We’ve been reading and writing poetry this month in Language Arts, and wrote a variety of different types of poetry this past week. The students worked hard to make interesting word choices and tried to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. They are very proud to have them up in the hallway for the audience of Millgrove students and staff!
As we focused on the land and past of Meteghan in Social Studies this past week, 2B worked together to make a miniature model of this fishing community. We researched the community using books and Google Maps, and used our artistic skills to create what you can see in the video above. We hope you learn more about this community on the East Coast of Canada!
In Social Studies this past week, we were lucky to have some Inuit artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum in our classroom. We learned about many interesting aspects of Inuit culture, and were able to use a variety of items including an ulu (multipurpose knife), traditional pulling game, kimiik, art, and a soapstone carving. The students in 2B were also researching the weather in Iqaluit, Meteghan, Saskatoon, and Spruce Grove, and found some notable similarities and differences in their climates. We’re lucky to learn about such an interesting group of people in grade two! You can watch the video above to hear some excellent news reporting by 2B on these fascinating artifacts, and watch the video below to hear Inuit throat singing.
In a month that we often associate with fear, we were inspired to paint like Edvard Munch and make our very own versions of his piece “The Scream.” We learned about Munch’s history as an artist, and looked at many examples of other artists’ adaptations of “The Scream.” The students painted their own background of a sunset on the sea, and posed with their best poses of terror! Their pieces of art turned out brilliantly, as you can see below.
We've been busy with numbers up to 100 recently in Math, whether we were skip counting with money (a big highlight), investigating even and odd numbers, counting toothpicks like Raymond from Rain Man, and using ordinal numbers to describe objects (such as first, second, 3rd, 4th). The students were expert money counters, and felt quite prepared to spend their pretend money! If you'd like more practice at home with numbers to 100, the linked games below are focused on some of our learner outcomes for this unit.
2B was a flurry of building and experimenting this past week as we built and unveiled our magnetic devices for our kindergarten buddies. It was neat to see the variety of ways in which magnets can be used practically, and the students did some excellent scientific problem-solving in the creating of their devices. The highlight was when the kindergarten studentsvisited our class to test out our creations. Needless to say, the kinders had lots of fun with all the toys and games! Check out the video below to see the students’ creations.
We’ve been keeping busy with reading and writing in Language Arts this past week, and the students have mastered doing Read to Someone and Listen to Reading during Daily 5. In addition to our journal writing this week, we read some non-fiction books about turkeys and wrote plans to care for a prospective turkey pet. There were some very entertaining ideas for how to pass the time with one’s pet turkey!
Current events lent themselves well to our Social Studies learning this past week. We've loved watching as Prince William and Princess Kate learned about Canada with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte since we're learning about Canada! The students of 2B made a video with travel advice for the royal family, so stay tuned to watch that when we have permission to post videos of students later this fall! We increased our knowledge of Canada's West Coast and northern territories through this visit, and were proud to have visitors from England appreciate our country's diverse geography and cultures.
We also commemorated Orange Shirt Day on Friday to remember and recognize children who were affected by residential schoo's in Canada's past. The students showed great compassion and respect, and we had great conversations about how we can ensure that children are never treated like that again in our country. You can watch the videos below to learn more about Orange Shirt Day and also see some of the adventures of the Royal Family that we paid attention to this past week!
In Math, we are beginning a new focus on numbers up to 100 and solving word problems. This unit will focus on deepening your child’s understanding of number relationships, counting, and place value. Below you can find a game and video we've been playing to get this unit off to a fun start!
The learning goals for this unit are to:
You can help your child achieve these goals with the following activities at home:
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her son Jack.