Current Events

04/05/2010

Find out what Current Events are 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.

This week Koby shared with us an article titled Boy, 7, Saves Family by Dialing 911 from Social Studies for Kids online.

Koby explained to the class that, “A seven year old boy named Carlos made an emergency phone call by dialing 911 to save his parents from armed robbers.”

Koby felt that this article was important because, “It shows how emergency numbers such as 911 are useful.” Koby finished his presentation by stating, “If people are being robbed, we should help them by also calling 911.”

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Diya shared with the class an interesting and a bit scary article titled, Girl Survives Sting by World’s Deadliest Jellyfish from the Telegraph online.

Diya stated that, “Rachel Shardlow, a 10 year old Australian girl, survived after being stung extensively by Box Jellyfish. She was swimming in the Calliope River in Queensland, Australia when the Box Jellyfish stung her. Her brother pulled her to the shore where she became unconscious for half an hour.” Diya continued by saying, “She was treated for six weeks. She suffered short term memory loss and she developed scars of the tentacles on her limbs.”

Diya explained to the class that this article is important because, “People stung by Box Jellyfish can die within three minutes! Rachel’s survival will give scientists clues as to how they can help other people who are stung by the Box Jellyfish.” Diya finished her presentation stating, “I think it is a miracle the Rachel is still alive even though she was badly stung by the deadly Box Jellyfish.”

Diya used the following slides to share information about her article and teach us more about the Box Jellyfish.

For more information about Box Jellyfish:

National Geographic – Box Jellyfish
ThinkQuest – Poisonous Plants and Animals

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Thank you Koby and Diya for presenting your articles to the class. Both students answered questions and accepted constructive feedback from their audience at the conclusion of their presentation.


Reader’s Chair

03/05/2010

Each Wednesday individual students have the opportunity to share a book of their choice with the class.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

This week in Ms. Tima’s class, Nyan read Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. He read with confidence and enthusiasm. He stopped every once in awhile to ask the students to make a prediction on how Amelia Bedelia would interpret the instructions she was given. Amelia does exactly what she is asked to do. “Draw the drapes when the sun comes in” is exactly what Amelia does. She grabs a sketchbook and draws the drapes. The children all loved to see how she would “dress the turkey”.

Also in Ms. Tima’s class, Naaba chose a story from the Curious George Treasury. Naaba loves Curious George, and chose to read Curious George Goes Camping. It was evident that Naaba has read this story many times, as he read with a smile on his face, and would often laugh before we learnt what was funny. Naaba felt this was the perfect story to share with the class, as he thought they would appreciate the trouble Curious George gets into. And just to make sure we didn’t miss anything, Naaba would point to small details in the illustrations to help his audience visualise the story even more.

In Mr. McKillip’s class Daniel chose to read the classic tale The King, The Mice And The Cheese. It was obvious that Daniel enjoyed reading this book aloud as he read with expression and made sure to heed punctuation. He also made sure his audience was engaged by showing them not only his face but also the pictures on each page. Daniel was well received with many questions and comments at the end of his book. Well done Daniel!

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendations:

Amelia Bedelia
Written by Peggy Parish and Illustrated by Fritz Siebel
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Printing edition (August 30, 1992)
Language: English

Curious George Treasury
Written by H. A. Rey
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: HMH Books (October 25, 2004)
Language: English

The King, The Mice And The Cheese
Written by Nancy and Eric Gurney
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 63 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1965)
Language: English


Current Events

27/04/2010

Find out what Current Events are 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.

This week Said shared with us an article titled Portsmouth Into FA Cup Final from CBBC – Newsround online.

Said explained to the class that he LOVES football. We as a class discovered the following about the FA Cup from Wikipedia.com:

The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after The Football Association. The name “FA Cup” usually refers to the English men’s tournament, although a women’s tournament is also held. The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72, and is the oldest association football competition in the world.

Said reported, “Portsmouth is a football team in England. This football team sometimes loses when playing against other teams. However, they have made it to the finals even though the Portsmouth club is losing money.” Said continued by stating, “My opinion is that Portsmouth should not give up because of money when they are in a match.”

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Aliyah shared with the class a popular article titled, Volcano Eruption in South Iceland from BBC News online.

Aliyah started her presentation by explaining, “A volcano in Iceland erupted causing a lot of different effects to the environment and people of Iceland and the whole world!”

Aliyah created posters and a slide presentation to explain her news article and to teach us more about volcanoes; how and why they erupt.

She concluded her presentation by saying, “About 500 people were moved away from their homes, to keep protected. All flights were stopped and roads were closed. Ash from the volcano has reached as far as all over Europe, which is why flights are canceled. People are stranded in different countries and can not fly home! Volcanic ash has endangered animals and farmers too because the smoke and dust from the ash can be poisonous and affect plants and food.”

For more information about Volcanoes:
Weather Wiz Kids – Lots of interesting information about volcanoes
Discovery Kids Volcano Explorer – Learn about volcanoes and what happened in Pompeii
National Geographic: Quiz Your Noodle – See what you know about volcanoes
Scholastic Volcano Lab – Test your volcano knowledge
Natural History Museum – Answer questions to build a volcano

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Thank you Said and Aliyah for presenting your articles to the class. Both students answered questions and accepted constructive feedback from their audience at the conclusion of their presentation.