Last week of April

In Writers’ the class continued working on their book series. We were reminded that writers use punctuation to give orders to their readers. For example, adding an exclamation mark to a part they want to sound exciting or using ellipses to create suspense. We learned that authors try to add details to their own illustrations to give additional information too. We worked on making punctuation choices by rereading parts of our books and went back to add detail to our pictures.

The class looked at what our favorite series authors do and thought about what we could add and edit in our own fiction books.


In Readers’ we learned that when we compare books, categories begin to form and you can group books together. We compared and categorized our own books, also thinking about the book’s life lesson. We shared our books and the new categories.


In Maths we completed an assessment activity of making a repeating pattern. We were introduced to ‘The Penny Jar’ in which we had to determine number sequences that represents a constant rate of increase of 2 or 3.

The class was also introduced to ‘Staircase Tower’ where we built cube towers and recorded the number sequences that describe the increasing heights of the towers.

We discussed the sequence 2, 4, 6, 8 and practiced counting in 2s. Finally, the class was introduced to ‘Shape Patterns’ where we made a pattern on a number strip with two kinds of shapes.



In IPC, we planted our seeds!

We also each made a greenhouse baggy where we will observe the growth of a bean over the next weeks.

Finally, we looked at a flowering plant in more detail and learned the key labels of flowers.


In Art, we completed our 4-technique project using oil pastels and paint. We learned about Fauvism which uses bight bold colors as well as Impressionism and an artist called Claude Monet. Look at our amazing portraits!

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!


The sun is shining

At the start of this week in Writers’ the class finished their first series! We edited our work by fixing any spelling and revised our stories by adding more and making any final changes. We shared our favorite book from our series with the class. We looked at what realistic fiction writers do that makes their stories feel real. We learned that they often call on their own experiences to write stories that seem real. We recalled the steps fiction writers follow and started writing a new series with a new character.


In Readers’ we practiced rereading to smooth out any bumpy parts and to show the big feelings in each part. We learned that rereading helps us to perform our books.

We also learned that stories are like fortune cookies – when you open up a story you may find there’s a little life lesson inside it. With a partner, we talked about the lessons that characters learned and what the character or characters realize when the problem is fixed.



In Maths we completed Unit 6 and started Unit 7 which focuses on number patterns and number sequences. We played ‘What Comes Next?’ determining what comes next in a repeating pattern. We made our own patterns with connecting cubes and described what it is that makes our cube train a pattern. The class was introduced to body movement patterns. We worked to represent cube train patterns with movement sequences and vice versa.



On Thursday we had a fun field trip to the JAL Factory!


In Art, we started a 4-week project in which every week we transfer a new technique/artist style onto a large self-portrait. This week we were introduced to pointillism and an artist called George Seurat. We used markers to fill out the first quarter of our sketch using tiny dots (pointillism).

Hello April

This week the class continued working hard practicing for their assembly. Well-done 1G! You did an AMAZING job on Friday! As Ms. Kitani said…you rocked it!


In Writers’ the class continued writing their series and were reminded to stretch out their sentences adding lots of details. We learned that one way writers add ‘sparkle’ to their fictions books is to see what kinds of things their favorite authors do. We revisited a mentor text and found something we like that we can add to our own stories.


In Readers’ we learned to expect a character’s feelings to change across a story and when feelings change, readers take action by changing their reading voice to show the new feelings.

With a partner, we practiced changing our reading voice, and also tried to use our whole body to show feelings.

On Wednesday we read outside in the beautiful Spring weather!


The class created a chart called ‘Clues that Help Readers Know HOW to Read’ investigating what clues authors leave, that readers can use, to bring characters to life.

We chose a book we want to bring to life and started reading and rereading it to make our voices really shine. We then took turns rehearsing a part using our best reading voices. We acted as directors watching, listening closely and giving each other tips using ‘Cut!’ and ‘Action!’ cards.


In Maths the class continued solving several addition and subtraction story problems.

As a class, we recorded down strategies for subtracting and listed strategies for solving addition problems.


In IPC we enjoyed Ryo’s dad coming in to tell us all about his job. Thank you!