Friday, February 16, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In reading workshop, students spent some more time reading about and researching Arctic animals.  The children also read their own version of Balto, too.  On Thursday, the entire second grade spent our reading time at HMS with sixth grade friends.  The sixth grade teams planned a fun winter reading celebration that included shared reading, partner reading, bookmark making, and origami. Finally, a session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors continued to draft, edit, revise, and publish expert books using the Book Creator app. 
Handwriting: Writers worked on proper spacing and paragraph writing. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to work on problem solving strategies this week.  They learned how to make ballpark estimates and did a series of activities around the number 100 on our 100th day of school, too. 
Theme:  The class went on a virtual field trip to the Arctic.  Our Google Expedition allowed the children to get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes of the Arctic.
Miscellaneous: The children had a wonderful time exchanging valentines on Valentine’s Day.  It was quite a surprise for all of us when a barbershop quartet joined our class and serenaded us.   
Looking Ahead: 
February 17th - 25th: February Vacation 
March 15th: Arctic Museum


Friday, February 9, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: In reading workshop, we wrapped up our nonfiction reading unit.  The children took their final assessment and we celebrated how much they’ve learned about their world and what’s in it. Finally, a session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors were busy editing, revising, and publishing their expert books. 
Handwriting: Writers wrote some poetry. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to work on problem solving strategies this week.  They used a quantity-quantity-difference diagram, a start-change-end diagram, and a part-part-total diagram to organize their thinking. 
Theme:  The children learned a lot about Arctic animals this week. The children also had a fantastic time at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art with Mrs. Higgison and Ms. Agell.  
Miscellaneous: I enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress this week. A special thank you to those who rescheduled because of the snow.  I appreciate your flexibility.   During conferences, some folks asked great questions about reading levels. Therefore, I am including a leveled book list in the Friday Folder today. It will give you an idea of the types of books that are Level M, which is the end of year second grade target.
Looking Ahead: 
February 14th: Optional Valentine Exchange
February 15th: Winter Reading Celebration @ HMS
February 16th: Final Day to contribute to the World of Change
February 16th: Game Afternoon (Students may bring in an appropriate board or card game to play.)  
February 17th - 25th: February Vacation 

March 15th: Arctic Museum

Friday, February 2, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: In reading workshop, readers continued to grow their knowledge across books. They worked specifically on comparing and contrasting information.  They learned how to interpret and organzine their thoughts using a Venn Diagram, too. Finally, a session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors continued writing nonfiction paragraphs, topic sentences, and supporting details.  They also learned how to write a conclusion. Everyone was able to begin publishing their expert book using the Book Creator app, as well. 
Handwriting: Writers learned how important correct spacing is when printing and how it impacts legibility. 
Math: Mathematicians wrapped up Unit 5 with an assessment geared to see how they are applying addition and subtraction skills. Unit 6 began with a lesson on data collection.  The class also learned how to create a picture graph and bar graph. 
Theme:  The children learned a lot about the Arctic landscape this week.  They also learned about the Iditarod. Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is our current read aloud. The children also learned a lot about the world and what’s in it from their third grade peers. We had the opportunity to visit some third grade classes who were presenting their country reports.  Finally, students enjoyed participating in today’s School Spirit Day and learning about Groudhog Day. 
Looking Ahead: 
February 6th: Art Museum w/ Mrs. Higgison
February 7th, 8th, and 9th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 15: Arctic Museum w/Mrs. Spencer

Friday, January 26, 2018

A Peek At The Week

 Literacy: In reading workshop, readers grew their knowledge across books in “rug clubs”.  They  also worked with sets of books about the same topic to really increase their expertise. They compared and contrasted information and noticed how the books went together.  Finally, a session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors continued writing nonfiction paragraphs, topic sentences, and supporting details.  They also learned how to add transition words to increase the flow of their piece and connect their ideas. The class did audio recordings of their Native American stories and posted them on Seesaw, too.
Handwriting: Writers learned how to correctly form and use quotation marks. 
Math: Mathematicians worked on problem solving strategies this week.  They used an open number line, a start-change-end diagram, and a part-part-total diagram to organize their thinking. 
Theme:  The children learned a lot about the Inuit and how they survive in such a harsh climate.  
The class also enjoyed Wacky Sock Day. Many socks were collected for those in need.  Feel free to invite your youngster to serenade you with a rendition of “Black Socks”. 
Looking Ahead: 
February 6th: Art Museum
February 7th, 8th, and 9th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Although it was a mere three days, a lot of learning took place in Room 205 this week!
Literacy: In reading workshop, the class continued to learn effective strategies for reading nonfiction.  Readers worked on more decoding skills.  They also learned how to smooth out their reading after decoding a tricky word and rereading it like an expert. Finally, a session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors learned about paragraphs, topic sentences, and supporting details.  They started writing the first chapter of their expert book.  As you can see pictured below, the children used QR codes to listen to several personal narratives from other second grade authors. After that experience, the class created speaking goals for when they create an audio clip of their work.  We drafted a rubric to help us remember to use appropriate volume, expression, rate, and accuracy when recording. 
Handwriting: Writers learned about homophones and wrote homophone pairs in their journals. 
Math: Mathematicians learned more about making change, arrays, polygons, and telling time to the nearest five minutes. 
Theme:  The class  compared and contrasted the Arctic vs. the Antarctic.
Looking Ahead: 
January 26th: Wacky Sock Day
Option: Bring in a pair of new socks to donate to those in need.
February 7th, 8th, and 9th:
Parent/Teacher Conferences
A paper with individual time slots are in each Friday Folder.