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                                                                    Gr. 2 Class of 2016-2017
                                               
                                                         
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Week of Feb. 21-24 
 Our star of the week this week is Ashton.

Star of the Week


                                 Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Ashton.     
                                    
                                            Week of Feb. 6-10
                                               Our star of the week this week is Robyn.
                                     Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Robyn.

Week of Jan. 23-27
Students are working on activities to practice decomposing numbers.                             In Grade two, students are expected to show numbers to 99 in a variety of ways: coins, ten frames, place value rods.                                                                       Students currently are being assessed on these skills.







 
Our star of the week this week is Luke.

Staar of the Week

Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Luke.

Week of Jan. 16-20
             Grade 2ers have reviewed their learning skills goals, strategies to help them meet their goals and set              reasonable timelines to achieve them.                                                                                                                  Home Support: Ask your child to share with you his/her learning skills goals and name the strategies              he/she is using to help achieve these goals.

             Students are continuing to work on measurement skills: reading analogue and digital clocks to the quarter hour and writing the time in digital form.  
                              Students will be evaluated on measurement skills this coming week.                                                                                     
Word wall words: We are on week 9.
into    before    best      boy    what
                     Home support: Ask your child to make rhyming words for best. What is a compound word?


Our star of the week this week is Chloe.
Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Chloe.

Family Life
Created Sexual: New Life Begins
Last week, students were introduced to the Brunelle family who had some exciting news that they are expecting a third child. This week, students heard a story, The New Baby Grows, and were introduced to terms: uterus, ovum, sperm and cell. We also learned that Mr.Brunelle was adopted.
Home Support: Review the terms above. Ask your child how a mother takes care of herself when expecting a child and how Paul's father explains adoption. 

Week of Jan. 9-13
The students enjoyed turning a solid into a liquid in order
to enjoy their hot chocolate after snowshoeing.

                                 Gr. 2ers participated in a Reader's Theatre Epiphany celebration.                              
Just like three wisemen, students presented their gifts and we sang, "There Was a Little Baby".
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Home Support: Have your child sing for you  "There Was a Little Baby".
There was a little baby, Oh my Lord.   
There was a little baby, Oh my Lord.   
There was a little baby, Oh my Lord.   
Way down in Bethlehem. Way down in Bethlehem.
They laid Him in a manger... 
They named the baby Jesus...
The angel told the good news...
The shepherds came to see Him...
The wisemen followed the star...
The wismen gave precious gifts...


                              To start the new year, Gr.2ers wrote about positive things they can do at home,                                                  in the classroom, for the school, in the community and in our world:
I will pick up garbage.
I will put up the chairs.
I will shovel the neighbour's driveway.
I will help my family by cleaning the table.
I will work quietly.
I will pick up trash.
I will water trees.
I will clean people's leaves.
I will give food to the poor.
Home Support: Ask your child what positive things he/she will do this new year.

Our star of the week this week is Audrey.
Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Audrey.

Star of the Week


As we continue to celebrate The Feast of the Epiphany, students made gifts to present to Baby Jesus.

We had a blessing of our classroom as part of our Feast of the Epiphany celebration
We marked our door with 20+C+M+B+17. 
O God,
Who by a star
Guided the wisemen to worship your Son,
Help us to follow too
And do your will this new year.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Home Support: Ask your child the names of the three wisemen.


Students shared and wrote about their hopes for the new year:
I hope my family stays safe.
I hope that the poor people get the food they need.
I hope people's hopes come true.
I hope I learn to read.
I hope I don't change.
I hope my friends treat me the way I like to be treated.
I hope my family is happy and healthy.
I hope my sister gets better.
I hope my family loves me.
 
Home Support: Ask your child what he/she hopes for this new year.

                                                Week of Dec. 19-23
                               Yesterday we lit the fourth week of Advent candle: the candle of love.
                                               Today we celebrated our Christmas mass.
Dear God,
Christmas is very near. 
We are happy we do not have to wait much longer.
Help us to do some special things this week.
Soon we will celebrate Jesus' birthday. 
Amen.
We have added more ornaments to our Jesse Tree:
Dec. 19 Jesus is Flower of Jesse
 Isaiah 11:1-3

Dec. 20    Jesus is Key of David
 Isaiah 22:22

                                                       Our star of the week this week is Faith.  

Star of the Week

     
                                                  Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Faith.

                                                                          
We have been working on the learning skill organization. Students have co-created our goals to be an organized learner, completed a self-assessment and chosen a personal organizing goal. Goals are posted in the classroom and students are monitoring their progress.
Home Support: Ask your child what he/she chose as an organization goal.

                                           Week of Dec. 12-16
                                                                                      
                                 Grade 2ers have started working on their Discovery Me Portfolios.
                                 This portfolio can be accessed in your child's google account through Sites.

Discovery Me Portfolios


                                    Home Support: Have your child show you his/her portfolio.
                                                    Our star of the week this week is Austen.                                

Star of the Week

                                                               
                                                             Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Austen.
                                         Week of December 5-9
                                             We have started decorating our Jesse Tree. Each student coloured one of the days                                          and we are reading the Bible passage for each day as we learn about Jesus genealogy.
                       Home Support: Ask your child what he/she has learned through our Jesse Tree activities.
                              Check out these links:   Jesse Tree Dec. 10    Jesse Tree Dec. 11

This week we are on week 7 of word wall words:
said
eat
may
up
down 

Gr. 2ers are continuing to work on measuring time skills.                                                    
By the end of grade 2, students are expected to know how to tell time to the quarter hour.  
Home Support: Have your child tell the time at various points in his/her day.                     Check out these sites for telling time practice games:                                                                                           telling time practice   telling time games  telling time video  times of day questions                                              recording time in digital    telling time practice 
                               videos: telling time to hour   telling time to half hour telling time to quarter hour

                                                    Our star of the week this week is Emery.
                                Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Emery.

