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Mrs. Neto’s Grade One & Two

      January 2020 News

         Dear Parents,

         Happy New Year everyone! Welcome back boys and girls! It is certainly nice to have all the children back, all happy and ready to have fun learning again. We have a few new plans to begin this year together that we’d like to share with you.

          Curriculum

                Language Arts

                               **Important notice**

         Beginning with this Friday’s spelling test, any words spelled with:

  • capital letters
  • backwards letters
  • misformed letters

will be marked as incorrect. Students will be given a reminder before the test and after the test when we review the words.

 This month we will be focusing on procedural writing, such as explaining the steps on how to build a snowman, and how to make a cup of hot chocolate.

We will also be reading and writing more of our own stories about snow and winter.

 *Grade 2 – beginning next week, our spelling unit will consist of 15 words

 
         Mathematics

          We are having lots of fun in math exploring 2D shapes and 3D geometric solids in class. Students will be learning about the characteristics of cubes, spheres, pyramids, cylinders, cones and rectangular prisms. We are experts at identifying all 2D figures such as circles, squares, triangles, pentagons, hexagons, octagons and trapezoids. We will also be exploring symmetry by paper folding and by experimenting with Mira’s.

 Our next unit of study in math will be skills in addition and subtraction.

                  Science

        Grade One - We are wrapping up our unit on Seasons. We are discussing how humans and animals adapt to the changes in weather. Towards the end of January, we will begin a unit of study on everyday structures and materials.

             Grade Two - Our unit will be on the Properties of Liquids and Solids

Students will learn to describe the properties of solids (e.g., they maintain their shape and cannot be poured) and liquids (e.g., they take the shape of the container they are in and can be poured).

We will also be describing the characteristics of liquid water (e.g., it takes the shape of the container it is in) and solid water (e.g., ice floats), and identify the conditions that cause changes from one to the other (e.g., water turns to ice when the temperature goes below zero; ice turns to water when heated).

Next, we will identify conditions in which the states of liquids and solids remain constant (e.g., solids remain solid when broken; liquids remain liquid when poured) and conditions that can cause their states to change (e.g., liquids may freeze when the temperature drops; solids may melt when heated).

        
                  Social Studies

           Grade One - Our next Social Studies unit will be taught in March. We will be learning about our country, Canada and some famous Canadians. We will also be focusing on our local community.

           Grade Two - Christmas Around the World

We are wrapping up our unit on Traditions with a group, poster presentation. Students have been assigned a group to work in and a country to present its Christmas traditions. Groups will begin working hard on researching information on their assigned country in class and will be presenting their poster boards to the rest of the class.

             Religion

 We will be learning about the life of Jesus, with a focus on his baptism and first miracle.

             Upcoming …

  •  Friday, January 31, 2020 is a P.A. Day
  • Please check our class calendar for more information

              Reminders

 *The weather is very cold now and children are coming to school in hats, mittens, scarves and snow pants. There are many, many black and dark blue snow pants! Please label your child’s clothing to avoid mixed up and lost items.

 * Our class has its own lost and found bin in the hallway. If your child is missing any outdoor clothing, please remind him/her to check our white bin.

 **Please be sure to check the school website for weather related bus & school cancellations:

 

                                                                 http://mtb.schools.smcdsb.on.ca

 

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all of the cards, good wishes, treats and generous gifts I received for the holidays. Your kindness was truly appreciated and was very thoughtful! All the best to you and your families this New Year, may it be a healthy, happy and safe one.    

 

** Announcement: This will be my last newsletter until further notice. Please keep our provincial government and local teacher unions in your prayers as we continue to fight for the quality and future of your children’s education.

 

                                                                                                Mrs. N. Neto