Tuesday, 5 February 2019

February 2019

Winter weather has been unpredictable so far this month. Please make sure your child has their snow pants and warm outside gear everyday. Spare clothes and socks are helpful if your child gets wet outside.

The students have had a change in their Science and Social Studies teacher. Sarah McKellar has taken a full time position at another school. Her replacement is Erica Brady. She taught at Nottawa a year ago for a short while. Some of the students already know her and the transition seems to be going well.

We have our Valentine's Day celebration and trip to the Bowling Alley on Thursday the 14th. The students scheduled for our Valentine's Day treat are Mia, Liam, Lauren and Beau. We will be sharing our treats in the morning before we go to the bowling alley. Most students exchange Valentine cards with their classmates on this day.

Our class' celebration of the 100th day of school is likely on Friday the 15th. We do not count "no bus days". Every child needs to find a collection of 100 small things that we can maneuver around on a large piece of paper. We will be talking about our collections and dividing them into various groups, so we can count to one hundred in many ways. The items should be easily transported in large zip lock bags. The items do not have to be all the same, e.g. 10 groups of 10. I will give the students many ideas.

We are now focusing on addition and subtraction in math.
The math expectations are:
- solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 18, using a variety of  MENTAL strategies
- solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, using concrete materials, student generated algorithms, and standard algorithms

After this we will be working on fractions and touching on money again.

In writing we continue to work on recounts. We have had a focus on procedures and opinion writing. We will do some persuasive writing at the end of this month as well.

Report cards are going home the 15th of February. Family day is the following Monday.

Please contact me with any questions.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday with their family. Thank you for all the great treats for those of you who contributed to our Christmas celebration. I hope everyone liked the gifts that your child made for you.

The weather presents challenges at this time of year. Please ensure your child is dressed to be outside. The school yard has it challenges as well. The water on the yard presents concerns depending on the temperature. Please talk to your child about staying out of the water and to be cautious on ice. Extra clothes, socks and mitts are necessary, thank you to those who have sent them for your child.

Dance Lessons on Jan. 9th, 16th and 23rd. Please dress students for active dance.  We go to Blue Mountain  On January 22nd for an indoor learning adventure about snowboarding.
There is a PA day on January 25th.

Please try to have your child use Raz kids a few times a week. Our school has purchased the use of these programs and they are very helpful for your child to improve their skills in language. If you have misplaced your login just let me know and I will share it with you again. Please check that your child answers the questions in Raz kids. A student has to demonstrate comprehension at each level to move on. When you are reading with your child at home ask him/her about the characters, setting and specific events/information from the text. Ask them to do a retell about what they can recall from what they have read.

Along with the following data management unit we will review some of the previous number sense expectations to ensure the students have clear understanding.
 I look forward to working together, to make the next 6 months exciting and rewarding for your child, my students.

Our next math unit is Data Management
Data Management
Curriculum Expectations Flowchart

Grade 2

2m73 collect and organize categorical or discrete primary data and display the data, using tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers, with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed;

2m74 read and describe primary data in tally charts, concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers;

2m76: demonstrate an ability to organize objects into categories, by sorting and classifying objects using two attributes simultaneously

2m78: collect and organize primary data that is categorical or discrete (i.e., that can be counted, such as the number of students absent), and display the data using one-to-one correspondence in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers, with appropriate titles and labels and with labels ordered appropriately along horizontal axes, as needed
2m77: gather data to answer a question, using a simple survey with a limited number of responses

2m79: read primary data presented in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and other graphic organizers and describe the data using mathematical language

2m82: demonstrate an understanding of data displayed in a graph (e.g., by telling a story, by drawing a picture), by comparing different parts of the data and by making statements about the data as a whole

2m80: pose and answer questions about class-generated data in concrete graphs, pictographs, line plots, simple bar graphs, and tally charts

2m81: distinguish between numbers that represent data values and numbers that represent the frequency of an event

Monday, 26 November 2018

End of NOVEMBER Info. and Dates to keep in Mind


It was great to discuss your child's progress and for them to share their work at school with you.
Miss Minty will be taking a lead as teacher for the next 3 weeks. She is doing very well and has established a great relationship with the students in our class.

 This week in math we are focusing on money and numbers to 100.

  • read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 100, and use concrete materials to represent money amounts to 100 cents
  • use a variety of tools to show money amounts to 100 cents
  • estimate, count and represent ( using the cent symbol) the value of a collection of coins with a maximum of 1 dollar
  • locate numbers on a number line to 100 
  • count forwards to 100 cents using nickels, dimes or quarters
  • compose a certain amount of money using different coins e,g., 35 cents

    The next couple of weeks after this we will be focusing on more number sense.

