Sunday 23 April 2017

Class Updates!

Assalamu Alaikum,
Dear Parents,

Here are some updates regarding what we have accomplished in the past two weeks:

Spelling:  Students wrote a quiz on lesson 28 and completed activities for lesson 29 (words with vowel pairs such as ea, oe, and ie). Students wrote the spelling list words in their agendas to practice for the quiz.

Math: We started and finished learning about probability. Students learned to describe probability as a measure of the likelihood that an event will occur, using mathematical language (i.e., impossible, unlikely, less likely, equally likely, more likely, certain). We practiced this math skill through different activities. We completed related worksheets, watched videos to solidify our concept, invited math buddies to play a game of pulling out skittles from a bag without looking, and made flap books to describe each probability vocabulary word by writing a sentence about each. Last Friday, students wrote a pop quiz to show what they know about probability.

Starting Monday, we will start a new unit called "Geometry and Spatial Sense" inshaaAllah. Our focus in the coming week will be identifying and sorting two-dimensional shapes (2-D Shapes) according to their attributes and also locating the line of symmetry in  2-D shapes.

Reading Comprehension/Writing: Students continued to complete comprehension activities for chapters 6 and 7 from our novel study of "Chocolate Fever". They wrote summaries for chapter 5 and 6 independently. Moreover, students did a self to text connection through a compare and contrast activity where they compared Henry's breakfast with their own breakfast. They also learned how to find the main idea and supporting details of a fiction text. They also found the main idea for each chapter of our novel study. Last but not least, they came up with a story and acted out in their groups to show the story elements of their skit (character, setting, problem, and solution). This activity helped them to identify the characters and settings for each chapter of the "Chocolate Fever."
The plot of "Chocolate Fever"" is very engaging and has lots of lessons to be learned. Ask your child to retell the story to you until chapter 8. 

Social Studies: We've been busy exploring interesting facts related to the earth's  7 continents and 5 oceans for the past two weeks. We watched an educational video to learn some fascinating facts about the 7 continents and 5 oceans and then completed related worksheets to solidify our knowledge.

Islamic Studies:
 We read the story of Prophet Nuh and are currently working on a comprehensive package to thoroughly understand the story of one of the earliest prophet of Allah (SWT).

Science: We started a new unit in Science called "Movement". In this unit, students will:
  • Investigate and describe different kinds of movement (e.g., by observing how toys and other everyday objects move) 
  • Investigate the structure and function of simple machines.
  • identify the six basic types of simple machines – lever; inclined plane; pulley; wheel and axle, screw,  and wedge – and give examples of ways in which each is used in daily life to make tasks easier.

Cooperative Spring Mural: We started to work on our "Cooperative Spring Mural". Students showed cooperation by taking turns painting the sky and the grass for our spring mural. We can't wait to see the complete result of our cooperation.:)

Diversity Trail Mix Project Update: Students made a big batch of "Diversity Trail Mix" to be distributed among the guests who came to learn about Islam in the MAC event. The "Open Doors" event happened on April 15th and we are very thankful to Allah (SWT) that grade 2B was a part of that event.
A big JazkumAllahu Khairun to our awesome parent volunteers Sister Suha and Sister Mahveen who helped us in making the Diversity Trail Mix bags.


  • Homework pack is due on Thursday.
  • Spelling quiz on lesson 26 will be on Tuesday inshaaAllah. Students wrote their spelling words in their agenda to practice for the quiz but just in case your child forgets to bring his/her agenda, here are the list words: beat, roads, mean, lay, main, lower, pie, tie, toes, read.
  • bonus: probability, Prophet Nuh, and flood.
  • Encourage your child to read on Razkids every day for twenty minutes.
J Jazakum Allahu Khairun!

Monday 10 April 2017

Class Updates

Assalamu Alaikum,
Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful week, Alhumdulilah! Here are the updates:

Spelling:  Students wrote a quiz on lesson 26  and completed activities for lesson 27 (words with different endings such as ed, es, and s). Students wrote the spelling list words in their agendas to practice for the quiz.

Reading Comprehension/Writing:So far, students have completed comprehension activities for chapters 1 -5 from our novel study of "Chocolate Fever". Last week, we learned what a summary is and how to write a summary of a chapter book. We completed summaries for each chapter (1-4 ) as a class. 

