Week 1 in the Clubhouse: Check Out and Gallery

Check Out is how we end a week of learning in our classroom. It is a special time where everyone has a chance to share a memory from the past week and one learning wish for the next week. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true. Here are my notes from our first Check Out meeting.

What do you remember doing in the clubhouse? What do you wish to do in the clubhouse next week?


 Inside the clubhouse

Our Name Chant


More Dot memories


Dear Class of 2021

Grade 2 Teacher Miss Versteeg

Miss Versteeg’s school photo from last year

 

CLUBHOUSE FORM 1

Dearest Team 2 Class of 2021,

I haven’t met you yet. But I think about you every day. I found your school photo from last year and I memorized your name. I talked to your grade 1 teacher to find out what you love to do and what kinds of things make you happy.  And I’m starting to dream about what Team 2 will look like this year.

I always call my class Team 2. Teams are fun and so is my class. Everyone is important, Everyone is good at different things, and everyone tries as hard as they can to get even better. We play together, work together and learn together. We have some have hard days together and we also win together. We are a team!

Next week I’ll start going to meetings and learning all the new things that you, my class of 2021, will get to do this year. I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s going to be a learning adventure the likes of which I’ve never experienced, and I get to do it with you!

I want you to know that I am going to love you. I am going to keep you safe and I’ll be there for you if you get scared. I will forgive you when you make mistakes and I’ll wipe away your tears. I will be there for you when you are scared, sad and angry. I’ll also be there for you when you are happy, excited and curious.  I will make you work harder than you’ve ever worked before, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love every second of it.

It’s going to be an experience we’ll never forget, and we get to do it together. How awesome is that?

I can’t wait to tell you that you are in my class.

Love, your new teacher,

Miss Versteeg

Friday June 26, 2020: You!

Quick Links: End of year Check Out,  Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Friday June 26, 2020: You! 

Dear Team 2,

This afternoon, I’ll be reading your last Check Out and Hand In responses. This part of distance learning always makes me happy, and it will be the perfect way to start my summer.

That’s right. Summer. It’s the last day of Grade 2! The next time you go to school, it will be as a Grade 3 student. What a year we had together.

We had 113 days of school in a classroom together, and we distanced ourselves from each other for 105 calendar days.

Seven children joined our class from other schools this year. One moved away to a new school. Many children moved houses but stayed at our school.

Several children have new babies at their house. Everyone lost some teeth, grew taller, stronger bodies, wore out shoes, grew a few sizes and had a few hair cuts.

When I look at our class picture from the start of the year, I see so many growing-up changes. But mostly, I see Team 2. I see the most special teaching year I’ve every had. I see learning and resilience and bravery. I see your parents, and the relationships I’ve been able to build with families this year. I see strength. I see awesome.  I see YOU!

My dear class, it has been an honour and privilege to work with you and to call you my own for an entire year.

You can change the world.

Love, Miss Versteeg

Team 2 2019/2020: A class that will have a special place in my heart always.


End of year Check Out,  Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Thursday June 25, 2020: Endangered Animals

Quick Links: Check In Thursday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

St. Lawrence Beluga. Image from WWF.CA

Thursday June 25, 2020: Endangered Animals Endangered animal projects are PebbleGo research choices this week. Animals are identified as at risk or endangered when there are not many of them left. Many are endangered because of things people did. These things include over hunting (killing more than a sustainable number), pollution (putting garbage in the air, water and environment), and habitat destruction (destroying where animals live so we can build people things).

The World Wildlife Foundation does important work to help endangered animals. They made a report card for Canada about the animals that are at risk here. It is called The Living Planet Report Canada. It teaches about animals at risk in Canada and and how they are trying to help.

There are endangered animals in other places of the world too. These include tigers and giant pandas. Canada is doing important work to save them too! This makes me happy. Canada can help anyone and anything that needs help. It doesn’t matter what country the problem is in. We can help! Read more here: Canada Helps Endangered Animals


Weekly Typing Practice:  North Perth Canada Day Words


Projects to choose from: 

  1. Complete one last Pebble Go research project! New this week: choose any animal classification from PebbleGo to read about and make a set (5 or more)of Endangered Animal Trading cards to show what you know. You may also do another Endangered Animals project.
  2. Learn about Canada Day: Join North Perth’s virtual Canada Day celebrations and choose activities from this  Happy Canada Day Team 2 Presentation the images in page 1 picture all link to Canada Day surprises. Click, Learn, enjoy!
  3. Learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day: if you didn’t have time to learn about the holiday last week,  Download this Learning and Activity guide to celebrate a new holiday.
  4. Write Miss Versteeg’s Report Card: This was my original suggestion for this week. Be creative and have fun!

