Thinking about Narratives, Settings and Descriptions

We are learning to notice and appreciate descriptions in the settings we read about. To begin our lesson, we thought about the word “adjectives”. One student thought that maybe it was detail, which is pretty close to what it is. We decided that adjectives are words that describe or add detail.

Mr. Graham asked the children to close their eyes and picture a dog. Then he asked them what color the dog was and what did it look like. The children answered…brown, black, little and white with black spots and smelly, and so on…

Next, we practiced using descriptive language to talk about settings.  We further explored the idea of adjectives and other ways to describe a place. Each student had a partner.  One partner turned over a card with an interesting picture of a place. They then had to describe the setting so that their partner could draw it. We practiced our speaking and listening skills and asked questions to find out more about what the setting looked like.

using adjective to describe setting

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Our Trip to the Senior’s Center

visit to the senior center

Working with our Learning Buddies



Retelling Eric Carle Stories to Prepare for our Visit with the Senior Citizens

preparing our visit to senior center

After our last visit with the Senior Citizens, we asked the students to reflect on their learning, their ideas for our upcoming visit and the reasons why our visits are important. The album above is photos of our preparations for our visit next week.

Here are some of the students’ ideas about our Service Learning:

What are you learning during our visits?

“The seniors don’t mind if we make mistakes.”

“Some seniors can hear well but others can’t.”

“Some can still move well.”

“They are kind. Seniors are happy that we visit them.”

“ We are learning to help people.”

How is what we are doing there important?

“Yes, because they don’t have much company.”

“We can help them and do something to help them have fun.”

“To know the seniors better.”

“You can learn about them and their life.  They can learn about our life.”

“They can have fun with us.”

“The seniors will remember us and let them enjoy.”

What would are your ideas for next time?

“We should read books to them and tell them stories.”

“If we sing them another song, they will be really excited to meet with us.”

“We can retell the seniors stories that we read in class.”

“We have an Eric Carle book that has English and Japanese in it.  We can tell them that story.”

“We can translate stories too.”

Since we are inquiring into different ways to share stories, together the students decided on sharing stories from one of their favourite authors, Eric Carle.  

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Sequences Events in Various adaptations of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”

Sequencing events

Fun with Computer Science Week

computer science week


Grade Two Creates and Shares Stories!

After being inspired by last week’s visit with author and illustrator Barbara McClintock, the students were excited to write and share more stories of their own.

We asked the students to think about how stories change when different people tell them. In the library, Ms. Karr read the story The Three Ninja Pigs which is an adaptation of the story the The Three Little Pigs. The students then went to work to make their own adaptations to the story.

Adapting Stories

We are learning to write to entertain and throughout this Unit of Inquiry, and we will focus on narrative writing. This week, the students reflected on their ideas about what makes a good story.


The students used story cubes to practice sequencing events to make a story.


Our next steps will be to sequence a series of events so that they lead to a complication or conflict, and then think of interesting ways to resolve them. We are looking forward to hearing the stories the students create!

Please click on the albums below to see more photo highlights from our week:

Stories in the Library

Adapting Stories

Vocabulary Building

Building Vocabulary

Building Plot Lines

Plot Lines

Collecting Data

2M collecting data to represent favorite ways to share stories

Playing with Number

2M playing with number facts

More Number Facts

2M number facts

Sharing our Stories

Sharing Stories