Photography, Email, Pictionary, Symbols, Cyphers and Comic Strips to Communicate

Today we explored these six forms of communication. Below, we will make a comment to share our thinking about what we learned using the thinking routine: I used to think…..Now I think.

Gr2 Workshop #2

We are inquiring into:

Forms of Communication

Tools for Communication

How people access information and connect to each other

How current technology changes the way people communicate

Commenting on our class blog. I see, I think, I wonder.

This week, you will be thinking about how art is a form of communication. You will be doing a SEE, THINK, WONDER in the comments section of this blog post.

This painting was created by the artist Vincent Van Gogh. It is called Shoes.

Look very carefully at the painting below. Look at in all the corners and the middle. Think about what you see.

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What do you see?

What do you think?

What do you wonder?

You learned how to do this last week. Here are some directions to help you, just in case you forgot a step.

Click on the speech bubble icon to the right of the blog post title to make a comment.

Type in your class’ email address ( ). Double-check to see that you are accurate.

Type in your first name.

Type in your comments. I see…   I think…   I wonder…

High-light your comment. Hit CONTROL C. This makes a copy of what you wrote just in case your comment doesn’t go through.

Now, type in the secret code. You may need to add a space. Double-check to see that you are accurate.

Submit your comment.

Check to see that… “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

If this didn’t work, see Mrs. McCreath, Miss Czubak or Ken on Tuesday for help.

Grade 2 Inquires into Communication

We began this week with workshop to expose the students to different forms of communication. During two workshop sessions, 2C and 2M worked together with their teachers and Mr. Matt to explore communication through mapping, commenting on blogs, writing letters, playing charades, reading and writing in braille, and using sign language.

Gr2 Workshop

Afterwards, the students brainstormed types of communication we use everyday.

Johnny – When you read you a book, the book communicates with you.  It tells you a message or gives you information.  So writing a book is a way to communicate.

Seonyul – Talking to someone on the telephone.

Lara, Yoshna and Ophelia – Facetime is a way to communicate.

Thanina  and Hamish – Any kind of writing is communication.

Sam, Kane, Alex – Also writing notes.

Ali, Andres, Vivian – Whispering is a way to communicate.  It is the same as talking.

Mary, Valmik, Saneyuki – Email is a popular type of communication

Today, the children came up with a longer list of types of communication people use everyday.  From this list, they choose one type of communication that they would like to inquire into further:




Drawing and symbols

Skype and Facetime calling

Sending letters by mail



Plays and stories which communicate morals

Sign language

Dancing that tells a story about history or that can show feelings

Facial expressions

Body Language





Instant Messages



The students then chose one form of communication to inquire into further:

Seonyul – I wonder how people communicate using braille?  How can they know with just touching? I know that the dots go together to form words.

Jingyi – I wonder how do you learn braille?  How do you write braille?

Mary – I wonder about sending letters in the mail.  I know that we use a post office and paper and a pen.  I also know that (a long time ago) people used birds to send messages.

Yoshna – I wonder about how you send mail to other people.  How many different stamps are there?

Thanina – I wonder about communication with braille.  I know when you touch braille, you can read it.

Alex – I wonder about why to use sign language.  I know that Facetime is one way to communicate.

Saneyuki – I wonder how people communicate using braille.  I know that they use their fingertips and I have seen braille on elevator buttons.

Kane – I wonder how to make sense of the dots and when did it start?

Valmik – Braille can be used everywhere.  I wonder who invented braille?

Sam – I wonder how we read braille.  I know it is a language and that it uses dots.

Hamish – I would like to learn about how symbols are made.  I already know quite a few symbols and what they mean.

Vivian – I know a lot about dance but I wonder how it can be used for communication.

Ophelia – I would like to learn more about cyphers and codes.

Ali – I wonder about communicating through blogs.  I know that in 2003 there were already a lot of blogs.

Lara – I would like to learn more about Instant Messages. I know that it is electronic and very fast and that you need to have correct spelling so that other people can understand you.

Ryu –  I wonder why braille uses dots and where does the name come from.

Johnny – I wonder how people who make maps can put all the information there.

Andres – I want to learn more about Skype.