Friday, November 9, 2018

A Peek At The Week



Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers worked on checking and rereading when something doesn’t make sense or sound right.  Readers also worked on retelling a story and noticed how many authors make everything click together at the end of a book.  In word work, the class worked with onsets and rhymes.  They also did a lot of work with short and long vowel i words. In Writing Workshop, authors learned the art of peer conferencing. They continued to notice an author’s powerful craft move and tried it out in their own writing.  Using descriptive and precise words was a focus this week, as well. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the letters y and j. They also continued to work on correctly forming their numbers. Finally, they wrote singular and plural forms of a word.
Math: Mathematicians have made some great gains in the area of subtraction.  They have learned several strategies like Think Addition, Friendly Tens, Doubles, Fact Families, Counting Up and Counting Back. The class also identified number patterns using “Guess My Rule” diagrams.
Theme: The children in Room 205 became cartographers this week.  They learned more about maps and created their own map of an imaginary island country.  
Miscellaneous: We had our first mindful moment with Erica Marcus on Thursday.  Ms. M will be visiting our classroom each week, for the next six weeks, to give children mindful tools and strategies. 
 Looking Ahead:  
November 12th: No School
November 13th: World of Change Presentation and Art Museum Field Trip with Mrs. Higgison and Ms. Agell
November 14th: I will be at a math conference in Freeport for most of the day. 
November 15th: Junior Achievement: Our Community
November 16th: Yarmouth Bus Tour Field Trip

Friday, November 2, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers continued to roll up their sleeves and learn more strategies for solving tricky words.  They focused on how to decode words, especially those tricky vowel teams. Readers also realized that was only half of the work.  Once they figured out the word, then they need to understand what the word meant.  Having an eagle eye and using the skippy frog technique helped them in this work.  In word work, the class learned about r controlled vowels. They also did a long and short a sort. In Writing Workshop, authors wrote thought shots, learned craft moves from authors, learned about similes, and focused on using their words to show vs. tell.  They also got out their new writing journals and began to apply what they’ve learned about writing to self selected topics including fiction and poetry. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the letter k. They also worked on correctly forming their numbers. Finally, they wrote several rhyming words.
Math: Mathematicians have made some wonderful gains in their addition fact fluency.  They learned more efficient strategies this week and began making an addition subtraction connection through the use of fact families. They got their set of school and at home fact triangles to use and even played a variety of fall/pumpkin games.  Finally, the class learned about symmetry and some basic multiplication skills. 
Theme: We continued to learn about our community.  The children learned about community helpers and learned about some of the typical jobs in a community. We went on a virtual field trip of Yarmouth using the app Google Earth with Mrs. Wolinsky.  Students also learned more about maps and the compass rose. 
Miscellaneous: We had two guest teachers join our classroom this week. Mrs. Johnston did a writing lesson on Monday and Dr. Dolloff was our guest reader today.  
 Looking Ahead:  
November 12th: No School
November 13th: Art Museum Field Trip with Mrs. Higgison and Ms. Agell
November 16th: Yarmouth Field Trip with Mrs. Spencer


Friday, October 26, 2018

A Peek At The Week


 Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers rolled up their sleeves and learned more strategies for solving tricky words.  They found little words in bigger words, focused on context clues, used picture clues, and looked at all parts of a word to decode it.  In word work, the class learned about antonyms, synonyms,  prefixes, and suffixes. In Writing Workshop, authors focused on storytelling by using a wordless picture book. They also learned how to include thought shots or internal dialogue into their writing. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the letter e and l. They also worked on identifying and writing tall, small, and descending letters.
Math: Mathematicians learned about name collection boxes, found odd and even patterns, and solved frames and arrows patterns.  They played Splat, Zap and Name That Number. Finally, they took their second unit assessment. 
Theme: We continued to learn about our community.  The children identified characteristics of a rural, suburban, and urban community.  They also identified some unique characteristics of Yarmouth.
Miscellaneous: We had our second community meeting today which featured different class pumpkins including our very own Molly Lou Melon pumpkin. The class loved visiting the Book Fair this week, too.
 Looking Ahead:  
November 2nd: Picture Retakes 
November 12th: No School


Friday, October 19, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers did some poetry choral reading and learned how to identify an author’s purpose.  They learned the difference between facts and opinions and identified problems and solutions in a text. The children completed a Johnny Appleseed listening center and community book stop & jot activity.  In word work this week, the class concentrated on digraphs, syllables, adding commas in a series, and how to alphabetize. In Writing Workshop, authors focused on writing complete sentences, adding action to their narratives with strong verbs, and putting conversation into their stories with appropriate dialogue tags.
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the letter “i”.
Math: Mathematicians worked with geo boards to create shapes and then divided those shapes into halves and fourths. They also wrote and solved subtraction stories.  A domino center reinforced principles of addition, while the hundreds chart helped them add and notice patterns.  The class participated in a math filled pumpkin center, too. 
Theme: This week we’ve really focused on our community in social studies.  The children have learned the difference between rural, suburban, and urban communities.  They’ve learned about the flora and fauna of a community and even spent some time studying maps of Yarmouth. Finally, our painted lady butterflies all emerged this week and were released today!
Miscellaneous:  A representative from the The Cromwell Center visited all of the second grade classes today.  Their mission is to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities. For more information, feel free to check out: http://cromwellcenter.org/
The class has also been learning about the brain, what it means to have a growth mindset, how we can view mistakes, and the power of “yet”. 
 Looking Ahead:  
Our class will visit the Book Fair on October 23rd from 1:25 to 1:50 and on the 25th from 2:55 to 3:20.  Feel free to come in and join us if you’d like to get in on the Book Fair fun!
October 26th: Community Meeting







Friday, October 12, 2018

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: Recently in Reading Workshop, the children have learned how to identify “snap” words and to scoop up words and phrases fluently.  They’ve begun to partner read and stop and jot their thinking.  They also learned about the different parts of a Time For Kids magazine and had their first TFK parent volunteer session. In word work this week, the class concentrated on contractions. Authors focused on writing long and strong in writing workshop.  They now know how to wrap up their pieces by choosing a powerful ending and have strategies to apply when they get “stuck” in the middle of their story. Finally, important work took place on adding details to their narratives. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the “magic c” letters a, d and g.  Along with a review of punctuations marks, they also brushed up on the correct formation of letter t and u. 
Math: Mathematicians have been working hard on using efficient addition strategies.  They are working toward memorizing their doubles and compliments of ten. Once they know these fact efficiently, they can use them as “helper facts” to figure out many other facts. The class also learned about the part, part, whole strategy, turn around facts, and fact families. They played Zap as a class and learned several other math games to reinforce and practice the concepts in Unit Two.
Theme: If you’ve been checking out your child’s Seesaw account, you know our visitors have changed and a metamorphosis is happening before our very eyes. Scientists have been closely observing our painted lady caterpillars which have now formed a chrysalis. Because it can be difficult to tell one from the other, the children have also learned how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly. Finally, the children created a pumpkin patch, did an apple science center, and constructed breathing buddies. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check out our Seesaw “Breathing Buddies” movie. 
Miscellaneous:  YES was abuzz when our Yarmouth Fire and Rescue crew paid us a visit.  Every year one coloring sheet is randomly picked from each grade level and the artist gets to ride home from school on a fire truck. We were all so excited to have one of our very own classmates chosen! YAY! 
Looking Ahead:  October 17, 18, & 19: Parent/Teacher Conferences