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June 1-5: quick links and images

Weekly forms will include:

Check In Monday;   Tuesday;   Wednesday; Thursday; Friday

Hand It All In June 1 – 5   Typing Practice Form Reptile Names

Weekly Math Book:  Marsh Watch pdf: MarchWatch

Daily math this week: June 1-5 Daily Math Review

Project (Reptiles Assignment):Reptile Research Notes


June 1-5 UPDATE

Next week’s project: Reptiles

Students will research a specific reptile: (Alligators, Crocodiles, any Lizard, Any Snake, or Turtles) using PebbleGo:

PebbleGo: username: eprise password: school. 

To find these reptiles: login > animals > reptiles

  • Review my sample with your child before they complete their own research. 
  • Students are to research any reptile on PebbleGo: Alligator, Crocodile, any Lizard, or any Snake. *They may do the Turtle, just like me if they are not ready for their own research notes topic
  • The reptile research notes doc. can be printed front to back to create a litte book, or on 2 pages that are taped together. Research notes can be completed in any other way that works for you (Make a doc and draw pictures to send with it, write everything out, make a poster, etc.) 

Extra reptile resources: Here are the activities I’d planned for the class to use if we were at school for reptile week! Reptile Scavenger Hunt Reptiles Information, Reptiles Worksheet and Answers

Monday or earlier: Name of reptile and student name: Project Introduction Students learn about the project and do Page 1.  I will share a reptile video on Monday, information about reptiles, and a full sample for this week’s project. I’m not done the sample yet, put it on the “For parents” page if I finish by Monday

Monday: Page 1 –  Body – Select a reptile! Draw a labelled diagram

Tuesday: Page 2Habitat – Research where the reptile lives, describe and draw habitat

Wednesday Page 3Life Cycle – information, picture of reptile as a baby

Thursday: Page 4, hand in if complete –  Range -show range on world map and copy bibliography information

Friday: Finish and hand in

  • Range Maps can be found in the media section at the bottom of any animal’s information page on PebbleGo

Next Week’s Math

Next math book Marsh Watch  pdf: MarchWatch

  • This book is about a boy who wants to save a wildlife area named Turtle Marsh. I scheduled it for this week because of the animal observations!
  • The story presents the big math idea that “Collecting and displaying data can help us predict and interpret situations.” Particular focus is placed on conducting surveys, and on making and reading pictographs and bar graphs
  • Associated online math activity: Create a Graph

Full list of other activity suggestions: Learning ideas (I will not highlight everything on the blog) 


May 25-20 Quick links and images:

Hand It All In May 25-29

Typing Practice Form Bird Names

Daily Math answers.  Encourage your student to attempt “Make Daily Math Harder” challenges in blog posts. Blank copies here: Math Review Week 25-29


May 25 – 29:  UPDATE

Dear Families, 

The ministry announced on Tuesday that we will not be back in the building this school year. This was tough for me to hear. And I decided that the best thing to do is to make the most of it! 

Our last several weeks together will continue the routine we have established. All students should now be doing check ins. If you are not doing this,and you are not doing an alternate program, I need to know why you are not participating. Is this a family choice? Is your student’s work load too much? How can I make distance learning a better experience for you?

Next week’s project: Bird Research Notes

Students will research a specific songbird Cardinal, Oriole, Robin, Crow, Sparrow *or Blue Jay using PebbleGo:

PebbleGo: username: eprise password: school. 

To find these birds: login > animals > birds > songbirds

  • Review my sample with your child before they complete their own research. 
  • Students are to research one of the other songbirds on PebbleGo: Cardinal, Oriole, Robin, Crow, Sparrow. *They may do the Blue Jay, just like me this week to get comfortable with research notes.
  • The bird research notes doc. can be printed front to back to create a litte book, or on 2 pages that are taped together. Research notes can be completed in any other way that works for you (Make a doc and draw pictures to send with it, write everything out, make a poster, etc.) 

Extra bird resources: The animal science unit is my absolute favourite unit to teach. Here are the activities I’d planned for the class to use if we were at school for bird week!  Label a Bird Bird Facts, Bird Worksheet, Bird Answers Bird Scavenger Hunt

Monday or earlier: Name of bird and student name: Project Introduction Students learn about the project, see a finished example, select their bird and gather any materials they will need (pencil, eraser, pencil crayons, ruler, etc.) I will share a bird video on Monday, a labelled bird diagram, and a full sample for this week’s project. Blue Jay Pg. 1/4  Blue Jay pg. 2/3 

Tuesday or earlier: Page 1/4 Body – Labelled Diagram and copy bibliography information

Wednesday or earlier: Page 2Food – Research what the bird eats, picture of beak

Thursday or earlier: Page 3Life Cycle – information, picture of bird as a baby

Friday or earlier: Page 4 and hand in  -  Describe Bird Call – listen to, and explain the sound of the bird’s song. 

