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.

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.

Other

Thank  you!