Current Events

After our long break, Grade 2 students once again have started finding interesting articles and presenting information to the rest of the class! Read all about the Current Events happening this week from IST Grade 2…

What is a Current Event? A Current Event is something that is happening somewhere in the world NOW! Current Events are news stories that include a title, author, and date of publication. Grade 2 students are doing more than just looking up information, they are asking, “What is happening in our world TODAY?”

Each week two students choose an article to present from newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Students read the article and then use our Current Events Note Taking Form to answer questions like Who, What, When, Where and Why. Students include their opinion about the article and then present their information to the rest of the class.

Today Krisztian brought us an important article titled Students Offer Light of Hope to Haitians from ABC News online.

Krisztian shared his opinion with us stating, “The Awty International School donated solar lights to the Haitians. I think this is a good idea. I think everybody needs one because if there is an earthquake then you have it. Maybe we can collect money to help Haitians.”

Lenno also shared with us an informative article about the catastrophic effects of the earthquake in Haiti. His article was titled Huge Earthquake Devastates Haiti from the online resource CBBC NewsRound.

Lenno created an engaging PowerPoint presentation to share with our class. During his presentation Lenno stated, “A huge earthquake has struck Haiti, killing thousands of people. This article is important because it gives us information about what happened in Haiti. I think the world needs to know that Haiti needs help.”

Lenno’s PowerPoint presentation about the earthquake in Haiti.

After presenting both Krisztian and Lenno answered questions from the rest of the class regarding the information from their articles. We discussed the effects of earthquakes on populations around the world. We shared our own personal connections and experiences we have had with earthquakes. We also learned more about how earthquakes happen from watching earthquake videos from BrainPop online.

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2 Responses to Current Events

  1. Lenno – that was a great presentation and I am sure the students in your class found that interesting. Its great to find a class blog in Africa that is interesting. Students in New Zealand don’t really know a lot about Africa or Tanzania and I can use this to show them when they finish their summer holidays (in another week and a bit). I think that I will show them the Powerpoint that you created so that I can show them how learning over the internet can help them communicate with students around the world and share ideas. This is a fantastic blog I will enjoy following it throughout the year.

    Mr Webb and Room 8
    Melville Intermediate School
    Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

  2. Lucy says:

    Hi Grade 2 students.
    I am an ICT advisor in the UK and I loved your interesting articles and presentations. I am very eager to show the schools that I work with what you are doing and how impressive your presenation skills are. I also love the idea of you reading to your friends from your favourite book.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!
    Lucy

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