Star of the Week

                                 
                         We have started working on our Gospel Value for the month: Hope.
           "And everyone who has hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." 1John 3:3
                         Students wrote about their hopes and they have been placed in our hope box: 
                         I hope everyone is safe. I hope for world peace. I hope I have a good future. 
                         I hope people treat me with respect. I hope that I make friends. I hope I have a good day.
                         I hope everyone has a good Christmas.
                        Home Support: Ask your child what he/she hopes for during this Advent Season                                                                        as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.
                        Check out these links:      Hope          My Hope

                                It is the Second Week of Advent. Today we lit the Peace Candle.
                                Dear God,
                                It is hard to wait.
                                We are waiting and getting ready for Jesus' birthday. 
                                Help us to be kind and patient while we wait.
                                Amen.













































































                                    Week of November 27- Dec.2



                 Grade 2ers made our Advent wreath and we lit the First Candle which is the Candle of Hope. 
                We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us.
               Dear Father,                                                                                                                                                          We love this season of the year.                                                                                                                            We love the preparation for the celebration of the birth  of our Savior, Jesus Christ.                                            Help us also remember that he is coming again and that you have told us to be prepared.                                Amen.
Home Support: Ask your child what they know about Advent and the Advent wreath (e.g. Why is it round?)
Check out these links:

This week we are on week 6 of word wall words:
run
to
saw
we
want                                          

                                            Our star of the week this week is Vanessa.
                                Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Vanessa.

                                            Week of November 21-25

This week we are on week 5 of word wall words:
car
saw
about
after 
with

                       Students have shared what they already know about telling time and what they would like to learn.
                 By the end of grade 2, students are expected to know how to tell time to the quarter hour.                                     
                                                            Home Support: Ask your child what he/she knows about telling time and what he/she would like to learn.                         
                                          One of our learning skills focus this term is initiative
                             Students have brainstormed what initiative looks like, sounds like and feels like.
                                                         
Home Support: Ask your child which of these characteristics is a strength and which needs to be improved.                                                       
                                             Our star of the week this week is Lydea.
                                Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Lydea. 

                                                          Grade 2ers enjoyed playing in the first snowfall of the season.                          
                                        
                     During our morning meeting, students shared why they are happy to see the snow:
  • we can go sledding 
  • we can make snowmen
  • we can play with our friends in the snow
  • we can get ready for Christmas

In Family Life, students heard a story called Patti's Big Move.
Key points to this story:
Moving to a new home is a big change for a family.
We may feel upset or even angry when things change in our family.
Families are still places of love even when there are changes.
Students also shared personal experiences of moving homes and explained                           what helped them adjust to living in a new home.
Home Support: Ask your child to retell the story and review ways that may help                                                                          someone adjust to moving to a new home.

Week of November 14-18
Students shared what makes them feel safe at George Vanier School:                              
students playing safely and not getting hurt, when people say nice things,                   when noone is being bullied, playing with friends, when people don't boss others,               when students help each other. We discussed what types of things bullies do, what happens to students who bully others, what happens to students being bullied and why anyone would bully another student. 

       Home Support: Discuss the above questions with your child                                                                             and sing our Hey Bully Song.

I am stronger, than anything a bully can say. Their words won't hurt me, I'll show them love every day.

They may put me down, I'll still show them respect. They may push me around, I'll never push them back. 

Hey! Bully! Those words won't hurt me. Hey! Bully! I know you're lonely.

Hey! Bully! Please show respect to me. Hey! Bully! I'll show you love every day. 

 And I wonder, Does it always have to be this way? When a bully is angry, They want to fight instead of play.

         They may tell me lies, I will stand up for truth. I will tell them, "No thanks". If they tell me what to do. 

CHORUS 

Bully, Bully, You can change your ways. Bully, Bully, it's never too late. Bully, Bully, You can change your ways.

Bully, Bully, it's never too late. Bully, Bully, You can change your ways. Bully Bully, it's never too late.

Bully, Bully, You can change your ways. Bully, Bully, it's never too late.

                                                                    Click here for  anti-bullying game It's My Life.

                                                       Our star of the week this week is Charlie.
                                Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Charlie.
 

Religion: We have been working on this month's Gospel Value: Dignity of Persons. Students have shared their ideas of what every person on earth deserves. This week we will connect these needs to our Bully Awareness Week activities and students will be invited to take the following pledge:                       As a student at Georges Vanier, I promise to respect and to treat with kindness all other students attending this school. I will not purposefully tease, annoy, exclude, hit, kick, or push other students. I will not say unkind or untrue things about other students. I will not laugh at them or say hurtful things about them or to them. I pledge to STAND UP to bullying! If I see another student being mean or hurtful to any student in the school I will do the right thing and ask them to STOP! Home Support: Discuss with your child the importance of this pledge.










               

Grade 2ers are continuing to work on math counting and decomposing numbers goals. 







                        
                 
                  
         
         
We celebrated student learning after our work session:  

 "I learned that you don't go from 100 to 200.                              You go 101, 102,  and you don't say 100 and 1,                        you say 101." Faith 
"I learned that 4 quarters equals one dollar." Chloe

                                                                                                      
               
 "I learned that when I have 6 nickels, I can                                 trade 5 of them for a quarter." Lucas
       


                                                Our star of the week this week is Kenaniah.
                                Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Kenaniah.

                                                    Our star of the week this week is Zachary.
                                   Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Zachary.
                     
