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Did you know that this weekend would have been Dr Seuss's Birthday. He would have been 109 years old! As well as writing for children he also made adverts and films. He really wanted children to start reading early and this gave him his inspiration. Some of his books dealt with topical issues like Adolf Hitler and Nuclear Bombs! The Lorax was recently made into an animation movie for children! Have a look at "The Cat In The Hat" and "Horton Hears A Who!" in the school library.

 
 
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Today we shared this text in class. The author and illustrator has used mainly 2 colours for the background in each page. The text is easy to read and does not change size. When the boy is dreaming of water the images start to swirl around like water. If you don't know this story, have a read and see if you agree with Troy about his special talent. Maybe it is just make belief! 

 

Fractions

02/28/2013

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We are looking at whole shapes and parts of shapes. We discovered that a fraction can only be true if it is an equal part. It has to be a fair and an even amount. We now know how to make halves, thirds and quarters. We have used pizza games, fractions strips and flags to practise our fractions. We used used the IXL.com program to show our understanding.

 
 
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This week we listened to a description of this painting by Vincent Van Gogh. We had to use the text and print to then draw our own version of this painting. We showed a connection with the image and printed words. Come up to the Grade 2 area to see our interpretation of this painting.  We all agreed that it was a difficult task to follow, but we enjoyed the challenge.

 
 
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In class today, we shared a short text showing how to count in a different language. We were then inspired to write our own mini counting books in Chinese, Japanese, French, Swedish, Arabic, Thai, Korean and Spanish! We are hoping to share them with some K1 and K2 classes next week. We tried to match the images with the text.

 
 
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As part of our unit of inquiry, we read this book by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  We shared the text online and then looked at all the sentence starters for each page. We then thought of our own story titles to fit in with the same pattern. We particulary liked Ria's versions:  "If You Give A Cat A Cracker!" and " If You Give A Bunny A Carrot!" You can read more versions of Laura joffe Numeroff's books from the library. Try to see how the images match the text!

 
 
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This is a cute, little story about 2 friends. As we are looking at the text and how the images support the story, we listened first to the story and then analyzed the pictures. We liked the way the author changed the font size to create emotion! At the end, it was great to see Bob and Brian reunited again! Have a look and see if you like this book too!

 
 
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In class this week, we read this text by Neal Layton. It is a simple story about 2 woolly mammoths struggling to cope with the heat in summer and then the cold in winter. The author shows the words through his clever illustrations and his use of hot and cold colours. We also tried the same idea in class and made our own hot and cold images.