As you read in an earlier post, this blog was started to give 2nd graders a real purpose and audience for their writing. Another reason for the blog is that the little box in the class newsletter is too small for me to write very much. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us on the blog during the next unit of inquiry called Get the Message.
One of the most exciting things I see during my time in grade 2 classrooms is the Inquirer of the Week presentation. Children present what they know and have learned about their own inquiry into something important to them. These are wonderful opportunities for English language learners at all levels to present in front of a larger audience. I have not seen all of them, but I am impressed by the creativity and individuality they show. I see proud, confident children giving oral presentations using various resources and media. I see proud parents letting their child “own” the inquiry but offering discreet support if needed.
Presentations may focus on travel experiences, pets, family interests, family cultural backgrounds or personal interests and wonderings. Effective inter-active presentations use a large font and child-friendly language. They are rehearsed in advance. There may be time for listener questions when the presenter gets to be the “expert”. If your child comes home and starts talking excitedly about something new, chances are the inquirer of the week has just shared that day.
Here are a few things to think about when using the internet. As a parent, help children find websites that are safe and child-friendly. I often add the words “for children” when doing a search. If a website is above the child’s reading level, read and paraphrase the text so they can understand and repeat the information in their own words. The internet is very accessible to everyone, but your child still needs help from you to find and choose suitable websites. Some websites meant for children are very confusing to use and some have inappropriate advertising. As teachers, we check the links we send you, but parents should still preview sites for their child.
This week’s writing includes two “how to” pieces and one personal description. Classes have been really busy on the Materials and Design unit and you can see some connections in student writing. When editing these pieces for publication there is a fine line between correcting all mistakes and preserving the child’s voice and style.
How to Make a Countries of the World Book by Astrid, 2B
First, take a white piece of paper.
Then get another piece of paper that has lines on it.
Then choose a country and start to write about it.
You could write about anything that you like, know or find out.
You could also draw the flag or write about celebrations.
How to Make a Clock by Priti, 2B
What you need:
First, cut a square out of the wood.
Second, paint the wood any color you like.
Third, paint the numbers 1-12 around the edge of the clock in a different color.
Next, cut a long and a short hand for the clock.
Then, stick them in the middle of the clock with the pin.
Finally, the clock is finished.
by Malina, 2M
My name is Malina T A *. I was born in Denmark in 2004. My mom’s name is Eri. My dad’s name is Lars. My big sister’s name is Elena. I can speak Japanese and Danish and English. My birthday is March 19 and I am 7. My BFF (best friends forever) are Maxine and Nicole and Vale. My favorite foods are sushi and chocolate. My school is CIS. I am in 2nd grade. My teacher is Miss Dawn. I love Art and ICT and PE. My favorite time of the year is Christmas. I am 24 kg but I am strong. I am really good at drawing. I like Playmobil and sleepovers and play-dates. Playmobil is really fun. I like to have fun. I like to play with water and I like to see movies I like to wear dresses. Now you know a lot about ME.
*Malina’s full name was in her story but was omitted on the blog.
This blog post also includes a warm Hi! to Maria who left 2G and CIS several months ago. We are sending her the link and hope she will see the blog. She will be hearing from former classmates soon.