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









Monday, 9 April 2018

April News 2018

Well, we are still waiting for the Spring weather to arrive.
The school yard is muddy and wet on milder days. Please make sure your child has a spare set of clothes at school and replace ones they wear home. Many of the students are playing soccer in the field and it is very muddy.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Integrity assembly and provided the delicious treats for our Easter party.
The first swim lesson day went well. Thank you for sending the children in clothes that they can manage themselves and with heavy bags to transport their wet items. 
We eat our second lunch after swimming and most of the kids are quite hungry from being in the pool for an hour. 
The swimming program continues for the next 3 weeks on Tuesdays.
Elephant Thoughts science activities begin this week on Thursdays. 
We have Groove dance workshops on April 13th and 16th. Please make sure your child is dressed in comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
The Nottawa Art Expo is on April 25th. The Expo is open to families to visit from 2:15 until 6:00. 
The next Character Assembly is on April 26th. 
April 27th is a PA day.
Our class has been learning about oral health and we had a very informative visit from Dr. McCoppen, to share ideas about looking after our teeth and overall oral health.
Please RETURN THE HOME READING BOOKS DAILY WHEN POSSIBLE!
The students are continuing to work on writing reports on animals and we will also be doing book reports before moving on to writing narratives.
Our new math unit is number sense again. Below are the expectations.
Thank you for all your support.



Grade 1 Unit 7 Number Sense


1m8  read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50
1m9 demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward to 100
1m10 solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies                                            
1m11: represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, using a variety of tools and contexts
1m21: count forward by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's to100, using a variety of tools and strategies
1m25: solve a variety of problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 20, using concrete materials and drawings
1m26: solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of mental strategies


Grade 2 Unit 7 Number Sense                                                
                                                                                                      


2m8 read, represent, compare, and whole numbers to 100
2m9 demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward to 200 and backwards from 50, using multiples of various numbers as starting points
2m10 solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of one- and two-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies, and investigate multiplication and division
2m11represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 100, using a variety of tools;
2m21: locate whole numbers to 100 on a number line and on a partial number line


2m23: describe relationships between quantities by using whole-number addition and subtraction
2m26: solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, using concrete materials, student generated algorithms, and standard algorithms
2m14: determine, using concrete materials, the ten that is nearest to a given two-digit number, and justify the answer

2m60 demonstrate an understanding of the concept of equality between pairs of expressions, using concrete materials, symbols, and addition and subtraction to 18
2m68: demonstrate an understanding of the concept of equality by partitioning whole numbers to 10 in a variety of ways, using concrete materials
2m69: represent, through investigation with concrete materials and pictures, two number expressions that are equal, using the equal sign
2m24: represent and explain, through investigation using concrete materials and drawings, multiplication as the combining of equal groups
2m70: determine the missing number in equations involving addition and subtraction to 18, using a variety of tools and strategies
2m71: identify, through investigation, and use the commutative property of addition to facilitate computation with whole numbers
2m72: identify, through investigation, the properties of zero in addition and subtraction (i.e., when you add zero to a number, the number does not change; when you subtract zero from a number, the number does not change)




Monday, 26 March 2018

Update for Assembly and Easter

We have been keeping very busy learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes, writing research reports about animals and doing Easter activities. 

Our class along with Mrs. Shaw's class will be running the spirit assembly on Thursday. Our theme is INTEGRITY. We have discussed integrity and will continue to do so to help the students understand why it is important to have integrity. Our class will be performing a song on their bucket drums. It is also the assembly to promote Down's Syndrome Awareness by doing a "ROCK YOUR SOCKS" theme. Please help your child find some cool socks to wear for the assembly, Thursday period 5 and part of  6. 

We will be dying Easter eggs as part of our Easter activities on Wednesday. Please send in at least 2-3 HARD BOILED WHITE EGGS. The students always get "eggcited" to do this activity. Remind your child to wear older clothes or bring a smock on Wednesday as the dye does not wash out easily. Bringing the eggs in a container that helps keep the eggs safe from cracking is a good idea. 
Thursday will be our class Easter celebration during period 3.  Julia, Olivia, Karson and Connor are scheduled for treats that day. 

The Tuesday after Easter we begin our swimming lessons at the Y. Please ensure your child's permission form is returned this week. They need a durable bag with their name on it for their clothing, towel and wet swim suit after lessons. I prefer the students wear their bathing suits under their clothing to school on the day of swimming, so that getting ready to go into the pool is quick and not frustrating for all involved. Please help your child choose clothes on swim days that they can easily manage independently.

We will be having a quiz about 2-D and 3-D shapes on the Friday after Easter. 

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! ENJOY FAMILY TIME!!!




Thursday, 8 March 2018

MARCH 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018


March News

We had a busy February and March is already sliding by quickly. The time is changing this weekend and March break is upon us. I am sure everyone is looking forward to some down time. Hopefully the weather will be nice and the children can play outside, ski, snowshoe or just hang out with their friends. Fresh air and physical activities are great for growing minds and bodies.

 Tomorrow there is a MOVIE period 1 and 2 put on by the leadership team to fund raise for the school play Annie.

Our class along with Mrs. Shaw's class will be running the spirit assembly at the end of the month, on march 29th. Our theme is INTEGRITY. We will discuss integrity to help the students understand why it is important to have integrity. Please help your child find instances when others or they themselves show integrity.  It is also the assembly to promote Down's Syndrome Awareness by doing a "ROCK YOUR SOCKS" theme. Keep your eyes open for some cool socks to wear for the assembly day.

Our current math unit is Geometry.  Below are the expectations that can be reviewed during March break. Please read with your child during the break. When we come back the students will be working on report writing. They have been doing some book reports and we will work on a factual report about an animal.

 Mathletics, Raz Kids and any of the links at the side of the blog are all good ways to promote learning during quiet time, over the break.

 I hope everyone has a wonderful March Break with their family. I am looking forward to some sunshine and hopefully warm temperatures. 
Carol

Geometry expectations:
Grade 1
Grade 2
1m43 • identify common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their attributes
1m44 • compose and decompose common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures
2m44  identify two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their geometric properties
2m45  compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures
1m46: identify and describe common two-dimensional shapes and sort and classify them by their attributes, using concrete materials and pictorial representations
2m47: distinguish between the attributes of an object that are geometric properties and the attributes that are not geometric properties using a variety of tools


1m47: trace and identify the two-dimensional faces of three-dimensional figures, using concrete models
2m48 identify and describe various polygons and sort and classify them by their geometric properties (i.e., number of sides or number of vertices), using concrete materials and pictorial representations

2m52 compose and describe pictures, designs, and patterns by combining two-dimensional shapes
2m53 compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes
2m54 cover an outline puzzle with 2D shapes in more than one way


1m48: identify and describe common three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their attributes, using concrete materials and pictorial representations
1m49: describe similarities and differences between an everyday object and a three-dimensional figure
2m49 identify and describe various three dimensional figures (i.e., cubes, prisms, pyramids) and sort and classify them by their geometric properties (i.e., number and shape of faces), using concrete materials
1m51: compose patterns, pictures, and designs, using common two-dimensional shapes
2m50 create models and skeletons of prisms and pyramids, using concrete materials, and describe their geometric properties (I.e., number and shape of faces, number of edges)
1m52: identify and describe shapes within other shapes
2m55 build a structure using three-dimensional figures, and describe the two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures in the structure
1m50: locate shapes in the environment that have symmetry, and describe the symmetry
2m51 locate the line of symmetry in a two-dimensional shape
1m54: cover outline puzzles with two-dimensional shapes
2m54: cover an outline puzzle with two-dimensional shapes in more than one way
1m53: build three-dimensional structures using concrete materials, and describe the two-dimensional shapes the structures contain

2m55: build a structure using three-dimensional figures, and describe the two-dimensional shapes






Friday, 9 February 2018

February News 2018

Winter weather has been cold this month. Please make sure your child has their snow pants and warm outside gear everyday.
We have our Valentine's Day celebration and trip on Wednesday. The students scheduled for Valentine's Day treat are Andrew, Liam, Raelynn and Allison. We will be sharing our treats in the morning before we go to the bowling alley.
Our class' celebration 100's day of school is on Thursday. Every child needs to find a collection of  100 small things that can fit 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 do not have to be all the same. I have given the students some ideas.
We are now focusing on time and temperature in math.
Please contact me with any questions.
Report cards are going home the 16th of February.

