Welcome to the Grade 2Parent Information Evening
IntroductionsCatherine RobackLorna PatersonFran HickeyDevorah KaplanCaroline FrancoisSarah Taylor
Grade 2 TipsLabel, label, labelTeaching commences at exactly 8:45Encourage Indoor PE shoes used as Indoor Classroom ShoesHealthy snack and lunch/Water BottleCommunication about curriculum and important events will be blogCommunication to individual parents will be via email
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
Grade 2 OverviewWe will be investigating Mathematical concepts andskills focused on the following strands from the PYPMathematics Scope and Sequence:Data HandlingMeasurementShape and SpacePattern and FunctionNumber (embedded throughout)
Inquiry-Based MathematicsReal-life problem-solvingConnecting mathematical concepts and applications to learningConcrete to abstractInvestigating, questioning, discussing, justifying and recordingVariety of strategies for possible multiple solutions – emphasis on processDifferentiated LearningSummative and other relevant Math assessments are sent home with student reflectionsWe inform parents what we teach in Math, how and why for each Unit on the Blog.
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
Home Learning at ZISLearning Logs - Designed to encourage creativity and foster a love of learningInquiry-basedCan be Mathematics, Language, Unit of Inquiry, Reading but not all at onceReinforce and develop knowledge, understanding and skillOpen-ended learning challenges – students choose a style and approach that suits them eg. poster, song, model, pictures, play, presentation, games, puzzles, activitiesLearning behaviours – continuation of approach in classroom, building on learning during the day, revision of work, effort…
Home Learning at ZISLearning challenges set Monday, returned to school a week on Wednesday, shared in class from Wednesday onwards – more time for a more meaningful responseTime to share & value achievements in class and at home
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.
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)
More information? Parent Information Session: Language Acquisition and the EAL classes.When? Friday, 31 August 2012Where? The Learning LoungePlease look on the EAL Blog: http://blogs.zis.ch/lseal/
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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)