Week 2 in review

1/2 B has been working hard this week getting our books and materials set up for our learning as well as jumping head first into our Term 1 units of work.  We have continued our getting to know everyone activities as well as setting up our classroom agreement that we are to follow. Despite the heat and a hot day timetable on Friday, it has been a pretty “cool” week of learning.

In reading we have been busy setting up our classroom library.  We first talked about the types of books we liked and then broke that list down into categories.  It took us a whole session but we did an awesome job of sorting the books into the different categories.  We also learnt how to choose “just right text” using the 5 finger rule.   This can take some practise in getting it right but we are up for the challenge!

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classroom library

In writing we have started setting up our Writer’s Notebooks. Writer’s Notebooks are a place for us to write down ideas or “seeds” that we may have for later writings.  In addition to decorating our front covers we have started “planting seeds” in our Writer’s Notebooks by completing an ‘8 is enough activity’.  With this activity we wrote/drew about 8 things that happened over our school holidays.

Leliani’s Writer’s Notebook front cover

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In Numeracy we have been learning about time and schedules.  We started out by learning the months of year with this fun song (click below for the link).  We also learnt about the days of the week, how a calendar is layed out, the seasons and all about daily and weekly schedules.

Months of the year song

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Emily’s February Calendar that she filled in with the dates and days of the week. She also remembered that February is special for 2 reasons – do you know why?

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Jackson’s daily schedule for what he does in the morning and afternoon and evening.

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Rita’s weekly schedule – full of lots of fun and educational events.

In Inquiry we have learnt how to make good choices and how to use the Wheel of choice if we have a problem. We got in groups and came up with different problems that happen at school and how we can solve them by using the Wheel of Choice.  We then acted them out for each other – we are all amazing actors in 1/2 B! We talked about who our friends are and how we can include others.  To help us better understand this we watched the Pixar short clip “For the Birds”.  We also learnt about setting goals both for our classroom and ourselves.

Our class goal for this month is to try being nice to people that we don’t know.

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Brody’s “Birds on a wire” friend picture.

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Student’s individual goal

Overall we had a fantastic week filled with laughs, a few tears (carpet burn from P.E.) and lots of learning and getting to know each other.