September News

Class News 9/30/2016

Here are some things we’ve been working on in second grade.

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continuing to focus on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Students are becoming more proactive with every-day items such as unpacking and packing.  Hopefully, your child is becoming more proactive at home too.  For example, brushing his/her teeth without reminders.    : )

 

Podcast [Click here for the link.]

We were unable to make a podcast today due to the special Fun Walk event.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Look for clues that help us learn about characters and their character traits.

* Reread texts (or sections) to better understand.

* Working with a partner can be helpful to us.  We will learn how to “flag” items we want to talk with our reading partners about.  Then we will spend our partner time wisely.

* We began meeting in reading groups.

* Students are writing one reading response journal entry every day about a book that they read.

 

Next week:

* We hope to fully implement reading groups

* We plan to begin incorporating Chromebooks (Ex. RAZ Kids reading) during our Daily 5 (during guided reading times).  If your child does not yet have headphones at school and you are able to send them in for next week, it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

* We also hope to begin listening to reading on mp3s

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Making quick sketches to help us remember what we plan to write.

* Writing small moment stories.  Small moment stories zoom in on one part.  For example, the Fun Walk.  They do not start with “I came to school”, or end with “I went home”.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Did math explorations

* Began our first unit assessment.  We solved an Open Response problem independently and worked to explain our thinking.  Odd numbered units will include this type of assessment, in addition to the “traditional” assessment.  Even numbered units do not include an Open Response problem.  Instead they include a Cumulative Assessment (reflecting concepts from previous units).

* We will take the “traditional” unit assessment for unit 1 on Monday, October 3rd.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned:

* Three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.

* What happens to snow on mountains in the spring.

* Erosion is wearing away of our land over time.

 

Listening/Language Skills Lessons with Mrs. Coleman

* We had a word association lesson this week.  Students used clues and a sentence to try to name a specific word.  For example:

(1) It means difficult.

(2) It rhymes with “chard”.

The correct answer is “hard”.

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Thank you for helping your child to remember to bring his/her September calendar back to school.  We most enjoy reading the students’ and parents’ reflections on the activities. Thank you for taking the time to complete this!

The October calendar came home this week.

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Class News 9/23/2016

Here are some things we’ve been working on in second grade.

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We are reading the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey.  This book is a kid-friendly version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  The Kids version presents the ideas in story form.  We are reading one story at a time and focusing on that habit.  Currently we are focusing on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Essentially, this habit is about taking initiative to do the things we need to do BEFORE someone asks us to do them. 

We’ve been talking about things that the students can do at school to be proactive.  Here are some of the things we’ve identified and are working on:

Morning tasks:

* Move your attendance stick right away

* Unpack your backpack and sort items (reading logs, daily notebooks, etc.) for the teacher

Mid-day tasks:

* Get out your math journal and a pencil in preparation for math.

* Help to put away things that we find on the floor.

End of the day tasks:

* Help clean up the room and get it ready for the next school day.

* Check your mailbox and coat rack to be sure you packed everything.

 

Podcast [Click here for the link.]

We made our first podcast this week.  Students learned how it works.  They also learned that they need to speak loudly or the microphone doesn’t pick up their voice. 

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Think about a text BEFORE reading it.  We should look at the covers (front and back), read the title and any “blurb” on the back cover, as well as, look at any cover illustrations before we open the book.

* Think DURING reading about what is in the text.  Make connections to your life and to other texts you’ve read.

* Think AFTER reading about what you read in the text.

 

Next week:

* We hope to begin reading groups

* We hope to begin listening to reading on mp3s.  Students will need headphones (or ear buds) to listen to audio books.  Thank you VERY MUCH to everyone that has already sent in headphones.  They are labeled, bagged, and in the children’s browsing boxes.

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Planning across our hand what we will write.  We begin with the thumb (beginning), and end with the pinky (end).

* Writing needs a beginning, middle, and end.  We review the first grade lesson on ending with a feeling about the topic.  For example, a writing piece that is about going to the park might end like this.  “I had a lot of fun at the park.  I can’t wait to go back again!”

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Started math boxes.  Math boxes are quick skill practice problems (things we have already learned).

* Learned how to agree and disagree with classmates respectfully.  We are learning that it is important what words we use, but also how we say the words.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned:

* Water flows downhill.

* Brooks are the smallest flowing body of water.  Brooks flow into streams.  Streams flow into rivers.  Rivers flow into lakes and eventually into the oceans.

* Most water is found in our oceans.

* Ponds are shallow bodies of water.

 

Listening/Language Skills Lessons with Mrs. Coleman

* We had another listening skills lesson this week.  Students listened to a story and followed directions to carefully color a picture.

* We had a language lesson about opposites.  Students used clues to name the opposite of a give word.  For example:  It is the opposite of wet.  It rhymes with cry.

 

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Students should be completing 3 activities each week on the monthly homework calendar.  Please help your child complete the reflection on the back of the calendar.    We are looking forward to reading them!  Your child should bring his/her September calendar back to school on Friday (September 30th).  The October calendar will come home in the weekly folder that day. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 


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Class News 9/16/2016

We have been busy in second grade!

 

Reading

We are BIG TIME READERS in second grade!  Big time readers make lots of decisions when they read.  One decision readers make is whether a book is “too easy”, “too hard”, or “just right”.  A book is “just right” when it makes the reader work a little bit.  They could be working on decoding (i.e., saying the words), fluency (i.e., reading smoothly with expression), or comprehension (i.e., understanding the text).

 

Writing

We have begun our first unit of study:  getting started/launching with small moments. 

* Students made an “All about Me” book focusing each page on a different topic.  For example, my family, where I live, etc. 

* We made of a list of things we might choose to write about this year.  We have learned that writers write about things about which they feel strongly.

* Students brought home their Writer’s Notebooks (composition books) to decorate with pictures, words, etc.  The decorations should represent at least 8 different writing ideas.  Please help your child to remember to bring his/her Writer’s Notebook back to school on Monday (9/19).  We’ll be using them in class next week.  Thank you!

 

Monthly Homework Calendars (Click here for the link.)

Students should be completing 3 activities each week on the monthly homework calendar.  Please help your child complete the reflection on the back of the calendar.    We are looking forward to reading them!  Your child should bring his/her September calendar back to school on Friday (September 30th).  The October calendar should come home in the weekly folder that day.  If your child ever misplaces his/her homework calendar, you can print another from our website.

 

Math  (Click here for the link.)

We are getting into the groove of math. 

* Every day we work on mental math (math in your head).  We’ve done a lot of counting.  We have counted by 1s, 5s, and 10s.

* We have learned that coins have clues on them to help you know which coin you are dealing with.

 

Science  (Click here for the link.)

We are learning about landforms and bodies of water on Earth.  We will focus on 5 landforms (hills, mountains, valleys, plateaus, and plains) and 5 bodies of water (streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans).  We learned about John Wesley Powell, who explored the west.

 

Daily Notebooks

Children are getting “into the groove” with their daily notebooks.  Each day we try to write about something we did in reading, writing, math, and science (if we did science that day).  We hope you are finding this glimpse into our school day helpful as you talk with your child about what we are doing in the classroom.  This is an area you will see tremendous growth this year!  Thank you very much for supporting your child with this by reading your child’s entry and initialing it each day.

 

Listening Skills Lesson

·         We had a great listening skills lesson with Mrs. Coleman this week!  Mrs. Coleman comes in on Friday mornings and does a language or social skills lesson with us.  This week we followed directions carefully to color a picture.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!