Another Week, Another Plan: April 23 – April 26, 2018

Here is this week’s collage. Is it just me, or have there been a lot of four day weeks lately?As always, my collage does not include everything we will do, and there is no guarantee that everything will happen. Except for the student sharing schedule. That one always happens. Students who share this week will present/perform/recite a poem of their own choice.

Fact Filled Friday

Visit student blogs to see their collages

Fact Filled Friday: We’ve been having a little flashcard competition in our classroom to learn math facts.  Team 2 vs. Miss Versteeg.  Today the unthinkable happened: I lost!

We added some new words to our math vocabulary: face, base, edge and vertices.The math tools we used yesterday to create 3-D shapes are called GeoFrames.  When a 3-D GeoFrame shape is unfolded, it is called a net.

Today we took this to the next level:  We cut paper nets and folded our own 3-D shapes!

Check Out Summary:  “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.  We went online for checkout again this week.  Student who have a wish to share can do so in a comment!

 

Understanding Understudies

We did math in the Grade 6 classroom and then blogged about it in the computer lab!

Understanding Understudies: An understudy is a person who learns another’s role in order to be able to act as a replacement at short notice.  10 students in our class are learning a line for the spring concert.  The other 10 are learning a line too.  They are the understudy!   The understudy for each line is written in brackets below:

Autumn (Todd): A school without a principal
Is not a pretty sight.

Angel (Jade): The teachers tried to pick up slack.
They tried with all their might.

Phoenix (Preston): Some of them came early
And some of them stayed late

Mason (Liam): To deal with all of the problems
That schools can create

Brynn (Connor): There was a time when all the teachers
Came to work on a Saturday.

Leah (Fiona): And all those principal problems
Kept them there until Sunday!

Miley (Meika): But they were still so busy
With the students in each class,

Avy (Ava): That when it came to extra work
They all ran out of gas.

Zoe (Abram): And since there was no principal
To take a firm command,

Stephanie (Lucas): The students who had been so good
Were getting out of hand.

I think most of the class has already memorized these lines.  Many of us even know our songs!

Food Fight:

Food Fight!

Try it:

 

Trumpet of the swan update: We had to find Boston, Massachusetts on the map for Chapter 14.  Most of this chapter is based on actual locations and historical characters:

The swan boats are real:

Swan Boat

The Ritz- Carlton hotel is a real Boston hotel:

And Louis Armstrong was really a trumpet player!

Three Great Poems:

Meika

Brynn

Miley

Blogs Around Our World and Blogs Around Our School

I spend a lot of time writing on this blog.  I share about what happens in my Ontario Grade 2 classroom.  I share what my class is learning.  I share their successes, ideas, and goals. If you read closely, you will notice that sometimes I also include what I learn on this blog.  I write about my own successes, ideas, and goals. Sometimes I reflect on my learning and sometimes I even write about my mistakes.

This is me!

I spend a lot of time reading other blogs.

The blogs I read the most are the Team 2 student blogs. If you haven’t done so before, visit some of the Team 2 student blogs.  You will get to see a child’s perspective on the things I write about.  Team 2 students write about their own successes, ideas, and goals. Sometimes they reflect on their learning and sometimes they even write about their mistakes.

I like to read blogs from classrooms around the world too.  Yesterday, I was reading Mrs. Amri’s Second Grade class blog.  She lives in Oregon, USA and her post from Monday caught my eye:

Lego Engineering: WeDo Robotics

Mrs. Amri’s classroom in Oregon, USA built the same robot, on the same day as Brynn and Connor!

A few of the other teachers in our school have blogs too.  I like to read their blogs to find out more about what other classes at Listowel Eastdale Public School have been learning!

Mrs. Keil’s KA Class

Mrs. Baxter’s Grade 2/3 Class

Mrs. Priestap’s Grade 3 Class

Mrs. Spencer’s Grade 3/4 Class

Ms. Martin’s Grade 4 Class

Mrs. Grant’s Grade 5 Class

Mr. Webster’s Grade 6 Class

Madame Kelly’s French Class

More kids, More math, and More maps

Liam shared his poem with us today. He also read it to Mr MacSorley and build robots with Jade!

More Kids: There were 8 students here yesterday.  There were 20 students here today.  How many more students were here today?

When there are more people in a room there is more noise.  Today we reviewed the voices we use in our classroom:

Golden Silence:  No Talk

Spy Talk: Secret Whispers

Low Flow:  Group Work

Formal Normal: Restaurant Chat

Power Voice: Presentation Voice

Loud and Proud:  We are Celebrating

More Math:  We are learning about 3-D shapes.  Since April is poetry month, I found a good 3-D shape poem to read!

We also read a new eBook called Shapes All Around Us together.

I shared 2 shape challenges.  The first one is to sort and identify shapes like this:

The second is to build something and describe the shapes like this:

Students will tackle these shape challenges tomorrow!

