Friday, October 18, 2019

A Peek At The Week




Literacy: In Reading Workshop, readers have been scooping up snap words, retelling to ensure comprehension, stopping and jotting to keep track of their thinking, and rolling up their sleeves to solve tricky words. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In word work, the class created sentence buddies, learned about commas in a series, and learned how to alphabetize. Prefixes and suffixes were also introduced. In Writing Workshop, authors focused on writing complete sentences.  They added transition words to their pieces, and began putting conversation into their stories with appropriate dialogue tags.  Finally, the class created a garden poetry display in the hallway. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing the letters “a” and “d” using the “Magic c”.
Math: Mathematicians worked with geoboards to create shapes and then divided those shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths. They also wrote and solved subtraction stories.  A domino center reinforced some of the principles of addition, while the hundreds chart helped them add and notice patterns.  Basic addition fact strategies were practiced and shared. Odd and even numbers were reviewed.
Theme: Students participated in two STEM projects that involved density/buoyancy and aerodynamics. They also learned about leaves and trees. 
Miscellaneous: Thank you for joining me in celebrating the many things your child has already accomplished. I enjoyed the conferences.  I also wanted to share that we happily welcomed a new student to Room 205 this week!  
 Looking Ahead:  
Our class will visit the YES Book Fair in our library on October 21st from 1:25 to 1:50 and on the 23rd 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 25th: Community Meeting


Monday, October 7, 2019

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: The readers in Room 205 are growing like beanstalks! This week the children made decisions about how they would read a text based on their initial observations of the book, and by noticing hints given by the author. They also practiced taking sneak peeks, paid close attention to punctuation, and worked on establishing good reading partner habits. They learned about the different parts of a Time For Kids magazine and symbols they can use to interact with the text. In word work this week, the class concentrated on putting words in alphabetical order, learned about the difference between common and proper nouns, and identified singular and plural nouns. Authors focused on writing “long and strong” in writing workshop. Important work took place on adding details to their narratives. Proper use of quotation marks and powerful endings were also put into practice.
Handwriting: Writers printed “same as capitals”.  
Math: After taking an assessment on the material in Unit 1, mathematicians have been working hard on using efficient addition strategies.  They are working toward memorizing their doubles and complements of ten. Once they know these facts efficiently, they can use them as “helper facts” to figure out many other facts. The class wrote number stories and exchanged money amounts. They played Zap as a class and learned several other math games to reinforce and practice the concepts in Unit Two.
Theme: Scientists took home their lima beans to observe and/or replant. They created painted lady Seesaw science posts, and updated their science journals with their experiments and observations. Symbiotic relationships were reviewed, too. 
Miscellaneous:  YES was abuzz when our Yarmouth Fire and Rescue crew paid us a visit on Friday.   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. Fun!
Looking Ahead:  
October 11 and 14: No School
October 16, 17, & 18: Parent/Teacher Conferences


Friday, September 27, 2019

A Peek At The Week


Literacy: In Reading Workshop this week, the children learned about and worked on using different decoding strategies when they encountered tricky words.  They’ll be bringing home a strategy bookmark in their Friday Folders to keep as a reference to use when they are reading independently for homework. Authors focused on creating a lead and adding details to their personal narratives. The children learned about adjectives and verbs, too.
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing capital letters. 
Math: Mathematicians worked on comparing numbers using a greater than, less than, and/or equal to sign.  They used calculators to skip count and enjoyed making and calculating the value of base ten block structures. They identified odd and even numbers and received their first Math Home Link.  Math Home Links will come home on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The task should be done in pencil and take approximately ten minutes or less to complete.  It’s extremely helpful when parents review the Home Link with their child before it is returned to school the following day.  Finally, Discovery Math begins today. This optional activity gives students the opportunity to “mathematize” for fun each week. It’s given on Friday and is due the following Friday for those who wish to participate. 
Science/Social Studies: I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but a special delivery arrived in Room 205 this week.  Scientists think our new visitors are either caterpillars, moths, inch worms, or ants.  The class determined that they’ll need food, water, air, and a safe habitat to survive here at YES.  They think they may need sunlight, too. We will observe and discover more about the new arrivals in the days ahead. Scientists also participated in a plant and seed lab with our scientist in residence, Mrs. Landry. They planted lima bean seeds, did an apple science center, conducted an experiment, and completed a STEM activity. They also made applesauce!
Miscellaneous:  We had our first Community Meeting in the multipurpose room this afternoon with all of our second, third, and fourth grade friends. Also, I did my best to schedule conferences as close as possible to the times that were submitted. You’ll find your child’s conference time in the Friday Folder. There is already a lot to celebrate. I look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you soon.
Looking Ahead:  
October 11th and 14th: No School