                                   
          
                           Grade 2ers are working in small cooperative groups to practise their math goals. 
                                        Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned today.

Math Centers


                                                                  Halloween Activities
                                            Grade 2ers created 3-D skeletons with the goal to evoke emotions.
                          Home Support: Have your child share how someone's art made him/her feel.  

Halloween Activities


                             Grade 2ers dressed in their costumes for a fun day of Halloween activities!
                                                      
                                                         Grade 2ers had fun apple bobbing.

Gr. 2 Halloween Apple Bobbing


              G.V.'s Social Justice Club is having a canned food drive for The Kanata Food Cupboard.
                                   Challenge: Ms.Howell will match the # of cans our Gr. 2ers donate.
Our Family Life topic this week was Signs of Love in the Family. We discussed how our actions and words can be signs of love and how sometimes it is hard to express our love and that we can ask God to help us during these difficult times. 
Students have been sharing signs of love in their families during our daily morning meeting:
  • watching movies together
  • tucking me in at night
  • hugs
  • reading bedtime stories
  • saying, "I love you"
  • speaking respectfully to one another
Home Support: Ask your child new ways (s)he would like your family to show signs of love.

 

Students are working on decomposing numbers (i.e. representing numbers using ten frames, money, place value rods, number lines).
Home Support: Have your child draw pictures of numbers using tools listed above.



            

                                                 Our star of the week this week is Liam.
                                   Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Liam.

Star of the Week

                                               
                                               Students are learning about the ways we can pray. 
                                                 We have started with thanking God prayers. 

Praying in Colour


                                                  Our star of the week this week is Layla.
                                   Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Layla.

Star of the Week


                                              For a baseline assessment task for recount writing,                                                                                             students wrote about their Thanksgiving weekends.
                                                     The presentation can be viewed full screen.  Click page or arrows to turn pages.

Student's Thanksgiving Recounts


                                                       Our star of the week this week is Jake.
                                    Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Jake.

Star of the Week

                                  
                            Family LifeAs students explored and shared about their gifts from God,                                                                                we focused on the following key points:
                              God gave us our gifts and wants us to develop them.
                              Each one of us has a special personality. It is good to be who you are.
                              When we share our gifts with others, we are sharing God's love.

Our Gifts from God


Our Gifts from God

                                         Students collected leaves to make Thanksgiving turkeys. 
                                                        Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Nature Art


St
udents have started a criteria list for a good picture:
 -goewith the text            -uses space on page
 -uses different colours      -coloured neatly                                





                                 











 
 

Thank you God for...


Students are building a list of strategies to solve math problems:
-talk about the problem 
-think about what you already know  (e.g. I know 10+10=20)
-use counters (treasure boxes), or fingers
-use 200's chart

Thanksgiving Math Problem





Learning Skills

We have been focusing on the learning skill collaboration. We have discussed what collaboration means and what it looks like and sounds like when we are working or playing with others. As a class, we developed an anchor chart to refer to and help us become collaborative learners. The students then completed a self- assessment about their collaboration skills. Our next step will be for each student to set a personal goal that will help them improve as a collaborative learner.



                                
                                 Students had the opportunity to hear Canadian Swimmer,                                                                 Martha McCabe, tell about her experience as an Olympic athlete.

Canadian Olympic Swimmer Visits GV

                        
                             Our Grade 2ers demonstrate responsible learning skills as they                                                        quietly tidy their items and prepare for their next learning opportunity.

Transition Time


                                             Our star of the week this week is Ava.
                            Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Ava.

Star of the Week - Oct. 3-7

                             
Our students respectfully participated in our beautiful back to school Thanksgiving mass. 
Home Support: Make a list of things for which you are thankful and bring in class to share next week.




Students sort true and false statements about being a good citizen.
Home Support: Discuss characteristics of a good citizen.
    

 

In math we have been working on counting skills. 
Students are expected to count to 200 by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 25's, and backwards from 50-1 and backwards by 10's from 100. 


   
 

We are also working on the patterning Math strand. Our learning goal is to create, describe and extend repeating patterns with at least two changing attributes (e.g. colour and shape). 

                     
     

 Science: Our first Science unit is Air and Water in the Environment. We will be investigating the characteristics of air and water. Students are also expected to demonstrate an understanding of how living things use air and water and how our actions can affect the quality of air and water.

                                                  
     The students were asked if they thought there was air in our classroom. They all said "yes"! We then wondered how we could prove it. They were given paper and plastic bags to help them investigate. They quickly figured out how to trap air in their bags!

     

The students were asked whether or not air takes up space. We then did an experiment to investigate.

Home Support: Ask your child what we are doing in the experiment above. Have them explain what happened and why that happened.
  
                                     
                                           Our star of the week this week was Lucas.
                           Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Lucas. 

Star of the Week Sept. 26-30

We brainstormed criteria for a good audience member:
  • look at the presenter
  • be a respectful listener
  • stay focused on presentation
  • clap politely
  • give compliments afterwards eg."I liked the way you coloured your pictures."               

                                            Our star of the week week was Zoe.
                              Home Support: Ask your child what he/she learned about Zoe.  

Star of the Week Sept. 19-23

                                          
We watched the video above and brainstormed criteria for a good oral presentation:
  • stand straight
  • look at the audience
  • use an appropriate tone and volume of voice
  • speak clearly and calmly
  • be serious
  • hold your paper so that audience can see it
  • point to pictures as you speak about them

Family life: 
This week our Grade 2ers discussed how we are all created by God and are all unique.
         

How are they different? Student explore Family Life text.

  

How are they different? Students explore Family Life text.

How are they different? Student explore Family Life text.



                                              
                                        We continue to get to know each other by sharing about ourselves                                                                      during morning meeting and All About Me Activities (seen below).
    