    • demonstrate an understanding of the magnitude by counting forward to 200 and backwards from 50 using multiples of various numbers as starting points
    • count forwards by 1's, 2,'s,5's, 10's, and 25's to 200 using number lines and hundreds charts, starting from multiples of 1, 2, 5, and 10 
    • count backwards by 1's from 50 and any number less than 50, and count backwards by 10's from 100 and any number less than 100, using number lines and hundreds charts
    • describe the relationships between quantities by using addition and subtraction
    • solve problems with addition and subtraction of one -and two -digit whole numbers
    The students will continue working on their media assignment during the next couple of weeks.
    November 30th is the Green Team and Courage assembly at 1:40, everyone is welcome. 

    We will be writing letters to Santa as one of our writing  tasks related to Christmas the week after this.

    The Christmas concert is on December 12th.
    On December 7th we are planning a Grinch day, Dec. 14th a Polar Express Day and Dec. 20th Santa's workshop day.

    We have a class trip planned with Mrs. Hammond's class to Loblaws on December 13th for a healthy eating and a media learning adventure.
    We are a busy group with lots of fun learning planned!
    Please keep in touch via the agenda or e-mail with any inquiries.

    Sunday, 11 November 2018

    November News 2018

    November News 2018

    We are keeping very busy at school. The school yard is muddy in some areas so sending a spare set of clothes to be kept at school in case of a slip and fall would be a good idea. Please label the bag. Thanks to those families who have already looked after this.

    The Progress report cards go home this Friday the 16th.

    I am looking forward to meeting with you and your child the following week. For those who haven't signed up on the google drive interview chart please try to do so as soon as possible. It is found on the scroll down menu of the Nottawa home page If you have any questions or concerns please contact Leslie Beattie, school administrator. Keeping the communication flowing is the best way to to help your child have a successful school year.  SCROLL ACROSS TO THE RIGHT AND FIND MCTAGGART.

    I am excited to announce that we are getting a Lakehead student teacher for a 5 week teaching block. Miss. Minty will be with us every day. It is a great opportunity for the students to interact and learn from another professional in the classroom. It is also shows the students even adults continue to learn. I find it helpful to have 2 people in the room to provide more support to the students when they need it. I am encouraging Miss. Minty to sit in on interviews to learn how student/parent/teacher interviews are run and to provide her with the opportunity to get to know each child. If you don't want her to be part of the interview please let me know. 

     Our new Math unit that we have begun working on is Patterning. We will be working on this unit for a couple of weeks. The expectations are listed below. Most students are successful with colour and shape patterns. We also learn about growing/shrinking patterns and number patterns. Number patterns include skip counting, please practice at home.

    Grade 2

    2m59 identify, describe, extend, and create repeating patterns, growing patterns, and shrinking patterns

    2m61: identify and describe, through investigation, growing patterns and shrinking patterns generated by the repeated addition or subtraction of 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s on a number line and on a hundreds chart

    2m62: identify, describe, and create through investigation, growing patterns and shrinking patterns involving addition and subtraction, with and without the use of calculators

    2m66: create a repeating pattern by combining two attributes

    2m65: create growing or shrinking patterns

    2m64: represent a given growing or shrinking pattern in a variety of ways

    2m63: identify repeating, growing, and shrinking patterns found in real-life contexts

    2m67: demonstrate, through investigation, an understanding that a pattern results from repeating an operation or making a repeated change to an attribute

    Sunday, 21 October 2018

    Mid October News :Treat schedule and Measurement expectations

    The treat schedule is posted below. I will also send home a paper copy because some parents don't read the blog. 
    Treat Schedule 2018-19

    Wed. Oct. 31st - Orin ,Thomas, Felix, Scarlett
    Fri. Dec. 21st- Hannah, Leah, Zoe, Cooper
    Thurs. Feb. 14th- Mia, Liam, Lauren, Beau
    Thurs. April 18th- Noah, Lou, Isaac, Amelia

    Thurs. June 27th- Max, Mackenzie, Brianna, Ethan

    The Halloween day colours are orange, purple and black.

    We are working on measurement in math now. 
    Measurement expectations
    Linear, Perimeter /Time/ Temperature/ Calendar

    Grade 2

    2m28 estimate, measure and record length, perimeter, time, and temperature, using standard and non-standard units
    2m29 compare, describe, and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard and standard units

    2m30 choose benchmarks – in this case, personal referents – for a centimetre and a metre to help them perform measurement
    2m31 estimate and measure length, height, and distance, using standard units (i.e., centimetre, metre) and non-standard units

    2m32 record and represent measurements of length, height, and distance in a variety of ways (i.e., written, pictorial, concrete)

    2m33 select and justify the choice of a standard unit (i.e., centimetre or metre) or a non-standard unit to measure length

    2m37 tell and write time to the quarter hour, using demonstration digital and analogue clocks
    2m38 construct tools for measuring time intervals in non-standard units

    2m39 describe how changes in temperature affect everyday experiences
    2m40 use a standard thermometer to determine whether temperature is rising or falling
    2m43 determine , through investigation, the relationship between days and weeks and between months and years

    Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    OCTOBER 2018

    It was great to see so many parents at meet the teacher night. We have an amazing group of children and I am pleased with their progress and ability to follow routines already.
    The students enjoyed the apple orchard trip and I hope they enjoyed the apple sauce we made last Friday. I also hope you liked your Thankfulness Bags and Thankful Turkey books, the students worked hard on them.

