Mr. Meiklejohn

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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