harder, please let me know by sending a note in the home reading bag when it is returned. Happy Reading!

Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day


Our Learning for September 28th– October 2nd

Home Reading:

This week, a book was sent home as our first look into home reading. Next Week, I will be sending home a new book, once the previous book has been returned. Since each book will need to be quarantined for 3 days after they have been returned, only one book will be sent home each week. When a new book is sent home this week, a letter will be sent home in their book bag describing in further detail how the book return procedure will work going forward. Reading at home each day is encouraged, but will not be tracked at school. 

Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt day was on Wednesday September 30ththis week. We explored the lives and feelings of the children in residential schools through books and discussions.

Writing- I can tell a story with pictures and words

This week we explored our first look into how we can create our first paper books. We were writing stories about things in our lives that were meaningful to us. Some were writing stories about recent memories, some were writing about their favourite toys, and their favourite animals. Next week we will be looking at how authors come up with the ideas for their stories

Math - I can count by 5s

This week in math we continued to look at how we can represent numbers using symbols and pictorials. We used tally marks to show numbers and organize our counting. We finished the week with an activity on skip counting by 5s.

 

 

Art - I can recognize the seasonal changes happening in our community)

On Friday we talked about all the changes that we are experiencing in Fall. We noticed the temperature falling and the leaves changing colours. To represent the changes visibly, we created leaf rubbings using some of the fall colours that we can see. 

   

   

Important Upcoming Dates: 

October 2020

·      October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·      October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·      October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Our Learning for September 21st– 24th

It was amazing getting to connect with so many of the families in our class this week! Please feel free to contact me anytime with your questions or concerns. Email is the best way to get a hold of me: pjmeiklejohn@cbe.ab.ca

Home Reading

Next week, we will begin our home reading program. Students will be sent home with an assigned book to read while at home. Reading at home each day is encouraged, but will not be tracked at school. 

A new book will be sent home each week, as long as the previous book has been returned. These books will give exposure pieces of literature in different genres and contain different plot elements that we may not choose on our own. In reading next week we will be exploring how to choose a book that is “just right” for each of us. If a book that I have assigned is either too easy or too difficult, please let me know with an email or a note when the assigned book is returned so that I can send home books that are just right for each student. Since each book will need to be quarantined for 3 days after they have been returned, only one book will be sent home each week. Happy reading!

Terry Fox Celebration

This week in literacy we explored the life of Terry Fox through videos, read alouds, and writing. We discussed how Terry Fox was a hero to many people all over the world, and we brainstormed some of the heroes in our own community. 

  

  

As a class we were able to run roughly 40 laps of our Terry Fox loop (2 laps for each student) to model Terry Fox’s goal of running 42km each day in his Marathon of Hope!

Math - I can represent and extend patterns with 2-3 elements.

This week in math we reviewed how patterns can be represented using letters. We learned that the part of the pattern that repeats is called the core. Also, we reviewed how we can represent numbers pictorially using tally marks.


Important Upcoming Dates:

September 2020

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

    • Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt OR a shirt of their favourite colour.

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Our Learning for September 14th– 18th

In Math this week, we began by exploring how we could use the tools in our new math toolkits. I have been so impressed with how well our class respected our tools and used them in amazingly creative ways! Some were representing their understanding of addition on their whiteboards, some were exploring patterns with their loose parts, and others were expanding the use of our tools use by writing names and sentences. We finished off the week by reviewing and creating our own patterns using pattern blocks!


In literacy, we focused on how we can come up with ideas for our writing as authors! We had a long discussion about some of the things that we treasure in our lives, and the class wrote about something that is important in their lives. We also brainstormed, planned and wrote about our dream bedroom!  


In science, we talked about the many amazing things that we want to learn more about in grade 2! Later in the week we started our exploration into Small Crawling and Flying creatures by looking closer at various insects, and have begun looking closer at ladybugs. Did you know that the red ladybugs that we see in our community are called the North American seven spotted ladybird? 

                                          

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

 

Important Dates

September 2020

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


September 12 – Grade 2 Blog

Hello Grade 2 Families,

Welcome to our classes first blog post of the 2020-2021 school year! We have had a fantastic first 2 weeks back at school, and I have been so impressed by the resiliency of all the students in our classroom and from all the students at Ethel M. Johnson. We have all worked very hard to learn many new rules and routines, all while coming together as a community.

Our theme for this week was Looking Closely! We looked closely at many stories to begin our exploration into the choices that authors and illustrators make to tell a story. We looked closely at nature in our community by doing a nature scavenger hunt in our field. Lastly, in math we reviewed what we knew about sorting and patterns, while also taking part in game based activities focussed on numbersense.

 

Next week, our theme will be Learning in Nature. This week, we will be taking frequent advantage of our fantastic field area for many of our learning opportunities. Please make sure to dress for the weather. In literacy, we will be choosing our “just right books” to read this week, journaling in our outdoor learning space, and begin to look at the different elements of a story. In math, we will continue to review and expand our numbersense through songs, game-based activities, and outdoor math activities.

 

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun.... Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

Important Dates:

September 2020

·       September 17 School Photos

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, more information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

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