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Exploring Communication

Throughout this unit of inquiry we have been looking at different systems of communication and, signs and symbols. We looked at braille as a system and the children had the opportunity to make their name in braille. They had to use a braille code sheet to figure out where the …

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What is important in your classroom?

This year I was able to attend a professional development that made me think, what do the children in my class see as important? What do they think is important to me? What do they think about learning? I was curious to see what the children thought about our class, …

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What Do We Measure?

In grade two we brainstormed and discovered that we measure a lot of things, we measure length, height, distance, weight, temperature and time. There are lots of other things we measure but these are the ones that first came to mind. Measuring height, how tall are you? How tall is …

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Rounding

This term in grade two we have been learning about rounding to tens and hundreds. In class we created a game show called, ‘Rounding’ to help us practise this skill. We have made a video version of the game and thought maybe you’d like to play it with your class …

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Going Green: Our Environment

A new season, a new term and a new unit! This unit is working within the theme, Sharing the Planet and we will be looking at: The properties and functions of plants. What do plants need to be healthy and grow? The importance of plants and our responsibility. We are …

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Exploring Capacity: Hands-on Learning

What is capacity? How much is a litre? These were the two questions we planned to explore. I needed to find out what prior knowledge the children had and how I could build on this. So we began with a discussion, I quickly realised that they had limited experience with …

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Assessment OF and FOR Learning

“Can we PLEASE do our summative assessment today?” This isn’t the general response teachers receive about assessment tasks but it makes me so happy to know that the student’s in my class are excited, not scared or nervous about assessment. Of course throughout the year we have openly discussed assessment …

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Purposeful Reflection: Documenting learning, for learning

So now I had to completely release control and hope for the best, the children were off to one of the other grade two classrooms to complete the experiment ‘Which shoe has the best grip?”. Of course the other teacher would be there to support them with the scientific inquiry and help them …

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Documenting Our Learning (Stage 1): Dissolving Experiment

  I wanted the children to continue developing their idea about the scientific method but I wanted also to introduce a new concept. I wanted them to document their learning as they worked their way through the next experiment, with me guiding them through the process. So we prepared our written experiment …

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Which ball bounces the highest?

Now I wanted the children to start to apply the scientific method in a range of different ways and I also wanted to introduce the idea of a ‘fair test’. So I set up an experiment that I could scaffold a little bit more, giving them the opportunity to further develop …