    The math quiz tomorrow is about :
    counting forwards to 100 and backward from 50 and points in between,
    read, represent, compare and order numbers to 50
     egs. showing # 's in base ten blocks, tens and ones, tallies, words, expanded form, pictures, before and after, less and more, least and greatest, greater than, less than.
    We have worked on all of these strategies for the past 6 weeks.

    Please initial the agenda each day so I know you are reading it.
    Shared reading folders should go home Friday to be practiced over the weekends and returned Mondays.

    We have started our reading groups and leveled home reading books went home a couple of weeks ago. We are very lucky to have parent volunteers in to read with students and switch the books most days of the week, so please read each night and return the books regularly. I understand reading lengthy books in one night may not be possible. 

    I will organize a treat schedule next week for parents to send in a healthy treat for school celebrations. eg. Halloween, Christmas etc.

    If you have any questions please write me an email, note in the agenda or call.

    Thanks, Carol

    Monday, 10 September 2018

    Sept. 2018

    Welcome to Grade 2!
     I am thrilled to begin the new school year with a wonderful group of grade 2 students.
    We are quickly developing some routines and expectations for our classroom. We are also enjoying the warm weather! 
    Up coming events: Sept. 26th Meet the Teacher Pizza event
                                      Sept. 26th Picture day
                                    Sept. 27th Terry Fox Run/Walk dress for weather, please try to donate $2
                                    Sept. 28th "CARING" Character assembly, family members are welcome

    RESPECT for each other and our classroom environment is important for our class to run smoothly. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED !

    Please make sure your child has a pair of indoor shoes ( running shoes for the gym) which most certainly can be the same shoes. It is important that the agenda comes to school daily. Please initial the agenda daily, so I know you have read it.

    The following is our schedule;
    Our Gym periods are scheduled period 4 on Day 1 and Day 3.
    Library book exchange is scheduled for day 5. 
    Social Studies and Science will be taught by Sarah McKellar. The students are taught by her on Day 3, 4 and 5. 
    Mr. Morin will be teaching Music on Day 1, period 5.
    Mrs Patterson is teaching drama Day 2 and Ms. Wylie is teaching Health Day 2.

    Thank you to all the parents for filling in the information sheet to help me get to know your child. I find these very helpful and insightful.
     I have begun some diagnostic testing to establish your child's reading, writing and math levels.

    The agenda will be the main source of communication and I will write READ everyday so that your child can be encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes a day either reading to you or having you read to them. I will begin a Home reading program after I determine everyone's reading level. I expect to have reading levels determined by the end of the month. We have literacy in the morning. It would probably work out best to have the parents who indicated they can come in and help with the home reading program come in the morning blocks. I will be in touch soon.

    It is very important that a note, communicating any change in bus riding, home port or a different person picking up your child, be written in the agenda.    

     As you can see in their agendas we have started doing weekly spelling words. We will be practicing vowel blends and consonant blends.  Depending how successful the individual students do on the quizzes or observations I have made already, help me to determine their number of spelling words and the difficulty. I want the children to feel successful. 

    Developing reading skills is a priority in grade two. I will be sending home books at your child's reading level for them to practice at home. I would appreciate the books being returned as soon as your child has mastered reading the book so it can be redistributed and your child can get a new one. Shared reading folders should be returned on Monday and the students are encouraged to read the poems over the weekend.

    The SCDSB has created a first 20 days of math which we are using along with getting into some of the curriculum expectations for the first unit.

    Getting to know our mathematics learner  through tasks that develop the math processes, positive math mindsets, problem solving strategies, and number talk routines.  

    Investigating Counting Strategies
    Counting  - demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward  to 100 and backwards from 50 using multiples of various numbers as starting points 
    Quantity  - read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50 

    These are the math expectations for the unit we are currently working on. this is a website that has some relevant activities:
     http://www.adaptedmind.com/p.php?tagId=10 There are other links on the side of the blog under number sense that would also be useful.
      As a school we will be purchasing the computer programs Raz- Kids and Mathletics for the students to use. Students can continue to use their old passwords and logins until October sometime. We hope to have new ones organized by the beginning of October. 
    I have established a new class for Remind which is a message system that can send a quick text to your phone to remind about trips, library and events or activities that involve our class. The sign up info is below: Please sign up! :) One of these methods below should work for you to join the message system REMIND
    enter this number :
    604 227-3809
    Text this message: @cmctagg
    email: cmctagg@mail.remind.com
    link: https://www.remind.com/join/cmctagg

    I look forward to working in partnership with you as parents, to help your child develop a positive growth mindset and develop his/her personal and academic skills.
    Sincerely, Carol