Sunday 4 December 2016

Updates and Reminders

Asalaamu'alykum Dear Parents,

Here are last week's updates.

Math: We have moved on from measuring and comparing lengths using nonstandard units to measuring in centimetres and meters (standard units). Students learned that centimetres and meters are metric units used to measure small and big objects. 10mm=1cm and 100cm=1m. They used their centimetre ruler to estimate, measure and record linear dimensions of small objects. And for larger objects they used metre sticks provided in class. For our next lesson we learned how to calculate the distance around an object or perimeter. Students were engaged in quite a few group activities throughout the week but worked independently as well.

Language: Last week students had the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and correct usage of adjectives. They completed an adjectives' package in class and wrote 5 complete sentences in their journals using adjectives.

Spelling: The 10th spelling test was written on Thursday. For the next spelling lesson we learned about the long "e" vowel sound and worked on a few exercises individually. Spelling words for next week's test on Thursday, December 8th: feed, sea, meet, real, keep, week, deep, easy, beach, clean. 

BONUS: perimeter, reptile, turtle, responsible, measure

Gym: We had great fun in gym class last week. For starters they did their warm-up, which was to skip around the gym twice then I partnered them off for our next activity. One partner had to stand across from them on the other side of the gym. We played 4 variations of Meet-in-the-Middle where students had to run toward one another give each other high 5s and do a number of core exercises in the middle then run back. We moved onto play Team Rock/Paper/Scissors. In this game we had two teams and each had a captain who decided which sign they were going to throw (rock, paper or scissors). Once both teams threw their signs, the side that won had to chase the other and try to tag them so they could join their team. This game became an instant favourite! Finally students finished off with push-up position ABCs and a final stretch.

Science/Language/Library: Since Tr.Nancy has been teaching grade 2 students the different parts of books and what they consist of, we decided to incorporate science and language by creating our own book about Green Sea Turtles. Based on what they have been taught during their library sessions, students have started writing their table of contents, an introduction paragraph on green sea turtles, a fast fact, their diet and habitat. They were reminded to write complete sentences (capital letters at the beginning, punctuation marks at the end and express a complete thought). This assignment is an ongoing one that will include an art component.

Islamic Studies: Students worked in the islamic workbooks. As a review they completed several exercises independently on Prophet Adam, Habeel and Qabeel as well as Prophet Ibrahim. We discussed the hadith of the Prophet (saw) and the golden rule of what it means to want for your brother and sister what you would want for yourself. Students were encouraged to write 5 things they would want for their brothers and sisters. The most popular response was jannah.

Social Studies: On Friday, students received their first social studies project about communities. It is due on December 13th, 2016. Please refer to the handout/rubric for more details and information about the project.

Book Fair: There was a lot of hype surrounding the book fair last week, students had the opportunity to visit twice to browse and make their purchases. On the whole, they did a wonderful job following the guidelines and rules provided by Tr.Nancy and her amazing book fair crew!


Razkids: Please remind your children to practice reading comprehension for at least 20mins a day.

Fieldtrip Forms: Please sign and return the forms by December 7th, we will be going to the History Museum inshaAllah.

Milk Forms: If you would like to enroll your child in the milk program please sign and return the orange forms by December 16th, 2016.

I will also continue to return marked assignments, homework packs and tests next week inshaAllah.

JazakAllah khayr.