We’ve really been enjoying playing Breakout Edu games this past week to review our learning in grade two this year. The Breakout box is a student-friendly version of breakout or escape rooms where people have to solve puzzles to escape the room. In our Breakout games, the students had to use their knowledge from math, science, and social studies to solve a variety of clues that unlocked the locks on the Breakout boxes (which contained small prizes). So far the students have beat the timer on all our Breakout Edu games, which is no doubt a testament to both their knowledge of not only these subject areas, but also their problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking!
Using our knowledge of 3D objects from our learning about geometry in math in grade two, each student got their own Tinkercad account this month where they could design with a variety of 3D objects with all sorts of vertices, edges, and faces. After working through some tutorials on Tinkercad on how to manipulate and design objects, students used the "Key Ring, Letters!" tutorial on the website to create a custom-designed Father's Day keychains for their dads and grandpas.
Each keychain turned out very special, and they ranged from Star Wars designs to Stanley Cup models to affectionate words of endearment. The students were very proud of the designs that they worked on so independently, and the highlight of the whole project was the printing process when they got to see their keychains gradually take shape on the printer bed. It was meaningful for students to make the connection between their math learning and how that learning is useful in the world of design!
In our unit on data analysis, students have been coming up with their own research questions to collect data on, and they’ve become experts and surveying their peers about a variety of topics. We've practiced graphing our data, comparing data, and identifying important results. You can see some of the data collected below!
We’ve been working on data analysis in Math recently, and the class has enjoyed collecting and analysing a variety of information. In this unit, your child will be learning about graphs, and about asking questions to gather information! The Learning Goals for this unit are to:
You can help your child reach these goals through the following activities:
In Math, we are beginning a new focus on geometry. In this unit, we will be learning about 3D objects such as cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones, and pyramids, as well as 2D shapes such as triangles, squares, circles, and rectangles.
The learning goals for this unit are to:
You can help your child achieve these goals with the following activities at home:
You can also play the video and games below for extra practice at home!
We drew Easter bunnies just before the Easter break this week, and the students used their measuring skills to measure their bunnies afterward. We chose the unit of ones cubes because they weren’t too big or too small for the parts of the bunny that we were measuring, and it was neat to see how the measurements between bunnies were similar and different!
We made good use of our two-digit addition and subtraction skills this week as the students set up their own classroom stores and went shopping with pretend Millgrove Gift Certificates. There was lots of adding sums, subtracting to figure out change, and thinking about how we use math in our everyday lives!
Jack needs some new toys to update his playroom, and given the students growing skills with two-digit addition and subtraction, they were given a mission this week to make a selection of toys for him with a budget of $100. All the students stayed within the budget, but their selections and adding strategies were varied and impressive. We look forward to planing more shopping trips with our math skills!
We’ve been learning all about measuring length this week in our math classes and the highlight of our measuring was comparing the lengths of our limbs, torsos, and heads. We found that if we used different units (such as small snap cubes vs. popsicle sticks) our measurements were different (but still indicated the same length). You can watch the video below and play the games that are linked to learn more about measuring length
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.