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Message from Form 2F

Happy new year! The 2F boys had a terrific return to school and everyone had fun sharing stories from their holidays. I’m happy to report we seem relaxed, rested and full of enthusiasm for all our new learning adventures this term.

Our first week back to school was a busy one. We began our third unit of inquiry, a brand new one. The boys will create a name for it as we delve into our inquiries and we look forward to sharing it with you soon. The central idea of this inquiry is that maps help us to understand our connection to places and people. Our inquires will be focused on maps and mapping; local and global orientation; and, using maps to understand similarities and differences.

We began our investigations last week by asking the simple question, “What do we know about maps?” The boys demonstrated a great deal of prior knowledge which sparked some interesting discussion and questions. Then, thanks to the huge selection of maps which were collected and sent in from home (thank you!), we were able to see the many different types of maps and the many things they represent in our environment. We poured over them and discovered the many things they contain and have in common, such as pictures, colours, letters, numbers, lines, charts, words, etc. The boys learned how to create a “bird’s-eye view” map and after mapping our classroom, they designed their own, based on a favorite room at home. Please check out the bulletin board in front of our classroom to view these. The boys did a great job designing and labelling them.

Over the next week, we’ll be examining co-ordinates, Canada’s location on the global map and continents. We look forward to sharing more news about our investigations next time.

We’ve begun unit four in math and the family letter outlining this unit was sent home on Monday. The focus continues to build upon addition and subtraction skills. The three main areas of focus are: using addition and subtraction to solve number stories; how to read and show temperatures; and helping the boys to develop difference strategies (eg. partial sums method) for adding two- and three- digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Lastly, our winter day trip to Norval is fast approaching on Friday, Jan. 29. Thank you for signing and returning the permission and medical forms earlier this week. It will be a great day of outdoor learning and fun.