# November 22

Dear parents,

We are practicing for the Christmas Concert everyday. It is coming up very soon and we are all very excited!

IPC

We started our new unit of study this week. It is about solids, liquids and gases and our enduring understanding for this unit is: Matter exists in three states: solid, liquid and gas and these states change by heating and cooling. Please also refer to the information I sent to you earlier. It is important that your child understands the concept of the words listed in the letter. We will discuss the words so please explain the meaning of the words in your home language.

This week, we tried to understand what solid, liquid and gas are. We understood that solids have molecules crammed together in a fixed shape, that liquids have molecules that are freer to move and that gases are free to move. We did this  by acting as ice, water and steam. Ice cube molecules were packed tightly and closely to one another so they could only make tiny movements! On the other hand, gas was able to move quickly and freely!

Maths

This week, Grade Two started unit 3: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System 2.

Unit 3 consists of four parts.

Adding more than two numbers
Students will work on a variety of activities that involve solving problems with multiple addends. It is important to know that numbers can be added in any order.

This part of the unit will focus on story problems. Students will practice modelling the situations and recording solution strategies with standard notation.

Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s
Students will use the context of partners (groups of two) and teams (two equal groups) to investigate what makes numbers even and odd. They will come to define even numbers as those that make two equal teams, or groups of two, with no one left over. Students will be challenged to think about whether these definitions apply to all numbers.

Place value
Students will be introduced to place value as they investigate numbers grouped into 10s and 1s. For more information, please refer to the family letter attached:

We spent a lot of time figuring out unknown words, utilising a range of strategies. It is easy to skip an unknown word and read on, but a hint to work out the word may be around the word itself. By figuring out unfamiliar words, we can better understand the text and deepen our knowledge about the topic. We also read some same topic books to gain more knowledge about the same topic. We ‘sneak peeked’ a few books of the same topic books and tried to find sections that give us the same or similar information.

Writing

We have finished learning about a scientific writing, which is a type of information writing. We had several experiments which helped us to understand the parts of a scientific writing namely: question, hypothesis, materials and procedure, recording results, analysing data and our conclusion. We are currently working on a different type of nonfiction text. We have chosen our own topic by thinking about things that we can talk a lot about. Next week, we will be writing about it, applying strategies that we have learned as well as ones that we will learn next week and onwards.

PDP (social thinking)

This week, we learned about self talk. Self talk means talking to yourself in a quiet voice or in your head. This helps you focus, stay on task, handle distractions and manage your emotions so you can make better decisions in stressful situations. Please click here for follow up materials.

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Thank  you!

# November 15

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your child’s writing and reviewed it with him/her. Reflecting on his/her own learning is a very important part of the learning process and yes, your child needs to be praised for his/her effort, too! (Please return your child’s writing, maths assessments and PDP worksheets x2 if you haven’t returned yet-thank you!) Here is some learning information and some photos. Enjoy!

We have started our new unit: Nonfiction. There are three bends and the first one focuses on growing knowledge by reading nonfiction books. We can grow knowledge about a topic by reading books, but we will learn much more if we notice details in those books, for instance, little details on a diagram, which we could easily overlook (e.g., l notice the castle has a lot of high walls with holes. I notice there are many moats). We learned to come up with a big idea about our books and to develop our knowledge (e.g., castles are built to protect people). We will learn even more if we raise questions about the big idea (e.g. Why were the people inside in danger? Who was trying to get inside?). As we answer our questions by reading other books about the same topic, we develop our knowledge.

We will read a lot of nonfiction books and practice this sophisticated work to figure out what the book will teach us. We will be constantly thinking ‘What is this text about?’  to set ourselves up to understand the structure of our nonfiction texts and to gather knowledge in effective and efficient ways.

Writing

Last year, the students probably wrote about topics on which they were experts. This year, we are learning a whole new kind of information writing. We are learning to write in a way that scientists write. We came up with a question, then designed and conducted multiple trials of a simple science experiment! Our Lab Report has to be written in a way that everyone can understand and follow easily. So far, we have learned to write a question, hypothesis, materials, procedures, which should be clear and precise so that everyone will get the same or very similar/reliable results. Next week, we will also learn how to write our conclusion in a clear, convincing manner. Next week, we will also study other scientists’ lab reports and writing and try to elaborate our own lab reports. We will also self assess our writing against the checklist and set a goal to improve our writing.

IPC

To wrap up our unit, we worked in pairs or in groups to come up with a public service announcement about electrical safety. We planned and practiced our presentation against the rubric. We also looked at our recorded presentation and reflected on our performance in order to perform better next time. Next week, we will start our new unit: Freeze it!

IT

We love IT lessons! We have been practicing logging into the school system and our own Google account. We have learned how to create our own Google Doc as well as how to download a picture. Last week, we took a picture of our small moment story and uploaded it to Seesaw, which is our learning/reflection site. Then, we left a comment on a friend’s small moment story.

Maths

This week, we investigated 2D shapes, especially rectangles and other quadrilaterals.

• describing rectangles (4 sides and 4 right angles)
• describing quadrilaterals (4 sides but not 4 right angles)
• Area, angle, vertex
• difference between rectangles and parallelograms
• describing/making rectangular arrays of tiles, using the words: column, row
• investigating how many different rectangles can be made from a given number of tiles
• recognising that rectangular prisms have rectangular faces
• recognising which faces of a rectangular prism are the same size and shape

We also explored symmetry.

• Describing and identifying objects and designs that have mirror symmetry
• Constructing 2D symmetrical designs with mirror symmetry
• Identifying lines of symmetry

Art

This week, we practiced drawing perfect, straight lines, connecting one pointy end of a leaf template with another. Then we connected those straight lines by randomly drawing lines in ways that made many 2D shapes such as trapezoid and rhombus. We also coloured in each shape with water colours in an effort to make gradation. We thought about the effects of colours (warm and cold colours) and how we want our leaves to look like.

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Upcoming Event

Children’s Day: Wednesday, November 20th. Please refer to the mail the principal has sent to you.

Christmas Concert: Friday, December 6th.

See you soon!