Grade 2

November was a month filled with lots of experiences that were both fun and educational. In literacy our class explored a variety of fictional texts that expanded our knowledge of writing, listening and reading. In Science, students focused on the properties of both air and water. We also examined how both are connected in the environment and how water never really stops moving through the process we call the water cycle. Our school also commemorated Remembrance Day during the month of November with a ceremony announced over the Pa system. Due to the COVID-19 our school wasn’t able to host the traditional type of Remembrance Day ceremony however, our school created a ceremony that included a Remembrance Day video and student readings of poetry over the intercom so, that we could enjoy it from the safety of our classroom bubbles. Students also participated in an LSK poster contest, where students had to create a Remembrance Day themed poster.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has forced us out of the classroom and back to at home learning. The decision was made to protect everyone’s health and safety. We will be working at home until the Christmas break. After the Christmas break things will be re-evaluated. Students will be working with their teachers online with a priority placed on literacy and math with other subjects integrated in. During this round of at home learning, students have received Chrome books to help them succeed at home. I’m looking forward to creating at home activities that will expand our student’s knowledge and understanding. Stay safe everyone.

Tyler Schussler

Time is absolutely flying, I can’t believe that we’re going to be entering the month of November already. During the month of October our class explored and studied a number of different educational avenues. In art, students got creative making their spooky sunset pictures, we also created scary pumpkins to get everyone in the Halloween mood. In math we focused on skip counting and patterning. Students enjoyed getting outside and using natural materials to create their repeated patterns. In Social studies we examined communities. We compared a variety of communities, the services within those communities and how they change overtime. Our class also focused on Treaty education. We discussed what treaties are and why they’re important, highlighting the importance of taking care of people. October was filled with so many positive educational moments and I know they’ll be more to come in November.

As we move into November our class will continue the momentum we’ve created in October. In math our class will be expanding our sense of numbers as we compare, organize and break down numbers using multiple strategies. In science our class will be investigating the relationship between air and water in the environment. For Remembrance Day this year due to our COVID protocols our school won’t be able to have our Remembrance Day ceremony in the gym so, we’ll have to commemorate it within our class. October was a great month and I’m looking forward to the upcoming month of November.

Tyler Schussler

I can’t put into words how happy I was to see all the students return to LSK during the month of September, it’s be a long time coming and it was amazing to have students back in the classroom. In Grade 2 we wasted little time learning the new routines and expectations. Students really embraced the team atmosphere we’ve tried to create in Grade 2 by helping out with everything from cleaning to utilizing and organizing their material bins. It was a great start to a new school year. 

During the month of September, we celebrated Nitap Day in our classroom. At LSK we usually celebrate Nitap Day as a whole school however, with the new protocols, we had to celebrate the day in our bubble classrooms. In Grade 2 we celebrated Nitap Day by reading a book on friendship and students were encouraged to use words of kindness throughout the day. Students also created friendship flowers that they brought home to their families. Students created flowers by cutting out the petals and writing words of kindness on them. In September our literacy and math routines were also established. Students participated during our class shared readings a long with our smaller group guided reading activities. In math students began exploring their new math tools that were created for individual students. Students used their number charts and their math manipulatives to participate in a variety of counting activities. The grade 2’s are off and running and if the month of September is any indication on how the this year will go, I’d say were going to have an awesome year.

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be back teaching Grade 2 for this upcoming school year, I’m also excited to welcome all the students back to LSK from their summer vacations. This school year at LSK will look a little different from other school years but we’re putting student’s health and safety as our number one priority. We’ve put numerous measures and procedures in place to keep everyone at LSK safe. Our school as created classroom bubbles to keep our students social distanced and while the students are in our classroom bubble they will not be required to wear a mask however; grade 2 students will be required to wear a mask on the bus and in the hallways. We’ve also decluttered our classrooms so that only essential teaching materials have been left. Desks and tables within the classrooms have also been spread out to help promote social distancing within the classroom.

As for what the students will be learning in class, students will still be learning all your typical subjects such as Math, English, Science, Social studies, Mi’kmaq and Art. Routines and schedules will be prioritized early on in the school year due to the students having an extended break away from their classrooms. This will help students become familiar with the new routines and schedules put in place to help protect everyone’s safety. Hand washing and sanitizing will also be prioritized to help enhance the safety at our school. Technology will be incorporated into lesson more than ever to insure the students are comfortable with their new chrome books so that in the event school is moved to at home learning the students will already be familiar with the platforms and websites used as educational tools. I’m excited to kick off this new school year and I’m looking forward to welcoming all the students back.

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We made it to the end of the school year! This school year was definitely different in so many ways compared to other years however, regardless here we are in the last month of the school year. Our Grade 2’s continued their on-line learning journeys until the first week of June. During the last few weeks of on-line learning, students were asked to explore a variety of different literacy formats including poetry. Students were invited to try to write a mixture of different poetry styles that included acrostic poems, limericks and sensory poems. In math, students were asked to complete two of the last curriculum outcomes at home which included measurement and data collection. During the measurement unit, students were asked to complete measurements at home using a variety of materials that may have included ordinary household items. Data collection followed the measurement unit, where students were challenged to collect data from their specific households and use that data to create and answer questions along with representing the data in a graph format.

The school year was filled with a lot of laughter, learning and fun. Things changed in March when we were forced to move to an at home learning system due to the pandemic however, students, families and teaches all did a great job adapting accordingly so, we could move forward. The end of the school year definitely looked different with on-line/at home learning but like I mentioned above we’ve made it to the end regardless. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing everyone again once we are allowed back into the classrooms!

Grade 2
Tyler Schussler

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