Grade 2ML

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Ready for 2018!

Class started last January 8, 2018 and boy did we hit the ground running!  After 3 weeks away, it felt good to get back into the classroom and get the gears in our brains moving again.

As expected, all the kids had a lot of stories to share about their three weeks off of school.  We started the day by thinking of one particular event we really enjoyed, and sharing that with our classmates.  During Language Arts class, the kids were given time to write a narrative about what they did over the break. Everyone was excited to write down what they did, and they got a lot of writing done. :)

Plants and Seeds

This quarter, in Science, we are learning all about plants and the plant life cycle.  Our first lesson is on the different parts of a plant, and the functions of each part.  We started out with an experiment where we put food coloring into a glass of water, and stuck a stalk of celery in the glass.  We will revisit the stalk of celery next week to see what kind of conclusions we can draw from what we observed.  Here are some pictures of us doing the initial part of the experiment :)

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We only needed a few drops of the food coloring into the water

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Now to put the stalk of celery in! :)

We also learned a bit about seed dispersal, and explored ways in which seeds are dispersed.  We did some role playing too — video of which I will try to upload soon! :)

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Book Week 2017: The Book With No Pictures

For Book Week 2017, our class decided to do The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak, as it is one of our favorites to read aloud. Such a nondescript book, but it brings about so much laughter each time we read it!  It was quite a challenge though to figure out how we would present our “book blurb” as well as do our costumes.  In the end, we thought to go with the overarching theme of the book — that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.  We found a song with precisely that line, and had a lot of fun singing and dancing to it.

Grade 2ML presents...

Grade 2ML presents…

The Book with No Pictures! :)

The Book with No Pictures! :)

The costume was another story! How would you dress up in theme with a book that didn’t have any characters and pictures?  Well, we dressed up as the book instead!  We wore white shirts and jeans, and stuck a printout of the cover of the book on the front of our t-shirts.  Then, we printed out a bunch of the colorful and funny words from the story and stuck them on our backs — sort of as a way of showing that the funny aspects of the book are a surprise, being on our backs and only being visible when we danced with our backs showing.

IMG_9825 IMG_9826 IMG_9827 IMG_9212Though we didn’t win any prizes, we definitely did have fun presenting our book blurb! If you haven’t yet read the book, definitely check it out because it remains to be one of our favorite books for story time still :)

 

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We Are Amazing Scientists

What better way to find out about the world than to ask questions and conduct experiments?  And that’s exactly what Grade 2ML has been busy with in Science class lately. We’ve been honing our inquisitive skills by conducting experiments and learning more about how things work, especially as we learn about matter.

Matter is anything that takes up space and has mass.  Therefore, everything around us is matter. The world around us is a rich resource for learning, and that’s just what we did as we observed and drew conclusions about our observations.

One of our more exciting experiments was when we made slime! We looked at the materials on their own and observed what happened as we mixed them all up. It was so cool to see the different materials slowly turn into slime :)

First we start with some glue

First we start with some glue

Then we add some food coloring

Then we add some food coloring

Teacher adds some borax and we can mix everything up

Teacher adds some borax and we can mix everything up

Tada! We made 3 different colors of slime :)

Tada! We made 3 different colors of slime :)

 

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United Nations Day

Perhaps one of the most exciting events we celebrate at CISM is United Nations Day, where we all come in wonderful costumes and we get to parade about, showing off our different cultures and traditions.  We traditionally start with the parade of costumes, as well as some performances by after school clubs like the Kids Dance club and the Glee club. The kids are then treated to a “trip” of sorts as they cycle about different workshops wherein they learn about certain countries and the culture and traditions there.  One of the most awaited parts is the “Global Potluck” in which everyone brings in food from different parts of the world and everyone is invited to partake in the feast. It is a great day of camaraderie and celebration that definitely highlights unity in diversity.  This year’s UN Day was no exception.

The parade was fun as we got to see all our friends from Early Years and Elementary in their wonderful costumes. We also got to listen to some of our friends perform an African dance; the Glee Club also serenaded us with a beautiful medley of songs.

After the morning’s program, the kids were treated to various cultural workshops that taught them about countries like Australia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They danced, played games, prepared food, and painted in these different workshops. It was an absolute blast!

We then had the Global Potluck, where the kids were able to try all sorts of food.  Many of them were quite adventurous and decided to try different kinds of food, not just those they usually ate.  I believe they were pleasantly surprised :)

The day ended with a film showing, and a reflection activity. The activity had them making their own coat of arms, including in the said coat of arms aspects that are important to them such as their country of origin, special traditions and celebrations, and things they hold dear. I believe it somehow showed them that though they are quite different from each other, there are many similarities as well.

Below are some photos of the day’s events :)

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