Back to the Future: History detectives

In our “Back to the Future” Inquiry we are developing history skills.  This week we have been focusing on gathering information from different sources: field work (looking around), listening to a guest speaker (Mrs Picioane) and reading books.

Posing questions, listening to a speaker and taking notes are important skills.  Together we have made some questions to find out “What Grade Two was like in the past”.  Everyone in 2MS is bringing home a set of questions and need to interview a parent, grandparent or grown-up friend.

We will be using the interview to record historical biographies next week.

Here is a copy of the two notes that we have sent home today explaining this and our upcoming “Back to the Future extravaganza”

History Homework


What is your opinion?

I have been very impressed with  the students who are having ago at writing persuasive texts (or expositions) at home.  Well Done :)

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.”  Our first topic has been superpowers.

I have made up another composing sheet (that is not as funny) that you may like to use at home to get your ideas ready:

EXPOSITION composing sheet

Who has some ideas for topics you could write about?

Division Revision

In Maths we have been focusing on 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.

There are two symbols used for division: and

I wonder if anyone can find out what is the mathematical name for this

We have been 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 and dividing the same set of objects into groups of

For example 12 can be divided between three and the answer is how many is each set.  12 can also be divided into groups of 3 and the answer is how many groups have been made.  The first example is called partition and the second example is called quotition.  To work out which strategy you have to use you need to read the division problem carefully.

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?

Our next focus will be FRACTIONS.  I think what we have discovered about division will come in very handy 🙂

Historians: Timelines

This term we are being historians.  Our inquiry learning will help us  discover what is still present from the past and how the past has influenced the present.  To begin with we are having a focus on different skills that historians use.  The first skill has been interpreting and creating timelines.  After looking at a variety of timelines, we created a success criteria for making a great timeline.  This included a title, events sequenced chronologically, labelling and creativity.  We used this criteria to assist us in making Personal Timelines.  This was a a very engaging task as we loved sharing photos from our past.

I wonder if you could make a digital timeline – using PowerPoint or a movie making app or website (I use Animoto a lot 🙂 )… I’d love to see them. 

Division Challenge

In our Maths sessions we are exploring different strategies to solve division number sentences and stories.  We are learning and using new division words.  For example we are using words like PARTITION and QUOTITION, divide by, sharing, EQUAL GROUPS and divisor.

In a partition division story, we have to work out  the number of items in each group.  For example 20 apples shared into 4 baskets, would be a partition story. The answer is the number of apples equally shared into a basket.  To get the answer we focused on the apples.

In a quotition story we have to work out how many groups would be made.  For example 20 apples with four in each basket, would be a quotition problem.  The answer would be how baskets we would need. To get this answer we focus on the baskets.

What is the answer?

Can you make up a division story that is partition?  Can you make up a story that is quotition? 



Term Four’s Gospel Value

This year as we have focused on being people who WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD, we have had a different Gospel value to guide us.  The last one for the year is HAPPINESS.  This value reminds us to think about all the things we have to be HAPPY about and thankful for.  The list is surely pretty long!

How would you finish the sentence “Happiness is…”?

What things can you do to share happiness?

How can we make ourselves feel happy?