May Newsletter

Dates to remember in our class

Monday: Poetry books back to school, Gym

Thursday: Gym. Library—Bring your library book.

Friday: Poetry books go home.

May 3: Hands on Science: Activities in the Gym. The cost for this
program is being covered by the school

May 9: Seussebration in the gym. 2pm

May 21: Victoria Day—No School.


After we complete our unit on simple machines and movement, we will do a
unit on Animals. Your child will be studying the different classes of
animals, their habitats and the effect that humans have on wildlife.
Your child will also complete a brief research project about a specific
animal. We will include the information from their research project on
our class web page.

Language Arts

During the month of April, we have been doing an author study of Dr.
Seuss to prepare for a special primary literacy celebration on May 9 at
2pm in the gym. You are welcome to attend for a presentation of
readings, songs, and skits with a Dr. Seuss theme.

Math Chapter 13- Probability

Probability is the likelihood or the chance that something will happen.
In Grade 2, students predict whether things are likely or unlikely to
happen. We will be making predictions about outcomes of games or
experiments, trying them out, and then checking the results. Students
will learn to use what they have observed to help make predictions about
what might happen if they tried the same activity again. Try some of
these activities with your child:

• Look for ways to use probability language at home. Take turns
completing sentences that start with “It’s impossible that …,” “It’s
unlikely that …,” “It’s likely that …,” and “It’s absolutely certain
that ….” Other probability words are possible, chance, and probably.

• When you’re reading together, consider events in the story that are
likely and unlikely to happen and ask your child to explain why.

• Choose a number from 1 to 6, and have your child do the same. Take
turns rolling a die or pulling number cards for 1 to 6 from a bag. Keep
track of how often your number comes up. The first number to come up 10
times wins the game.

• Make predictions about what is about to happen. Predict who is more
likely to walk through the door next, or the likelihood of hearing a
certain song on the radio. Encourage your child to provide reasons for
his or her predictions.

Chapter 14- Patterning

In late May, our focus in mathematics will be on exploring patterns with
shapes and numbers. Your child will flip, turn, and slide shapes to
create visual patterns and explore skip-counting patterns (e.g.,
counting by 2s, 5s, 10s).

Try some of these activities with your child:

• Find shape patterns on curtains, wallpaper, bedspreads, floors, and so
on. Ask your child to tell you how each pattern works. If it’s a
repeating pattern, ask what part repeats. If it’s a growing pattern, ask
how many things are added each time the pattern grows.

• Look for examples of patterns where things are arranged in equal rows
(e.g., eggs in rows of 2 in an egg carton or cans in rows of 4 in a
case). Ask your child to show you how to use skip counting or adding to
figure out how many things there are in the pattern.

• Give your child some loose change to count. Show your child how to
sort the coins first, and then how to use skip counting to see how much
each set is worth.

• Do craft activities that can include patterns, such as stringing beads
or using stickers or ink stamps.

• Use building toys for patterning. Try building a series of shapes in a
pattern and asking your child to show you what comes next. Or let your
child make a pattern and cover part of it so you can guess what’s hidden.

500 Book Challenge

In the last 2 months, the grade 2 students in Mr. McGaughey’s class have
read over 250 books at home. We are going to do this have a popcorn
party after the class has read 500 books (or chapters) at home. Each
child may record 1 or 2 books (or chapters) in their reading log
nightly. Everyone needs to have at least 25 books on their reading log
to participate in the popcorn party.

Current Events

Remind your child to bring their current events scrapbook home weekly to
write their article in and to reread old articles with you. Please
encourage your child to write in complete sentences. If they want to
skip the W’s and write a paragraph about their news story, that would be
even better.

Monday: Colter, Jaden,

Tuesday: Alexis, Rebecca Brendan, Colton

Wednesday: Jared, Shaelyn, Carter, Danny

Thursday: Jordan Sam, Chevy

Friday: Gage, Nicholas, Simon

The story of our names.

At the beginning of the year, each child in the class made a
self-portrait, which we turned into a flip book.

In March, each student wrote the story of how they got their name. Here
they are together.

Alexis Houthuyzen- My mom thought that I was a boy so she called me
Alexander, but I was a girl so she called me Alexis because I look like
an Alexis. My dad called me stormy because when I was born it was a
scary birth so my middle name is stormy.

Brendan Arthur Hrynczak- My parents called me Brendan because they both
like that name. My middle name is from my mom’s step dad Arthur Dey. My
last name is after my dad’s last name. My poppa called my mom Melissa
after a small town called Melissa on Highway 11 near Burk’s Falls.

Carter Aube- Carter is my mom’s great grandmother’s family name. Jared
Darryl is my brother’s name. .Darryl came from Darrlysitler. Jared was
picked because my mom and dad liked it. Brayden, my mom liked it and
Shannah got picked from a baby book. Martin, my dad , looked like a
Martian when he was born.

Chevy Vanderhaas- Vanderhaas is Dutch. It means rabbit in Dutch. Chevy is
a Dutch name picked by my parents. Both of my parents are Dutch.

Colter Bruce Rumney- My name is Colter Bruce is my dad’s name .My mom
liked the name. A Colter is a part on an old horse plow .I like the name

Colton K. Reynolds- My mom liked the name Colton. My sister got her Name
was from an Indian tribe. My dad got his name from a famous hockey player.
His name is Lanny McDonald. And my little brother his name was from a
famous hockey player too, his name was Curtis Joseph

My name is Daniel- My mom and dad thought that I was going to be a girl
named Grace, so for two days I was Baby Reader. They had to spend a lot of
time to decide. They finally came up with Daniel from the Bible. My middle
name was Sean after dad.

Gage Lafreniere- My dad was grocery shopping in Moose Jaw, Sask., when he
noticed an adorable little boy in line in front of him. He asked the
mother what the little boys name was and she said it was Gage. My dad
thought that was really neat and original and decided he would like to one
day name his son Gage. My middle name, Palmer, is actually my mom’s last
name, which will never carry further because my mom has no brothers. We
liked the idea. My last name is Lafreniere and it is the same as my dads
last name. Lafreniere is a French Canadian name

My name is Jaden- I have a brother his name is Kalton. And this is how I
got My name in A Magazine

Jordan Todoroff- I was a name in a baby book. My brother was named after
my grandma. My dad was named after my grandma, and so was my mom.

My Name Is Nick- I have a brother and a sister and another sister. I have
blue eyes. My hair is blonde. I am 9 years old. My full name is Nicholas
Ryan Fiegehen. My mom picked my name because she liked it. I am not named
after anyone, I have my own name.

Rebecca Stewart- I was named after my Moms best friend. Billie is named
after my Nan. Jeun is named after my aunt. Stewart is named after my dad
and it’s Irish

Shaelyn Ironside- My name came in a baby book. My mom and dad pick it. My
dad liked Amber. So my middle name is Amber.

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