Friday, November 17, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: Recently in reading workshop, the class learned that authors have intentions when writing.  They plan out endings and seek to illicit strong emotions from their readers.  Lessons on increasing reading stamina and the benefit of having a few “break” books in their bins were done, too.  The children also worked on monitoring their comprehension through retelling stick puppetry. A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, the class learned about editing and revising.  They learned how to conduct a peer conference and used whisper phones to “fix up” their favorite personal narratives. All of this was done to get a piece ready for publication. New free choice writing journals were started, as well. 
Handwriting: Writers focused on correctly forming singular and plural words and the letter ‘p’. 
Math: Mathematicians learned a variety of subtraction fact strategies.  They are becoming more fluent, which is evident in their recent subtraction fact assessment.  The children also looked for patterns as they worked with function machines. 
Theme: Last week, the class gained a greater understanding about our community through a program called Junior Achievement. Check out: http://jamaine.org/programs/elementary-school/ and your  child’s Seesaw JA movie for more information about this program.  The class also became cartographers (AKA: map makers) and began creating their own island country maps.
Looking Ahead: 

November 22-24: No School



Friday, November 3, 2017

A Peek At The Week



What a week! Although it was unexpectedly short, we had a guest teacher on Thursday while I was at a tech conference, and many children still don’t have power, a lot of learning happened in Room 205!
Literacy: In reading workshop this week, we did an interactive read aloud activity with the book Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Ruben. This experience provided several opportunities for students to practice many of the skills we’ve been working on.  Readers took a sneak peak, made predictions, and retold parts of the story. The class also learned about bats through a nonfiction reading center and identified the author’s purpose of their own self-selected book.  A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, the children had a lot of power outage/storm stories to write. I hope next week will bring, “Our Power Is Back On!” stories for all, as this has been a challenging week for so many families.  The class learned about the difference between simple and compound sentences, too.
Handwriting: Writers focused on correctly forming the letters “k” and “y”.  
Math: Mathematicians took their second unit assessment, learned about frames and arrows patterns, and solved an open response problem using their own fact strategies. 
Theme: Scientists conducted a candy corn experiment.  They learned about a control, making a hypothesis, and analyzing their results.
Looking Ahead: 
November 7th: School Photo Retakes

November 10th: No School

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Peek At The Week

 Literacy: In reading workshop this week, readers continued to “roll up their sleeves” to solve tricky words.  They also learned more about an author’s purpose.  The kids practiced stopping when things don’t sound right, rereading, and making sure what they are reading makes sense.  Visits to the Book Fair were a delight, as was the appearance of a life sized Clifford on the playground. Mr. Gleason came in as a guest reader and a session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, the children worked on adding rich language to their personal narratives.  Owl Moon by Jane Yolen provided a wonderful mentor text.  Authors also wrote “thank you” acrostic poems to Firefighter Keith. 
Handwriting: Writers focused on correctly forming the letters “i”, “e”, and “l”.  
Math: Mathematicians continued to learn about and notice the patterns involving odd and even numbers. They also learned more helpful, efficient math fact strategies, especially when adding the number 9.  Some work on visual clustering was done, as well. Feel free to ask your child about “Splat”. Name collection boxes provided many opportunities for children to stretch and build their math muscles. 
Theme: This week the class continued to learn more about our community.  On Monday, the children were able to go on a virtual field trip of Yarmouth by using the program/app Google Earth.  Squeals of excitement were heard from several when they found their homes and other notable Yarmouth landmarks using this program. A community centered writing activity allowed the children to cite their favorite things about Yarmouth. The week culminated with our second school-wide community meeting.  Each  class was asked to take part by decorating a pumpkin to look like a  book character. We used our “fair” sticks to find three volunteers who helped me turn our pumpkin into Mudge.  
Looking Ahead: 
November 2nd: Mrs. Spencer will be at a tech conference. 
November 7th: School Photo Retakes (mylifetouch.com)  
                                      Picture Day ID: LG387182Q0

November 10th: No School

Mr. Gleason was a guest reader today!

