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Grade 2 Parent Information Session 2012 13



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  • 1. Welcome to the Grade 2Parent Information Evening
  • 2. IntroductionsCatherine RobackLorna PatersonFran HickeyDevorah KaplanCaroline FrancoisSarah Taylor
  • 3. Grade 2 TipsLabel, label, labelTeaching commences at exactly 8:45Encourage Indoor PE shoes used as Indoor Classroom ShoesHealthy snack and lunch/Water BottleCommunication about curriculum and important events will be blogCommunication to individual parents will be via email
  • 4. Literacy 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 Spelling – Word Study groups with word sorts, journals, spelling phases, spelling strategies using Words Their Way Handwriting – Nelson
  • 5. Grade 2 OverviewWe will be investigating Mathematical concepts andskills focused on the following strands from the PYPMathematics Scope and Sequence:Data HandlingMeasurementShape and SpacePattern and FunctionNumber (embedded throughout)
  • 6. Inquiry-Based MathematicsReal-life problem-solvingConnecting mathematical concepts and applications to learningConcrete to abstractInvestigating, questioning, discussing, justifying and recordingVariety of strategies for possible multiple solutions – emphasis on processDifferentiated LearningSummative and other relevant Math assessments are sent home with student reflectionsWe inform parents what we teach in Math, how and why for each Unit on the Blog.
  • 7. Grade 2 Units of InquiryInquiring into: How We Organize Ourselves- In a workplace, each person has a job to do for it to run smoothly. Community Trips/Workplace Fair Where We Are In Place And Time- All places have special features that make them unique. Walking tour of two contrasting places in our area How The World Works- Each state of matter can be altered and suits different needs. Science Experiments Sharing The Planet- All animals adapt to ensure survival in their environment. Visit to Tierpark, Langnau How We Express Ourselves- People share folk tales to convey messages. Showcase, Guest Readers Who We Are- Being healthy depends on the choices we make. Healthy Living Day
  • 8. PYP Learner Profile PYP Attitudes  Inquirer  Appreciation  Open-minded  Commitment  Knowledgeable  Confidence  Cooperation  Risk-taker  Creativity  Thinker  Curiosity  Communicator  Empathy  Balanced  Enthusiasm  Principled  Independence  Caring  Integrity  Reflective  Respect  Tolerance
  • 9. Home Learning at ZISLearning Logs - Designed to encourage creativity and foster a love of learningInquiry-basedCan be Mathematics, Language, Unit of Inquiry, Reading but not all at once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…
  • 10. Home Learning at ZIS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 in class and at home
  • 11. Language AcquisitionBICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) : from 2 – 3 years to acquire.CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) : from 5 – 8 or more years to acquire.Developing literacy takes time.
  • 12. Second Language Acquisition“… the deeper a student’s level of L1 (first language) cognitive and academic development, the faster that student will progress in L2 (second language).” (Thomas & Collier 1997)
  • 13. More information? Parent Information Session: Language Acquisition and the EAL classes.When? Friday, 31 August 2012Where? The Learning LoungePlease look on the EAL Blog:
  • 14. Please go now to yourchild’s classroom formore informationspecific to the classwith time forquestions and answers.
  • 15. 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)