Children Interview Each Other
* Conducting Interviews: As a class we brainstormed interview questions, each child then selected 4 questions to ask a friend, and then conducted their interviews with a partner.
* Children filled out a reading questionnaire to learn about themselves as readers.
* Making Meaning: During shared reading we discussed and practiced reading comprehension strategies. We have been discussing strategies and procedures such as turn to your partner, practicing to be a good listener, visualization, text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections.
*Language Arts Menu - the students used their language arts menu which includes choices such as Lexia, independent reading, buddy reading, authors's choice, and writer's notebook.
*Discussed graphic organizers for brainstorming and organizing writing ideas. Children spent time writing about their weekend and other small moments in their Writer's Notebook.
*Spelling - Children worked with their first spelling list. Great job, second grade, completing your homework and spelling exercises. You will see your child's spelling assessment with a yellow sheet attached to it in your child's blue folder. The yellow sheet has a list of optional activities that children can do to practice words that they are still learning. I will periodically also include individual lists from your child's writing. Please keep your child's completed test and list of activities in the home-connection for future reference.
*Spelling Rule: practiced with cvc words - consonant-vowel-consonant words and doubling the consonant before adding the suffix - ing or ed.
*Children spent some time conferencing with me about their work, portfolios, discussing goals, and preparing for their role in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
*Children shared their "All About Me" boxes.
*Last week we read Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson which is a story that starts with a little girl picking blueberries and giving them to a neighbor. Mary's kind deed is passed on throughout the book. The book celebrates kindness and displays how one small act of kindness has a ripple effect and how kindness can be passed to impact many people. The children then wrote about two ways in which they are or can be peace makers. One way was focused on acts of kindness at home while the other focused on school.
In handwriting we practiced magic c letters and capital corner starters which start near "Mr. Smiley." H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
* In math we worked on ....
*greater than > and less than <
*adding 3 digit numbers without regrouping
*adding 3 digit numbers with regrouping
*explored math games such as Top-It, various dice addition games, and a Top-It Place Value game
Children also completed a reflection about the Language Arts Menu (LAM) and have begun to think about what they will do for next week's LAM.