                                                  Grade 2ers are practicing their counting skills.
                      Home Support: Have your child practice counting to 200 by 1'2, 2's, 5's, 10's.
                                                                  
                       
 

What's My Number? Students use number fans.

                                  
                                


Our Grade 2ers are enjoying filling up one another's buckets.


 
             

                        Students participated in a Feel The Pulse retreat. Check out videos below.

Feel the Pulse retreat begins

The Purpose of our Lives #Feel the Pulse

God Loves Us song

Students enjoying dancing to the Pulse music

Feeling God's love makes us dance with joy



We had a wonderful first day in Gr.2.
Students shared and wrote about their wonderings for the new school year.
               
                                                
                                                          
                      
                                                                           
                                                               As we begin to develop our classroom community, we read the book
                                    How Full is Your Bucket and students decorated a bucket that can be filled 
                                    with complimentary notes from classmates. Students began writing messages and                                           are learning when we fill another person's bucket, we are also filling our own.
  
                                                                     
                                             
                                             
                                                                                                   

                                     Students demonstrated their creativity while exploring classroom materials.                                       
                                                  


We ended our day with bubble blowing.

                                                                                                    
Have your child sing our bubbles song:

There are bubbles in the air, everywhere.
There are bubbles in the air, everywhere.
There are bubbles in the air, everywhere.
There are bubbles in the air.

There are bubbles way up high, in the sky.
There are bubbles way up high, in the sky.
There are bubbles way up high, in the sky.
There are bubbles way up high.

There are bubbles way down low, on your toes.
There are bubbles way down low, on your toes.
There are bubbles way down low, on your toes.
         There are bubbles way down low.
  

                  Looking forward to a great year with our Grade 2ers.                                           


                                                                     Grade 2 2015-2016






















                                      



                                                 
                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                            June

                                                      Students had the opportunity to video chat 
                                                       with their pen pals at St.Isidore's School.

                                          Our Toys For Justice sale was a tremendous success! 
                                            
                                        Our class raised $53 which has been donated to Free the Children 
                                        to buy a bundle of chicks and school supplies for a child. 
                                         
                          
                                  Thank you very much to all parents and students for your donations
                                   and to our FDK parents and students for purchasing the toys.

                                                 Students are learning to measure perimeter.
                              
                                
                                                                 
                                                          
       
                                         The students had lots of fun learning a new sport, Hurling.
 

                                                Students have been exploring percussion instruments.
                             
                                                          
                   
(See more videos of individual students playing his/her homemade instruments on Kids at Work and Play page.)

                           Students continue to work on measuring surface area in our classroom.


                                           Week of May 30 - June 3
                                                                                                                     
                                                     
                                 Our students have started learning how to measure the surface area of objects. 
                                 We started reading the book Bigger, Better, Best to get an understanding                                                          of what surface area is and why we may want or need to measure it.
                                 
                                      
                                   Students have started measuring the surface area of objects                                                                               in the classroom such as the fan, shelves and tabletops.
                                     
        Home Support: Ask your child how they measured the area of the bedroom windows in the story.                   Have your child use a non-standard unit of measurement (e.g. paper) to measure the area of a                       household item such as an area carpet, or a window. Bring results into class to share. 

This week, we are on week 24. This is our last new list of word wall words.
shook 
crashes
caught
truck

We also worked on adding the suffixes s and es to nouns to make them plural.
Students are learning the rule that if a word ends in x, sh, ch, s, or ss, we add es. All other words, we add s.
Home Support: Have your child make the following words plural using the rule above.
  couch     dog    lock     fox     bush    house     class     boy   puzzle    lizard    bus   quiz    gas
Students have a file on their drive to practice making words plural. 

Using the book, Number Talks, as a teacher's guide we are working on developing mental math strategies. 
1. Students are given a question to solve mentally (no paper or manipulatives). 
2. Answers are shared and recorded to the side.
3. Strategies are shared and discussed.

              Eg.   12+23=                             40
                                                               35
                                                                                         33                      
                              strategies
                                    
     1.  10+20=30        -look for friendly numbers like 10's -add the tens                              
           2+3=5             -add the ones                          
           30+5=35         -add the tens and ones                                                                                            
                                            
     2.  23+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=35  -start with the larger number and add 1 twelve times
                                                  
     3.  23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 -start with the larger number and count up 12 times

     4.10+10+10+10=40 -add the tens and another 10
         40-5=35               -add the ones and subtract from the extra 10 

Home Support: Encourage your child to try different mental math strategies to solve  36+42.  

                                          Week of May 23-27

This week, we are on week 23 of our word wall words.
junk 
kicked
wanted
ride
phone

We worked and adding suffixes such as ing and ed to root words ending in a silent e.
i.e. phone - phoning, phoned
Home Support: Have your child add ing or ed to the following words: give, love, bite, tape
Students have a file on their drive to practice these words. 


Congratulations to Talia for reading 200 books in our home reading program!

                          Week of May 16-20

                                                                                                  This week we celebrated Pentecost.
                                          Home Support: Ask your child what happened at Pentecost
                                          and what important event it marked for Christians?
                                                                      Dear Father, 
We pray that we will be filled
with the power of the Holy Spirit
just as the disciples were
on the day of Pentecost. 
In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen. 


Using a problem solving activity, students were introduced to the concept of multiplication.
Home Support: Ask your child how addition and multiplication are related.
Have your child create his/her own multiplication story and bring into class for us to solve.
Try This: There are 18 children in our class. 
                Each child has ten fingers. 
                How many fingers are there altogether?
                                                 Show your work using an addition and multiplication equation and bring in to share.