Friday, September 20, 2019

A Peek At The Week


  Literacy: In Reading Workshop this week, the children learned some new comprehension strategies. They learned how to make a text to self and text to text connection.  They were taught how to visualize and have inner conversations while reading. The authors in Room 205 zoomed in and focused on writing small moments. Each one received a tiny notebook to record their story ideas. Writers learned the importance of visualizing the setting of their stories before writing. Each child created a self portrait. The portraits showed the setting of their story being reflected in a pair of sunglasses. The children also headed back to the garden to write some garden 5 senses poetry. 
Handwriting: Writers practiced printing more “starting corner” and “center starting” capital letters. 
Math: Mathematicians learned about name collection boxes, coins, equivalent numbers, complements of ten, and math boxes.  The class explored their math reference book and identified numbers using a ten frame. Some new math games were introduced, as well.  This week, partners played Tens Go Fish, The Number Grid Game, and Penny Plate. They also created number sticker paintings. 
Theme: Scientists continued to use the school garden as a laboratory for learning. The children learned about symbiotic relationships and identified examples of mutualism and parasitism in the garden. They also learned about seeds, plants, and pollination. There was even a corn husking opportunity during the early morning recess on the playground this week.  Students also learned more about our school community. They were shown the location of the time capsule that was placed beneath the bricks of YES back in 1967.  After this discovery, we created our own classroom time capsule which will stay “buried” until June. 
Miscellaneous: The children learned about having a growth mindset, the power of the word “yet”, and how to be mindful.  They constructed breathing buddies, which we use daily, too. These concepts will be revisited frequently throughout the year.
Looking Ahead:  September 26th: School Picture Day

Friday, September 13, 2019

A Peek At The Week




Literacy: In Reading Workshop, the children worked on making reading “the best it can be”.  Students were taught that being a thinking reader will help them better comprehend a text.  Therefore, the kids learned about and practiced having inner conversations and making predictions while reading.  The class started working on their “at home” reading homework assignments this week, too. In Writing Workshop, authors learned about nouns and began to write their first personal narratives of the year. Students also recently took a spelling assessment of second grade priority words.
Handwriting: Writers took a printing assessment to see what they remember about correct letter formation and placement.  They also practiced forming “starting corner” capital letters.
Math: Mathematicians worked together this week to create a classroom 1,000 number scroll.  They also practiced identifying coins and calculating the value of coin combinations. The class solved number-grid puzzles and worked on explaining their math thinking in writing.  They worked with pattern block templates, too. We measured our smiles and created a hallway bulletin board with them. They really added up! Finally, today Mr. Gross came with some math challenges.
Theme: Scientists created a “Thinking Like A Scientist” booklet identifying the characteristics of a scientist, the tools scientists use, and the wonders they have about science. The kids also learned about magnification.  We have a classroom microscope and each morning there is an opportunity to look at something on it. The class made their way out to the garden once again this week and brought some flowers back into the classroom to observe. Finally, they did a great job with their bus driver safety and evacuation session with Mr. Boucher. 
Miscellaneous: It was a sincere pleasure to spend some time with many of you at Open House last evening. If you were unable to attend, please be on the lookout for your child’s Seesaw QR code coming home in the Friday Folder.  Additionally, you might want to check out the Second Grade Overview on my blog. It has a lot of the information that was covered last night. 
Looking Ahead:  September 19: Rowe/YES Volunteer Orientation at Rowe @ 9 am and 7 pm 
(On-line volunteer forms can be found on the YES website.)
September26th: School Picture Day