Save the date – G2 Expo

Our Expo will be on Friday March 13th from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Expo is a chance for the children to share their learning with parents. This year we will be showcasing our Unit of Inquiry – How the World Works.

The children will send an invitation after the break, but please keep the date in mind.

The Grade 2 Team

How the World Works!

Dear Parents,

We have begun our new Unit of Inquiry  – How the World Works.   We will be making inquiries into the different forces, motion, magnetism and gravity and conducting simple investigations to solve problems or answer questions.

The 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. Their summative task will be to create their own compound machine! 

As part of our learning for this unit we will be going on a field trip to the Experimentarium on February 13th. Please ensure your child returns their permission slip.

Grade 2 will share their learning for this unit at our Expo on Friday 13th of March from 9.00am til 10:00am. An invitation will follow but please save the date!

Request for donated loose materials from home such as:

paper towel rolls, wine bottle corks, wire, yarn, string, sturdy boxes (all sizes), plastic bottles, small toy cars, extra unneeded lego wheels and axles, small wood pieces, unique recyclables or anything you think might be used to help us build a compound machine. (You should not expect these items to return home again)

*These items will be shared and used among the grade level.*

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.

The Grade 2 Team

Reminder – school starts at 8:30am

Please be reminded that classes at AAS start promptly at 8:30am.

Students should be ready to enter the classroom at 8:25, take off their winter gear, go to the bathroom if needed and then be ready to learn at 8:30am.

It is disruptive to the class when children arrive late. They often miss important instructions or reminders about their day and are both unsettled and unsettle others who are ready to learn.

Please make sure your child is at school on time. We thank you for your support.

The Grade 2 Team

Ice Skating Update

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The PE Department.

Math Unit 4 – Addition and Subtraction within 200.

We have started our new unit for Math. Unit 4 introduces strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

Central idea :  Mathematicians use strategies to add and subtract in order to solve problems.

Lines of inquiry that will define this unit:

  • the properties of addition and subtraction
  • the role of place value in addition and subtraction within 1000
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of various strategies based on the problem

Please take a look at the link below to familiarise yourself.

Parent Letter for Unit 4

Enjoy the Winter Break!

We are nearly there! Before we disperse, let us take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and a wonderful 2020. Enjoy the break, take some time to relax and recharge if you can.

Quick reminder that Ice Skating during PE starts in January!

Your amazing Grade 2 team.

Literacy Update

Our Grade 2 Literacy Update


We will spend the next couple of weeks learning more about nonfiction genres. The big idea for this unit is nonfiction readers notice, question and learn.

Guiding Questions:

What is different between fiction and nonfiction text?
How do we know whether a book is a non-fiction text?
What do readers do before, during and after reading nonfiction?
What are the genres of nonfiction?
What are different features found in nonfiction text and how do they help us understand?


Next week we will be starting a new unit in Writing – How-to Writing. This unit is directly related to our Unit of Inquiry (How We Organize Ourselves). The big idea of this unit is Writers write to inform their readers about a process.

Guiding questions that will help us understand our big idea:

What is a process?
How do writers write to their audience?
What strategies do writers use to help inform?
Why do writers inform? (audience and purpose)

Please talk about some of these big ideas and guiding questions with your child. They enjoy sharing their learning with you.

Math – Unit 3: Place Value

 This week Grade 2 has started Math: Eureka Unit 3: Place Value, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000

From Eureka: “In this 25-day module, students expand their skill with and understanding  of unit by bundling ones, tens, and hundreds (up to a thousand) with straws or sticks. They solve simple problems that require an understanding of place value as a system based on repeated groupings by 10.”

Focus of G3 math standards for this unit:

  • Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones
  • Count within 1000, skip-counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s
  • Read and write numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form
  • Compare three-digit numbers using >, <, and =

Click here for Eureka Unit 3: Parent Tips
Click the blue link for Eureka Unit 3:  Topic A formation