Friday, February 4, 2011

New Things

This week, we've been writing about something we did in the holidays. Mrs N has taught us about a new type of text, called a "recount". This is when we retell an event, or series of events that has happened in the past. There are three main parts of a recount:
  1. Introduction - we need to explain who, when, where and possibly why the event occurred.
  2. Events - we describe the parts of the events in the order they occurred.
  3. Conclusion - we write a closing statement to bring a close to our recount.
We used a recount planning sheet to work out what we wanted to say, then we wrote a draft and finally, we made good copies. They'll be going on display in our classroom, but some have been added to our writing blog. It would be great if you could read them and let us know what you think of our first attempt at writing recounts! Mrs N is especially proud of the way we used interesting sentence beginnings.

Today, we also tried a new type of art. We used watercolour paints for the first time. They are little circles of dried paint in containers and we needed to wet a brush really well and rub it on the colour we wanted. It colours the water on our brush and we can use it to paint on paper. On Tuesday, we ruled up a grid and wrote the upper case alphabet, one letter in each box (except for I, which shared a box with J). Today, we painted the boxes different colours and we'll be laminating them and using them as desk mats. We discovered that when you use only a little bit of water, the colour is dark, but when we use a lot, the colour is much lighter. We thought it was great fun!

Paige and Mitchell
Grade 2 is going great so far, but we all need to have a good rest on the weekend, so that we can get back to learning new things next week!

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N


  1. Year two looks very fun! Love from Paige's Mum and Dad :)

  2. Dear the Smarties,

    We've read all your recounts - they are interesting and well-organised.Keep up good job!

    Lyudmila and class

  3. Dear Smarties,
    Welcome back to school. It looks like you are off to a great start. Thanks for sharing what you are doing. I think I might try introducing watercolor painting to my first graders like you did. Your recounts are all awesome. Keep up all your hard work.
    Mrs. Lynch in Quebec

  4. Hello Smarties

    Paige's Granny and Grandam hope you are all enjoying your new class. We read your site every week so we know what you're all doing.


  5. wooh u taght me something and i am in yr 6