What to Do with a Snow Day…

Dear Parents,

As you know we have a Snow Day today! Feel free to have your child work on any of the possible assignments below. We have included suggested timing for each discipline as a guideline. Please do not feel that your child must complete the work, or work for the amount of time suggested. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email. We will be available to answer questions via email throughout the day. Most of all, we wish you a fun, warm and safe Snow Day!

 

Here are some ideas for reading (max 20 minutes):

1. Choose a story to read on Raz Kids. Be sure to choose a fiction book! Write a summary of the book using the phrases:
This book begins …..
Next…..
Then….
In the end…..
I think….
Then, retell the story to your parents using your notes. Remember to add details to explain the important part of the story!

2. Retell a favourite story book from home. Use the pictures on each page to help you retell the story, just like we have done in class.
Read the story quietly in your head. Look at the pictures to help you remember the important details in the story.
Practice retelling the story out loud. Use the pictures as clues to help you.
Record yourself retelling the story. You might ask your parent to help you. Remember what we said we should do when retelling a story:

“You should look at the person you are telling the story to (or at the camera!) and smile at them.”
“You have to make your voice have expression so that your story is interesting.”
“You don’t have to add every word from the book, you can just use your own words and tell the important parts and (details).”

3. If you would like to listen to a story by Mo Williems called Pigs Make Me Sneeze read by Mari in 2C, see this link.

Here are some ideas for writing (max 20 minutes):

1. Write a plan for the day. Use time words such as: first, second, next, after that, then, after lunch, later.

2. Write a story about your Snow Day adventures. It can be real or imaginary! Feel free to be creative, use “juicy” words, invent interesting characters and interesting problems, as well as exciting events.

3. Make a snowman like I did and describe the process.

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How to Make a Snow Guy

First, I quickly grabbed three blobs of slushy snow from the railing on my apartment building. I brought these inside my apartment, as I was still in my pajamas, and my hands were freezing! Don’t do this at home! I got out a small plate and molded the bottom ball in my bare hands. It was freezing, so it turned out a bit lumpy! I set it on a plate. Next, I made another ball with my bare hands and set it on top of the bottom ball. My hands were so, so cold, so it was bumpy too! Then, I made the head and set it on top of the middle. By this point, my hands were numb, so I ran them under cold water. After that, I looked around to see what I could use to quickly make my snow guy, before it melted. I found a shell for a hat and placed it on the top of its head. I collect rocks and shells, so there are always some about. I had some cherry tomatoes, so I used the little stems on top for buttons. After attaching the buttons, I looked for some items for the eyes, nose and mouth. I found a dried, red ear of corn and used three kernels for the mouth. I had some black rice, which I used for the eyes. Then, I found a sunflower seed for the nose. These were a bit hard to attach as the snow was pretty solid. Finally, I decided that red chile pod arms would look nice and promptly attached them to its sides. What do you think of my Snow Guy? It might be fun to try some different outfits like a bottle cap for a hat and other things I might throw away for arms or a scarf. Before I play around with that, I need a latte!!

If you make a snowman, be sure to take a photo and send it to your teacher!!

Here are some ideas for Mathematics (max 30 mins):

1. Do some Mathletics tasks or play Mathletics Live.

2. Find a die (dice) and play 50-100 with your parents. Be sure to check each other’s work. If you need a 100 Chart to help, you can find one online or go to this link and enlarge it.

3. Practice telling time with your parents throughout the day. If you are just beginning to learn how to tell time, they can help you. You can also play some of the time games on the blog. You will find them under the links section.

Happy Snow Day…well, by now…Rain Day!

Welcome to 2C, Jada!!!

Today, 2C welcomed a new student to our class. Her name is Jada, and she comes from Singapore.

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Jada speaks Mandarin and English.
She likes to read chapter books such as The Naughtiest Girl Series.
She likes art, keeping her room tidy, and playing Hide-n-Seek.
Jada likes to tease her brother, Joseph, and give him shocks.
Her favorite food is Japanese food, especially salmon sashimi, just like Miss Czubak.

Back to School Night

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Curriculum Outline: Subject Areas of Grade Two

Reading

Students are encouraged to read picture books, short stories, fairy tales, poetry, non- fiction selections and more. Some reading is teacher-directed and designed to develop comprehension strategies, fluency and vocabulary. Other aspects involve individual reading, shared reading and guided reading with small groups.

