Mr. McCallum

Grade 2M

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!

Posted: October 13, 2016

Another great day in Grade 2!  We started off the day with an assembly!  Its Fire Safety week and the local fire department came by to talk to the whole school.  They brought their Fire Gear, prizes, and lots of valuable information.  Are you like a rabbit?  Do you have two ways out of your house and a meeting spot for your family?  

After recess we did our opening activities.  Our rhyme time word was "brother", our spelling word was "enforcement", our First was "How to deal with a fire" and we doodled a fire hydrant.  We also managed to go over our counting on strategy in math and get a practice sheet done.

After a beautiful outdoor lunch we had PE in the gym with Mr. Trevors followed by computer.  I was very pleased with all the digital Halloween paintings that got finished!

We finished off the day with Mrs. Sturgeon and guidance.  We went over whole body listening.  We packed one memo in our agenda and I told everyone to sign their own happy face in their agenda!  I will see you in the morning so get lots of sleep and dress warm!

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Posted: October 12, 2016

What a beautiful fall day!  We started off our day with a new word wall word "what", we did a rhyming activity with "what".  Our spelling word was "cement" and our "First," was for a story called "How to Make a Pizza".  We doodled an elephant and then had a snack.  Had a snack? 

We had a snack before we got on the bus to go to Saint Andrews to watch the Celtic group Rathskallions.  They played some music, invited up some dancers, had lots of instruments, and told some stories.  It was a lot of fun.

We returned to the school just in time for outdoor recess. 

After lunch we had gym with Mrs. Hache.  She played a witch game with us.  I think it was because Halloween is coming up, not because she's a witch.

We came back to the class and talked about Fire Safety.  We watched two videos on Fire Safety.  Remember to get your smoke alarms checked.  We have fire drills at school, do you have them at your house?  Do you have a meeting place in front of your house?

We did our book of gratitude, packed a memo in our agenda's, and got our agenda's signed.  At the very end of the day we had a surprise fire drill!  It is fire safety week. 

Get lots of rest, dress warm, and I will see you in the morning.

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