Celebrating our Stories!

This week, the students created and shared stories for the summative assessment of our How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry.  The students were given a choice of the type of story they would like to share.  They were asked to choose from the following:

  • Choose a story and retell it based on the original story.
  • Write your own, original narrative (story).
  • Tell an already existing story from a different point of view.
  • Reconstruct a tale by changing the characters, events, setting, etc.
  • Create a sequel or prequel for an existing story.
  • Create a script for a story.

The students were quite keen to get started and worked diligently on their stories.  Here are some of the ideas they shared about the process:

I felt proud of myself (and my group) because the people in my group were supporting each other to make a great story – Ryu.

I felt proud that I was making a good story with lots of adventure – Johnny.

I communicated my ideas to tell my story – Hamish.

I learned that when you make a story, if you have trouble, keep trying and it will work out – Henry.

Some people were kind to me.  Hamish helped me draw a moon – Kane.

Sometimes Vivian gave me ideas and sometimes I gave her ideas – Jingyi.

Me and Jingyi used teamwork to make a great story -Vivian.

I was proud of myself because we used teamwork to make our story -Yoshna.

I was happy because my friends helped me with my puppet pals story- Ophelia.

Creating Stories 2M

The students chose how they would like to present their stories, too.  Students chose to create puppet shows, movies, plays, and books.  It was great fun to be the audience for a few of these wonderful stories! We look forward to hearing the rest of the stories next week.

Sharing our Stories 2M

Please click on the album below for other photos from the week…

Other Photos from the Week in 2M

Thinking about Thinking…

This week, the children shared their ideas about what it means to think, how we share our thinking and how we learn from listening to our classmates’ thinking.  

Thinking About Thinking 2M


What does Thinking Mean?


Thinking means wondering about something. – Ophelia

It means that you are wondering and trying to guess. – Ryu

You are concentrating. – Johnny

When you are reading something, you are thinking. – Hamish

You have to be smart and use your brain.  You are finding ideas. – Henry

If you are writing and you know something that you didn’t know (before). – Kane

When you think, you walk in circles. That helps me think sometimes. – Sam

You think in your head and you focus your brain.- Thanina

You are very focused. – Jingyi

Your brain is moving and growing – Alex

Your brain moves like a machine – Yoshna

You turn your brain on and you think – Saneyuki


We are exploring adaptations of our favourite fairy tales to see how they have changed, and consider about how we can make changes to other stories. To help us summarise, understand and talk about the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears  and three other stories that have been adapted from it, we used the Visible Thinking Routine called Colour, Symbol, Image.  When reading favourite stories at home, you might ask your child to tell you a main idea from the story and see if they can choose a colour to represent that main idea. For example, the students thought that one main idea from the original Goldilocks story is that you should be careful to do the job that your parents ask you to do (Goldilocks was supposed to run an errand for her mother, but instead she chose to play in the woods, and came upon the house of the three bears, then got herself into trouble).  The students chose yellow to represent this main idea because:

“On a traffic light, yellow means that you need to be cautious, and slow down.  Do the right thing.” -Lara

Working with Number in 2M

In mathematics, we are learning to explain our thinking and explain the strategies we use to solve problems with number.  Some students are practicing quick recall of their number facts to 20, others are playing with place value to add two-digit numbers to 100, and others are learning to use pictures and words to document their thinking when solving word problems.

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Other Photos January 18-22 in 2M

E-learning for Grade Two – January 18th, 2016

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 …..



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.

a) Read the story quietly in your head. Look at the pictures to help you remember the important details in the story.

b) Practice retelling the story out loud. Use the pictures as clues to help you.  

c) 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).”

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Make a snowman and describe the process.

First, I quickly grabbed three blobs of slushy snow from the railing on my  front porch. I brought these inside my house, 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. 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.
  1. Find a die (dice) and play Target Math 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.
  1. 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 using this link.

Enjoy your day!
Ms. McCreath and Ms. Czubak

Welcome Back 2M!

It is wonderful to have the students back in school after the holiday.  Everyone is happy and relaxed and excited to be back with friends.  We were all thrilled to meet our new classmates, Lara and Alex, too!


All the students were eager to tell stories about the holiday.  So our first morning back, we went straight to work writing and sharing stories about special moments with our friends and family during the break.  The students are learning to tell stories about moments that were important to them.  We are exploring the idea that when we write about a personal experience, we don’t need to write about an entire day, or every detail about a trip that we took.  Instead, we can write about a special moment in that memory so that we can try to convey the feelings and emotions that make that moment an important one.  When we try to write all of the details of a particular trip or experience we sometimes leave out what it was that made that experience memorable.  

We are exploring ways to share our favourite stories with each other.  Here, the students chose a favourite story book to retell using the pictures as clues to help them remember the details.  Working in pairs, they took turns retelling the stories and video recording each other’s retell.  

Sharing Stories in 2M

Afterwards, the students generated a list of ideas of how to retell a story well:

“You should look at the person you are telling the story to and smile at them.” – Ali

“You have to make your voice have expression so that your story is interesting.” – Ryu

“You don’t have to add every word from the book, you can just use your own words and tell the important parts.” – Ophelia

“Your story is more interesting if you tell the beginning, middle, end, a problem and a solution.” – Johnny

“When you are telling your story, you need to focus, not laugh and be silly.  That way, the person listening will be interested and really understand your story.” – Henry

Being a good listener is also important when we share stories.” – Valmik.

Our Grade Four Learning Buddies were a wonderful audience for the students to practice their story telling.  The Grade Twos shared the stories they had been collecting as homework and asked the Grade Fours to share some of their own stories as well.

Click on the albums below for some more photos from our week…

Guided Reading in 2M

2M Community Reading


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