Speaking

Students are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and opinions with partners, groups and with adults. These opportunities are designed to help students become more conscious of their thinking and to encourage communication and presentation skills.

Listening

Listening carefully is an important part of communication. Children must learn to listen carefully in order to consider new ideas, understand each other’s thinking, follow instructions and participate in discussions.

Writing

The students will write in a variety of forms (e.g. lists, stories, letters, poems, simple reports) and for a variety of purposes.

Handwriting

At YIS handwriting is approached whenever possible in the context of writing. We recognize that it is developmental and that students will develop different skills in different ways. We use the Tasmanian Handwriting documentation as a key resource.

Spelling

We recognize that spelling’s purpose is connected to writing and communication, and that student levels are developmental, with individuals ready to learn different things at different times. Our research-based approach features student inquiry into personal word choice and focuses on exploration of spelling patterns, rather than weekly spelling lists to memorize. We use First Steps: Writing and Words Their Way as key resources.

More about PYP Language instruction at YIS

Mathematics

Our Maths curriculum is based on the PYP Math Scope & Sequence which emphasizes problem-solving using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. The curriculum contains the following broad topics: Shape and Space, Number, Pattern and Function, Measurement and Data Handling. As with other branches of curriculum, Math is taught as an authentic, integrated part of our units of inquiry whenever possible, such as exploring measurement while using instruments to read weather. Other concepts are taught in stand-alone units, such as mental math strategies for addition and subtraction.

More about PYP Mathematics instruction at YIS

Units of Inquiry

These are the central ideas of our PYP Units of Inquiry. They are the concepts around which our inquiries revolve.

  • People can be enriched by their own cultures and the cultures they connect with throughout their lives.
  • Relationships between air, water, sun and land influence weather.
  • Stories can be constructed, retold and interpreted in different ways.
  • Lifestyle choices that people make can affect their health.
  • Communication connects communities and individuals.
  • Human activities can challenge plant and animal survival.

These units integrate many of the traditional subjects such as Social Studies, Geography, History, Science and aspects of Literacy and Maths.

More information about the PYP at YIS

Information Technology

In second grade ICT use is broad, purposeful and integrated. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of technologies to enrich their research, creative expression, reflection and connections. The classroom blogs are a key channel for student learning and sharing with their families, the local community and our global networks.

Single Subject Lessons

P.E., Music, Art, Modern Languages, and Drama are taught by specialist teachers, and planned collaboratively with classroom teachers. More information about these subjects can be found on the Elementary Curriculum section of the YIS website and on individual teacher blogs.

Home Learning

We consider playtime an important part of childhood and encourage children to actively participate in opportunities to play and be involved in other activities outside of school. We believe it is important for children to have opportunities for unstructured activities, to assist them in developing the skills to plan, organize and encourage creativity and imagination.

We expect children to read at home everyday. We encourage parents to read with their children regularly, especially in their mother tongue. Reading should form a natural part of the daily routine and emphasis should be on a shared enjoyment of reading. Reading at home is an excellent means of developing thinking skills, increasing fluency, developing language skills and helping children develop confidence with their reading.

YIS Home Learning Policy

Keep in Touch…

The more we build it together, the richer, healthier and more vibrant this second grade community will be.

Let’s work together to make this year a great one.

MS. ALIE QUINN
quinna@yis.ac.jp

MS. ANGELA CZUBAK
czubaka@yis.ac.jp

 

Welcome to 2C!

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Thursday afternoon was YIS New Student Orientation. It was wonderful to meet 2Cs newest students: Yuma, Jaeuk and Eunbin. We only had a little time together, but we did manage to take a tour of the building, check out the playground, look around the classroom and get to know a little bit about each other.

Eunbin is from Korea and just arrived last week. She enjoys playing tag on the playground during recess.

Yuma has a twin brother in 2Q and attended summer school at YIS. He likes to play card games, including Tramps and Uno. He says that he will teach us how to play.

Jaeuk is from Korea and arrived about 2 weeks ago. He likes playing soccer in his spare time.

I am looking forward to seeing you all Monday and can’t wait to get to know you!! It is going to be a fabulous year!