Math

Math Book  There are many math ideas in The Great Dog Sled Race.The try this activity yesterday asked you to  order numbers from least to great. Today I was going to ask you to order the numbers on this table from pg. 18 from greatest to least.

Image shows a table from pg. 18 of  The Great Dog Sled Race Online Text

Go ahead and order the numbers, or try something new. In the bottom row there is a green square that reads “Shortest Distance Between Checkpoints Ever: 17 kilometers. This number caught my eye because 17 kilometers is my favourite distance! It is the distance from my house to the place where I grew up.  Use this mapping tool to find local distance measurements. Scroll in to see Listowel closer, and then add checkpoints to see how far apart things are: Map Distance Calculator

Image shows my favourite distance using the Map Distance Calculator

Daily Math Daily Math pdf. June 22-26

Thursday

Make Daily Math Harder! Times that end with :15 and :45 can be told using the word “quarter”. 15 minutes is one quarter of 60 minutes. This is confusing because quarter means 4 pieces and there isn’t a 4 in 15! It is easier if you think about how to cut a circle into 4 equal pieces like I did. If I put numbers on my circle (shown below) like a circular clock. The blue shaded portion would cover exactly 15 minutes. You can divide many other shapes into quarters and other fractions. Use this tool to experiment. Drag new shapes into the display area. Use the hammer tool to divide them, and then add details using the paintbrush, colour palette, and labels.

Image links to online fraction tool.

 


Check In Thursday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Wednesday June 24, 2020 Arctic Animals

Quick Links: Check In Wednesday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Wednesday June 24, 2020 Arctic Animals: Our Math book this week isn’t about arctic animals. It is about a dogsled race. It does take place in the arctic, and this image from pg. 14 shows animal observations that were made during the race:

Image shows arctic animal observation table from pg.14 of The Great Dogsled Race

Only some animals can survive cold arctic weather. The video I shared today is a longer one, but I think you will enjoy it. You can also visit an Arctic Animals link to read, see, and watch Arctic Animals!


Wishes: There were several wishes for one last word search. Here it is: Team 2 Memories

Dakota has been wishing for a silly random form. Here it is: Silly Random Form


Projects to choose from: 

  1. Complete one last Pebble Go research project! New this week: choose any animal classification from PebbleGo to read about and make a set (5 or more)of Endangered Animal Trading cards to show what you know. You may also do another Endangered Animals project.
  2. Learn about Canada Day: Join North Perth’s virtual Canada Day celebrations and choose activities from this  Happy Canada Day Team 2 Presentation the images in page 1 picture all link to Canada Day surprises. Click, Learn, enjoy!
  3. Learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day: if you didn’t have time to learn about the holiday last week,  Download this Learning and Activity guide to celebrate a new holiday.
  4. Write Miss Versteeg’s Report Card: This was my original suggestion for this week. Be creative and have fun!

Math

Math Book  There are many math ideas in The Great Dog Sled Race.The try this activity will remind you of Tuesday Daily Math questions. You will be ordering numbers from least to greatest.

Image links to The Great Dog Sled Race Online Text

Daily Math Daily Math pdf. June 22-26

Wednesday Answers

Make Daily Math Harder! Make a collage or list of 10 real-life objects that are sphere shaped.


Check In Wednesday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Tuesday June 23, 2020 Desert Animals

Quick Links: Check In Tuesday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Tuesday June 23, 2020 Desert Animals It was very hot in Listowel last Saturday. It’s hard to believe there are animals who live their entire lives in hot deserts. Animals that live in deserts have special adaptations to help them to survive. Some of these adaptations are explained in the video above. Did you know that there are also cold deserts? The word desert does not describe temperature. It describes how much precipitation falls. The north and south poles are deserts!

This link shows 20 more Amazing Animal Adaptations. There are a few advertisements to avoid as you scroll through to see all 20, but the information, videos, and photos are worth it!


Projects to choose from: 

  1. Complete one last Pebble Go research project! New this week: choose any animal classification from PebbleGo to read about and make a set (5 or more)of Endangered Animal Trading cards to show what you know. You may also do another Endangered Animals project.
  2. Learn about Canada Day: Join North Perth’s virtual Canada Day celebrations and choose activities from this  Happy Canada Day Team 2 Presentation the images in page 1 picture all link to Canada Day surprises. Click, Learn, enjoy!
  3. Learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day: if you didn’t have time to learn about the holiday last week,  Download this Learning and Activity guide to celebrate a new holiday.
  4. Write Miss Versteeg’s Report Card: This was my original suggestion for this week. Be creative and have fun!

