Today was the inaugural I Read Canadian Day across the country, and we celebrated it in 2B! We read "Red is Best" by Kathy Stinson, "Purple, Green and Yellow" by Robert Munsch, "The Flying Canoe" by Roch Carrier, and "My Heart Fills with Happiness" by Monique Gray Smith. We love Canada, and Canadian literature!
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!
In late November, the students all wrote letters to Santa, and today we got our letter back from him! He sent us a lovely note, and gifted us with some special sunflower seeds. It’s always special when the students can use their growing writing skills to connect with a meaningful audience, and there are very few audiences more exciting than Santa!
We had the privilege of watching the musical The Lion King performed by Spruce Grove Composite High School this week! The play had music, lots of comedy from Timon and Pumbaa, and some amazing costumes. One of our class' favourite moments of the play was the song "The Circle of Life," and we got to high-five all the performers and crew at the end of the show. The class wrote reviews of the play when we got back to school, and The Lion King garnered high praise from 2B! You can see your child's review on Seesaw.
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!
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 of their variety of poems, and you can see more of your child's poetry on Seesaw!
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.
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.