This week, we are on week 22 of our word wall words.
clock 
brothers
beautiful
float
thing
                                                 
                                                Week of May 9-13

                                        This week we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus.


In Family life, we have completed our unit, Created Sexual with the topic,Taking Care of Our Bodies. Students brainstormed and shared their ideas about how to take care of our bodies: healthy eating, exercise, sleep, bathing, brushing and flossing teeth. We also discussed how to show respect for our bodies: privacy, keeping our hands to ourselves, speaking appropriately about our body parts and the importance of telling your teacher and parent if someone touches you inappropriately.

In Writing, students used our Success Criteria for a Recount and Success Criteria for Writing to 
assess the levels of four sample recount texts. They, each, then set a personal goal for the final assessment task using a SMART Goal Plan.
Specify the goal
Measureable - how do you know you achieved goal? proof must be visible.
Achievable - is the goal realistic for you?
Rewarding - what is the reward if you achieve your goal?
Timeline - how long will it take to achieve?
   
                          Home Support: Ask your child to explain the levels of the texts above.

This week, we are on week 21 of our word wall words.
crash 
trip
gym
they're
eating


Congratulations to Dylan for reading 200 books 


 
                                               Week of May 2-6
                                                                 Students enjoyed a presentation from 'The Worm Lady'. 
           
    




 

Home Support: Ask your child if worms have eyes, ears or a nose 
               and if not, how do they see, hear and smell.


Congratulations to Ben for reading 200 books and Alyssa for reading 500 books
in our home reading program! Our class has read more than 4 000 books this year.
Keep up the awesome reading grade 2's!


  
We are collecting pennies in our 'I'm For You' jar                                           and students are writing about their experiences                                               of acts of mercy in our classroom.                                                                      Click below for a beautifull song/video called Mercy by Matt Redman.                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuxzcJps6eo



               
      
        Week of April 25-29

This week, we are on week 20 of our word wall words.
quit 
really
snap
skate
sale


Students are continuing to work on becoming familiar with the Zones of Regulation. They are learning to identify what zone they are in throughout the day in order to help them regulate themselves to be calm, focused and ready to learn and participate appropriately in class. We have been practising different breathing techniques and each child now has a Self-Regulation tool kit with strategies to help regulate their feelings and behaviours.
   
 Home Support: Ask your child to demonstrate the hexagon, figure 8 and 5-fingers breathing techniques. 


Week of April 18-22
This week, we are on week 19 of our word wall words.
sometimes 
other
pretty
outside
our

In Religion, we have been learning about Mercy.
We have defined mercy as God's love, God's forgiveness 
and the saying, "I'm For You" to mean that you are being supportive.
Students have shared their ideas of ways to show Mercy:
play with a new student
play with someone who is alone
say something nice to someone
give someone another chance
Home Support: Ask your child to name a few of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy.


Students have been participating in 'Math Chats'.
 In small groups, they discuss what math they can see in a given picture.
e.g.Students said they see the following math concepts in the picture below:
  
geometric shapes: 
circles, squares, rectangles
 
 measuring ingredients
 lines of symmetry  
 money to pay for them
 addition  
 patterns (dark/light)
 counting    
  
                               
                                                      Home Support
                        Discuss what math concepts can be seen in the picture below.
                                                                      
    
                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                
                                                                     Week of April 11-15

This week, we are on week 18 of our word wall words.
many 
more
name
off
nice

                                               

Congratulations to Dominic and Lauren for reading 200 books 
and 
Tyler for reading 300 books in our home reading program.

Students have been learning about the Gospel Value: Stewardship For Creation.
The are reading, drawing and writing about how they can be stewards in their everyday lives.
Home Support: Ask your child what it means to be a steward for creation.
          Have your child sing for you Song of The Earth.
(Students go to their email with subject heading Open Smartboard files and 
from there can upload file called Religion Song of the Earth for the music and lyrics.)
                                                                                
Students are continuing to work on counting coins to 100 cents and above.
Home Support: Help your child show different ways to make 100 cents using a variety of coins.
Ask your child to teach you one of the games we use in class to practice counting coins. (e.g. race to 100 cents)

Math: Counting Money Practice




                                                                                                                           Week of April 4-8

In Family Life, we have started our unit, Created Sexual: Male and Female. Students have
 been introduced to the Brunelle Family who have just attended a wedding and learned that they are going to have a new baby. The main concepts of this week's lesson: A man and woman get married because they love each other and want to spend their lives together.They ask God to help them make this important decision. One of the ways husbands and wives share their love is by becoming parents. 



The past few weeks, we have been working together with Ms.Hudson's Gr.2 class to celebrate music through a program called Education Through Music (ETM) which consists of song experience games. Students are learning the following music concepts: breathing techniques when singing, reading simple rhythmic notations 
and interpreting visual representations
such as patterns on a one-line staff. 
Home Support: Have your child share with you the rhythms created                 in class today with his/her partner. 
                                                                                   Check out more videos on Kids at Work page.

Music: Creating Rhytms



This week, we are on week 17 of our word wall words.
line 
middle
made
little
stop

                                               Students have a smartnotebook file on their drive to practice these words.                                          

           This term one our learning goals focus is self-regulation. We have been using a model based                          on the book The Zones of Regulation. Students are becoming familiar with the zones and are                          working on identifying their emotions at a given time moment. We are working towards                                      developing and applying strategies to 'self-regulate' to be in an optimal emotional state                                    to learn (i.e. the green zone) 

Zones of Regulation

Home Support: Ask your child to identify the zone for the following emotions and behaviours:
             embarrassed, hurt, scared, mad, grouchy, yelling, shy, silly, worried, proud, frustrated and sad.
             
