Saturday 25 March 2017

Class Updates!

Assalamu Alaikum,
Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful week, Alhamdululilah! Here are some updates:

Spelling:  Students completed activities for lesson 25 (letter r with vowels).

Grammar:We learned about pronouns and that they take the place of a noun (Personal, Possessive). Students completed worksheets where they circled pronouns and replaced nouns with pronouns.

Chocolate Fever Novel Study: In 2B, we started a novel study called "Chocolate Fever" which is written by Robert Kimmel Smith. Throughout this unit, students will be learning different reading strategies (predictions, comprehension, cause and effect, text to self connections, summary, problem and solution, character traits, main idea, etc.), inshaallah. So far, we have covered two chapters and students did prediction and comprehension activities. Ask your child about Henry and his chocolate fever. :) 

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Math: We started to learn addition and subtraction with regrouping. Last week, we focused on different ways to add 2 digit numbers using base ten blocks, the decomposing method and the traditional method (vertical way). Students worked independently and in groups to add 2- digit numbers using these strategies. Please see below the links for the strategies we are learning in class:




Science: On Monday, we talked about the difference between solids that float and sink. Students looked at different solids and predicted whether each solid was going to float or sink. Then, we put the solids in water and recorded the results as a class. Students also learned about buoyancy.

On Tuesday, we did an experiment on "sink or float" where students had to build a shape out of a piece of clay which could float on water. We had a great time with this hands-on learning experience, Alhumdulilah.



Field Trip We had a great time on our field trip to the Museum of Aviation and Space on Wednesday, Alhumdulilah! Students attended a hands-on workshop about our current unit of study in science, "Properties of Matter," and also explored the exhibits in the museum.

I would like to thank all the volunteers for their generous time and help! We couldn't have done it without them! Jazakum Allahu khairan.

  • Spelling quiz on "lesson 25" will be on Tuesday inshaa Allah. Students took their spelling books home to practice for the quiz.
  • Encourage your child to read on Razkids everyday for twenty minutes.
  •  Homework pack is due next Thursday. 
Jazakum Allahu Khairun!

Update on Contraction Surgery!

Contraction Surgery: On Friday, before March Break, the 2Bs did a little surgery! :)
Each of them got masks and surgical gloves to be like surgeons for the day. Then, they went with their scalpels {scissors} cutting apart words and bandaging new words {contractions} together. Lastly, they wrote a prescription for their patients. The students were SO excited and had a blast! Here are the pictures. Enjoy!

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Jazakum Allahu Khairun!

Sunday 19 March 2017

Class Updates!

Assaalmu Alaikum Dear Parents,

Here are some class updates:

Spelling: Students completed exercises for lesson 23 on "CONTRACTIONS" (Spelling shortcuts). Students learned different contractions, and they answered questions about contractions in their spelling books. They had a quiz on lesson 23.
They also wrote a fiction story called "My Contraction Caterpillar" where they used different contractions in their story.

Reading/ Writing: Students sat on the carpet and we talked about the author's purpose (to persuade, to inform or to entertain)Then, students listened to a book called "I wanna Iguana" and brainstormed as a class how to persuade their parents to have a pet.

Next, students completed a worksheet where they chose a pet and wrote reasons why this pet is good and how they would take care of it. The next day, we talked about different parts of a friendly letter. Each student wrote a letter to his/her parents convincing them to get a pet. They used the drafts they'd made the day before.Students did a great job MashaAllah!

Math:  We've been learning addition and subtraction without regrouping. They learned different ways to add and subtract 2 digit numbers using base ten blocks, the decomposing method and the traditional method(vertical way). They also learned the 4 steps of solving word problems. On Friday, before March Break, students wrote a pop quiz too.

Islamic Studies: We are learning about the Seerah (Story of Prophet Mohammed (SAW)) and how we should always take the Prophet (SAW) as a role model. students completed exercises about what we have learned so far about the Seerah. They also wrote an open book test on the first five chapters about the Seerah.

Science: We did 3 fun experiments about liquids and solids as a class. First, we did an experiment called " Liquid Race" where students observed how some liquids are thick and some are thin. We had a race between oil, maple syrup, mustard, and ketchup and then recorded our findings. Ask your child which liquid came 1st place, which one was 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place.

Then we tested what happens when we mix different liquids with water and recorded our results in a worksheet. We learned what a mixture and a solution is. Lastly, students observed an experiment where they learned what happens when we mix different solids( Salt, sugar, sand, powder milk, parsley flakes, and mustard)  in a liquid ( water). We learned that salt and sugar when mixed with water make a solution while the other solids that didn't mix are mixtures.

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We also experimented things that absorb water and things that repel water.
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Portfolios: We worked on designing our portfolio covers, selecting work to include in the portfolio and more! It was truly a pleasure seeing most of the families at the Student Led Conference.

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Estimation Station Winner!

On the night of the Student Led Conference, one of the activities for our dear families was to estimate the number of pretzels in the estimation jar. All the families tried their best and wrote the estimated number on post -its.

 The winner for the Estimation Station contest is the family of Sara Sultan, MashaAllah! Sara's mom estimated 103 and the actual number was 102!

Sara took home the jar filled with pretzels and a bag of chocolates to share with her family, Congratulation to Sara's Family!
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Jazakum Allahu Khairun!

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Message from Tr. Hoda Harb

Assalamu aliakum respected parents

MashaAllah grade 2 students learned new lessons in Arabic class and all about letters and how to use them with different shapes beginning, middle and end of the word.
"Lessons for the following letters:ث-ج-ح-خ-د-ذ-ر-ز-س-ش

They learned about colours, vegetables,f ruits, clothes and a poem related to colours and nature, they read wrote and understood the new words. Finally, they did an activity related to the poem they learned.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

Tr. Hoda Harb