Mrs. Francis

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We have been working with compound words this week. Today we had a "snowball fight" with words. Students were given words printed on sheets of white paper. They crumpled them into "snowballs" and we had a blast throwing them around the classroom. After a few minutes we stopped and joined words to make compound words (snow + flake = snowflake, etc.) Check out the words we made!

We've been working on place value this month. Today the students made their first initials out of ten rods and unit cubes. Check them out!

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We've been participating in a daily brushing program! Today Chantal won an award for her enthusiastic participation. Great job keeping those sugar bugs away Chantal!

We had a blast on our first skating adventure!

In this short clip the students demonstrate the action for the "flip the sound" reading strategy. When they come across a difficult word they try both vowel sounds. Ask your child to show you at home!

Today we painted rocks in Art class. We plan on hiding them on the school grounds for others to find. If you come across one of our rocks it will say "CHSMES ROCKS" on it. You can keep the rock or hide it again. You may find ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, candy corn or skeletons painted on them. Happy hunting and please feel free to paint and hide your own "CHSMES ROCK." Just think of all the wonderful ideas for writing we will have during this adventure! 

It was a pumpkin pie kind of day in Grade Two. We made and tasted our own pumpkin pie, wrote sensory poems about the experience and did a pie craft. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We have been working on several reading strategies in order to improve our accuracy. In this quick video the students demonstrate the questions and actions that go along with "cross checking." When they read a difficult word they stop and ask themselves 3 questions. If the answer is "no" to any of the questions they try the word again. It's really helped them slow down and monitor their reading. Ask your child to try it out at home!

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