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Grade 2 Newsletter, Nov. 18 – 22

November15

For the coming week…

Reminders

  • The Dojo website is experiencing some problems communicating with the Etisalat server. If you use Dojo to communicate with your class teacher, please begin using email until this problem is fixed. (Ms. Cinque at bcinque@uasdubai.ae, Ms. Gour at kgour@uasdubai.ae, and Mrs. O’Sullivan at dosullivan@uasdubai.ae )
  • November 18th will be Prophet’s Day. No school for students.
  • Our National Day celebrations will take place Nov. 28th. Students can dress in traditional Emirati dress or the colors of the flag.
  • December 2 and 3 there will be no school in celebration of UAE National Day.
  • December 13th will be a half day of school before winter break. Classes will begin again January 6th.
  • The link to our art, music and PE teacher blog is here.
  • The link to our counsellor blog is here.
  • If you would like to order your child’s individual/class photos, you can visit the photographer’s website at www.intlphoto.com. The photographer will return sample photos soon with a website login.
  • We are looking for small cheap toys to be used for a “Novelty Store” in our new unit of inquiry. If you have small inexpensive used toys at home you are willing to part with and can send in, we would be happy to use them. (Items similar to what kids are given in loot bags at parties.) Many thanks to those of you who have contributed already.
  • Please follow the links to see your class schedule:

Gr. 2DO

Gr. 2BC

Gr. 2KG

 

Literacy

This week in Readers’ Workshop, Reading Growth Spurt:

Sunday Holiday Students can practice the reading skills using RAZkids, library books, class book shopping books or other books they have at home. Please allow your child to choose what to read as it promotes enjoyment of reading which will help them become life-long readers.
Monday Students will think about how the author puts the book together.
Tuesday We are learning to stand back and look at the whole story.
Wednesday Students will question “What does the author want to teach me?”
Thursday Review of skills learned this week.

 

This week in Writers’ Workshop, Small Moment Stories:

Sunday Holiday Students can practice these writing skills by writing about books they are reading and having conversations about the plot, characters and meaning of stories they are reading.
Monday We are learning to use literary words in our writing.
Tuesday Students gather more evidence about the character.
Wednesday We are learning to add capitals to the character’s adjectives.
Thursday We will review our checklist to make sure we have tried a few of our strategies.

Students can use IXL Language Skills to support literacy. This week, students can do Consonant Blends and Digraphs, C.7 and C.8.

 

Math

Please do not attempt homework materials from the next unit of math until we have taught it. You will cause your child frustration and anxiety. Link to Everyday Math Support for Parents Please visit this site to support Unit 1 Math learning.

Sunday Holiday
Monday Review and correction of the pre-assessment. Students can practice this skill on IXL, Mixed Practice, L.1.
Tuesday We are learning to build numbers using Base10 blocks and number grids. Students can practice this skill on IXL, Place Value, M.2, M.3.
Wednesday Students will practice fluency and speed in their addition and subtraction. Students can practice this skill on IXL, Mixed Practice, L.2.
Thursday Review of the week and fluency practice.

 

Unit of Inquiry

In our classroom economy, students will get new jobs for the week and keep track of their savings and spending. Each child will check to see that they have saved $25 for each week and not overspent.

Please continue to send in small toys/items you are ready to part with for our novelty store. (Very popular with our classes!)

 

Extras

For 2DO, email is dosullivan@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @mrs.oclasstimes

For 2KG, email is kgour@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @kaveri_gour

For 2BC, email is bcinque@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @brenda.cinque.52

 

List of websites/apps that can be accessed for home learning:

 

  • A PreK-3 database for reading and research. Our subscription includes PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Science.

 

      • username: studentuasd and password uasd1234

 

  • For students in Grades 1-5. This database includes thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, engaging games and activities.

 

    • username: studentuasd and password uasd1234

 

Further reading regarding homework:

https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/12/01/are-you-down-or-done-homework

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/education/yes-there-is-such-a-thing-as-too-much-homework-for-dubai-students

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