Welcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 2 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 2 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.
Winter Field Day will take place on Friday, February 17th. The students will not have their normal PE lesson that day as Mr. Wohlberg, Mr. Buggs, and Mrs. Katie Lennon will be on the field for both sessions.
·The PreK – Grade 2 students and teachers will go to the field at 9:20am and start their activities at 9:30 and finish at 11am.
·The students will rotate around the field through about 9 stations spending approximately 10 minutes at each station. Each station will have a station leader, but the class teachers will be expected to help organize the students.
· Students have played all of the games in their PE lessons so they will be prepared to participate.
·There will also be a hot chocolate station where PTO parents will be passing out cups of hot chocolate for the students.
We recommend that students dress warm with snow pants, jacket, thermal socks, gloves, and warm hat.
Today was a really fun learning experience for all our second graders. They participated in our parent-led How-to-Activities to learn more about how things are made and to have a deeper understanding of our lines of inquiry.
We would like to thank all the parents and teachers, and teacher assistants who volunteered their time to lead different How-to-activities. We do appreciate your continued interest and support in our G2 community.
We will be starting our 4th unit of Inquiry next week. This unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme of How the World Works. We will be making inquiries into the different forces, motion, magnetism and gravity. We will be conducting simple investigations to solve problems or answer questions.
Central Idea:People use their understanding of forces and motion to create and invent.
Lines of Inquiry:
How things move
Connections between forces and motion
How people use their understanding of motion to create
This theme is science oriented. We plan to use lots of hands-on activities to help the children build enduring understandings.
Understand and identify a variety of forces that make things move and describe what causes them to change speed and direction.
Understand the ways that different objects may balance or topple in various situations.
Understand magnetic force and how magnets interact with each other and different materials.
How can you help at home?
Engage your child in conversations about the variety of forces (push and pull) in your home. They are everywhere!
Encourage your child to look carefully at how things move. Ask him/her to name the forces applied.
Help your child identify forces at work. Discuss how objects are balanced. Help your child complete homework activities.
Share books, tools, toys, DVD’s and other resources from home connected to this unit.
If you would like contribute to this unit in any way, please let us know. Currently, we are looking for toy cars and small balls, foam or rubber. Please mark your child’s initials on the vehicles and we will return them at the end of the unit; an effort will be made to keep track of the balls. Parent volunteers and guest speakers/presentations are always welcome.
At our ES Parent meeting in October we talked about math for the 21st Century. Several parents showed an interest in participating in conversations centered on math and student mind-set. We would like to invite you to join us for these conversations. Below is information about a free online course, which consists of 6 sessions, through Stanford University that was designed for students and parents. Each session is between 10 and 20 minutes. We will meet twice to discuss what we have learned through the course.
January 17th 9:30 (after the PTO meeting) We will discuss Part 1 (sessions 1-3)
January 31st 8:45 – We will discuss Part 2 (sessions 1-3)
The course is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively.
Part 1: The Brain and Math Learning.
· Knocking Down the Myths About Math.
· Math and Mindset
· Mistakes and Speed
Part 2: Strategies for Success.
· Number Flexibility, Mathematical Reasoning, and Connections
Grade 2 has begun visiting the Nastya and Nikita Publishing House (Настя и Никита) here is Moscow located by their children’s book shop at Pokrovka Ulitza 11 (улица Покровка, 11).
Each class is taking a day to visit separately. The visit connects to the unit of inquiry: (How We Organize Ourselves: Many products go through a process of change before they are consumed or used.)
During the tour the publishing house shares about the writing process of texts waiting for approval to the design of illustrations and book covers. We learn of different people or jobs that contribute to the final product such as the chief editor, illustrators and proof readers. We see a large uncut printed page as well as a draft for a page layout. In the end our tour guide generously gave us the opportunity to design and write our own books!
Next week, the library is thrilled to present author Curtis Jobling. His work spans all ages, from picture books like Raa Raa the Noisy Lion to the Wereworld series for young adults, and several of his works have been adapted to television series!
We welcome you to a session that he will hold just for parents. Come to the Malyy on Wednesday, January 18, at 12:15-1:00 for a special parent session. This session will focus on his career in creative industries, designing children’s television and authoring books. He will do live illustration, cartoon screening, and book readings with a particular focus on the arts and creativity. His focus: reading for pleasure is a key element in the development of the child, and it can unlock huge potential! It will be a fun, irreverent, relevant, and inspiring talk!
There are books available for purchase, across the grade levels. You may look at them here. We will try to ensure that every patron has the book that they would like, but the stock is limited, particularly with the picture books. All picture books will be 700 rubles, and books can be signed for the student or for another person as a gift. Please give all contact information (student name, grade and teacher, parent contact information, who the book is for, and the book preference) with the money if you wish to purchase. We will keep “bookmarks” for the books with this contact information so that the signing can remain organized for all.
Though it is difficult to believe, the holiday season is already upon us. We enjoy having the opportunity of working with your child and your family. There is no greater joy than watching young people set and achieve goals.
We are looking forward to seeing family again and there is a great deal of excitement in the hallways about the upcoming Christmas vacation.We hope you will have time to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. We wish you all the best in 2017!
ES Concert Pictures – Congratulations to Mr. Sembrano and Mr. Wolf! The kids did a wonderful job.
We want to share some information with you about guidance lessons we are doing with each grade level in ES this year about Personal Safety.
We will be covering Safe Touch and Unsafe Touch. Safe Touch is caring and comforting while Unsafe Touch is painful or harmful. It may make you feel scared or uncomfortable. It is not good for you and is hurtful. It may hurt your body or your feelings.
We will also talk about Unwanted Touches that a child may not want at that time.
Our Touching Rule is: No one should touch your private body parts except to help you stay healthy or clean.
We will also talk with all students about Safety Steps:
Say “NO” in a loud and strong voice.
Tell a safe grown up.
Children need to be able to identify adults to talk to, both inside and outside the family, since you may not always be available. They will also learn that is never a child’s fault if someone breaks the Touching Rule.
Please note that these classroom lessons are just the beginning of what we all need to do to keep children safe. Research shows that young children retain skills they have learned by practicing them. You can help your child by reviewing the Touching Rule and practicing the Safety Steps, using pretend situations that include: household help, relatives and neighbors as well as people they don’t know. We would encourage each family to develop a Family Safety Plan with your children, including a confidential Safe Word that only your family and adults you entrust your children’s care to will know.
In addition remind your child that:
It is never his/her fault if someone is breaking the Touching Rule.
He or she should never keep secrets about touching.
It is never too late to tell about a touching problem.
Your child’s safety and well-being are our primary concerns.
If you have questions or concerns, please email or call.