Mr. McCallum

Grade 2M

Posted: October 26, 2016

The week is half over already!  Before we started our day today we watched the morning announcment with Denny and Aiden.  They did an awesome job!  They were very serious and I heard everything they said.  During our opening activitities today, our rhyme time word was "bad", our spelling word was "swirling", our "First," was for "How to Read the News", and we doodled an owl. 

We also had a writers workshop today.  We did a "How to Make a Sandwich" story.  We had Mr. Bean help us!  We watched him make a sandwich step by step in the park!

Recess was very cold, and it was baby day so there was no choir and everyone went out!  Make sure you dress warm!  I dont want anyone getting sick. 

In Math we had a listening quiz on the "Friends that Make 10".  Then we practiced our Remembrance Day song with Mrs. Hill's grade two's.  We came back and went over some greater than and less than.  We also reviewed our counting on strategy and using a hundreds chart to add numbers.  We did an addition sheet as well. 

I stayed in the classroom today at lunch and set up the morning announcements.  We started the afternoon off by going over how they work, and what makes good announcments.  Being serious for the entire time so that everyone can hear your news and saving your silliness until the end.  The two girls who did it today were amazing!  We also looked at some Remembrance Day information before going to the gym to arrange where we should stand for our performance in November.

After PE with Miss Hache we did our books of gratitude, filled out our agenda's (dont forget your library book tomorrow), and did a few minutes of french.  Do you know how to ask "how are you?" in French? 

Get lots of sleep, dress warm, and I will see you in the morning!

Posted: October 25, 2016

A rainy day, but not a dreary day when you're at Ian Baillie!  Our morning routine is going so well!  Our rhyme time word was "and", our spelling word was "hibernation", our "First," was for "How to get to sleep", and we doodled some Halloween candy.  We did a buddy read today.  Do you remember the buddy read rhyme (elbow, elbow, ...)?  I also asked you to check your buddy with the rule of 5.  If there are 5 words that you cant read on one page, the book is probably too difficult to be reading on your own. 

There was choir at recess, and indoor classroom time for the non-choir members.  We had math next.  We went over our "Friends that make 10".  We watched a video with a song about numbers that make 10, we had a listening quiz on friends that make 10, and we looked at 10 frames.  We also had time to play one game of around the world with adding flash cards 0-20 before we had guidance with Mrs. Sturgeon before lunch.

Today was Hot Lunch Day!  The Grilled Cheese sandwiches seemed like a real hit!  Thank you so much to all the volunteers who take care of that program for us! 

After lunch we had PE with Miss Hache.  The two boys in todays picture of the day were late to gym class.  You will find out why tomorrow morning. After PE we had computer.  Today instead of making pictures in paint, we learned how to find pictures on the internet and save them to our H Drive. 

We finished off our day writing in our book of gratitude.  What was the coolest thing about your day?  We also filled out our agenda's and got them signed before packing up to go home.   Remember there are picture retakes tomorrow for those who would like them.

Get lots of sleep tonight, dress warm, and I will see you bright and early tomorrow.

Posted: October 24, 2016

Posted: October 24, 2016

What a great way to start the week!  Our rhyming word was "deer", our spelling word was "escalator", our "First," was for "How to Swim", and we doodled a Halloween Bat.  In Language Arts we worked on contractions and did an activity with paper, scissors, and glue.

After going outside for recess (or to the gym for choir), we had Math.  In math we had a listening quiz on money, we talking about friends that make ten, we counted money with a friend, and we did a worksheet on counting with nickels and dimes.

After lunch we had PE with Mrs. Hache.  She looked different today.  Did the yoga relax you?  

Next we did Art and You and Your World.  We looked at using stencils for our final blue print, and talked about rememberance day and the war.  I hope to start our posters by the end of the week. 

We wrote in our agenda's and packed a memo for home.  Remember tomorrow is Hot Lunch (grilled cheese from the rodd), Wednesday is picture retake day.  I do check the agenda's every day if you want to leave me a note about retakes. 

Parents!  Please remember to cast your vote this week to help support the new playground!  Click on the picture in this post for instructions on how to vote.  A few minutes of your time can help make all the difference.

Have a great night, get lots of sleep, dress warm, and I will see you in the morning.  

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Posted: October 21, 2016

A rainy day at Ian Baillie today!  Our rhyme time word was "pin", our spelling word was "temperment", our "First," was for "How to Skid your Bike", and we doodled a skull.  Mrs. MacDonald taught us how to play consonant blend bingo and we went over the rules of hangman for our class. 

After an indoor recess we had Make Something That Does Something.  Today we worked on building a lego tower.  What did you notice about towers?  What would you do differently next time to make a taller tower?

After lunch we had PE with Mrs. McFarlene.  Did you get to pick a game? 

After PE we got a quick treat for our awesome 6-0 happy face score the other day!  I love cookies!  We also read the first chapter of our new chapter book.  How did the grandfather answer the door when they knocked on it?  Was that normal?

We worked on our blue prints for our Remembrance Day posters, wrote in our book of gratitude, filled out our agenda's, got them signed, and called it a day!  Have a wonderful weekend!  Get lots of rest and I will see you bright an early Monday morning!