  • Listen can be found in the media section at the bottom of any animal’s information page on PebbleGo

Next Week’sMath

Next math book pdf  The Money Jar

  • This book is about a class that is raising money to help families far away who are in need. It is written at a slightly higher level that the last few and includes many grade 2 concepts: Skip counting by 25s (pg.4-5) counting canadian coins (pg.8-9), using a number line to subtract (pg.13), and using a 100s chart to subtract (pg.14).

Next week’s online math activity: Find the sum of Canadian Coins

Online Canadian coins only: Canadian Coins

Full list of other activity suggestions Money Jar Activities at Home (14 pages, I will not highlight everything on the blog) 

Daily math: Math Review Week 25-29

Next Week’s forms:

Check In Monday;   Tuesday;   Wednesday; Thursday; Friday

Hand It All In May 25-29   Typing Practice Form Bird Names

lf you do not get individual feedback from me this week by the end of the day, Let me know by answering this email so I can send you my thoughts. (The feedback emails will be composed throughout the morning/afternoon today) They’re coming soon!


May 19 – 22 quick links and images

Check In  Tuesday
Check In  Wednesday
Check In Thursday
Check Out Friday

Hand It All In May 19-22

Typing Practice Form Animal Classifications

Daily Math answers. Skip Monday. Encourage your student to attempt “Make Daily Math harder challenges in blog posts. Blank copies here: Daily Math Review May 19-22


May 19 – 22 UPDATE

Links to open: May 2020 Distance learning plan for Team 2,  Weekly Math Book  Daily Math Review May 19-22 Team 2 Animal Classification Chart

Getting Ready for the Third Week of May:   

Participation:

  • A few students (thank you!) have done daily check in almost every day. I see nearly everyone else’s (21 of you) name at least once per week on various days.
  • If you only did one check in this week, or if you did not do any, please try to build this into your daily routine. For the next few weeks there will be two student Captains every day to write a friendly message to. This only takes a minute, and if your child needs you to help read/type please do so. I’ll share whatever I get in the next post!
  • The more I hear from your student, the more I can personalize your child’s learning experience. If I do not hear anything, I’d like to assume this is because there were no struggles and all tasks were completed. If this is not the clase, please let me know what I can do to help. Is your student’s work load too much, not enough, or is it just right? How can I make distance learning a better experience for you?

Math:

Daily math is a simple review that should only take a minute or two. This allows time to enjoy our weekly math book and associated activities. I include the pdf and answers on the parents at home page.The focus of your math time at home needs to be the weekly book and activities too.

  • Next week’s math book, Robo offers children opportunities to describe the location and movement of objects,anticipate the movement of objects to follow a set path and visualize 2-D representations of 3-D objects

Weekly Projects:

I broke the letter project down into a series of small tasks to work on each day. As the letters come in, I will post them on a new “Writing Letters” page.I hope to receive your child’s letter by the end of the day Friday. (Who to write to was assigned in last week’s feedback email)

  • The rest of the weekly projects will be based on student research. Next week is a 4 day week, and the project is a simple investigation to learn about the 6 main animal classifications.
  • Students will need to use the pebblego site for this research. PebbleGo: username: eprise password: school.
  • I have attached a research recording sheet and 12 animals to classify (3 a day). This is a starting point only. Your child should be able to find and record at least 2 more of each type of animal (another 12 animals).
  • In the following weeks, our projects will focus on deeper research and we will study a different animal classification each week.

If you do not get individual feedback from me this week by the end of the day, Let me know by answering this email so I can send you my thoughts. (The feedback emails will be composed throughout the morning/afternoon today) They’re coming soon!

 Give those Team 2 students one more big hug from me, and enjoy your long weekend together!


May 11 – 15 quick links and images

Check In Monday
Check In Tuesday 
Check In Wednesday
Check In Thursday 
Check Out Friday

Hand It All In May 11-15

Typing Practice Form Words In a Friendly Letter

Daily Math answers, hints and challenges:  I have tried to make these answers appear exactly as our Smartboard screen in the classroom appears when we review our daily math work together. Students typically only write answers as they would appear in a standard answer key. Families enjoy knowing that I  do every sheet of work I send home too.Blank copies here:  Daily May 11-15


May 11 – 15  UPDATE

Links to open: May Learning Information Letter, May 2020 Distance learning plan for Team 2, Friendly letter video  Weekly Math Book 

1) As always, thank you for all the work you’ve done at your house in the past 56 days to support your child’s learning. Thank you for communicating what you need, and for telling me about broken links/files/confusing information so I can try to fix things. If things are not going well at your house, let me know immediately. You should not ever feel pressured to complete every job I suggest.  Try to do some language and some math every day. Switch tasks immediately if it is not going well. Tell me what didn’t go well and I’ll change it. Stop when it’s been an hour. That’s all it takes.  If you think you’re behind, you are not. You are never required to catch up on unfinished work. Start fresh every day.

