I hear a few people are having ago at writing persuasive texts (or expositions) at home. That is great news 🙂
In class we have used a composing sheet that we have called our “chubby bubbies.” It has one chubby bubby being supported by three others. We think it is pretty funny every time we say “chubby bubbies.”
I have made up another composing sheet (that is as funny) that you may like to use at home to get your ideas ready:
EXPOSITION composing sheet
We have begun the next phase of our inquiry. We are finding out about STOPMOTION. This is an app that we are going to use to help us further understand the Design Process (Investigate, design, produce, evaluate, analyse). After we investigate STOPMOTION, students will be given a simple design brief and will work in teams to design and produce a stopmotion clip that will represent visually an idea using models, pictures and words. It is very exciting!
We have started our investigation by googling Stopmotion and animation clips and websites.
I wonder what we might be able to make a Stop Motion clip about?
This term we are having a big focus on spelling & building our word knowledge. Each week in reading, the groups have had a list of spelling words to work on and have then been typing these words into sentences at the computer activity. When you take your spelling sheet home, someone might like to test you on your words 🙂
We have also been learning about MULTIPLE MEANING WORDS and this week PREFIXES.
Who can give some examples of MULITPLE MEANING WORDS (using the word in two sentences to show the two meanings) or base words that have had a prefix added?
At the moment we are focusing on strategies to solve division equations. This is something you could practice at home.
Division Facts 2
Being able to solve equations is one part of our learning. We are also making sure we understand division stories. Partition stories are easy for us to understand but quotition stories are posing a challenge. (See the Division Explosion post to explain the difference).
We have been talking about how important our handwriting is. As we approach Year Three, we need to make sure we are starting our letters in the right place and exiting them properly. This will help us when we are asked to join our handwriting. In week two we practiced letters in the U family: u, v, w, y, b. We will next be focusing on anticlockwise letters such as e.
Letter starting points & exits
Students are still to be reading at home each night. They can continue to complete response sheets and return their Reading Challenge book to school each Friday or Monday.
In writing we are focusing on PERSUASIVE texts (expositions). I wonder if you can write a persuasive about why 2MS students deserve free time on Friday afternoons. Perhaps you could write a persuasive text for or against homework… 🙂
Learning conversations at home are super important 🙂
This term in Year Two, the focus of our RE/Inquiry is “See a need, fill a need.” Through this inquiry unit students will come to understand that people use creative, imaginative and inventive thinking to help them meet human needs and wants. In response to simple design briefs, students will develop basic design ideas based on their experiences of working with materials and components. Students will have opportunities to respond to open-ended design tasks, that will allow them to develop imaginative and practical design solutions to problems, needs and opportunities that will spread joy to others in our community.
To begin we have been exploring a design process (sometimes called an engineering process). The steps of the process include: investigate, design, produce, evaluate and analysis. We will be using this process throughout our inquiry learning.
Term Four Gospel Value Joy from Miss M on Vimeo.
Our Last gospel value for the year is a great one: JOY! Inspired by the example of St John BOSCO we are looking to see how we can spread God’s joy throughout our school day. Learning and loving learning is so important. Being happy at school is something we can work on everyday and share with each other. Fr Steven always says that God’s love does not fall from the sky, it is spread by us! And that is the same with joy. In our classroom we are making alist of 100 ways to spread joy. So far we have about 20 ideas. Who will be able to add more?
🙂 Let’s make Term Four as JOY filled as we can!