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Keep Blogging and Have A Safe Summer!  On the last school day of the year, it is time for me to wrap up the Team 2 blogs. Yesterday I published Goodbye Grade Two posts. Tomorrow,  I will add this year’s class to the Team 3 link list.

A few things to remember….

  • Student blogs will remain attached to The Team 2 Blog until classes resume in September. This means that when students blog and comment during the summer, I will still be the one who approves and publishes submissions.
  • In September, a Grade 3 teacher will add Team 2 students to add to their class, and I will start a new Team 2.
  • Please remember not to delete any blog posts. Blogs as digital portfolios are meant to be records of learning over time!
  • Any questions?  Leave a comment!

Have a great summer!

Goodbye Grade Two!

Your tree frog habitat was wonderful Ayla!

Goodbye Grade Two! Today Ayla was the star.  It was also her last day of Grade 2. Goodbye Ayla!  Have a wonderful summer! As part of saying goodbye to Ayla, I spent much of the second last day of Team 2 2017 publishing special Goodbye Grade Two posts. We sure had a grade year!

This is my version of our ‘Goodbye Grade 2’ activity.

Homework: Tonight’s homework is to clean out your backpack so we can fill it up again tomorrow.  If your name is Max, Boston or Luci, do last night’s homework too!

3-2-1-Report Cards!

3-2-1-Report Cards! Final Grade 2 Report cards were sent home in planners today.  If parents live in different houses, there are two copies of the report in the envelope.  One for each fridge!

Homework for kids and parents tonight: No reading logs tonight! For homework tonight, students need to complete this:

And parents need to do the other side:

To earn a tally tomorrow, return only the detached slip!

We worked on things that made us smile in language!

Grady was our star!

Wear Red and White on Thursday!

Përfundimi i Arjetës

Përfundimi i Arjetës: Arjeta kishte për të mësuar diçka në Eastdale se askush tjetër në klasën tonë nuk kishte për të mësuar në Eastdale: anglisht. Familja e saj e mësoi atë të fliste shqip në shtëpi. Sot ishte dita e fundit e Arjetës që të ishte skuadra e 2-të. Ky është prezantimi që ajo bëri për të mësuar klasën çfarë mësoi në lidhje me The Panda Giant.

Confused yet?  That was the Albanian traslation of this:

Arjeta’s Accomplishment: Arjeta had to learn something at Eastdale that no one else in our class had to learn at Eastdale: English. Her family taught her to speak Albanian at home. Today was Arjeta’s last day to be the Team 2 star.  This is the presentation she made to teach the class what she learned about The Giant Panda:

Arjeta also designed this Giant Panda habitat. She was the first to use an ice cream container!

**Other highlights today included our last library visit, our final Grade 2 Goals, and making lot of final Grade 2 Wishes come true!

Their Last Grade 2 Wishes

Their Last Grade 2 Wish: Today is the last time I will ever write wishes for this year’s Team 2.   Next week, when we have Check Out it will have to be a wish for Grade 3!

Check Out: 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 something about the week that was important.  Here are today’s notes:

  • Grady wrote a story about Jumbo the elephant and read it to the class.  It was 3 pages long and it was on our new Storybird writing account. He wishes this wasn’t the last wish!
  • Spencer really liked doing Storybird too.  He likes that he can do his own writing and teach other people what to do on Storybird.
  • Mason made his third iMovie today!  It is the most special one because he did it himself. He wishes that next week we can play class Gaga ball!
  • Malcolm remembers that Thursday was Kendra’s last day.  His final wish is to learn about pollution from cars.
  • Aiden loved sharing his habitat with the class and he wishes that he can do even MORE animal research in Language groups.
  • Finn really liked learning about Amphibians.  He wishes we could do more music with Zen,
  • Tyson remembers that he filled almost every single space on the animal page and he just need to finish amphibians.  He wishes to do more reading.
  • Andrew remembers working on an iMovie (his first one) with Arjeta.  He wishes he could learn about arachnids by watching a video clip.
  • Arjeta made something pretty amazing to share next week on her special day.  She wants to do more GoNoodle.
  • Quinn loves that she put links in her post!  It links to Storybird, Aiden’s blog, and Malcolms blog!  She wishes to do even more blogging.
  • Boston remembers doing animal research and finishing writing about a lizard. He wants to do more Zentangle.
  • Tyler had a great star day!  The best part was how everyone listened just to him!  He wishes that we could do a class game of ball.
  • Taylor wants to do more language groups where everyone picks their job.
  • Max wants to play the dice game again.
  • Ayla remembers learning about amphibians and she wishes for more Storybird and reading rock star time.
  • Miss Versteeg wishes that every teacher could have a class as great as hers!

