2F News

December 10, 2015

Last week was a busy one! Students participated in their first (but not last) Science Fair, rehearsed for our Winter Concert, brought on food and toys for the drives and visited Santa's Workshop, helping to raise 3,700 LE!

This week will also be very busy with our Winter Concert on Tuesday and Our Class Holiday Party on Thursday.

Donations for the Food and Toy drives will be accepted throughout the week.

Reading and Writing

Students are using their reading time to work on building stamina and reading continuously for 10-15 minutes at a time, then retelling the stories they have read.

When writing a Realistic Fiction story all authors rehears the story in their head before they begin writing. Students choose to tell their story

  • to a partner
  • across their fingers
  • across the pages they will be writing on
  • by tapping it out


By understanding 1 math solving strategy well, students can then apply that strategy to different tasks.

We have moved from addition to subtraction and will continue to solve problems using regrouping.

Other strategies we have introduced include:

"Break it Down" and "The Empty Number Line".

Here is a link to the video I will show students on Sunday morning as we introduce this strategy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buyaqe_L5-Y


Thank you so much for coming out to our first Science Fair. Students worked very hard on these projects and learned how to research for information, then to put that information into a format that others could enjoy. One of the highlights of this unit was to talk with a group of junior and senior students at AIS about their projects.

Our next unit introduces Maps and Landforms, a social studies unit. Please see the letter below detailing more about this unit.

Maps and Landforms

December 2015

Dear Grade 2 Families,

Our next Social Studies unit focuses on Maps and Landforms.

Throughout the unit students will explore and distinguish various landforms found in the physical environment. They will explain the concept of location using maps, graphs, tables and diagrams and represent their understanding in designing a model.

Some of the key skills students will demonstrate:

- to read and use a map key

- to create a map

- to design a model

- to be able to explain how humans interact with their physical environment

Students will also engage with IT software and applications to help apply their understanding of key concepts.

You can help at home by looking at a map, atlas or globe and locating your hometown and country. If you are going on a holiday or plan to travel over the winter break, try mapping your journey. Remember – maps can be of rooms, buildings, parks, even shopping malls!

Yours sincerely,

The Second Grade Teachers