Month: May 2015

Supporting Learning at Home

With Summer just around the corner, the question many parents ask is “How can I help my child prepare for Grade 2”. Here are some simple ideas for promoting reading and numeracy at home.






Stipple Art

Today in art, we learned a new technique called stippling. We looked at a variety of pictures made using only dots of colour. 


Then, we used a variety of images (including some of our favourite characters) to create our own stipple art.

Here we are, dotting away…


…and here are some of our finished products!



Little Green Wrap-Up

Today, we finished reading “Little Green”. We read the book without looking at the pictures and made one final inference about what Little Green might be. Can you try to guess, using your schema and these clues from the text?


Then, we read the book and got to see the pictures. We learned that Little Green is a hummingbird! Did you guess correctly? Logan and Aubrey did! 


Telling Time

Today we learned about the difference between digital and analogue clocks. 


Digital Clock


Analogue Clock

We looked at an analogue clock closely and watched as the second hand moved around the clock. We also noticed that the minute hand moved slowly around the clock. We discussed that a minute is made up of 60 seconds and that is why the minute hand moves after the second hand has made one full rotation. Jacob told us that an hour is made up of 60 minutes and we learned that the hour hand moves as the minute hand makes a full rotation of the clock. 

Finally, we designed our own clocks that we will use over the next few weeks to practise reading and telling time. Check it out!

Here are the finished products!



Inferring with Little Green

This week we are continuing to practise inferencing with a book called “Little Green”. 

Notice that the cover has been hidden! This is because I will be reading the book to students without showing them any of the pictures… Each day, students will infer what “Little Green” might be.

We know that to infer, we must use our schemas and look for clues in a text. So, before we began reading the book, we activated our schemas about things that are “little” and “green”.

We used a Venn Diagram to record our brainstorm and to help us identify which items were both “little” and “green”.

Today we only read the first few pages of the book, then students were asked to infer what Little Green might be. Here are some of their ideas:

Tomorrow we will read a bit further and see if more clues will change our inferences.