We've spent time over the last two weeks building our community by getting to know each other and setting up routines and expectations.
*Children began creating learning portfolios and filing work to begin the process of documenting their learning throughout the year.
* As a class, we spent time creating a classroom volume chart to determine what volume would be appropriate at different times during our school day.
Voice: Silent, Whisper, Quiet
*Worked together to create classroom rules. The goal - to support each other in creating a classroom environment in which we all can do our very best.
*Played activities such as "Just Like Me" and "Would You Rather"
*Hopes and Dreams - Children took time to think about goals and hopes for their second grade year. Hopes and Dreams are posted on the bulletin board outside of our classroom.
*Talked about our second grade community.
*Discussed Random Acts of Kindness and how kindness is passed on.
*Opened areas of the classroom while reviewing proper care and use of materials. This included our classroom library, math area, as well as art supplies.
*Discussed and reviewed the FA Bees. Each child illustrated one FA Bee
*Full 2nd Grade Reflection after our first full week together.
* Ordering numbers from least to greatest
*Place value - understanding what 534 means in relation to how many ones, tens, and hundreds
*Practiced with base ten blocks
*Dominoes and addition
*Exploring other math materials such as Geoboards, Cards, and Place value mats
*Students learned about and practiced with writing numbers in
Standard Form: 245 Written Form: two hundred forty-five Expanded Form: 200 + 40 + 5
*Independent reading - introduced reading log
*Author's Choice - A part of our day in which children can take advantage of several writing opportunities such as poems, recipes, comics, stories, KWL charts, writing letters or fiction stories.
*Writers' Notebook - Children started by listing 3 summer memories to brainstorm a writing prompt
Topics discussed: Editing, punctuation, starting with capitals, spacing in writing, adding detail: Answering the why, what, when, how, why, and who.
Children wrote about a summer memory.
*Heart Map - a list of topics and things one enjoys. This will serve as a getting to know you tool as well as prompts for writing.
*Spelling: short vowel sounds
*Learning Circles - Children spent some time reflecting on themselves as learners. We used learning circles to list strengths and goals.
Strengths are listed in the center and goals or "growing edges" are listed along the edge of the circle. Ask your child to share what he/she came up with.