Friday, June 15, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: In reading workshop, the children learned how to write book reviews.  They each picked at least one fairy tale to review which included a summary, opinion, and recommendation.  Also, our sixth grade buddies came to YES on Wednesday to share the children’s book they had written.  Second graders then shared their published writing and some even did a bit of shared reading with their new friend.  A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, the children created memory books.  They also made travel brochures for the incoming second graders. Finally, they wrote something special for Father’s Day.  
Handwriting: Writers wrote number words and antonyms. 
Math: Mathematicians worked with tangrams.  They solved tangram puzzles and made their own puzzles to solve. 
Theme: This week scientists put together all of their knowledge and created rocky shore posters. The class also focused on being a positive part of a community today during our Field Day adventure.  Thank you to the many volunteers who put in countless hours to make this special day a reality for the students. They loved it! 
Miscellaneous: Thank you all for a great year! It’s been a privilege to be a part of your child’s education.  This class has amazing potential and they’ve been a joy to teach.  I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and learn over their next couple of years at YES. See you around town!
Looking Ahead: 
June 18th: Step Up Day/Board Game Day
June 19th: Last 1/2 Day (12:00 Dismissal) 

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Peek At The Week


 Literacy: In reading workshop, the children put a lot of time into practicing their fairy tale readers’ theater plays.  They also did a great deal of nonfiction tide pool reading, too. Additionally, we went to YHS for a wonderful performance of The Cat In The Hat on Tuesday. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, the children wrote crabs poems and a haiku.  They also did a great job putting finishing touches on their published summer plans. 
Handwriting: Writers wrote number words and antonyms. 
Math: Mathematicians worked with Mrs. Clark on reading large numbers, addition with regrouping, and subtraction with regrouping while playing the game “Under the Rug”. The children also played a variety of ocean and tide pool math games. Mrs. Wolinsky taught them how to use some new math apps. One was called Door 24 and the other was called Fact Flyers. 
Theme: This week we became crab, sea urchin, sea star, and lobster experts. They also learned about the tides and different oceans of the world. 
Miscellaneous: Thank you all for coming to our final learning celebration.  Please contact me if you have any questions about your child’s report card.  
Also, the link below will explain how you can download a .zip archive of your child's Seesaw journal, including images, videos, audio recordings, and text notes or captions. 
https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/208754866-How-do-families-download-an-archive-of-their-child-s-work-
Looking Ahead:  
June 13th: 6th Grade Friends Visit YES
June 15th: Field Day (The kids should wear a gray shirt, if possible.)
June 18th: Step Up Day 
June 19th: Last 1/2 Day (12:00 Dismissal)


Friday, June 1, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In reading workshop, the children participated in a series of centers focusing on fairy tales and estuaries. They practiced their fairy tale readers’ theater plays and did some nonfiction tide pool reading, too. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, the children wrote their summer vacation hopes and dreams, fairy tale cinquain poems, and letters to Arnold Lobel’s beloved character, Toad, telling him how to plant a seed.  
Handwriting: Writers wrote numbers in French and Spanish. 
Math: Mathematicians calculated the cost of their hand pollinators, worked on fact fluency, subtraction with regrouping, and multiplication.  After reading the Chinese folktale, Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong, they also had to calculate and consider the pros and cons of having a magical pot that doubles everything…including our class! 
Theme: This week we wrapped up our unit on plants.  They put finishing touches on and tested out their hand pollinator designs, too.  Then we dove into a study of Maine’s rocky shore.  Thanks to the generosity of the PTO, the entire second grade was able to participate in a Chewonki touch tank presentation on Wednesday.  They also were treated to a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Fish this morning. Be sure to check out our Seesaw Plants and Chewonki slideshows. 
Miscellaneous: Although I hope the children continue to read daily, even during summer   vacation, there will be no more reading log homework assigned in June. 
Looking Ahead:  
June 5th: YHS Cat in the Hat play
June 8th: Learning Celebration 9:15 to 9:55


Friday, May 25, 2018

A Peek At The Week



Literacy: In reading workshop, the focus was on fairytales and poetry.  The class started a new round of readers’ theater based on four well loved fairy tales. However, be forewarned, the plays are “fractured”. They are based on the traditional tale, but have some sort of a twist.  Readers also practiced choral reading, Going On A Bear Hunt. This morning they read it beautifully for our special visitors. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, the children wrote personal narratives, family metaphor poems, and “The Best Part of Me” poems. 
Handwriting: Writers wrote paragraphs. 
Math: Mathematicians learned about symmetry, did activities around place value, and money.
Theme: This week we continued a mini unit on plants.  We focused on learning the parts and functions of a flower and the process of photosynthesis and pollination. The children began a STEM challenge of creating a hand pollinator, too. 
Miscellaneous: Today we enjoyed having such a sweet group of grandparents and special friends join our classroom.  It was a special morning! 
Looking Ahead: 
May 28th: No School
May 30th: Chewonki Rocky Shore Presentation
June 1st: Mr. and Mrs. Fish Presentation
June 8th: Learning Celebration 9:15 to 9:55

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In reading workshop, the focus was on fairytales.  The class learned about the different characteristics of this genre.  Then they went on a fairytale search to match stories and characteristics. They learned about fractured fairytales and began to compare and contrast different versions of the same tale, too. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, we are reviewing how to write personal narratives. 
Handwriting: Writers wrote lists and musical terms. 
Math: Mathematicians wrapped up their final Everyday Math unit. Activities on fractions, place value, subtraction, money, and multiplication were completed.   The rest of the year will be spent reviewing and expanding concepts.  We’ll also be dabbling in some STEM projects during our math block. Although an optional weekly Discovery Math will still be given, there will no longer be any math homework assigned. 
Theme: This week we continued a mini unit on plants. The children learned about the parts of a plant, photosynthesis, and pollination.  They planted their own mystery seeds and we started a plant experiment. Also, today Mr. Street, the director of Yarmouth’s Public Works department, did a wonderful presentation for each second grade class. The children learned how to be safe around work sites and the different roles the Public Works Department plays in our community. He brought along some equipment and let the kids climb in it, too. Fun! 
Miscellaneous: Today we went to a community meeting and watched our fourth grade friends perform in the Orff Ensemble and Clipper Chorus.  
Looking Ahead: 
May 25th: Grandparents’ and Special Family Friends’ Day  
June 8th: Learning Celebration 9:15 to 9:55