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

# See a need, Fill a need: Part Two

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.

http://tinkerlab.com/easy-stop-motion-animation-kids/

I wonder what we might be able to make a Stop Motion clip about?

# Spelling & word building

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?

# What can we be working on at home?

At the moment we are focusing on strategies to solve division equations.  This is something you could practice at home.

Division Facts

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 🙂

# See a need, Fill a need: Part One

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!

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!

# Division Explosion!

In Maths we are focusing on exploring the concept of DIVISION.
Division is the sharing or grouping a number into equal parts.  In a division equation this first number is the total being divided then there is the division symbol.  The next number is the number that will divide the total.  The answer is the result of the dividing.  It is called the quotient.

Our Division Unit is pushing students to think deeply and carefully about division situations.  It highlights the two types of division situations, quotative and partitive, or grouping and sharing.

In a quotative, or grouping division situation, the number in each group is known and the number of groups is unknown:  24 fourth graders are playing soccer.  The coaches want to make teams of 6.  How many teams can they make?  6 is the number in each group, and the unknown is how many groups will be made with 24 kids.
In  a partitive, or sharing division situation, the number of groups is known and the number in each group is unknown:  I have 24 cookies to share with 6 friends.  How many cookies can I give to each friend?  6 is the number of groups, and the unknown is how many cookies will be in each group.  (This is the strategy we are most familiar with 🙂 )
In the classroom, we are talking about whether a division situation is asking “How many groups?” or “How many in each group?”

We are practicing how to

1. divide a collection of objects into equal-sized groups.
2. identify the difference between dividing a set of objects into equal groups (THIS IS QUOTITION) and dividing the same set of objects into groups of (THIS IS CALLED PARTITION)

Can you work out which strategy matches these stories?

Story One:

I have made 20 cookie balls and need to share them equally onto 4 trays to bake them.  How many cookies will be on each tray?

Story Two:

I have 20 cookies and will pack them into bags of 4.  How many bags will I need?

Can you draw me a picture to show the difference between each story?

Can you make up some division stories for your classmates to solve?

Can you make up a partition and quotition story to match 24 3 ?