Subtraction with Regrouping: We reviewed and practiced subtraction with regrouping through different activities throughout the week. On Friday, I did an informal assessment regarding their understanding of subtraction and addition with regrouping. I made up a 3 step word problem involving both addition and subtraction operations where they had to add or subtract class dojo points earned and lost in three consecutive days. Students did very well and I am so happy with their work. To show their thorough understanding there will be a test on addition and subtraction with regrouping on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.

Science: Students reviewed what they know about matter. They made flip books about the changing states of matter and played a game of jeopardy to review before the test. On Friday, students wrote their matter test and the results will be sent after the long weekend inshaaAllah!

Islamic Studies: Students wrote an open book test from chapter 5-8 about Seerah.

Jazakum Allahu Khairun!

Message From Tr. Salam

السلام عليكم:

انتهينا من جميع الانشطة الصفية المتعددة لدرسي "الوقت و الاعداد" و" الخريف و الربيع" ، و كذلك من الانشطة الصفية لنشاط معلومة و رسمة، ونحن الان بصدد الانشطة الخاصة بموضوع التعاون، و ضرورة أهميته في التقدم و النجاح ، وأيضا بصدد التدريب على نشيد (أنا أحب النظافة).

نشكر لكم متابعتكم في عمل الواجبات المنزلية ، وننصح بضرورة  الحرص على الاهتمام بواجب القراءة بصوت مرتفع عدة مرات مع التشجيع ، و أيضا  بمتابعة التلميذ في قراءة القصة المستعارة من مكتبة المدرسة، و ملء الجدول الخاص بذلك . وجزاكم الله خيرا.

يمكن التواصل مع المدرسة ، من خلال الايميل : 

Wednesday 5 April 2017

French Update:

Asslam alikum Dear Parents, I hope my email finds you in   good health and Eman.

Below are some update from our 
French class.
This month our grade 2 students will be continuing to practice simple conversations, asking and answering  short questions about ourselves such as, comment vas-tu? Quelle est ta couleur préférée?   and talking about days of the week and the weather. They are learning about classroom objects, and prepositions (sur, sous, dans, devant, derrière). We have also be reviewing a few new French songs.
We will also be reviewing the vocabulary for the story, comment y aller? ( marche, pense, monte, dommage, désolé, s’arrête, nage, quand même ,  ) .

·   Play rehearsal – introduction of the play Comment y aller ?
·  Introduction of the second IPG activity – colouring the characters.
·  Simple questions based on the story – les questions totales.
·   Introduction of the characters -  Marie – la policère – le conducteur-  le capitaine – l’extra-terrestre – maman – Pierre .
·   We did the following activities related to the story :
1- Qu’est ce qui se passe ? (students should draw a line that identifies the picture as it corresponds to the sentence, using basic vocabulary and very simple language structure and copy the sentence on the line. )
2-  Fais un dessin :  students should read and respond briefly to the written material ( draw a picture)
3- Mets les mots en ordre
4- les questions totales

You find below some useful websites (activities and games related to story comment y  aller ? )

Please encourage your child to read the story I sent you ( comment y aller^ ) and practice with him/her the vocabulary.

Jazakoum Allah khairan

                    French teacher coordinator

Sunday 2 April 2017

Class Updates!

Assalamu Alaikum,
Dear Parents,

We had a very busy week learning and exploring through lots of hands on activities, Alhumdulilah! Here are the updates:

Spelling:  Students wrote a quiz on lesson 25 and  completed activities for lesson 26 (words with different endings such as ed, es, and s). Students took their spelling workbooks home to practice for the quiz.

Grammar/ Writing:We continued to identify pronouns. Students wrote a "Pronoun Story" in their journals where they wrote fiction stories and used pronouns to replace nouns. They were very creative and came up with interesting pronoun stories. In addition to this, they made a pronoun pizza craft to write a sentence under each flap of the pizza topping.

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Image result for its ok to be different bookDiversity Collaborative Work:After watching a cute audio story on diversity(our character trait of the month) called"Its Ok to be Different", students participated in their groups where they wrote one thing that they think makes them different from their peers. Then each group took turns to share their sentences with others. The lesson they got from this activity is what they think made themselves different from others is common among their peers which means although we are different from each other we still have a lot in common.

