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Grade 2 parent information session 2011 12


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  • 1. Agenda: Language Mathematics PYP Learning environment Home Learning – including class and grade level blogs Partnerships Questions and Answers
  • 2. Introductions
    • Catherine Roback (Ms. Roback)
    • Paul Sullivan (Mr. Sullivan)
    • Fran Hickey (Ms. Fran)
    • Becky MacDermott (Mrs. MacDermott)
    • Elias Barlow (Mr. Barlow)
    • Caroline Francois (Ms. Francois)
  • 3. Language
    • Reading – guided in small groups and independent
    • Take-home reading books
    • Writing – writing genres in Grade 2 include Writing to Recount, Persuade, Describe (using informational reports), Entertain, Explain and Instruct
    • Speaking and Listening – oral presentations, active listening
    • Handwriting – Nelson
    • Spelling – Word Study groups with word sorts, journals, spelling phases, spelling strategies
  • 4.
    • Reading
    • To retell texts using a sequence of events
    • To recognize the main idea in a story
    • To recognize initial consonant blends and digraphs
    • To recognize long and short vowels and vowel digraphs
    • To have an awareness of punctuation marks for expression and fluency
    • To read for information and use a variety of books for simple research
    • Writing
    • To produce individual imaginative and factual pieces of writing using the writing process
    • To organize thoughts and information for writing, develop drafts, analyze, edit and revise as appropriate
    • To form all letters correctly with appropriate spacing
    • To use conventional spelling for high frequency words and words with regular spelling patterns
    • To learn spelling strategies for more complex spelling patterns and use a personal dictionary
    • To begin to use full stops, exclamation points, question marks, capital letters, speech marks and correctly.
  • 5.
    • Speaking and Listening
    • To ask questions and respond to those of others
    • To take turns when speaking and listening
    • To participate in choral speaking
    • To participate in role-playing and creative activities
    • To express ideas orally and articulately
    • To develop descriptive vocabulary
    • To develop confidence in expression: one-to-one, class groups, large groups
  • 6. 2 nd Grade Math Overview
    • Unit 1 Numbers and Routines
    • Unit 2 Addition and Subtraction Facts
    • Unit 3 Place Value, Money and Time
    • Unit 4 Addition and Subtraction
    • Unit 5 3-D and 2-D Shapes
    • Unit 6 Whole Number Operations and Number Stories
    • Unit 7 Patterns and Rules
    • Unit 8 Fractions
    • Unit 9 Measurement
    • Unit 10 Decimals and Place Value
    • Unit 11 Whole Number Operations Revisited
    • Unit 12 Year-End Review
  • 7. Mathematics
    • Shape and Space, Measurement, Pattern and Function, Data Handling, Number
    • Real-life problem-solving
    • Connecting mathematical concepts and applications to learning
    • Everyday Math is a resource
    • Concrete to abstract
    • Investigating, questioning, discussing, justifying and recording
    • Variety of strategies for possible multiple solutions – emphasis on process
  • 8. Mathematics at ZIS
    • We follow the secure goals outlined in the Everyday Mathematics with adaptations as necessary in relationship to our Scope and Sequence
    • We use the Everyday Mathematics games, use of mental math, common routines and (adapted ) assessments
    • We will use the student journals when appropriate to support the learning of secure goals
    • Differentiated learning
    • Summative and other relevant Math assessments are shown to parents with student reflections
    • We will supplement Everyday Mathematics assessments with authentic performance tasks to assess conceptual understanding
    • We inform parents what we teach in Math, how and why for each Unit on the Blog.
  • 9.
    • Mathematics Learning Expectations:
    • To count by rote forward/backwards in ones from any 2 digit number
    • To write and read numbers to 100
    • To count ordinal numbers to 20
    • To count in doubles, doubles +1, doubles+2
    • To use strategies to recall number facts with increased accuracy
    • To understand place value for hundreds, tens and ones
    • To add tens and ones with regrouping
    • To subtract tens and ones with regrouping
    • To record horizontally and vertically using the + and - signs
    • To be introduced to the concept of multiplication (repeated addition, groups of, rows of etc.)
    • To skip count in twos, fives and tens
    • To explore the concept of division (by seeing division as grouping or sharing)
    • To recognize and name Swiss coinage by grouping coins to add to a specific sum
    • To tell the time to o’clock, ½ past, ¼ past.
  • 10.
    • To create and use data from simple graphs
    • To understand the terms “double” and “half”
    • To begin to recognize simple fractions
    • To identify 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and objects in the environment
    • To compare and sort 2 and 3 dimensional shapes
    • To develop language to describe capacity, length and weight
    • To identify the appropriate tools used to measure length and weight
    • To develop skills of estimation
    • To develop problem-solving skills
    • To formulate problems form everyday situations
    • To develop and apply strategies to solve a variety of problems
  • 11. Grade 2 Units of Inquiry
    • Inquiring into:
    • Workplaces ( How We Organize Ourselves ) Community Participation/Workplace Fair
    • Switzerland ( Where We Are In Place And Time ). Field trip to the Glacier Garden in Luzern and Walking Tour of Zurich
    • Water ( How The World Works ). Science Experiments
    • Living Things ( Sharing The Planet ).Visit to Tierpark, Langnau
    • Folktales ( How We Express Ourselves ).
    • Showcase, Guest Readers
    • Healthy Living ( Who We Are ). Healthy Living Day
  • 12. PYP Learner Profile
    • Inquirer
    • Open-minded
    • Knowledgeable
    • Risk-taker
    • Thinker
    • Communicator
    • Balanced
    • Principled
    • Caring
    • Reflective
  • 13. PYP Attitudes
    • Appreciation
    • Commitment
    • Confidence
    • Cooperation
    • Creativity
    • Curiosity
    • Empathy
    • Enthusiasm
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Respect
    • Tolerance
  • 14. PYP Transdisciplinary Skills
    • Thinking Skills (acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, metacognition)
    • Social Skills (accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision-making, adopting a variety of roles)
    • Communication Skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication)
    • Self-management Skills (gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior, informed choices)
    • Research Skills (formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting research findings)
  • 15. Home Learning at ZIS
    • Learning Logs - Designed to encourage creativity and foster a love of learning
    • Inquiry-based
    • Mathematics, Language, Unit of Inquiry, Reading
    • Reinforce and develop knowledge, understanding and skill
    • Open-ended learning challenges – students choose a style and approach that suits them eg. poster, song, model, pictures, play, presentation, games, puzzles, activities
    • Learning behaviours – continuation of approach in classroom, building on learning during the day, revision of work, effort…
  • 16.
    • Learning challenges set Monday, returned to school a week on Wednesday, shared in class from Wednesday onwards – more time for a more meaningful response
    • Time to share & value achievements
    • More detailed information will be in the front of the learning log book.
    Home Learning at ZIS
  • 17. Grade 2 Tips
    • Label, label, label
    • Teaching commences at exactly 8:45
    • Indoor PE shoes used as Indoor Classroom Shoes
    • Healthy snack and lunch/Water Bottle
    • Communication for the whole class will be on the class blog
    • Communication to individual parents will be via email not communication books
  • 18. School – Home Partnership
    • Grade level and class blogs -
  • 19. This PowerPoint can be found on the Grade 2 blog, should you wish to have another look at it.
  • 20. Please go now to your child’s classroom for more class specific information and questions and answers.