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Grade 2 Newsletter, Nov. 25 – 29

November22

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

For the coming week…

Reminders

  • Our National Day celebrations will take place Nov. 28th. Students will participate in painting a giant flag. After school there will be a big celebration for families from 6-11 pm. Students can dress in National dress or UAE flag colors.
  • 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. Students will be dismissed at 12pm. Classes will begin again January 6th.
  • We are making HOLIDAY BOXES for our support staff. We ask that parents buy and send in 1 bottle of shampoo in 2KG and 2DO and 1 tube of toothpaste in 2BC. Those items will be placed in small boxes for each support staff member with a mix of other items from other grades. Thank you for your help with this.
  • December 9 – 13 will be dress up days in support of homeless pets. Students can dress up for the day and donate money for homeless animals. Each day will have a theme:
    • Scientist Sunday, dress as your favorite scientist
    • Matching Monday, dress to match a friend
    • Tiger Tuesday, dress up like a tiger
    • Wacky-hair Wednesday, come to school with a crazy hairdo
    • Theatre Thursday, wear a mask (no movie masks please)
  • 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 Students will be working in their small levelled groups on various skills. 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 be working in their small levelled groups on various skills.
Tuesday Students will be using literary language to discuss our reading books. (character, setting, plot, title, chapter, cliffhanger)
Wednesday Students will be working in their small levelled groups on various skills.
Thursday Review of skills learned this week.

 

This week in Writers’ Workshop, Small Moment Stories:

Sunday Students are learning to add some powerful emotion words to their story. 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 polishing one of our letters to publish for our end of unit.
Tuesday We are polishing one of our letters to publish for our end of unit.
Wednesday National Day activities. Students will learn about the U.A.E.
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 Silent E, F.1 and F.2.

 

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 Unit 2 Summative Assessment
Monday Unit 3 Pre-assessment
Tuesday We are learning to use Base10 blocks to build numbers. Students can practice this skill on IXL, Place Value, M.4, M.5 and M.6.
Wednesday National Day activities. Students will learn about the U.A.E. No homework.
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. The goal this week is to have saved $75.

 

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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