All term we have been exploring questions and concepts about reconciliation, as many children in our grade will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation very soon.  We have discovered that there are four steps to reconciliation.  These steps help us to make things right after we have made a wrong choice (sin).

What are the four steps?

Before we can begin to take these steps, we must know that we have made a wrong choice.  Today we talked about how this feels in our bodies.  We drew and talked about the feelings we have when we have let someone (ourselves, someone in our family, a friend, a classmate, God) down.

These feelings can from our HEART ROOM or our conscience.

You might like to talk more about CONSCIENCE at home.  You could keep reading from the website we started to look at: http://talkingtreebooks.com/what_is_conscience.html

How can you explain what our conscience is?

# Multiplication: ARRAYS

We are exploring the concept of MULTIPLICATION.  In Year Two it is important that we understand this concept before we begin to memorize timetable facts.

Some new learning for us has been the strategy of making ARRAYS.

An array is a rectangular diagram divided into rows and columns.  When we read a multiplication number sentence the first number tells us how many rows to make and the second number is the amount in each row.  The answer is the total number.

For example this is an array for 5 X 4:

Here are some fact sheets that mums and dads might like to read to discover more about arrays.

Making groups & arrays

Arrays Factsheet

These came from a great website that has lots of clear explanations about Maths concepts: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/maths/maths-a-to-z

Can you draw some arrays at home?  I would love to see some with the matching fact, repeated addition, lots of and answer 🙂

# The ART SHOW

How to be respectful when going to an art exhibition:

1. Walk around the art displays, slowly and quietly.

2. Keep your hands off the art.

3. Take your time to look at each piece.

4. Give compliments about what is great – keep negative comments to yourself.

5. Think about what you like and you might get some ideas about art pieces to try and make at home.

What was one of your favourite art pieces and why?

# Counting patterns

##### How far can you get counting out loud by 2s in one minute? What number do you get up to if you write down counting by 5s for one minute? Can you think of a skip counting pattern challenge for your classmates to try?

It is an expectation that in Year two students can describe a number pattern, identify missing numbers within a pattern and create a counting pattern.  If you found this tricky, this could be a good thing to practice at home.

Can you make some patterns using the SPLAT chart?  Once you have made a pattern you can print it off and describe the pattern underneath.

# Term Three Gospel Value: HONESTY

Why is it important to be HONEST?

What does it mean to be HONEST?

What did Jesus teach us about HONESTY?

# Work on Writing: Week One Term Three

Watch this short film:

Now think about what writing you could do based on this short film.  You could retell the story in our own words. Could you turn it into a fable? Perhaps write a review – did you like the film? why/why not?  Another idea could be to write about what this film is teaching us. What is the message? A character description?  You decide and start writing.

When Working on Writing, you need to be writing all the time.  Remember to use capital letters & full stops.  Re-read your sentences to make sure they make sense.  Don’t get stuck on spelling.  Circle any tricky words and then go back to them once your ideas are all written.

# Maths Computer Activity

We are exploring the features of shapes – 2D and 3D.  We will be working in Maths groups this week.

When it is your turn on the computer… click on this link: Under the sea

Make sure you read the instructions carefully.  Do not rush through and try not to just guess.  Remember look at the Maths board for some clues & answers too 🙂

You could also get some from the online maths dictionary

# Make your own fluency texts

I stumbled across this website that is a lot of fun.  Not only will you improve your knowledge of parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives) and spelling but you will also create short texts to practice reading.  This will improve your fluency 🙂

# Fables online

We have been reading, deconstructing and learning to innovate FABLES.

This is a great website with many to read:

http://www.taleswithmorals.com

When working with the teacher, during Reading Groups, our focus has been on the CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency & Extending Vocabulary) strategy. Fables are perfect texts to help improve all these important elements of great reading 🙂

I wonder if you can have a go at making a fable innovation using this website: http://www.seussville.com/games_hb/storymaker/story_maker.html? I tried.  It was a bit tricky but fun!

# Monster Description Update

A few weeks ago I wrote a description of a monster picture and challenged 2MS to draw my monster: A Monster Description. There were four students who took up this challenge:

Here is the actual picture:

The artists all did a great job reading the description. Who do you think got the closet?