Features of nonfiction texts

Earlier this week the students explored a range of books to compare the features of fiction and nonfiction texts.

We then made a class list of nonfiction features:

The students then looked at their first attempts at nonfiction texts and compared them to this list. They discovered that they were missing quite a few of these features! Following this we made a checklist of features to include in a second attempt at a nonfiction text. The students will be working on these over the coming weeks.

Strategies for addition

This week the Emerald Eagles have been using their knowledge of place value to help them solve addition problems. Videos of a couple of different strategies that are being in the class can be seen below:

Unit of Inquiry

Today the Emerald Eagles started their first Unit of Inquiry: Connections to our Environment. They were shown one of the Essential Questions and shared their initial thoughts on how something is classified as living:

The students then made their own lists of the things that they thought all livings things do. You can see a couple of examples below:

Following this we went on a walk around the campus, looking for living things. These were shared back in the classroom.

Finally, the students returned to their lists from earlier in the lesson. Having seen lots of different living things many of the students changed their initial ideas (you can see these edits on the pictures above in coloured pencil).

We will continue this on Friday. The students will take part in an activity to learn the actual characteristics of living things and then compare these to their own ideas from today.

Olympic Medal Maths

On Wednesday we used the ongoing Olympic Games as a starting point for our maths work. Having watched some highlights from the games, the class were shown the medal table. We discussed how the medal table is ordered according to the number of gold medals won. The students were then set the challenge of finding out how many medals individual countries had won in total. The prompt and some pictures from the lesson can be seen below:

Start of Grade 2

We've only just started the school year and the students have already been very busy. They've been making friends, meeting teachers, arranging the classroom library, starting specials classes, visiting the new ES library, solving maths problems, reading and writing letters. The slideshow below shows a collection of photos from the first 7 days: