We have had a wonderful start to second grade. We have spent time getting to know each other, the second grade routines, building friendships, and exploring new curriculum. As a class we discussed the need for team work and class jobs. The children were active in the process of creating jobs and had their first full week of being responsible for one specific job. We will continue to rotate these jobs throughout the year. One of our jobs is the journalist. Each week or two we will have a journalist that chooses highlights from the week that he/she writes on our Ask Me About... sheet. The purpose of Ask Me About is to prompt conversation at home about what your child is doing during the school day. We hope you find this to be a great conversation starter. We will also begin another Friday routine this week - sending home "Friday Files" which is a packet of work that your child has done over a week or two. This packet is for you to keep at home.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parents' Night next Thursday. We will begin in the second grade classrooms at 6:30.
All the Best,
Other things we have been up to....
"Hopes and Dreams" for second grade
Children established their own personal goals for our year together. We reflected on our Hopes and Dreams as a community and discussed the need for a safe and supportive environment which allows each of us to reach our full potential. This discussion lead naturally to the conversation of creating classroom rules together. We also reviewed the Friends Academy Be's ( ex: be respectful, be honest, be resilient, etc.) and each child illustrated one.
Reading - Children began the week logging onto Lexia Core 5. We reviewed how to select a "just right" book based on interest and reading comfort. Children began independent reading and started logging those titles down on their in class reading log. We also practiced Buddy reading and our shared reading program Making Meaning which guides children through good comprehension strategies.
Writing - We began Writers' Workshop and children wrote in their Writer's Notebook. We spent time creating a list of writing topics and themes to help prompt children during journaling opportunities. Each child also created a "heart map" which consists of things that are important to them and held close to their heart. The heart maps will serve as a resource when children are searching for a writing topic.
Our second grade throughline is community. Over the last week and a half, as well as throughout the year, children will spend time getting to know each other and other members of our greater community. They will be conducting interviews, be interviewed, and participate in other "getting to know you" activities.
In math we worked on:
* Place Value
* recognizing and reading numbers into the 1000s
* writing numbers in standard, word, and expanded form