Math

Math Book There are many math ideas in The Great Dog Sled Race to notice and think about today. In particular, play attention to all of the different units of measurement used in the story (weight units (e.g. kg, g), distance units (e.g. km), volume units (e.g. mL), time units (e.g. days, weeks), etc. How many can you find altogether?

Image links to The Great Dog Sled Race Online Text

 

Daily Math Daily Math pdf. June 22-26

Tuesday

Make Daily Math Harder! Choose your own (math tools) adventure. Represent all of your answer numbers on one screen using one of your favourite math tools.  You might even find a new one to experiment on this list: My favourite math tools for Grade 2. If it is hard to decide which one, use place value blocks.


Check In Tuesday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Monday June 22, 2020: Wildcats

Quick Links: Check In Monday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Wild cats to learn about on PebbleGo

For most of the year, our class worked with a wild cat group during language class for jobs like writing, listening to reading, and writing. I had a classroom full of lions, cheetahs, tigers and leopards!We did not talk very much about what these animals are like in real life, so it is a good thing they are our calendar animals today. All wildcats are mammals. I did some research to learn more. There a 6 North American Wild Cats. See them all here: 6 Wild Cats of North America(There are a few wild cat videos in this link!)

Worldwide, there are 40 species of Wild Cats. See them all here: Known Wildcat Species (Some of them look like house cats to me!)


Projects to choose from: 

I have so many good project ideas for our class, and only one week left for us to work! That is why there are many choices this week. If it is hard to decide what to do, use PebbleGo to become a Wild Cat expert. Make one or two wildcat Animal Trading Cards every day. (I’m not sure that all Wild Cats are endangered. If you want to do OPTIONAL extra research, and find out one is not, just use a black marker to get rid of the heading over the place where you draw the picture. When we learned about maps, Owen quickly discovered that there are more detailed (and accurate) research sites than PebbleGo available for animals like tigers!)

  1. Complete one last Pebble Go research project! New this week: choose any animal classification from PebbleGo to read about and make a set (5 or more)of Endangered Animal Trading cards to show what you know. You may also do another Endangered Animals project.
  2. Learn about Canada Day: Join North Perth’s virtual Canada Day celebrations and choose activities from this  Happy Canada Day Team 2 Presentation the images in page 1 picture all link to Canada Day surprises. Click, Learn, enjoy!
  3. Learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day: if you didn’t have time to learn about the holiday last week,  Download this Learning and Activity guide to celebrate a new holiday.
  4. Write Miss Versteeg’s Report Card: This was my original suggestion for this week. Be creative and have fun!

Math

Read a new Math Book

Our final math book is one that was available on on a few classroom iPads. Owen, Riley and a few others were quite interested in finding out more about the story because of the cover picture. I promised the whole class that we would read The Great Dog Sled Race together in math class in the month of June. I do my best to keep promises! Here it is:

Image links to The Great Dog Sled Race Online Text

Daily Math Daily Math pdf. June 22-26

Monday Answers

Make Daily Math Harder! Question #1 today is from a doubles fact! Our class knows the doubles facts from 0+0 to 10+10. Write the next 10 today. Go from 11+11 to 20+20 and beyond!


Check In Monday; Hand It All In:  June 22-26 

Friday June 19, 2020: Trout

Quick Links: Friday Check Out, Hand It All In June 15 – 19

Friday June 19, 2020: Trout

Animals classified as fish (Trout included) have many distinct characteristics. Use this link, to label your own fish: Label a Fish. If you want to learn more about trout,  research them yourself using  PebbleGo.


Finish your project and send it to me if you can

Teaching Team 2 was my project this week, so I’m going to have to make my Father’s Day project this weekend. I’m planning to fold a t-shirt, write a poem and maybe attempt a tik-tok dance! I’ve already seen several great Team 2 Father’s day projects and animal research projects. Send me yours today.

Project Choices:

  1. Learn all about a Canadian celebration: National Indigenous Peoples Day
  2. Complete a Pebble Go project: Endangered Animals Research Project
  3. Select and create some special things for your dad or an important caregiver. Make something better than anything you’ve ever made them before! Father’s Day Choice Board (presented in Google Slides)  Alternative Father’s Day Choice board (presented in pdf). I posted Mrs. Anderson’s art ideas today and they are also Father’s Day ideas.