Week of March 28-April 1

Happy Easter!
We are celebrating the risen Lord.
We resurrected our Alleluias and used the technique 
of rubbing pastels to create a beautiful picture.

                                                     Preparing for First Eucharist

                                                                                                                            

Students learned how their bodies and spirits are nourished and 
about the sacrament of the Eucharist in the celebration of the mass.


Home Support questions for discussion:
How do we grow strong and healthy in our spirits?
What is the host?
What is in the chalice?
How are the bread and wine turned into the body and blood of Christ?
Why do we say "Amen" when receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist?

EUCHARIST SONG



Congratulations to Caitlyn for reading 100 books 
and 
Alyssa for reading 400 books in our home reading program.


 
In Math we are working on money concepts. 
 Students shared what they already know about money
and what they would like to learn about money:
How much money does it take to buy stuff?
How much is a bunch of coins put together?
What are the values of each coin?
What are all the different kinds of money in other countries?
                                  

In Grade 1 students were expected to identify coins (i.e., nickel, dime, quarter, $1 and $2 coins).
 In Grade 2 students are expected to represent money amounts to 100 cents and 
decompose numbers using coins (e.g., 45= 4 dimes and 1 nickel as in 4 tens and 5 ones).
Home Support:
Empty a piggy bank or a wallet and have your child 
review the names  of the coins and their values. 
Check out video below to help review coin names and values.


                                               Week of March 21-25

                                      University of Ottawa Maker Mobile
                                         The students worked as a team to program 
                                                       their "Beebot" to travel through a maze.
                                                 
                                                     Symmetry  Math Fun

                                                      

 This week, our goal is to deepen student understanding of the events of Holy Week.
                     We reenacted the events of Palm Sunday and students worked at learning centers about                                  The Last Supper and The Stations of the Cross.

                                   Students created tableaus to represent a scene from Holy Week.
                                            Can you guess what scene they are depicting?
                                                      
                                                     Students also enjoyed decorating eggs.

                                            Week of Feb. 22-26                                                    

The Social Justice Club is putting on a Bake Sale Wednesday Feb. 24. Everything will cost $1, and the money raised will be going towards Free the Children initiatives that the club will support this year. 




We are on week 14 of our word wall words this week.
than
then
found
use 
hurt
Click below for a smartnotebook file for students to practice these words.                                                                                                                                                   Parents can download smartnotebook for free using passwords on Student Portal.
                                               You can also open smartnotebook files by first opening Smartnotebook Express on google. Students have been emailed file links.
                                          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BnfmIUQSkLZmFEZ0k1UUZSRlU/view?usp=sharing


Congratulations to Emmett and Cara for reading 100 books in our home reading program.
Our students have read over 3 000 books! Way to go Gr.2's!



We have continued celebrating that we have completed 100 day school days.
Students shared their favourite activities: 
-getting to know the kids in the class and the teachers
-sharing about ourselves in All About Me website
-playing with friends
-learning about different websites
getting to know kids who are quiet
-doing centers
-counting to 100
Check out videos of our first 100 days of school on Kids At Work page.




                                                                Week of Feb.15-19                                          

                                               This week we celebrated the 100th day of school.  
 
                Students wrote about what they think their lives would be like when they are 100 years old. 
                      Then, we used an app called Aging Booth to get an idea of what we may look like.
                         

                        
 

                                       
                                                
    When I'm 100 years old  I will have wrinkles on my face and all around my Face. 
And I want to hunt. And my job will be A construction worker. And I Will eat healthy. 
And I will eat chicken and all Sorts of food I will drink water. And I'll have grandchildren.
And I play sports. And I have a pet Named Cara  My dog will be big and  skinny And has lots of spots.


Home Support: Ask your child what his/her favourite thing(s) about the first 100 days. 



Congratulations to Samuel and Maddox for reading 100 books in our home reading program.

                       
                                                Week of Feb. 8-12 

                                      We have started to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 
                  
                                              Students have shared their understanding so far:
                                                                  We are sorry for our sins.
                                                                  We receive God's mercy.
                                                                  We pray afterwards for forgiveness.
                                                                  We feel satisfaction when we are forgiven.

                                                                                Click below for a video on the meaning of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: 
                                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib8pzvnnL20




























































































This little purple candle reminds us of the little things we can do for each other as we grow closer to Jesus during this time of sacrifice and fasting. This candle also reminds us to give thanks to God for the many BIG and little blessings He has given to us.
Students received this candle to use during your special times together to remember the important meaning of Lent.
                                        We celebrated Ash Wednesday and buried our coloured Alleluias.























            Home Support: Ask your child what Alleluia means and when will be the next time we sing it.
                    
                                                                                                       

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a pancake snack. Students learned about the tradition of using up all the fatty foods before Lent begins so that we can try to give up treats and feel in a small way what it was like for Jesus to suffer for 40 days in the desert.
                                            Here are a couple of videos on the meaning of Shrove Tuesday:
                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0O_7_XCtJs
                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDQMr3hYCIo






















                                                                          
                                        
                                          In math, students worked at center activities to practice                                                                                       addition strategies, decomposing numbers and word problems.
                                                       Check out more videos on Kids at Work and Play page.

        In Writing, students have continued using their graphic organizers to write recounts of personal events.
       Home Support: Have your child write a recount of an event such as Family Day and bring it in to share.
    


                                


Congratulations to Emily for reading 100 books in our home reading program.



