Grade 2 News

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Dec. 17: Winter Show (3 - 3:45)

Friday, Dec. 18: Last day of school

Monday, Jan. 4: School Resumes

Field Trips:

Tuesday, Jan. 5 - 2b Library Visit

Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Ice Skating

Thursday, Jan. 14 - 2c Library Visit

Friday, Jan. 15 - 2d Library Visit

Thursday, Jan. 28 - 2a Library Visit

Skating Excursion

All Grade 2 students will go on a field trip to the Erika Hess Eisstadion on January 6 at 9 am.

If you have not done so, please send in the permission slip this week.

Thank you to all who have volunteered to be parent chaperons! We could use some more parent chaperons to come with us! Please send an email to the PE teacher ( if you are interested in joining!

Note from the teachers

Thank you to all Grade 2 students and parents for all your hard work and dedication so far this year!

Safe travels and happy holidays! See you next year!!

Ways to help at home

  • Students are not required to do homework over the holiday. However, Raz Kids and Mathletics are available online anywhere in the world if your child would like to read or practice their math skills!
  • If you are travelling, let students look at maps or timetables and get them to discuss where you are going and how you will get there!
  • See the math website below to read strategies to help with double digit subtraction!

Unit 2: How we organize ourselves

Central Idea: Transportation systems are directly related to the needs of a community

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Purpose of different transportation systems
  • Factors that affect the kinds of systems that can be developed
  • Relationship between transportation systems and the environment

Profiles: inquirer, thinker

Attitudes: appreciation, integrity, cooperation

Unit Vocabulary:

Transportation, communities, environment, resources, kilometer, distance, arrival, departure, energy

Language concepts:

  • Review writing conventions (full stop, spacing, letter formation, capitalization)
  • Focusing on re-reading and editing their work
  • The 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
  • Using connectives (and, but, then, so, because, etc.)

Spelling Investigations:

  • verbs and verb tenses (adding s, es, ed, ing)
  • plural nouns (s, es, ies)

Mathematics concepts during this unit:

  • measurement (km, m, cm)
  • time (to hour, half hour, 15 minute intervals)
  • local and simple maps (Cardinal directions, positional language)

Number Skills this semester (continued outside of the unit):

  • Place value to 1,000
  • Add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers
  • Skip counting by 2, 5, 10 and 100 (forward and backward)
  • Begin to interpret word problems

Grade 2 Learning in Action



Students read Leporellos (story of Nikolaus, Christmas stories), watched informative videos (Chanukkah), and went to the Jewish Museum to gather information about the different winter holidays. Students then used a graphic organizer to write down facts, opinions, and symbols for these celebrations.

All second grade students read, memorized, and recited the poem "Knecht Ruprecht" and did a fantastic job! We will post a picture in the Friday Smore.


Thank you for the support with the poem "Knecht Ruprecht". There will be no homework over Christmas break but we encourage students to read and maybe write in a journal.

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