We have had a busy week delving into our new Unit of Inquiry. Students watched a rap about matter and made a list of words that they did not know yet. The words were then divided up and students worked in groups to find out the definition, characteristics, examples and non examples to help them to understand key vocabulary to aid their exploration of matter throughout the unit. Next week they will be presenting their research to the class and teaching their word to the other children in the role of an 'expert'. Understanding the vocabulary further has helped the students to make connections to their ideas and has led to more and more questions about matter, which we will explore as the unit progresses.
We have been busy in Literacy this week, exploring and identifying features of instructions. To think carefully about the organisation of instructions, and how important sequencing is, the children had the opportunity to follow a set of instructions to make a snowflake. It was interesting to see some children follow the instructions exactly, and others try to skip some steps to finish quickly. When they evaluated their snowflake at the end, the children agreed that the ones who had followed the instructions carefully looked better than the ones that had skipped a few steps.
We also explored some new ways to practise our 'Expand Vocabulary' words. The children receive new word sorts every 2 weeks, which focus on particular spelling patterns. On the other week, the children collect a range of words to help to expand their vocabulary. They take 2 words from their word sort, 2 words from their reading, 2 words that they have had trouble with in their writing and 2 words from their Unit of Inquiry. Throughout the week, we practise spelling them and applying them to our writing in a range of different activities. One activity this week was finger painting.
We also had a visit from our Grade 6 buddies who worked with us on one of our strategies for reading - asking questions. The older children modelled how to ask questions, which 2.1 then practised during Read to Someone later on in the week.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.
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