Math/Diversity Trail Mix Project: We started our week with a review on addition with regrouping.


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On Tuesday, we did an activity which is called problem based learning in math. Research emphasizes the value of PBL for extending student thinking and creativity.
Multifaceted problems (those that mimic real-life problems and allow a variety of
ways to reach a solution) can also be used in the classroom to reveal student misconceptions that traditional tests miss.
Students explored how addition has an important role in everyday life.They participated in their groups in a 'Diversity Trail Mix Activity.' They were challenged to add 2 digit numbers with 4 addends. The task was to make a diversity trail mix by counting the number of ingredients in each bag (the ingredients were goldfish, pretzels, skittles, and raisins) and then adding them to find the sum using at-least two strategies we learned in class. Lastly, they mixed all the ingredients to make a delicious, nut-free trail mix. I am so proud of the collaborative work that all the students demonstrated. As well, I am proud of how they learned that addition is a key factor while doing chores in real life situations. Ask your child why we named our trail mix as "Diversity Trail Mix." The activity was well liked by Tr. Dina Shalabi and she asked 2B to make a larger batch of trail mix which will be included in an upcoming event organized by MAC inshaaAllah. Stay tuned for the details. :)

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Subtraction with Regrouping: We also started to learn how to subtract with regrouping. We watched a video, and read a poem to help us remember the rule when subtracting with regrouping. Students are focusing on the first two methods of regrouping (borrowing, and base ten blocks).Please refer to this poem whenever your child practices subtraction with regrouping with borrowing at home.


Science: We have finished our unit on "Properties of Matter"(Solids, Liquids, and Gases).Students identified the properties of matter throughout the unit. They made a brochure in class to review the 3 properties in an interactive way. They were also able to identify the change of state in the three types of matter in their environment. They gained knowledge through explanation and exploration. Students took home the review sheet as part of their homework pack. The test will be on Friday, April 7th, inshaaAllah. I will be sending home their 'Properties of Matter"  folder for review on Monday. In addition to this, we will be reviewing in the class too.

To celebrate the end of the unit, we did an activity on Friday which was connecting students to another real life situation.Students used a mixture of a solid and a liquid(water and flour) for pancake batter to see how it turned to a solid (a pancake) after we cooked it. The result was yummy, fluffy pancakes that was truly enjoyed by all students with their favourite topping. They went home for the weekend with a sweet touch!:)

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Last but not least, I would like to thank my lovely volunteers sister Suha, and sister Mahveen for helping out and making this activity a success, MashaAllah!

Islamic Studies: We finished the topics about the Seerah according to the grade 2 curriculum. (Story of Prophet Mohammed (SAW)). From this unit, we learned how we should always take the Prophet (SAW) as a role model and the how to implement the sunnah of our beloved prophet in our everyday lives. Right now we are practicing to say sallallahu alaihi wasallam ten times after our izkars  in the morning.

Mixed Media Spring Art Fun:

We all desperately want spring to come! So 2B is all about Spring Art!. Last week, we coloured coffee filters with markers and sprayed them to see the spectrum of colours mixing up together.Then we put each wet and coloured coffee filter in a cup to shape it like a flower as it dries. Soon we will be displaying our flowers with 2A as our cooperation mural.

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This Friday, we made "Spring Birds"  using different elements of art(line, shape, and texture). FIrst, we painted plain papers to be used as branches for our spring birds. Next, we drew birds, then cut and coloured them with oil pastels.Then, we used another paper for the background and this time we used blue chalk to paint the paper as the sky. Finally, we used this blue background and assembled our 3-D birds perched on a painted branch. Moreover, we added details with foam sheets and feathers.Students had a blast and I was amazed by all of their creativity from start to finish.  

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  • Homework pack is due on Thursday.
  • Spelling quiz on lesson 26will be on Tuesday inshaaAllah. Although students took their spelling books home to practice for the quizbut just in  case your child forget to bring his/her spelling workbook, here are the list words: worked, sending, wants, glasses, sees, burning, reached, boxes, wishes, opening. 
  • Science Test will be on Friday, April 7th. Review sheet was sent  along with the homework package.
  • Encourage your child to read on Razkids every day for twenty minutes.

J               JazakumAllahu Khairun!