This past week in Science we’ve been focusing on heating systems (namely forced air, water, and geothermal), and insulation. We learned about insulation used in buildings to keep them warm or cool depending on the season, and examined various types of insulation that animals use to brave the weather. Mrs. Leblanc gave us a fascinating tour of our school’s heating systems, and the class really enjoyed seeing the inner workings of Millgrove! You can watch the video below to see how people take advantage of animal insulation to keep themselves warm!
In Language Arts, we've begun working on reading and writing non-fiction books. The students are using their expertise on a variety of topics (such as hockey, baking, and Christmas) to write teaching books with true facts. In reading, we're learning how to read non-fiction thoughtfully by paying attention to details, linking concepts together, and asking questions. We've learned so much from our books and each other!
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!
In Math, we are beginning a new focus on addition and subtraction up to 18, 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 also play the video and games below for extra practice at home!
We are enjoying our science unit on hot and cold temperatures in 2B! Some highlights have included baking potatoes to see how materials are altered with temperature changes, measuring temperatures with thermometers, and making homemade ice cream. The students observed the differences between raw and cooked potatoes, and discovered that raw potatoes smell like potato chips and French fries (you can watch the video below to see how heat is used in the making of potato chips). We learned that milk loses heat relatively slowly, which meant that we had to shake our cream and other ice cream ingredients for a while before it turned into ice cream! If you’d like to review the outcomes of this unit, you can take a look at the ten outcomes in the slideshow below.
With the arrival of colder weather and snow this month, we’ve started a new unit on Hot and Cold Temperatures in Science. We've been exploring different uses of thermometers, learning about different temperatures, and comparing the high and low temperatures from day to day. In this unit, we will be learning:
Stay tuned for our further learning about hot and cold temperatures!
Thanks to everyone who sent delicious snacks, fun games, and magnificent costumes for our Halloween party this week. We had a great time, and the students looked so impressive in their creative costumes! With a class this caring and fun, there's lots to celebrate and enjoy together. (The potion we made revealed, not shockingly, that we are the best class at Millgrove school!)
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 kids Jack and Ellie.