Friday, April 28, 2017

A Peek At The Week

The children came back from vacation well rested and ready to learn.  I look forward to a wonderful final stretch, as the end of the year approaches! 

Literacy: Recently in reading workshop, the class wrapped up our character unit.  They have studied the characters in their books carefully, and have learned how to glean “life lessons” from them, when applicable.  We also dove into a Fairytale Unit.  The children have identified the patterns of this genre.  They’ve also learned how to compare the classics to the “fractured” versions.   A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors wrote book reviews.  They wrote summaries, opinions, and recommendations. 
Handwriting: The class learned about alliteration.  They wrote sentences filled with this literary device. 
Math: Mathematicians have embarked on our final Everyday Math unit of study.  The class has done a WONDERFUL job this week learning about fractions.  They have learned how to read fractions, what a numerator, denominator, and mixed number is, as well as how to make “fair shares”. 
Theme: The children completed another Google Expedition.  This time we went to the zoo and under the ocean. We also started a unit on matter.  The children took a pre-assessment and started to gain understanding about the different states of matter. 
Miscellaneous: A message from The Book Fairy Pantry Project Team:
Our goal is to stock the Yarmouth Food Pantry with new or nearly new children's books for children to choose when they access the Food Pantry with their families.  Our kickoff meeting with students on May 9th will provide more details, but here are some basics...
*children will be asked to look through their personal book collections and choose up to 5 children's books (from board books on up) they are no longer using
*the books should be in new or nearly new condition
*the books will be collected for a week after our community meeting kick off and will be delivered to the Yarmouth Food Pantry for distribution
Looking Ahead:
May 3rd: Optional Book Order Due   (Class On-Line Code: J6YBZ)

May 9th: Book Fairy Pantry Community Meeting at YES

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: This week in reading workshop, readers’ theater practice and independent reading was our focus. The children also became character detectives.  They were on the lookout for when a character surprised them. A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors wrote and illustrated a persuasive essay about ants, after reading Hey Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. Writers also learned the importance of “knowing your audience or reader”.  They had the chance to put that knowledge into practice by drafting persuasive letters to their teacher. They wrote to either convince her to have a “free choice” laptop session or not to have one.  They were quite convincing and seem to know her well. :) 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing and punctuating dates and letter closings. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to learn about geometry. They did more rectangular partitioning.  The class also discussed, built, and explained equal groups and arrays.  Because there is no school next Friday, the next optional Discovery Math is due on Thursday, April 13th.
Theme: Children had time to put finishing touches on all of their Arctic projects.  
Miscellaneous: There was a lot of excitement because of “Spirit Week” We also enjoyed an encore performance of K-4’s Yarmouth’s Got Talent participants on Wednesday.  Finally, thank you so much for coming to our Learning Celebration this morning.  It meant a great deal to the children to be able to share their work and learning with a caring audience. 
Looking Ahead:
April 14: No School 

The Week of April 17th: Vacation

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class created character trait posters of either Jack or Annie.  Readers also focused on reading fluently while practicing their Arctic readers’ theater plays. A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors wrote and illustrated Arctic poetry.  The children wrote favorite Arctic animal paragraphs, too. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing and punctuating dates and letter closings. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to learn about geometry. They identified three dimensional shapes like cylinders, spheres, rectangular prisms, cubes, pyramids, triangular prisms, and hexagonal prisms.  The children also learned how to partition rectangles which formed arrays and provided foundational multiplication practice.  Straws and twist ties were used to construct three dimensional shapes, which was a highlight of the week.
Theme: The class created Arctic hats for our learning celebration on the 7th.  
Miscellaneous: Second graders enjoyed participating in “Jumprope for Heart” during P.E. and Guidance this week. 

Looking Ahead:
April 3-7th: Spirit Week:
Monday:  Community Meeting  
Tuesday: Inside-Out Day (wear clothes inside out)                                                                                  
Wednesday: Yarmouth Clippers Day (wear a Clipper shirt or navy blue and white)
Thursday: Mix and Match Day (wear mismatched clothing) 
Friday: Hat Day (any hat will do)                                                          

April 7th: 9:15-9:55 Learning Celebration


Friday, March 24, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class finished reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime, by Mary Pope Osborn.  Readers focused on making predictions and noticing when characters did or said what they thought they would, or when they were surprised by them. Students also read Arctic song lyrics and a “living” thank you note. We were able to finish Balto, our current read aloud, as well. A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors shared their Expert Books and finished their Arctic Reports.  Finally, the children wrote persuasive letters about a favorite character. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing a paragraph. 
Math: Mathematicians started a geometry unit. This study is vocabulary rich! After learning about two-dimensional shapes, the children looked closely at geometric attributes. They identified polygons, right angles, vertices, and sides.  Parallel lines and line segments were also created and pinpointed.  Straws and twist ties were used to construct triangles, pentagons, and hexagons, too. 
Theme: In social studies, the children focused on Inuit leisure activities like string games and story telling.  
Looking Ahead:
March 31st: Beach Day (Students can bring a towel, sunglasses, and sunhat for a special “beach lunch” in the cafeteria.)
April 3-7th: Spirit Week:
Monday:  Community Meeting
Tuesday: Inside-Out Day (wear clothes inside out)
Wednesday: Yarmouth Clippers Day (wear a Clipper shirt or navy blue and white)
Thursday: Mismatch or Mix and Match Day (wear mismatched clothing)

Friday: Hat Day (any hat will do)

April 7th: Family Learning Celebration from 9:15 to 9:55









Friday, March 17, 2017

A Peek At The Week

 Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class continued reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime, by Mary Pope Osborn.  We focused on retelling and comprehension strategies.  The kids also did some animal adaptation reading.  One task required them to read a passage with many missing words, and then use context clues to fill in the blanks.  A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors finished publishing their expert books. They also started to publish their Arctic reports. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing antonyms. 
Math: Mathematicians wrapped up Unit 7.  They sorted shapes based on their attributes, made estimations, created pictographs, and worked with line plot graphs.  
Theme: In social studies, the children focused on Arctic art.  They learned about Arctic masks and created Arctic clay sculptures with local artist extraordinaire, Kat Gillies.  
Looking Ahead:

April 3-7th: Spirit Week (more details to come)