Friday, February 14, 2020

A Peek At The Week



Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers did some echo, seesaw, or choral partner reading which enabled them to finish Polar Bears Past Bedtime. The kids then created character trait posters of Jack or Annie. Finally, they were able to design their own time machine and create a Magic Tree House location and adventure. Writers started publishing their expert books using the Book Creator app. They also made an “A Million Valentines” by Robert Heidbreder Seesaw post.  
Handwriting: Writers practiced writing the letter “q” and their full names. 
Math: Mathematicians worked on using the partial sums method to add two, three, and four digit numbers. They also did a variety of math related Valentine’s Day activities.
Theme: This week the children learned about animal adaptations and some specific Arctic animal facts. 
Miscellaneous: I'm proud to report that YES set a new record with our sock drive and shattered our 2019 total by over 100. We collected 831 pairs of socks this year. Yahoo! We want to extend a warm thank you to all from the second grade team.
Looking Ahead:  
February 15-23rd: Vacation

Monday, February 10, 2020

A Peek At The Week




Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers learned how to monitor their comprehension while reading one of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House adventures entitled Polar Bears Past Bedtime. The class worked with reading partners to discuss the plot, how characters were changing, and what lessons they were learning along the way.  They did a couple of reading response activities with the book, as well. In Writing Workshop, authors chose a piece of informational writing to publish after a fourth grade friend came and shared her published work with us. The children revised, edited, and peer conferenced their selection. Finally, they collected all of their informational writing into a personalized portfolio folder. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing the letter “f”.   They also made name snow people.
Math: Mathematicians applied multi-digit addition strategies to a variety of word problems.  They also learned how to round numbers to the nearest ten in order to make a ballpark estimate. They learned a new math game called “Clear the Board”, too. 
Theme: This week the children learned more about Arctic animals.  
Miscellaneous: The class really enjoyed Wacky Sock Day. We met and exceeded our school goal of  collecting 100 pairs of socks for those in need. Way to go, YES!
Looking Ahead:  
February 14th: Optional Valentine Share
February 14th: Optional Book Order Due (Class Code: J6YBZ)
I gave a few flyers to pick from this time. 
February 15th-23rd: Vacation


Friday, January 31, 2020

A Peek At The Week



Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers grew their knowledge across multiple books about the same topic. The children noticed how parts of the book went together, were on the look out for big and small differences between texts, and identified the difference between an expository and narrative nonfiction book.  Finally, on Friday the entire second grade participated in an annual Winter Reading Celebration at Harrison Middle School.  Thankfully the weather cooperated and we were able to walk to HMS where each child was then introduced to a sixth grade buddy. Each pair then rotated through a series of reading and art centers.  A wonderful time was had by all! Writers focused on clearing up potential confusion by adding twin sentences to their expert books. 
Handwriting: Writers continued to practice printing numbers and number words. 
Math: Mathematicians worked on using a quantity/quantity/difference diagram, collected data, made a picture and bar graph, and went “shopping”.  They increased their financial literacy by computing a purchase and then worked on calculating their change. Race For A Flat was introduced which reinforced their knowledge of exchanges and trades.  
Theme: This week the children learned about Inuit legends, added to their knowledge of the Arctic landscape, and began to learn about Arctic animals.  
Miscellaneous: On Wednesday, Mrs. Thompson, our school nurse, came into our classroom and did a hand washing workshop with us.
Looking Ahead:  
February 3rd: Conferences
February 7th: Wacky Sock Day (Students are invited to bring in a new pair of socks to donate and wear a pair of wacky socks to school.)

Friday, January 24, 2020

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers continued to tackle nonfiction. Rug Clubs not only decoded tricky words and worked on comprehending what was read, they also talked about their reading and learning with a peer. Writers focused on using rich language which would enable their audience to visualize what they are teaching. They also kept their writing goals in mind while expanding on their topics. 
Handwriting: Writers continued to practice printing numbers. 
Math: Mathematicians worked on using a part/part/total diagram and a start/change/end diagram to solve a variety of problems. 
Theme: This week the children continued to learn about the Arctic.  They learned about the Arctic landscape and transportation.    
Miscellaneous: Today students enjoyed the Ecomaine and Maine Red Claws Assembly in the gym. Additionally, the class worked very hard on the MAP assessment. I was so proud of their effort and achievement.
Looking Ahead:  
January 30th, 31st and February 3rd: Conferences
January 31st: Winter Reading Festival at HMS
February 7th: Wacky Sock Day

Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Peek At The Week




 Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers continued to tackle nonfiction. They learned how to unlock tricky words with multiple strategies. Writers focused on making informational writing goals and working toward them. They edited, revised, and added page numbers to their expert books. Writers also wrote and illustrated “big words” after reading Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Each student used the Book Creator app to begin making an All About Me book, too. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing numbers.  
Math: Mathematicians worked on adding and subtracting larger numbers with an open number line and base ten shorthand.  They made arrays, practiced telling time, and created geometric shapes with a geoboard.
Theme: This week the children continued to learn about the Arctic.  They learned about the weather and Inuit clothing. 
Looking Ahead:  
January 20th: No School 
January 30th, 31st and February 3rd: Conferences
February 7th: Wacky Sock Day