We’ve been learning about fairy tales and fractured fairy tales in 2B for the past month. Fractured fairy tales are based on classic fairy tales, but the setting, characters, problem, solution, or some other element of the story are changed. The students had great fun reading a variety of fractured fairy tales, and wrote their own fractured fairy tale books. Take a look at the videos in this post, and check out each student's fractured fairy tale using the link to their blog on the right. You can even practice writing your own fractured fairy tale using the game linked below!
Our class wrote little stories using a new app on our iPads this past Wednesday, and they enjoyed coming up with their own characters and plot lines. The students published their stories to their blogs so that they could share them with their families at home and read each others'. Click on the students blogs in the sidebar to the right to listen to their stories and leave a comment!
We’ve been busy in January researching and writing about Arctic animals in 2B. To tie in our learning about Arctic Canada in Social Studies and our research skills in Language Arts, each student chose an Arctic animal to research and report on. We learned about avoiding plagiarism and putting facts in our own words, and also about how to make sure that we had evidence for all of the facts in our reports that we had found in reliable sources. Students looked for information in the categories of habitat, diet, adaptations, and interesting facts. They also learned how to craft an introduction that would hook their readers and a conclusion that would provide a satisfying wrap up to the report. You can read the students’ reports below!
2B had been working hard the past couple of weeks of school on Christmas stories for their families. We focused on crafting interesting plots and making our ideas clear to our audience (who were the students’ families). They made the wrapping paper, cards, and everything, and were very proud of their creations. You can see all the carefully written stories below!
The students of 2B are thrilled to have each started their own blogs this Friday. They wrote a bit about themselves, and are excited to read each other’s writing. Any blog entries and comments need to be approved by the teacher to ensure that any personal or inappropriate information remains off of the web. You can view the students’ blogs by using the links on the right, and feel free to comment on your child’s (they’d love that!).
The students in 2B have been paying extra attention to the author's choices in the books we read this month, and have been focusing on how author's plan and are thoughtful about the details in their writing. We planned and wrote a story as a class, which you can read below, and the students are working on their own stories now. There are so many creative story planners in our class!
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!
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!
The students are off to a great start in their writing this year! We began with a focus on ideas and how to come up with ideas and make them clear during writing time. Recently, we have been focusing on refining the conventions in our writing, especially with punctuation, precise use of capital letters, clear spaces, and “grade two” inventive spelling. They’ve really enjoyed editing each other’s work for conventions, and sharing their writing with the class during author’s chair. 2B also worked hard to craft poems that reflected some of their favourite things, which you can see below!
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.