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More Games to Practice Math Facts

March 31, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

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Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 9.52.59 AMGrade 2 is practicing their math facts.  We want to learn our facts so that they are automatic.  We are using flash cards, doing sheets  and playing games to increase our speed.  Please use these games at home to increase your speed.  Just click on an image above and it will take you to a new page.  Good luck and have fun.

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

March 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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Grade 2 followed the recent Sochi Olympics and kept track of Canadian medals won.  We were lucky to see some of the events live.  We were so proud of our Canadian Athletes.  Congratulations to all of you.
As a home project students made a pamphlet to educate the class on their favourite olympic sport.
Great job, Class!
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Art Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky

March 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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The recent 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gave Room 102 the idea to find out more about a famous painter from Russia. We learned that Wassily Kandinsky was the first one to be credited with painting purely abstract works. He was born in Moscow in 1866. His use of color is visually pleasing. His Concentric Circles piece above is what inspired us to try our some abstract painting.

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Addition and Subtraction Practice

March 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

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Addition Practice

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Here are two games to practice our addition and subtraction math skills.
Have fun!

Even More Folktale Retells

February 14, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

We had another fun day on Wednesday retelling folktales to our class and going to the Kindergarten classes.  They sure love our stories.  We noticed that each time we retold our story we got more comfortable and it was easier to get up in front of our friends to tell our story.  Practice is a good thing.  Congratulations to all my students for doing this project.  Everyone did a fantastic job.

The Little Red Hen from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

 

The Little Red Hen from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The Three Pigs from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Did you like our Folk Tale retells?

Which one was your favourite story?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

 

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More Folktale Retells

February 11, 2014 by · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

We had a fun day yesterday.  We filmed more retells and some students went to the 3 Kindergartens to retell their Folk Tales.  We also watched some of the Olympics.  We were so excited to witness Canada winning Gold and Silver in Freestyle Skiing – Moguls.  Congratulations to Alex Bilodeau and Michail Kingsbury.  It was difficult to calm down after that – it was 2:20 – and we had to get ready to go home.

Here is the story map and storyboard for the Enormous Turnip that we did as a whole class.

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Here are a few more videos of Folktale Retells.  Thanks to the parents for helping the kids practice and helping to make their visual aids. Once again, the children are amazing.  The Kindergarten kids and their teachers were so impressed with us today.  Tomorrow other kids will go to Kindergarten to retell their story.

Enjoy.  Leave us a comment if you like what you see.

 

The Gingerbread Man from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The Gingerbread Man from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Henny Penny from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Little Red Hen from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The Tortoise and the Hare from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Retelling Our Favourite Folk Tales

February 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Grade 2 has been busy reading Folk Tales.

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We have also been practicing retelling them.  Each student chose one to retell.

Using Chart paper we identified criteria that would make a good retell.

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We used a graphic organizer called a  storyboard to help us retell many folktales.  Using the Folktale The Enormous Turnip we made our own storyboards and storymaps.  Students were to make a storymap or storyboard to go with their chosen Folk Tale.

 

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Here are a few retells to share with you.  More will come.  I was really impressed and  think we have some future storytellers in our class.

What do you think?

The Tortoise and the Hare from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

 

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

Folktale Retells from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The Three Pigs from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

The Three Pigs from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

 

Henny Penny from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff from Mary Ellen Lynch on Vimeo.

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Recess Fun

February 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

It has been very cold in Quebec these past weeks and so students have spent many of their recesses in the classroom.  One favourite activity is to use the green blocks to build things.  At the end they love getting their picture taken with their creations.

Our U.S. Penpals

February 8, 2014 by · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Grade 2 was so excited to receive a manilla envelope in the mail this week.  It was waiting for us when we got to school last Monday.  I have a sister in Massachusetts who also teaches grade 2.  Since I loop, every 2 years we pair up our students for pen pals.  This gives our students an authentic purpose for writing – to get to know kids their own age who live in a different country.  We will be exploring sports, games and mutual interests.  We will plan to skype in the near future so the students can meet each other.

 

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Have you ever had a pen pal?

 

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Thank You Dav Pilkey

January 3, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

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It happened the week before Christmas.  It was on Monday, the 16th of December.  Chantal brought a Scholastic box to my classroom.  Now everyone knows how much I love getting packages.  And I order/ buy way too many books.  But I am retiring this year and really trying to cut back on my book purchases.  So I wasn’t expecting any packages – What was this?  I looked at the label on the box.  From Dav Pilkey!  Was “The” Dav Pilkey sending me something.  My kids were all around me as we started to open the package.  I wish we had photos/video of all the excitement!  I opened the box to find 3 books, a card with a personal message from Dav congratulating me on my retirement,  and an amazing box of chocolates.  We all tried the chocolates!  Yum! When I looked inside the books I found the amazing notes and pictures from Dav signing his books for me.  How did he know how much I love author personalized signatures on my books.  I will cherish this generous and thoughtful gift always.

As I was opening the gifts I was wracking my brain as to how I could have been so lucky.  I remembered that our wonderful librarian – Lucie Dubuc – was recently at a Book Fair in Montreal – at the end of November.  She told me excitedly that Monday after the book fair that she had met Dav Pilkey.  She wanted to invite him to visit our school and was planning to get in touch with him.  I found out later that this gift was a result of that communication.

So thank you Mr. Pilkey.  My grade 2 students love you and your awesome books.  My copies of Dogbreath, Kat Kong, Dogzilla, The Dumb Bunnies and the Dragon stories and being read in our class – every day.  Now I am sure they will be picking up Captain Underpants, too.

The group photo was taken in the library with Lucie Dubuc.  Kids are holding some of Dav Pilkey’s books from our library.  Thank you Lucie, too, for telling Mr. Pilkey about me.

 

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