# April smiles

In Writers’ this week the class continued working on their second series. We tried a new skill of sketching parts of the story first, summarizing the details and then writing the sentences.

We learned that fiction writers often divide their story into chapters by breaking it into three parts; the beginning, the middle (or trouble) and the end (or getting the character out of trouble).

We learned that some authors play with patterns to stretch out parts of their stories. We tried this in our own writing and included three details or three examples when describing something.

The class checked for items from the Grade 2 Fiction Writing Checklist to see what they are already doing across the books they have written in their second series and what they can plan to do next as writers.

Finally, we made a list of some super writing powers that we have and can have as super series writers.

In Readers’ we learned to not just think about life lessons at the end of a story, but also to think about them when we start reading a new book. We predicted the lessons particular books will teach.

On Wednesday we read with 3B!

We also learned that readers compare and contrast books thinking what is the same and what is different. With a partner, we found similarities and differences between books considering the plots, characters’ feelings and endings.

In Maths the class continued working with various cube train patterns. As a class, we played ‘What Comes Next?’  making two cube trains, each with 12 cubes, but one had a repeating pattern and one did not. We were introduced to ‘Break a Train’ in which we had to break a cube pattern into units.

We also were introduced to ‘Make a Train’ where we had to make a repeating cube pattern by putting units together.

In Art, we learned about a style called Pop Art which uses mostly the primary colors. We used markers to complete the second quarter of our artwork with this technique.

In IPC, we started a new unit about Flowers and Insects. We completed a pre-assessment where we had to label parts of a flower and parts of an insect as much as we could. We discussed the differences between living and non-living things.

We looked at a potato plant and learned that plants have different parts and each part has a different job. The class discussed what plants need to survive and started to create a poster including the essential elements. Finally, we carried out an investigation to show how water is transported through the stem using a celery plant. We will record the results next week!