What Happens When You Die?

What happens when you die? In science today we took a close look at the frog life cycle.  This led into our health class, and another chat about how humans grow and change.  It was easy for me to answer the questions about the stages in the human life cycle.  Except for the questions about what happens when people die. (I’ve never been dead, and I don’t know anyone who has, so I can’t just ask!) Students had a lot of their own answers for this, including going to heaven, turning into animals, turning into ghosts, or just being dead.  Here is how I tried to explain what happens:

I know that when a maple leaf falls off of a tree it decomposes. When a person dies, their body does the same thing as a leaf body. We respect human life more than leaf life, and we take care of human bodies in special ways so that we can remember them and say good-bye.  I also know that there is a part of me that isn’t really a body part. It is the part of me that thinks and wonders and makes choices . It believes things and has feelings.  I call that part of me my spirit.  I think my spirit doesn’t die.  I think it goes where I decide it will go, and I have decided it will go somewhere wonderful.  I call that wonderful place heaven.  I think that all children will go there too, and then when they are old enough, they can decide what they want to happen when they die.  If they want, they can come to heaven with me.  If they decide they want to be a ghost, an animal, or  just be dead, they can do that too.

What happens to student blogs in the summer?  A blog is not a living thing so it will not die!  It will be a little different though because in the summer, I  will not be watching my reader very closely.  You will need to wait longer to see your drafts published or your comments approved.   Your Grade 3 teacher will add you to her Grade 3 blog in September.

In other news:

  •  We said goodbye to our co-op student Kendra
  • Tax receipts were sent home for Jump Rope donations
  • Mrs. Lee asked me remind the class about tomorrow’s “Wet” Phys. Ed. class.
  • Tyler shared his Great White Shark habitat
  • This is the Frog Life Cycle:

It’s Summer!

It’s Summer! Did you know that half of the world has summer while the other half has winter?  We learned about hemispheres today! Today’s Google doodle celebrates the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere:Google has also created a doodle to celebrate the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere:Language Groups:  After Aiden approved comments on his Gorilla presentation, we did language groups again.  We even added two new ideas: ‘Animal posters’ and ‘Storybird’.  Here is a video Malcolm made while we worked!

Let’s Get To Work

They’re not all doing the same thing, but they are excellent at whatever they are doing!

Let’s Get To Work: What would you work on in Language class if you were allowed to work on any job you wanted?  We made a list of all the Language Group jobs we could think of today.  And then each student chose their favourite and did it.  We will certainly do this again tomorrow!

Science:  It is Amphibian week!  The class is getting very good at reading a passage, highlighting important things and then writing the five most important things they learned:

Math:  One of the kids in my Kintail group brought math cards to do on the bus.  I thought it was so fun that I entered the Fun Fair draw for the basket that had math cards in it. I won. Now we can all play math cards!

What card games does your family play?

Fun (Wet) Friday:  Mrs. Lee sent a note home in planners today:

This is yours Max. We miss you!

Malcolm was our star and he shared his tiger habitat project:


A7: What is the one word that best summarizes your year?

#Awesome:  Today was the last #AMDSBkidschat of the year.  The last question in today’s chat asked us to think of one word to summarize our year. I think over half of Team 2 wrote #Awesome!  Here are our answers to the first 6 questions:

Social Studies:  Finn has been wishing for more social studies for a long time.  Today we finally learned about the Oceans! Check student blogs today to see how these maps turned out:

Oceans Day. You are Welcome Finn!

Goals: Mine are here, and student goals are on their blogs:

Just for fun:  Today was our turn in the Gaga Ball pit!

The final showdown!


Happy Father’s Day!

This is what I wrote. The student writing below is even better!