Grade 2

It's May, Time for Symmetry Butterflies and Insect and Animal Habitats!

The Grade 4s invited us to attend their "Earth Day Fair". We had so much fun and enjoyed all the activities! 

We are learning about "Small Crawling and Flying Animals" in Grade 2 Science. If you were a BEETLE, what colour would you be?
Grade 5 Buddy time is the best! We are creating a bulletin board with our Earth Day Wishes!

What happen to Spring??? So much fun at Recess in the unexpected Spring snowfall!

. Oh and we can't forget about our MARCH MADNESS book tournament!
The Grade 2 children are making bead strings with 100 beads as a tool for adding and subtracting double digits to 100. We created puppets and wrote our own puppet shows. We celebrated the love we feel in our "Heart Poems"
The Grade 2 children have been reading the chapter book "The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodle" written by Julie Andrews. We were recently introduced to the character named Whiffle Bird. We created our whiffle birds using our imaginations and then wrote descriptive paragraphs about them!
The children in Grade 2 engaged in STEM Olympic Activities all week. We learned about curling, alpine skiing, and bobsledding. The children built their own Olympic games and participated in classroom Olympics. We learned to keep trying, to never give up and to celebrate other's success!

January -Grade 2 Tales 

We have had perfect timing and weather for our imaginative “trip” to Iqaluit, Nunavut, as we explore this dynamic northern  community! We have built inuksuks, painted like artists Ted Harrison and Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, and created numerous souvenirs for our suitcases. The grade 2s enjoyed two special online workshops. One with Teachers Pet: Exploring Inuit Culture, and one with Trickster: Celebrating World Kindness Day with drama games and movement.

We are adding numbers like crazy! Looking at SO many strategies for adding double digits (including stacking, tree branch method, and open number lines). This week we are starting our Disney Trip math project adding up tickets, magic bands, food and souvenirs. We will put all of our strategies into practice!

On Tuesday Feb.2nd, the children came in talking about Groundhog Day! We decided to explore the different famous groundhogs around North America. We drew a groundhog and watched anxiously to find out IF Spring is coming soon.

Coming up in February …we are welcoming the children each morning with a STEM challenge based on Olympics! It’s time to think like an Olympian with a positive and growth mindset. Each morning we will learn about an Olympic sporting event. Then we will  tinker with materials provided to create mini-Olympic experiences in the classroom. We will encourage the children to approach these tasks and all tasks with the motto “Think like an Olympian. You CAN do it!” Go Canada Go!



December Tales from Grade 2 

This month started off with a Field Trip to the Leighton Arts Centre! Our first Field Trip in two years! The children, teachers and parent volunteers had a fantastic day out in the Foothills of Calgary. We explored the landscape and mountain views on Echo Hill, we learned to weave using a willow loom, we learned to sketch the landscape and visited the museum. It was a magical day outdoors and in the cozy art studios on site. In social studies, we are learning about communities from the past and this experience help us to really imagine what life was like back when E.C and Barbara Leighton lived on the land.

We are developing our number sense using number lines, one hundred charts and even doing some beginning coding!

In literacy, we used a mentor text, Fox and Squirrel written by Ruth Ohi to practice writing predictable patterns in circle stories. We are now presenting our stories to the Grade 1 children through Google Meet! We are certain that they will enjoy the stories that we have created.

In science, we are beginning a new unit called Hot and Cold Temperatures. It seems fitting as the weather has finally turned and we are now experiencing typical December weather!

Over the next two weeks of school, we are looking forward to preparing for our Winter Music Concert as well as doing some drama in the classroom through our Readers Theatre. Readers Theatre allows the children practice their expression and fluency when reading a script without having to memorize any lines! We look forward to sharing our Jan Brett Readers Theatre with our Nellie friends!

November Tales from Grade 2

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through November. As we formed closer classroom communities this allowed us to work in a variety of ways in all subject areas. Sometimes we worked with partners, small groups or altogether. Learning to work cooperatively in different settings will help us in the future! We have been reading a novel called The Heartwood Hotel. Recently we learned how to describe and sketch characters from the story. Using adjectives, we wrote characteristics that these characters have on the outside (appearance) and the inside

 ( head and heart ). Guided drawing lessons help us understand how to draw the animals from the story. The setting of the story is also very important and we have been learning how to use descriptive language to convince readers that the Heartwood Hotel is an ideal location for a vacation.

In math students have been busy learning and exploring estimation strategies and becoming familiar with the 100’s chart. We have identified patterns, played games, solved puzzles and learned that using our chart is a great strategy to help us with numeracy.

Exploring liquids in science was a big part of our learning in November. We did lots of experimenting in the classroom. Our virtual field trip with Scientists In The School was a big success and the highlight was the “Dancing Popcorn” experiment. Learning scientific vocabulary and the importance of a hypothesis when experimenting were key components of our learning.

Our exploration of communities continued in Social Studies continued this month. We spent time learning the importance of the Acknowledgment of the land and how learning on the land can give us new and different perspectives. We incorporated Remembrance Day learning each day leading up to the beautiful assembly put together by Mrs. Dennison on November 10th. Our classes were so respectful and helped to make this outdoor gathering memorable. We are learning about communities in the past through research.

September Tales from Grade 2

September was a very busy month! Students became familiar with their classroom and school environments. We spent a great deal of time learning about one another. We created ripped art self-portraits, shared and wrote about treasure bags that contained items that represent who we are. While learning about our emotions/feelings we created a class book in the style of Todd Parr to share with all students at Nellie McClung. We think all families should read some Todd Parr books!

In math this month we spent a lot of time outdoors exploring number concepts and patterns. We made repeating patterns with natural items like twigs, leaves and pine cones and are currently working on increasing patterns. We can extend our patterns for up to 5 terms and are able to identify how much the pattern increases by each time or “the rule”.

Each day we spend time listening to stories and reading “Just Right Fit” books to help us become the best readers we can be.

This week we have spent time exploring some indigenous stories to further our understanding about Orange Shirt Day. We had many great discussions and created a beautiful indigenous alphabet to be displayed in our classrooms.

This month we participated in the Terry Fox Run. Our classes ran many laps and cheered each other on! We got ourselves prepared for this by playing many tag and cooperative games outside in the beautiful weather. This was another great way to get to know each other.

We are looking forward to learning so many more things in October. We will continue to talk about our community, begin exploring liquids, starting math and literacy centers and so much more!

September in our Grade 2 Learning Community

It has been a busy start up and everyone is settling in nicely.

Students spent some time creating self- portraits using a torn paper technique. Each child highlighted their uniqueness and together we created a portrait wall for our classroom community.  

Stay tuned for more learning updates from Grade 2!

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RT @kinggeorgecbe: #Flames vs #Oilers keeping score on the number line! Grade 3 students recapped the goals and made a visual representation. #WeAreCBE @CbeArea2

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The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm to hear from parents, students and other persons on the proposed closure of Discovering Choices START Outreach – Bowness site for the purpose of relocation. Learn more: #yycbe

There are no classes for students on Friday, May 20 because it is a system-wide non-instruction day. All of our schools and offices are closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Have a safe and relaxing long weekend! #WeAreCBE