Math Book

Image links to Array’s Bakery

Friday Math Book Idea: Play an Array Game

To play the game, you will need: crayons (or markup tools), 2 playing dice (or the google dice) and a copy of the Grid Game (or a huge tiled floor.)

Daily math: Daily Math  June 15-19

Friday’s Answers:

Make Daily Math Harder: Solve the Brain Stretch!


Quick Links: Friday Check Out, Hand It All In June 15 – 19

Thursday June 18, 2020: Blobfish

Quick Links: Thursday Check In Hand It All In June 15 – 19

Thursday June 18, 2020: BlobFish

I was in the school building yesterday, and I found a poetry reading for you to share with your family!  Enjoy the Blobfish picture and the Blobfish rhyme. I also found a link to help you write rhyming animal poems of your own. This link lists animal names that rhymes: Rhyming Animals. This wonderopolis link answers questions about Blobfish: What is a Blobfish?

Weekly Typing:

The second most popular project choice for Team this week was Endangered animals research. This week’s typing form is full of endangered animal words!  Endangered Animals


Weekly Project

Project Choices:

  1. Learn all about a Canadian celebration: National Indigenous Peoples Day
  2. Complete a Pebble Go project: Endangered Animals Research Project
  3. Select and create some special things for your dad or an important caregiver. Make something better than anything you’ve ever made them before! Father’s Day Choice Board (presented in Google Slides)  Alternative Father’s Day Choice board (presented in pdf). I posted Mrs. Anderson’s art ideas today and they are also Father’s Day ideas.

Math

Image links to Array’s Bakery

Go Deeper: Array’s name is a math word. Arrays are objects or images arranged in rows with the same number in each row. Look around your home to see if you can find 3 examples of an array (Hint: look for egg cartons, muffin tins, plastic building blocks, and floor tiles). Take a moment to describe the number of rows, the number in each row, and the number altogether. How do arrays change how you see numbers?

Daily math: Daily Math  June 15-19

Thursday’s Answers:

Make Daily Math harder: I found something else fun while I was at school: The calendar we used to count up to 113 days of learning. Our calendar was a school year calendar, so the last month shown is June 2020. Answer the questions I made up about the two months after June 2020. (Questions below July 2020/August 2020 image):

  • How many days are there in each month?
  • What other months have this number of days?
  • How many days are there altogether?
  • How many weeks are there altogether?
  • What are some dates that are important to your family or Canada in these months?
  • What else do you notice about these months?

Quick Links: Thursday Check In Hand It All In June 15 – 19

 

Wednesday June 17, 2020: Tiger Sharks

Quick Links: Wednesday Check In,  Hand It All In June 15 – 19

Wednesday June 17, 2020: Tiger Sharks

It’s Tiger Shark Day! The video above shows National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry diving in an area near Grand Bahama Island known as Tiger Beach.  The video below explains 15 facts about Tiger Sharks. For more information about Tiger Sharks, look them up on PebbleGo or open this link: MarineBio Tiger Sharks


Weekly Project

Keep working away on your projects today, Team 2! Most of you are doing Choice 3. Good idea – it wouldn’t make much sense to do the Father’s Day choice next week!  I’ll include the other 2 choices next week, so you will have a chance for them. Here is what the Kid President has to say about Father’s Day:

Project Choices:

  1. Learn all about a Canadian celebration: National Indigenous Peoples Day
  2. Complete a Pebble Go project: Endangered Animals Research Project
  3. Select and create some special things for your dad or an important caregiver. Make something better than anything you’ve ever made them before! Father’s Day Choice Board (presented in Google Slides)  Alternative Father’s Day Choice board (presented in pdf). I posted Mrs. Anderson’s art ideas today and they are also Father’s Day ideas.

Math

Image links to Array’s Bakery  Today use the link for Try This Activity

 

Try this Activity: In the activity, you are asked to put a set of objects into equal groups and notice how many are left over.  Array had to do this often with his bakery items in the story.

Daily math: Daily Math  June 15-19

Wednesday’s Answers:

Make Daily Math harder: Draw 3D shapes on this isometric dot paper: Isometric Dots. Watch this video first:


Quick Links: Wednesday Check In,  Hand It All In June 15 – 19

*Hand It All In might be tricky if your parents changed your password for report cards. If it isn’t working this week, just write about what you did in any check in form or the Hand It All In form.