Grade 2 - May 17 /2018

Highlights
We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

We have wrapped up our Sharing the planet unit. Students enjoyed making homemade water filters this week using rocks, cotton and moss. They developed educated hypotheses to see what would happen.

In Math, students are learning strategies to make knowledgeable estimations before measuring. Students are looking at standard units of measurements using rulers and metres sticks.

In Art, the students are continuing their unit on monsters and symmetry. They’ve now painted their own symmetrical monsters by using a folding technique to make each side equal, and they’ve added extra features, like mouths and eyes, to add some character. 

In French, the students have been filmed performing their play, Les trois petits cochons, along with their group this week. The videos should be available for the parents to view in the next few weeks.

In Music, we continued practicing our poem The Woodpecker and the rhythm patterns that go with it. We also practiced our dance for I’se the B’ye.

In PSE,  we continue to explore our ‘feeling zones’ with the Zones of Regulation programme. One important concept is that all zone feelings are okay. This can be a challenging concept because the feelings associated with the blue and red zones can be considered “bad”. It is important to validate the feeling and not unacceptable actions. Through discussion, written activities and stories, students were able to come up with reasons that blue and red zone feelings are acceptable - here are some examples of their thinking: Red zone feelings are okay because…”you can say no if you need to,” “It teaches you what to do next time,” “you can argue if you need to,” “it can help you with sports.” Blue zone feelings are okay because…”you can do something quiet,” “your parents can give you a hug,”you can learn how to help a friend.”

Looking Ahead
Next week we will begin our new unit of inquiry on protecting animals. Our central idea being that humans need to protect animals and the places where they live. Students will explore ways in which humans impact animal environments around the world.

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