We are on week 13 of our word wall words this week.
every
school
how 
slow
could
Click below for a smartnotebook file for students to practice these words.                                                                                                                                                  Parents can download smartnotebook for free using passwords on Student Portal.
                                          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5BnfmIUQSkLNHJfM1Z5bGxmbFE/view?usp=sharing


                                                   Week of Feb.1-5

Students have been working on Groundhog Day center activities which included writing their predictions for either early Spring or 6 more weeks of winter, graphing their predictions, following steps to draw a groundhog and writing a descriptive text, writing a text about their preference for either early Spring or more Winter, researching their wonderings about groundhogs, and reading a script to do a puppet play (check out videos of puppet plays and student work on Kids at Work and Play page).  
Home Support: Ask your child which activities he/she completed and to share his/her new learning.


Our whole group oral and visual communication topic for discussion today was whether or not Ontario's Wiarton Willie's prediction to have 6 more weeks of school will come true and if the idea of relying on a groundhog to forecast our weather is real. Students continue to improve on achieving our goals to look at the speaker and respond to classmates' comments. A new goal we are working on is to encourage quiet students to share their ideas by asking a specific student his/her opinion on our topic. 


Our math warm up today was a game of I Have, Who Has
For the past few weeks, students have been working on addition and subtraction activity centres and are beginning to share their strategies. 
Home Support: Ask your child his/her adding strategies.
   

  














                               Family Life: Living in Relationship  Topic 4: We Fight and Forgive
                             Home Support: We read a story in our student text called, "Getting Along". 
                              Ask your child about Michael and Patti's conflict and how they solved it.



We are on week 12 of word wall words:
them
it's
who
won't
city
                     A smartnotebook interactive file has been emailed to students to practice words at home.                                Parents can download smartnotebook for free using passwords on Student Portal.


                                               Week of Jan. 25-29

 Students have been writing prayers for Excellence.
                                                       
                           Family life: Living in Relationship Topic 3: A Family Moves
Home Support: Ask your child about the story of the Chang family's move and what they learned is the most important thing in the end when dealing with changes in a family.
 

This week in Science we investigated the properties of liquids and solids. The children used clay to determine if they could change the shape of a solid. We then wondered if all liquids were the same. We compared water, soya sauce, honey and syrup by colour, feel, thickness and how they flowed. 



We are working on a learning goal to write a recount text about our walk to the mailbox. Students first shared their knowledge of the criteria for a recount learned in grade one. Great memories Emmett and Mia!! 
Students agreed we needed to look at an actual sample of a recount text to determine its structure. Super thinking Emily!!
                     
                         Students are using a graphic organizer to help them write short recount texts.

                 
   Home Support: Have your child give a recount of his/her day at school using the recount structure above.

                                Students are using their graphic organizer to orally share their recounts.
  
              
                                Mrs.MacPhee joined us for a body break.

Congratulations to Sam for reading 200 books in our home reading program!



               We had beautiful, mild weather for our walk to the mailbox to mail our thank you letters.

Our Walk to the Mailbox


                                                 Week of Jan. 18-22

Congratulations to Alyssa for reading 300 books in our home reading program!
Our students have read over 2000 books! Keep up the awesome reading Grade Twos.



We have been learning about Zones of Regulation and that the 'green zone' is the zone we need to be in to be able to learn. Students shared their ideas to help themselves move to the green zone when they are in the blue, yellow and red zones. 
                         

                    Students have been sharing their ideas about the Gospel Value Excellence.

   

                                  We have co-created our anchor chart on how to show initiative.
                      
  Click here for video on initiative:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1RsswZT7fM                           


 
We are on week 11 of word wall words:
one
won
those
people
not




We have been talking about the Gospel Values.  
Gospel Values are what Jesus said, what Jesus did and what He told us to do.
This month we are focusing on the Gospel Value Excellence.                     




                     We have been working on our large group Oral and Visual Communication skills:



                                                                                         Body break time       

Body Break Fun

   
                                                                                    
             Here's a work sample from a fun writing app we are using called 'Write About This'.
                                               
                                                Week of Jan 11-15
                                 We created our success criteria for good organizational skills:


Congratulations to Talia for reading 100 books in our home reading program!



We celebrated the baptism of our Lord Jesus which ends the Christmas season.
 Students dramatized the Christmas story. 
Ms.Howell apologizes for the poor sound quality and now that she has discovered 
where the microphone is on the i-pad, she will no longer cover it with her hand!

The Christmas Story


The Christmas Story


      In math, we have been inquiring as to why we needed to buy a calendar for the new year 2016?             Students have shared their knowledge and have made some new discoveries:
  • Easter isn't always on the same day each year.
  • The year changes.
  • P.D. days and Victoria Day are not on the same day each year.
  • Our birthdays change days, not dates.
  • June 2 was on a Tuesday last year, but will be on a Thursday this year.

Why do we need to buy a new calendar each year?

     
                                                                                                         

Why do we need to buy a new calendar each year?

                                                                           

Why do we need to buy a new calendar each year?

                 Students have continued working on New Year's math and writing activities                                              and addressed their envelopes for their thank you letters.

Winter Activities

                              

                                                                                        Week of Jan 4-8

                                            This week we celebrated The Feast of the Epiphany.
 
                                         Students re-enacted the events of the Christmas story.

                                    Students used a variety of materials to make gifts for Baby Jesus.

Creating Gifts for Baby Jesus


                                   We did a Reader's Theatre re-enactment of the events of the 
                                   Epiphany and students presented their special gifts to Baby Jesus.
                                                                                                    Part 1

Presenting Our Gifts to Baby Jesus


                                                                                                                                      Part 2

Presenting Our Gifts to Baby Jesus

                                                                           Part 3

Presenting Gifts to Baby Jesus




Students worked on writing activities such as New Year's cards, New Year's wishes and their favourite holiday activities. Next week we are continuing to work on thank you letters for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts we received. Also, students used technology to do a New Year's word puzzle and played a New Year's math adding game. Click here for word game: ABCya  Click here for video of The Nativity and The Epiphany.

