Term 2 Week 5 Update

Well we sure did get a lot done in this short week.

In Phonics we looked at the Long Vowel U with Magic E and the FS2s looked at Short Vowel U and Mixed Short Vowels.

In Literacy we read stories for pleasure.

In Maths we focused more on adding a 1-digit number to a 2 digit number.

In IPC we looked at the differences between a live animal and a stuffed animal. We also thought about having different pets and what they would need to stay alive. We presented our findings in Venn diagrams, chart, and poster form. We worked in groups and did Google searches when necessary.

And of course, today was our low-key Seollal celebration. It was nice to see the children in their Hanbok. We made spinning tops called Paeng-I and spent some time playing them.

Have a great long weekend. Stay safe. Have a very Happy Lunar New Year!!

Term 2 Week 4 Update

Well the week started out with some great singing and dancing during music with Mr. Green.

In Phonics the Year 1s looked at the sound of Long I with Magic E and the F2s looked at Short O and Short E.

In Literacy we tried writing our own traditional tale using a graphic organiser which is a worksheet that guides one through choosing a character, a setting, and a plot (in this case a problem and a solution for the story).

In Maths we worked on reordering equations to learn that the order of the numbers does not affect the total; we added 1-digit numbers to 2-digit numbers by putting the larger number first; and we practised checking subtraction equations with additon.

We began our new IPC unit Live and Let Live about living an non-living things by taking a walk around the reservoir looking for living things, especially bugs. We did not find any bugs because of the time of year but hopefully we’ll find some when it’s time for our exit point. We looked at books about plants an animals. We did a sorting activity to see different ways we could sort living things. We researched an animal to see what they needed to live (such as food, shelter, and where they get water). And finally we went outside to the Hanmaeum Centre grounds to find things that were Alive, Never Alive, Was Alive, and Not Sure. We used those lists to study the difference between Never Alive and Was Alive.

In PE we’re working on some basketball skills. The children are becoming fairly adept at dribbling.

And before I sign off for this week’s update, let me tell you about some activities your child can do at home on the computer.

In Addition to Mathletics, I have signed the class up for a Prodigy account. Prodigy is an RPG Maths Game where to defeat the monsters you meet in the game you have to solve Maths problems. Prodigy can be used on any computer with a web browser and the address is: https://www.prodigygame.com/ You can click “Log In” and use the option to “Log In With Google” using your child’s @hyundaiforeignschool.com account and usual password.

Additionally, there is Brainzy which we used a little bit during the e-Learning period. Your child has an account which can be accessed using an Access Code so I can monitor their progress. There is Typing Practice, Maths, and English games they can play on Brainzy. The address for that is: https://www.education.com/games/play

If you have any trouble logging into either of these accounts please send me an email and I’ll help you out.

That’s all for this week!

Term 2 Week 3 Update

We had a great week of learning this week. In Phonics we began looking at Long Vowels specifically Long A with Magic E. The F2s began looking at CVC words with Short A and Short I. We finished our close read of the Billy Goats Gruff by imagining what happened to the troll after Daddy Billy Goat pushed him off the bridge. There were some really imaginative answers.

In Maths we looked at the equals sign to mean same. We measured out equation with blocks and a scale to see which were equal and which weren’t and we did a scavenger hunt around the classroom to find equations that equalled 8.

We finished off our IPC unit, Freeze It! by making a model of a glacier and seeing what would happen if the glacier melted. We learned that the polar bears would have no place to live and neither would the land animals or the people as there would be water everywhere. Finally we looked at outdoor winter activities and talked about how to stay warm and safe outside in the winter.

As part of the year 5-7 assembly on responsibility we have adopted a virtual class pet called a Pululu. Every day it is someone’s responsibility to make sure our Pululu is fed, watered, and healthy.

As you may have noticed, a reader went home in your child’s homework. These Just Right Readers are based on your child’s reading level and they should be able to read them independently or nearly independently. The readers should come back with the homework folder on Wednesdays. If you or your child needs more time with the reader, just let me know so I know it’s not lost. New readers will not go home until the previous one is returned.

That’s all for now!