2) Monday May 11- Friday May 15

  • There will be Daily Check Ins.
  • There will be a weekly Hand It All In. I will reshare it on the blog daily. Some students hand in a picture of absolutely everything. Others have discovered how to make a collage of just their best piece of work from each subject area. Whatever works best for you to send me evidence of continued learning, and keeps your child motivated, is perfect for me!
  • Do Check In daily if possible. Do Hand-It-All-In when you decide (at least once, every day if you’d like!)

3) Reflecting on The First Week of May:  The Weekly Project and Weekly Math book went over very well!

  • Next week’s project will involve more writing, and hopefully a drawing of some kind. Each student will write a friendly letter to one of the new girls in our class (I’ll assign a name in your personal feedback emails). I’ll give Team 2 lots of ideas for the body of the letter on the blog at the start of the week, but I’m looking for a whole page (8-10 sentences) that includes the elements of a friendly letter, (date, greeting, body, closing, signature). Simple lesson here: Writing A Friendly Letter. (*Note: I’m not concerned about indents and we certainly won’t do the envelope part!)

4) If you think you haven’t heard something personal from me this week (a phone, email, text, or message) by the end of today (Friday May 8), let me know  by answering this email. (The feedback emails haven’t all been composed yet, They’re coming soon!)

Give those Team 2 students big hugs from me, especially if you’re the birthday girl’s mom, and Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Miss Versteeg

 

May 4 – 8 quick links and images

Check In Monday 
Check In Tuesday 
Check In Wednesday
Check In Thursday 
Check Out Friday

Hand It All In May 4-8

Spelling Practice Form: All The Names

Daily Math answers, hints and challenges:  I have tried to make these answers appear exactly as our Smartboard screen in the classroom appears when we review our daily math work together. Students typically only write answers as they would appear in a standard answer key. I thought families would enjoy knowing that I try to do every sheet of work I send home too!


May 4 – May 8  UPDATE

Links to Open: May Learning Information Letter, May 2020 Distance learning plan for Team 2, Math Review May 4-8 , Weekly Math Book

As always, thank you for all the work you’ve done at your house in the past 49 days to support your child’s learning. Thank you for communicating what you need, and for telling me about broken links/files/confusing information so I can try to fix things. If things are not going well at your house, let me know immediately. You should not ever feel pressured to complete every job I suggest. Try to do some language and some math every day. Switch tasks immediately if it is not going well. Tell me what didn’t go well and I’ll change it. Stop when it’s been an hour. That’s all it takes. If you think you’re behind, you are not. You are never required to catch up on unfinished work. Start fresh every day.

Monday May 4 – Friday May 8

-There will be a Daily Check Ins.

-There will be one Hand In. That way you know will work every time for you. I will reshare it on the blog daily. (I’ve discovered how to organize what comes in on my end).

Reflecting on Friday May 1: Team 2 Mental Health Day!

-This was my best idea yet. I know because many of you told me so in advance how good this would be for you personally. It made a difference at your house! It’s making a difference for me too – I needed today to focus on feedback and May planning. Win-win.

-Next week, May 4-8 is Children’s mental health week. AMDSB and Eastdale items you see this week will showcase this theme.

-Going forward, Don’t wait until I tell you it’s time for another mental health day. Just take it. If you do, I will be cheering for you. Be proactive with your team 2 students in the area of mental health. A day dedicated to talking, listening, loving and caring is something they need as much as adults. A quiet day on the blog might just mean that this adult needed a day too!

If you think you haven’t heard something personal from me this week (a phone, email, text, or message) by the end of today (Friday May 1), let me know by answering this email. (The feedback emails haven’t all been composed yet, and I send them together!) Give those Team 2 students big hugs from me and have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Versteeg


April 27 – May 1 quick links and images

Check In Monday April 27
Check In Tuesday April 28
Check In Wednesday April 29
Check Out Thursday April 30

Hand In Monday April 27
Hand In Tuesday April 28
Hand In Wednesday April 29
Hand In Thursday April 30

Spelling Practice Form: -Ed List #2

Daily Math answers, hints and challenges:  I have tried to make these answers appear exactly as our Smartboard screen in the classroom appears when we review our daily math work together. Students typically only write answers as they would appear in a standard answer key. I thought families would enjoy knowing that I try to do every sheet of work I send home too!

