Grade 2 - January 18 / 2019


Students are enjoying learning about First Nations traditions. They have been looking at various legends and myths and how they came to be. Students have had fun writing a fictional legend about the origins or animals or things about nature. They then had the opportunity to share with the class.


In Math, students have been working on developing strategies to solve addition problems using various regrouping strategies. Student are practising using mathematical language to help them explain their thinking. This week, students had the opportunity to practise these strategies with some hands-on games, such as Mathopoloy.


In French, the students have been filming their play, Ou est mon chien?. Filming should continue next week, as some students are away. The videos will be available to view in the next few weeks once all of filming is complete.


This week in Art, the Grade 2s learned about Australian artist, Kate Shaw. They discussed her paintings and were able to point out the horizon line, shapes, and symmetry. Students then created their own landscape in her style using watercolour paint and chalk pastel. The final pieces are colourful and showcase their knowledge of symmetry.


In Music, the Grade 2s continue with the listening activity Nitohta (Cree for listen). The students are becoming very creative as they move around the space as the music changes from loud to quiet. The students also practiced beat and rhythm using rhythm sticks.


Next week, students will be begin their summative as a wrap up for the unit on How we Express Ourselves. In partners, students will choose to research a unknown celebration, using Britannica Encyclopedia online and library books to find information. They will work towards they’re final project, which will involve a poster and an oral presentation.

In Math, we will be focusing on regrouping strategies that help us with subtraction problems. For example, students will explore strategies that involve ten frame mats, mental math and using other manipulatives as an aid.

In French, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Grade 1, 2 and 3 students will see Gregg LeRock in concert. He is an educator and a musician who performs for children in French. Please follow the link below to see the Venturing Out form for this field trip.

VO form here: Venturing Out form


Evelyn Calhoun and Katherine Almeida  


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