New Year's Activities


Congratulations to Dominic and Ben for reading 100 books in our home reading program. Our students have now read over 1700 books!




This w
eek we are on week 10 of our word wall words: 
girl
to
two
too
were
where

                                                            
                      
                                                           Our Christmas Concert was a wonderful experience. 

Christmas Concert

            

This week our students continued preparing for Christmas as they enjoyed
                                                     writing notes to their pen pals and making them Christmas cards. 
Students have been working hard to reach their personal writing goals. 

Preparing for Christmas



Congratulations to Dylan for reading 100 books and to Alyssa for reading 200 books 
in our home reading program. Our class has read over 1500 books! Way to go Grade 2 readers!

                              Our students painted a special Christmas craft:

Christmas Crafting


This month our school Gospel Value focus is Hope. Our students brainstormed what hope means to them:
 

Our students have written about their hopes and placed them in our hope box:

I hope that we get to have indoor recess. By Xavier 
                                                                     I hope kids will have a good Christmas and will have food and water. By Caitlyn                                  I hope people get more food. By Ben
I hope people on the street stay safe. By Mia
I hope my brother is feeling better because when he runs his shoulder hurts. By Cara
I hope my Mom can make it to school safe. By Liam
I hope for a good day. By Samuel
I hope for peace. By Tyler
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. By Emily

Our students won the Green Thumb Award this month for consistently recycling properly. 
They were rewarded with a tech lunch hour in the learning commons.

Green Thumb Award



Congratulations
 to Sam for reading 100 books in our home reading program.
Our class has read over 1200 books! Keep up the awesome reading Gr.2s!


For the past couple of weeks, our students have been writing letters to Santa. 
They edited their letters using our Success Criteria for Writing and their personal writing goals.

Santa Letters

Our students also learned how to address an envelope for their Santa letters.

Santa Letter Decorated Envelopes


Our students have started creating their own e-portfolios.
Home Support: Have your child show you his/her portfolio on google drive. 

Discovery Me Portfolios

Several students designed Christmas cards for Councillor Marianne Wilkinson's Christmas card contest.  
 Winners will be announced Dec. 5 at the Richcraft Recreation Centre Complex at the holiday party.
 Best wishes to all of our participants!

Christmas Card Contest Entries

 Students are learning about the genealogy of Jesus as we begin to decorate our Jesse Tree Advent calendar.
Home Support: Ask your child what we have learned so far.

Our Jesse Tree

Students are working on collaborating skills:

We take turns.
We share materials.
We listen to ideas of others.
We add onto the ideas of others.
We speak with a polite tone of voice. 
We work together.
We compromise.

Collaboration




Students are working together to improve their time telling skills.
Home Support: Have your child practice telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour intervals,
 write the time in digital form and identify benchmark times of the day 
such as eating breakfast, having dinner and going to bed.



Here is our beautiful handmade Advent wreath.
Home Support: Ask your child about the symbols of the wreath.
e.g. Why is it a circle? Why is it green?

Our students are getting fit and having fun using the Kinball.

                                                                    
We created the water cycle using a Ziplock bag. 
 The children observed evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. 
They then worked in groups to research a stage of the water cycle using the Chrome books.



Congratulations to Lauren and Tyler for reading 100 books in our home reading program. 
Our class has read over 800 books so far! Keep up the awesome reading Grade Twos!













Important Reminder: If your child will be making his/her First Eucharist next Spring, registration forms are due to St.Isidore's Parish   by November 29. If you need a registration form, contact the parish @ 592-1961 ext. 7.


This week
 
week we are on week 9 of word wall words:
into
before
best
boy
what                     
Home Support: Students are to print their words in their agendas on Monday’s for homework.








We have been working on telling time for the past few weeks. 
In Grade 2, students are expected to tell time to the quarter hour. 
This week students will be assessed on their progress.


Click here for a telling time game: Stop the Clock


Congratulations to Alyssa for reading 100 books in our home reading program.                                                     Altogether, o
ur students have read over 600 books already this year!                                                                      
Keep up the awesome reading Grade Twos! 


Students signed our Stand Up to Bullying banner and took our school pledge:

School Pledge

As a student at Georges Vanier, I promise to respect and to treat with kindness all other students attending this school. I will not purposefully tease, annoy, exclude, hit, kick, or push other students. I will not say unkind or untrue things about other students. I will not laugh at them or say hurtful things about them or to them. I pledge to STAND UP to bullying! If I see another student being mean or hurtful to any student in the school I will do the right thing and ask them to STOP!

                                                                    Click here for  anti-bullying game It's My Life.


                                                                  Students shared what makes them feel safe at school:
                                                                 -when my teacher tells me to be careful with my chair
                                                             -when people are keeping their hands to themselves
                        -when I stand up for myself
                       -when I am using my WITS
                      -when I'm with my friends
                                  -when my friends stand up for me
                               -when the teachers are near me
                       -when no one is bullying me
                               -when I'm not playing Sand Man
                                                              -when I keep my eyes open to see where I am going
                              -when I'm around other people
                                      -when I'm not hurting other people

                               Click here for Hey, Bully Song
         

                          We have been reading about God's desire for us to pray daily to strengthen our relationship with Him and Jesus.
                  
Home Support: Ask your child 5 different ways to pray and encourage using them in nightly prayers.

We went to our school prayer garden to record our personal daily prayers in our Praying in Colour Book.
   



























Talia used nature to create a peace sign.