Possibly of interest: Class Check In Activity Monday April 20


April 27 – May 1  UPDATE

Links to open: April Learning Plan,
Thank you for all the work you’ve done at your house in the past 6 weeks to support your child’s learning. Thank you for communicating what you need, and for telling me about broken links/files/confusing information so I can try to fix things. If things are not going well at your house, let me know immediately. You should not ever feel pressured to complete every job I suggest. Try to do some language and some math every day. Switch tasks immediately if it is not going well. Tell me what didn’t go well and I’ll change it. Stop when it’s been an hour. That’s all it takes to do this right!
If you think you’re behind, you are not. you are never required to catch up on unfinished work. Start fresh every day!

Monday April 27- Thursday April 30
The final week of April at home will be a continuation of what we’ve worked on this month.
There is a new spelling list and more math questions. This will be the last clock question. Those are too hard at home! Thanks for the feedback!
The Check In and Hand In forms have been helpful on my end, so continue to do these forms if/when you can.
I’ve attached a bar graph to show you a chart that was included in my last Wednesday summary.

Friday May 1: Team 2 Mental Health Day!
The AMDSB board has decided that next Friday, May 1 will no longer be a PA day for schools. Given this sudden news, I’d like you to plan to use this day to focus on your families mental health. If you do set an hour aside for learning, use this time to work on the art and drama ideas from Mrs. Anderson or any of the language and math activities in my April Plan that you enjoyed, or haven’t tried yet.

Have we connected?
1) Many students and families are now using the blog to check in daily and hand in work samples. These students and their parents will now receive individual emails at least once a week. specific to their work. This is going well. We will keep it up.
2) The rest of our class is either trying to figure out brand new technology, and/or finds it easier to communicate with me through a weekly phone call to discuss how things are going, rather managing things through e-mail. This communication is also going well. We will keep it up. I will continue to phone/text/chat with you as needed.
3) If you think you haven’t heard something personal from me this week (a phone, email, text, or message), let me know by answering this email.

 


April 20 – 24 UPDATE

3 Attachmemts to open:Updated Learning Plan, FAQs, Anchor Charts
Hello Families!
I hope this email finds you well.
At my house, the days feel long,but the weeks feel short. It’s already been 5 weeks! Thank you for all the work you’ve done at your house in the past 5 weeks to support your child’s learning. Thank you for communicating what you need, and for telling me about broken links/files/confusing information so I can try to fix things.
Remember the guideline of 1 hour every day.  Families and students work at different speeds. Do what you can and let me know how it goes!
I have been calling the whole class for a friendly chat every Monday morning. My Mondays look busy for the next while, and I won’t be able to keep this up in the same way. I can still call for friendly chats occasionally, just not as often.
This week, I ask that you try to complete a Check In forms with or for your child when you finish working each day. (There is no email or upload required for these forms this week.  I created a separate daily Hand In forms for that)
These forms will help me be a better distance teacher. More importantly, I think they will give your child a sense of daily connection and accomplishment. It’s their chance to ‘talk’ to me each day! If they do the wrong form on the wrong day, that’s okay – I’ll figure it out on my end.  I only started sharing daily check-in forms on the blog last week, and I am excited to see that fourteen of the Team 2 students submitted something! Some did a form every day! I hope everyone can do their forms next week.
If you are having trouble with forms at your house, contact me and we’ll figure it out together, or find an alternative way to check in.
Here are the links to the forms for next week. They will be shared separately  in my daily blog posts too.
Check In Monday April 20
Check In Tuesday April 21
Check In Wednesday April 22
Check In Thursday April 23
Check Out Friday April 24
Hand In Monday April 20
Hand In Tuesday April 21
Hand In Friday April 24

April 20-24 Math Notes and Answers: Please look at these with your child after they attempt to complete the daily math work on their own.  I’ve added notes to each to help with tricky questions and/or add a challenge for quick finishers.

Happy Learning!

Screen shot from pg. 3 of Updated April Learning plan


Happy Weekend!

Team 2 Learning Plan April 6-10

Hello new teachers!

There is a lot of information here, so take a deep breath. No matter how you keep up with learning at your house, you are doing it right.

The link above opens a plan for you to follow at home next week. I’ll be sending a message like this on a weekly basis. As I receive more guidelines and information, expectations and content of my plans will change slightly, but the general idea is that I hope your grade 2 child spends an hour each day on language and math activities.

By tomorrow, Your family will be receive a phone call from someone at our school. This is to see how your family is doing and make sure that everyone has an ipad or computer to use.   The device is important for access to our blog and for some of my suggested activities.

My plan is to continue posting daily on this blog. This is the place students and I are most familiar with using together. It provides your child with a meaningful social and learning connection.

My attached schedule is based on the guideline that Grade 2 should be doing 1 hour of language/math learning per day. For our class, that will look like 20 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of math review and 20 minutes of writing/consolidation. Feel free to adjust times as needed.

-During school, I usually post on the blog around 3:00. For the next month, I’ll aim for 10:00 am.

-Please feel free to comment on blog posts, send me pictures, updates and more.

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