Clifford and Mrs. Clark
Making Mudge
Mudge and his pal, Clifford
Our class and Mudge
Pumpkin Museum Walk
Indoor Recess Fun



Indoor Recess Fun
Indoor Recess Fun
Indoor Recess Fun

No lights? No problem! Lots of learning was still going on in Room 205. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: A lot of great learning happened in reading workshop this week! For instance, readers practiced “stopping and jotting” their thinking while reading.  They also learned how to find the meaning of unknown words by visualizing and replacing the unknown word with another word that would make sense.  The class also participated in a variety of literacy centers and activities.  At the listening center, they learned about John Chapman, AKA: Johnny Appleseed.  While at the word study center, they created “Adjective Art”.  A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, the children continued to focus on writing personal narratives.  Authors learned how to add actions, thoughts, and feelings into their pieces. The class also wrote notes to their bus drivers in honor of Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Finally, the children had their first writing enrichment class with published author, artist, and teacher, Ms. Charlotte Agell.
Handwriting: Writers have practiced writing periods, question marks, and exclamation points this week. They also focused on correctly forming the letter “u”.  
Math: Mathematicians continue to learn about and practice efficient math fact strategies.  They also took their first subtraction fact fluency assessment.  The second grade end of the year goal is to accurately compute 32 subtraction facts in 4 minutes. Students also wrote subtraction word problems and were asked to explain why the Commutative Property doesn’t apply to subtraction.  
Theme: The week started with quite a bit of excitement. Six painted lady butterflies awaited the scientists of Room 205 when they arrived on Monday morning. After a few days of observation, we had a great time watching them take to the sky on Thursday. In social studies, students learned that a community is where a group of people live, work, and play.  They compared and contrasted urban, suburban, and rural communities. They also learned about the different jobs, flora, and fauna in a community. Finally, we were so fortunate to have a community helper come in today. Firefighter Keith did a wonderful fire safety presentation this afternoon.  
Looking Ahead: 
October 24th and 26th: Our class will visit the YES Book Fair in the Library (No regular library class this week) 
Tuesday’s Book Fair visit is from 1:55 to 2:20. We’ll also go from 2:55 to 3:20 on Thursday.  Parents are welcome to join us while we attend the Book Fair!
November 2nd: Mrs. Spencer will be at a tech conference. 

November 10th: No School




Friday, October 13, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Even though we’ve had two shortened weeks in a row, lots of learning has taken place in Room 205!
Literacy:.  The class really enjoyed Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin last week. This story gave many opportunities for the children to answer interpretive questions and provide evidence from the text to support their opinions. In reading workshop, readers also learned how to scoop up familiar words, “stop and jot” their thinking while reading, and apply several different word attack strategies to decode tricky words.  They learned about prefixes and suffixes, too. The class started their Seesaw reading logs and are working on reading more and more books. The kids also practiced recording their inner conversations while reading using “read, write, talk” symbols.  They practiced this technique using their first Time For Kids magazine. As I emailed earlier in the week, our first parent volunteer TFK session will be next Friday, the 10th from 10:05 to 10:30. In writing workshop, the children continued to focus on writing small moments with effective leads and endings.  They worked on using a variety of transitional words and phrases to move their stories along bit by bit.  Finally, they explored how to use dialogue effectively. Garden poetry was written and sentence buddies were created, too. 
Handwriting: Writers have practiced writing some of the “magic c” lower case letters. They focused on the letters “a”, “g”, and “d”.  They also got a work out while doing “alphabet gymnastics” which requires you to really focus on which lower case letters are ascending, medium sized, and descending.
Math: Mathematicians took their first unit assessment, then dove into a study of addition fact acquisition. They reviewed their doubles and compliments of ten; then learned how to use them as “helper facts” to compute other facts.  The class also wrote and solved addition number stories.  Mr. Gross came in to share another neat math challenge, too. 
Theme: Scientists continued to use the school garden as a laboratory for learning. The children learned about symbiotic relationships.  They went on a hunt to identify examples of mutualism and parasitism in the garden. They also completed a pumpkin science center. 

Miscellaneous: Finally, Yarmouth's wonderful firefighters came to YES last Thursday and spent lunch and recess with the children.  A good time was had by all.