The 2A Express

The Weekly Roundup

Week Twenty Seven....

Greetings, Parents and Caregivers,


I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and well, ready to enjoy the weekend and the oncoming Spring Break.


Once again, this week has been a very busy and productive time.


Report cards are finished and you should have them soon. As always, if there are any questions, please contact me and we can set up a time to discuss your queries.


This week has seen 2A complete our opinion writing unit, our Qatar Studies unit, adding expression and clarity to our Reader's Theater plays and prepare for our final math unit assessment next week.


We also took the time to run through the final stage of our engineering design process and began gearing up for submitting our best designs and final products for consideration at the QSTec exhibition.


On Thursday, the student's shared their opinion about a chosen topic in front of the class, exhibiting their talents as writers and incorporating their reading skills as expressive and fluent speakers. It was a great session!


Below is also a note regarding damaged Dragon Bands and the Lower Elementary's current position on these. Please take the time to read it.


Please take the time to look through the newsletter as there is some important information regarding the next few weeks, click on the images of your child engaged in learning and feel free to contact me with any queries or issues that may arise.

The Twenty Seventh Week

The Subjects

Math

This week the 2A mathematicians have been continuing to use math drawings to help them with using the algorithm to solve addition and subtraction equations.


We are also continuing to use more than one strategy to check our solutions for accuracy. This has been successful step for many in the classroom, especially as they tackle equations that are not easy to solve mentally.


Another way that we are continuing to solidify our understanding of the patterns and relationship of numbers, is sharing with partners and in small groups, allowing them to use mathematical language and explain the steps and strategies they used to solve a variety of problems.


Attached are the slides that contain the mathematical language we are trying to use when we communicate our thinking when problem solving. Feel free to discuss these terms further with your child when checking their understanding of math equations.


Below is the unit link by Eureka Math housed on YouTube embedded in the newsletter. This is a cluster of short videos that provides parents, students and teachers with an overview of the strategies that are being taught this unit lesson by lesson, and how to solve some of the questions that students are exposed to.

2A's Mathematical Language: Keywords We Are Trying to Use

Our Latest Unit Tutorial YouTube Playlist

IXL Second Grade Resources

Reader's Workshop

This week 2A completed their Fairy Tales, Folktales, Fables and Role Playing unit.


We were immersed in the in reading fables and folktales, taking the time to look carefully at the text, noticing the lesson taught, the author's message and intentions. Our discussion's further invited the students to think about how the lesson might apply to their own lives.


Each student took part in a Readers’ Theater play, aiming to perform their favorite part of the story in front of their peers. This is another great opportunity for the students to practice their reading fluency, coupled with with expression.


Next week we look at poetry, while also looking at crafting our own poems in writing. This should be an exciting and interesting unit to undertake, even more so as April is ASD's Poetry month!

Reader's Theater Play Practice

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Writer's Workshop

This week 2A completed their final week of our Opinion Essay unit.


The students were very excited to share their writing with their peers, practicing their fluency, clarity and volume when speaking and listening attentively. It was great to see everyone willing to stand in front of the classroom and read through their writing.


Of course, we were using the OREO method to give structure to our writing and it was only fitting that each were presented with an Oreo cookie for their efforts. We plan to read them through individually next week and make an audio recording of each opinion so that we can take on notes on how we could improve on our presentation skills.


Please find attached the (compacted version of) slides that have used to teach this unit.


Our upcoming unit is Poetry. This is a chance for the members of 2A to stretch their language skills and begin to view the world with a poet's lens.

Sharing Our Opinion

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Social Studies

This week in social studies we began our new unit of study on maps and landforms. Below is the attached parent letter that outlines the unit and what new learning we will be focusing on.


Students shared their previous knowledge about landforms through a pre-assessment and began reading and making sense of maps.


Next week for home learning students will have the option to create some maps at home. We will focus on creating map keys to go with our maps.


We will also be creating our own 3D models of landforms and are asking if you have any spare newspaper that you would like to donate to our study, it would be most appreciated! As always,m send your child in with what you have and i will store until it is needed.


I am looking forward to seeing what they bring back to share!


Below is an ongoing collection of images and definitions that 2A are learning and using as we move through this unit.

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Reflecting and Redesigning

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In Other News

Things To Know:

Dragon Bands

Dear Parents,


Over the past few months, we have been keeping track of the amount of Dragon Wristbands that are coming back to us, broken. We have also been looking closely at the normal wear and tear of the wristbands and the actual damage that is occurring.


Closer inspection of the broken wristbands and observation in the classroom has revealed that a high amount of wristbands are being intentionally damaged. This happens when a student has been playing with it, chewing/biting it, picking at the back of the wristband where the magnetic disk is and removing it, cutting it with the clasp part of a lanier, cutting it with scissors, picking the top part of the wristband so that the magnetic disk pops out, stretching it until it snaps, continually snapping it or pulling it, playing with it with friends – a ‘tug of war’ type of scenario, etc.


With the sheer amount coming back to us damaged in this way, we have come to the decision to start charging QR 50.00 to the student’s Dragon Wristband account for a replacement. Of course, we will pre-inspect all bands prior to issuance to verify no faulty or material design flaw is present that has contributed to the wristband being torn or broken. And of course, if a wristband has simply stopped working, the wristband will be replaced at no charge.


The Dragon Wristband needs to be regarded and treated as school property – the same as a library book or school-issued computer/camera, etc. Students have been issued a first wristband at no charge and are expected to treat it with the same care a library book or piece of classroom property. We would like to ask you, as parents, to have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of their Dragon Wristband.


Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding with this matter.

Newspaper Needed For Landform Designing and Building Project

If you have newspaper you would like to get rid of please send it in with your child during our Landforms social studies unit.


We will be making papier mache landforms as part of our culminating project and would like to begin the collection now.


Thank you in advance!

Arab Mothers Association Fundraising Activities

The Arab Mothers Association fundraisers will be hosted every second Thursday of each month.

February Dates At A Glance

  • March 25-April 4 Spring Break

  • April Poetry Month

  • April 5 Full Day of School - Sunday Schedule

  • April 8 ASD Fun Day

  • April 11 AMA Bake Sale

  • April 14 LE Movie Night Fundraiser

Exploratory

This week our 2A inventors spent time reflecting on their models and projects with Phase Five of our Engineering Design Process.


This led to students making decisions to redesign and rebuild some minor parts of their final product, completing a reflection and indicating what they changed and how they went about making the changes.


Next week there will be a selection process, looking closely at the robust design, creativity and functionality, where three projects will be displayed at the QSTec exhibition. The dates for this annual event at the Kattara convention center have shifted slightly than originally planned, so if you are interested in coming please check the next newsletter for further details.


A few of the other second grade classrooms have also been a part of this project and we are looking to secure a space for our own ASD exhibition. Once again, please check this newsletter or email regarding further information.