Grade 2 MP

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Learning a Little Bit About Africa

This quarter, Grade 2 was introduced to the continents of the world in Social Studies.  They started off by watching a short video about a continent, and locating countries belonging to it on a map.  Then to emphasize how countries as well as past and present events relate to each other, they tackled either a current event or a part of its history.

 

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For Africa, the children learned a little bit about slavery.  They were asked to come up with an important question about the photo shown to them.  Then from everyone’s questions, they focused on answering one question:  What is African slavery all about?

 

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The children read an article on African slavery and answered questions about it.

 

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They likewise listened to the story “Henry’s Freedom Box” by  Kadir Nelson, which related the life of an African slave.  They watched a video about the salt mines where African slaves worked.  Then they took note of important information that could help them understand the topic.

 

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The children did a gallery walk wherein they could see other children’s ideas in their models (mind maps).  They were allowed to revise their own models based on the article they read, the story they listened to, the video they watched and the gallery walk.  Finally, in their notebooks, they were asked to write an essay about African slavery and its effects on Africa.

 

Children are capable of exchanging ideas about the world, relating one thought with another, as well as working with different people.  All they need is the opportunity to practice these skills.

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Makers’ Fest

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On May 22nd, the school celebrated Makers’ Fest which showcased the digital literacy skills of students from Grades 4 to 10.  They demonstrated how their creations worked – from robots and machines to other applications and games.  They also showed their skills in making power point presentations with animation, brochures and the like.

 

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Nursery to Grade 3 were so privileged to witness and experience all these amazing technologies!  Of course, who could forget the treats that they got for listening and trying out these brilliant creations?  The children had fun learning throughout the day!  They likewise had a glimpse of what they would do in the future, and they really look forward to participating in Makers’ Fest.

 

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Trip to the Grocery Store

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Waiting for others…

 ...to finish buying and paying

…to buy and pay

 

Just before Holy Week, Grade 2 visited a nearby supermarket to put into practice what they have learned so far.  In Mathematics, the children tackled money, while in Social Studies, they discussed needs versus wants, and goods and services.  At the grocery store, they were asked to buy something to eat and drink for Php 100 or less.  They were allowed to get an extra treat for themselves, as long as they did not get soda and chips.  They were also asked to keep their receipts in order to check their change later on.

 

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In pairs, the children decided on what food and drink they wanted to buy.  They also needed to find out how much each one costed.  They made estimates and price comparisons with another brand to make sure that they did not overspend.  This activity likewise taught them the value of money.

 

 

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Asking Questions and Finding Out Answers

In Science, children have been asking questions and finding out answers.  In a lesson on erosion, they looked at a picture of a tree on the beach with its roots exposed.

 

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They were encouraged to ask questions about it.  Most of them asked why the roots showed.  They expressed their ideas based on what they saw in the picture.  They also made a model or an illustration of their answers.

 

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Next, the children conducted an experiment to find out the answer.  They thought about what materials to use like clay for the tree, sand and water, and the steps to follow.  Then they blew air on the sand, poured water and recorded their observations.

 

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They watched a video on erosion to gather more information that could help explain why the roots of the tree were exposed.  Finally, they sequenced pictures that show how erosion  happened.

 

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It was amazing to listen to children’s conversations!  They were encouraged to keep asking questions and share their different ideas.

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More About Indonesia

Singing an Indonesian children’s song

 

One of the last home countries discussed in Grade 2 was Indonesia.  Both 2MP and 2ML were treated with fun activities by Ling-Ling’s and Natalie’s moms!  First, the children learned a couple of action songs, one of which was similar to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

 

Indonesian traditional dance

Indonesian traditional dance

 

The children also watched Ling-Ling and Natalie do a traditional dance with their moms.  Afterward, they were invited to learn some steps and dance in front.  Then they were introduced to a garter game, in which they were taught how to make the garter by putting rubber bands together.

 

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Making the garter for the game

 

In the end, the children tasted an Indonesian dessert called klepon, a rice ball with melted palm sugar inside.  A big thank you to Ling-Ling’s and Natalie’s moms for preparing these surprises for Grade 2!

 

 

 

 

  • http://www.deped.gov.ph/