Time and Temperature
1m28 estimate, measure, and describe , mass, capacity, time, and temperature                               
2m28 estimate, measure and record  mass, capacity, time, and temperature, using standard and non-standard

1m35 estimate, measure, and describe the passage of time, through investigation using nonstandard units
1m36  read demonstration digital and analogue   clocks, and use them to identify benchmark times and to tell and write time to the hour and half-hour in everyday settings
1m37 name the months of the year in order, and read the date on a calendar
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
2m43 determine, through investigation, the relationship between days and weeks and between months and years
1m38 relate temperature to experiences of the seasons
2m39 describe how changes in temperature affect everyday experiences
2m40 use a standard thermometer to determine whether temperature is rising or falling

Sunday, 14 January 2018

January 2018

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.
The weather since we have been back has been challenging!! 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.
There is a PD day on January 26th.
Please try to have your child use Raz kids and Mathletics 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 and math. If you have misplaced your login for either one 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.

Our new math unit is Measurement and Mathletics has many great activities. Measurement is broken up into several sections. Non- standard units are items such as a hand, foot, paperclip, marker etc.
Our first focus is linear, perimeter and area. We will then focus on time, including calendar time and temperature, which we have done since the beginning of the year. Capacity and mass will be our final focus for the unit.
Measurement expectations
Linear, Perimeter /Area/ Mass /Capacity
Grade 1
Grade 2
1m28 estimate, measure, and describe length, area, mass, capacity, time, and temperature, using non-standard units of the same size                                    
1m29 compare, describe, and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard units
2m28 estimate, measure and record length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity, time, and temperature, using standard and non-standard units
2m29 compare, describe, and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard and standard units
1m30 demonstrate an understanding of the use of non-standard units of the same size for measuring
1m31 estimate, measure (i.e., by placing non-standard units repeatedly, without overlaps or gaps), and record lengths, heights, and distances
1m33 estimate, measure (i.e., by minimizing overlaps and gaps), and describe area, through investigation using non-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
1m32 construct, using a variety of strategies, tools for measuring lengths, heights, and distances in non-standard units

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

2m34 estimate, measure, and record the distance around objects, using non-standard units
1m41 use the metre as a benchmark for measuring length, and compare the metre with non-standard units
2m33 select and justify the choice of a standard unit (i.e., centimetre or metre) or a non-standard unit to measure length
1m40 compare and order objects by their linear measurements, using the same non-standard unit
1m39 compare two or three objects using measurable attributes and describe the objects using relative terms


2m35 estimate, measure, and record area, through investigation using a variety of non-standard units


1m42 describe, through investigation using concrete materials, the relationship between the size of a unit and the number of units needed to measure length
2m41 describe, through investigation, the relationship between the size of a unit of area and the number of units needed to cover a surface
1m34 estimate, measure, and describe the capacity and/or mass of an object, through investigation using non-standard units

2m36 estimate, measure, and record the capacity and/or mass of an object, using a variety of non-standard units
2m42 compare and order a collection of objects by mass and/or capacity, using non-standard units


Time and Temperature
1m28 estimate, measure, and describe length, area, mass, capacity, time, and temperature, using non-standard units of the same size                                   
1m29 compare, describe, and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard units
2m28 estimate, measure and record length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity, time, and temperature, using standard and non-standard units
2m29 compare, describe, and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard and standard units
1m35 estimate, measure, and describe the passage of time, through investigation using nonstandard units
1m36  read demonstration digital and analogue   clocks, and use them to identify benchmark times and to tell and write time to the hour and half-hour in everyday settings
1m37 name the months of the year in order, and read the date on a calendar
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
2m43 determine, through investigation, the relationship between days and weeks and between months and years
1m38 relate temperature to experiences of the seasons
2m39 describe how changes in temperature affect everyday experiences
2m40 use a standard thermometer to determine whether temperature is rising or falling