Posted: October 20, 2016

Another GREAT day in Grade 2!  For our opening activities today we used "pen" for our rhyme time word, "contraction" for our spelling, "How to make a PBnJ" for our "First,", and we learned how to doodle a halloween witch!  Mrs. MacDonald taught us how to play two new games.  "POP for sight words" and "Word X Change".  We also review our Daily 5 activities.  Can you name all 5 of the Daily 5 Activities?  We did "Word Work" today (only 4 more).

After recess we practiced our song with Mrs. Hill's grade 2.  We came back to the class and had a listening quiz on money.  Then we went to the library and changed our books. 

After lunch we had PE.  We had a guest for PE today, what was your favorite game?  We went to the computer lab and finished up our tree painting.  We finished off the day with our book of gratitude, getting our agenda's signed, and packing up our things.

Get lots of sleep tonight and I will see you bright and early! 

Posted: October 19, 2016

It was a busy day today (sorry for the late entry).  We opened the day with our regular activities.  Our rhyming word was "rug", our spelling word was "detention", our "First," was for "How to Eat a Bug", and we doodled some different kinds of ghost.

We worked on some more contractions today.  What do you call the funny floating comma in a contraction?  We finished up our matching sheets and worked in some guided reading groups. 

After recess we practiced our Rembrance Day song.  We did a Math listening quiz, worked on counting - can you start at 5 and add 10 each time?  We worked in groups to count some money, did a money counting sheet, and got ready to go outside on this beautiful day.

After lunch we worked on our Rembrance Day poster blue prints following the 3-4-5 rule (No more than 3 images, 4 words, 5 colors).  In PE we played several new games with Mrs. McFarlene.  What was your favorite game?

We finished off the day learning some different color names in French.  Do you know how to say the colors Red Blue and Green in French?  I signed the agenda's and we called it a day.  Today was the first time I've ever had a class get 6 happy face check marks and zero sad faces!  I couldn't be happier!  I may have to do something special tomorrow because we ran out of time today!  Great work everyone!

Get lots of sleep, dress warm, and I will see you in the morning!

Posted: October 18, 2016

It was a great Tuesday in Grade 2!  We started out with our rhyme time activity.  Our word today was bag.  Our spelling word was "investment".  We did a "First," for "How to Call a Duck", and we doodled a duck.

We talked about contractions in language arts.  What is a contraction?  I don't know if I can think of any contractions?  I can not.  I can't.  Wait, maybe I just did!  We did an activity on contractions and talked about checking for understanding when we buddy read.  We did a buddy read and some guided reading groups with Mrs. MacDonald and myself. 

After recess we went to Mrs. Hill's room to practice for our Remembrance Day song and we also played a math skip counting game with both classes!  We came back to the room and did a math listening quiz on nickels and dimes.  We talked about grouping money and counting up our 10's before our 5's.  We did a money counting sheet and went outside.

After lunch we had PE with Mrs. MacFarlene.  Was today Tally Tuesday?  Then we went to the computer lab.  We worked on our digital art using the Paint Program.  Did you finish your apple tree on the hill?

We finished off the day in the classroom doing music.  We talked about the difference between singing high and low and singing louder and softer.  We also looked at notes on a staff in music.  I signed everyones agenda and we went home for the day.

Get lots of sleep tonight, dress warm, and I will see you in the morning!

Posted: October 17, 2016

What a great start to the week! We started off the day with our regular opening activitities. Our new word wall word was "what", our Rhyme Time word was "mop", our spelling word was "Assortment", and we did a "First," for "How to trick or treat".

Mrs. MacDonald did a hidden word activity with us. She wrote a message and covered one word in each sentence. We figured out the missing word by asking ourselves 3 questions; "Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?". That strategy can really help us figure out words we dont know when we are reading and come to a new word! We also did a read to self and a write to self activity.

After recess we had math. We worked on counting on from any number by ten. Can you start at 4 and add ten each time? We did a listening quiz on nickels and dimes. We counted money with a friend and reviewed the difference between dollars and cents. How much would two dimes be? How could I write that with a dollar sign? We finished off math with a worksheet on coins and a counting circle.

After lunch we did yoga in PE with Mrs. MacFarlene. I hope you stretched out and felt relaxed. Next we had Art Class. We started our blue prints for our Remembrance Day poster. I said we had to use a 3-4-5 rule. Do you rember what the 3 - 4 - 5 was for?

Vote for Aviva Playground project if you havent already! Get lots of sleep, dress warm, and I will see you tomorrow!

Posted: October 14, 2016

It was a beautiful fall day.  I hope you dressed warm, I found the wind a bit cold today.  Our rhyme time word was "rat", our spelling word was "achievement", our "First," was for "How to be a friend", and we doodled a dinosaur.

Mrs. MacDonald helped us with a shared writing today!  We did a "How to learn what to do in a fire drill".  We looked at our consonant blends in words, and the order of our steps.  We also did a write to self while Mrs. MacDonald and I read with individual students.

After recess we had Make Something that Does Something.  We worked on building a Jenga Tower, making teams, and working with electronic circuits called "Little Bits".  You guys all did a great job!

Following lunch we had PE.  I love the parachute!  What games did you play?  Next we did a desk clean, finished our read aloud chapter book, and did a little science demonstration where we are going to try and grow our own body parts! 

We finished of the day with our book of gratitude, signed our agendas, and got ready for home.  Don't forget to vote for the Aviva Project at home! Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!

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