Our most special guest for Read In Week was Spruce Grove's Mayor Stuart Houston! He read us two Thanksgiving books, and answered our questions about what responsibilities he has as our city's mayor. It was especially helpful given our recent learning about elections, and the mayor was a very entertaining and informative guest reader.
We've been working hard in 2B over the last couple of weeks on our reading and writing! Grade two is a big year of growth for students as readers and writers, and we've been practicing building our stamina in both of those areas.
In Reading Workshop, we've been talking about how grade two readers take charge of their readers by choosing how to read, taking a sneak peak of their book, reading a lot, reading in longer phrases, and keeping tabs on their comprehension. Students have especially enjoyed practicing their partner reading skills and keeping track of how much they're reading in their reading log.
Our Writing Workshop this year is starting with a focus on narrative writing. Our class has been hard at work discovering small moments to write about, writing with detail, crafting powerful endings, and rereading our writing like detectives. It's a big job getting back into the swing of writing after the summer, but students are starting to get into more of a groove getting their ideas onto paper and having stamina during writing time. The students love getting to hear their peers' writing during our sharing time! You can see photos below of how we closely examined the details in seashells to inspire use to include details in our own writing topics.
Some wonderful drama students from Concordia University performed "The Child Who Cried Wolf" for the grade one and two classes today! There were plenty of laughs and scares, and it was really neat to see actors performing a play they had created all on their own. The students favourite parts were the wolf coming out to terrify the villagers and watching the very silly sheep. The actor who played the main character actually went to Millgrove when she was in elementary school, so it was wonderful for the students to see how far their education can take them!
Our fantastic school librarian Mrs. Smith helped us become published authors this week as week as we took some good copies of our writing and published them in Millgrove's library! Each piece has its own unique barcode and the students are all officially catalogued in the library now as authors. It was delightful to see the students taking out each other's writing, and for them to know that their peers around the school can take their writing home and read it!
You may have heard of March Madness, but 2B took part in a book tournament called March Book Madness over the past month. There was a bracket of 16 entertaining and interesting picture books, and we have enjoyed reading the selections. We voted at each of the rounds of book face-offs and the big winner this week was the Canadian book "Finding Winnie!" Our class' favourite was "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jessie Sima, which you can listen to below. It's always a treat to be exposed to new literature, and we loved seeing what readers around the world liked reading the most!
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. Check out a couple of the fractured fairy tales below and how we planned them using a graphic organizer. You can even practice writing your own fractured fairy tale using the game linked below!
We had the privilege of watching the play Aladdin performed by Stony Plain Central School this week! The play had music, lots of comedy from the genie, and some amazing costumes. One of our class' favourite moments of the play was the confetti that came down on us part way through the performance, and we got to ask the actors and director questions after the play. One of our students even got to join in a dance scene during the play. The class wrote reviews of the play when we got back to school, and Aladdin garnered high praise from 2B!
As we've been learning about Ukrainian, Acadian, and Inuit traditions, we read folk tales from these cultures in in Social Studies. Many of the stories were pourquoi-style stories that explained why something became the way it is today (such as why moles avoid light like in the story below). The students wrote their own traditional origin stories, and showed great reflection in using the traits of the folk tales we had read. You can read some of the students' folk tales in the slideshows posted in this post!
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. We hope you enjoyed their lovingly authored Christmas stories!
The students of 2B have been busy elves the past few weeks as they've been preparing their Christmas presents! They're all wrapped up now, and the class can't wait to give their gifts to their families at Christmas. Their love and care for their families was very evident in all the effort they put into this (top secret) project!
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.