More Maps: We started a new mapping activity to learn more about where Louis travels:

 

Our 136th Day Surprise

Our 136th Day Surprise: If you’ve been reading our blog since the start of the school year, you will remember this:

Surprise!  It happened again!

Another mini day, another mini class and many more mini- lessons!

And it was as good as the last time.

We started our day by writing our weekly goals:

This is my goal:

Music (the lesson with my goal):  The main character in The Trumpet Of The Swan is a swan named Louis who can play a trumpet.  Louis got a job at a summer camp in Ontario.  He was hired to play two famous songs for the campers.

Reveille:  This is the song that Louis plays tp wake the campers up.

Taps:  This is the song Louis plays for the campers when it is time to go to bed.We also  worked on our spelling words:

Comment challenge! What 2 mistakes do you see?

And everyone had time to write a blog post.

We  did lots of other things that I forgot to take pictures of. We gave Jade a standing ovation for his poem.  We had two indoor recesses.  Brynn and Connor did some math (and then brought the easy button to Mr. MacSorley!). We even made robots at the end of the day!

I wonder what day 137 will be like?

Friday the 13th

One of the graphs from check out time.

 

Friday the 13th: I had to be creative when I wrote the date on our class schedule this morning.  Since April was one of the spelling test words, I just wrote Friday the 13th.

Captain Angel:  Angel shared a poem that is also a song.  Enjoy!

Principal and the Pea Update:  Eight children from our class will have lines to memorize for the concert:

Autumn: A school without a principal
Is not a pretty sight.

Angel: The teachers tried to pick up slack.
They tried with all their might.

Pheonix: Some of them came early
And some of them stayed late

Mason: To deal with all of the problems
That schools can create

Brynn: There was even a time when the teachers
All came to work on a Saturday.

Leah: And all those principal problems
Meant they slept over until Sunday!

Miley: But they were still so busy
With the students in each class,

Avy: That when it came to extra work
They all ran out of gas.

Zoe: And since there was no principal
To take a firm command,

Stephanie: The students who had been so good
Were getting out of hand.

Snapshots from our day:

 

Check Out Summary:  “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.  We went online for checkout again this week.  Here are the rest of our  spreadsheet screenshots and graphs!

Learning Memories:

Learning Wishes:

 

#humboldtstrong and Jersey Day at Eastdale

#humboldtstrong and Jersey Day at Eastdale

Team 2 did something serious today.  We wore team jerseys and Canada’s colours.  We did not do this for a fun dress up day.  We did this to show that we care.  On Remembrance Day we wore poppies to show that we care about peace.  Today we wore jerseys to show that we care about the sad things that happened to families in the town of Humboldt Saskatchewan.

I did not take a photo of us smiling in our jerseys for the same reason I did not take a photo of us smiling with our poppies on Remembrance Day.  This isn’t about us.


Chapter 9 was CRAZY!

Morning Mash-Up:  Every day is a fresh start in Grade 2.  As such, I’m not sure what else to call what happened in our classroom this morning. A lot of us needed a fresh start today.  This means that some of use wrote, some of us listened, some of us shared and some of us built things.  Some of us did all of the above.

And everyone learned something.

Social Studies:  There are important people, important places and important events in every community.  These things are different in communities around the world. This week we are reading a special lnon-fiction text about North Perth!!

Language Jobs:  Everyone has read the text text about Little Crayfish and honesty.  This video shows how this happens in nature:

 

 

Honesty and Crayfish: You Can’t Accidentally Lie

Honesty and Crayfish: You can’t accidentally lie.  I read the same text with all three of my reading groups.  We read a special story about honesty.   In the story, Little Crayfish lies to his friends and tells them they can come out of the water because he killed a mean raccoon.  The raccoon is not really dead and he eats one of Little Crayfish’s friends.

Honesty is this month’s character trait and telling the truth is important.  Not telling the truth is the one thing that truly disappoints me as a teacher.  I know that all kids forget to listen, act silly and make mistakes sometimes.  I do too!  It’s normal.  People are not perfect.

But telling a lie is different because it is not a mistake.  You have to think about it and plan it in your head.  It is impossible to accidentally be dishonest. This is why I treat dishonesty very seriously.

A Math Secret:  We took a close look at how many students go to our school today. We will use these numbers to get ready for something special that is happening at Eastdale.

How many Grade 2s? Why do we have only 15 youngest and only? What other math questions can you make up about Eastdale?

Poetry Presentations: Todd and Pheonix did their poetry presentations today.  They both read “Louder than a clap of thunder” with fluency, and expression!  Here are other poems students have selected:

Science: We built another LEGO robot!  This one helped us understand how gears work:

Fun fact:  LEGO is the proper spelling. It must be all uppercase.

Jersey Day at Eastdale:  In light of the tragic event in Saskatchewan over the weekend involving the Humboldt Broncos, Director of Education Lisa Walsh is supporting Jersey Day within the AMDSB. It’s a way to show our compassion and support for those in need at this difficult time. Eastdale and Team 2 students are encouraged to wear a jersey, team shirt or Canadian colours  on Thursday, April 12th.