Our Second Grade Classroom
Here is what we've been up to...
* We practiced the sounds s makes when added to a base word as in
* Boys - the s /z/ cats - the s /s/
* Discussed plural and singular words
* Discussed the schwa sound in words like buses and boxes
*Introduced LAM (Language Arts Menu) : This is a variety of Language Arts activities that children can rotate through. It is their choice with the goal of rotating through 3 different activities before repeating a selection.
Some choices on LAM include Lexia, Author's Choice, Writing a personal experience in writer's notebook, read independently, and
*Children labeled and learned about their WRITING PROCESS FOLDER as well as their READING FOLDER - perhaps you could ask your child to explain how they use their WRITING PROCESS FOLDER.
*Handwriting practice - frog jump Capital Letters - see the home connection folder as your letter reference.
*Daily Oral Language - review and practice with writing conventions: Children edit sentences for punctuation, capital letters, pronouns, proper nouns. We have spent time listening for the lift at the end of a question in order to recognize that it needs a question mark.
*Count on by 1s, 10s, and 100s for three digit numbers.
For example, children would recognize a pattern in 356, 366, ---?---, 386 --?--, ---?---.
For the example above, children would need to continue the pattern adding to the tens. As you see at one point, there is a need to regroup to the hundreds. We worked this out using the base ten blocks. Then children practiced in their workbooks.
Using base ten blocks and place value chart to read, write, and represent numbers to 1,000.
*Read and write numbers to 1,000 in standard form - 1, 000
expanded form: one thousand
Expanded form: 1,000 is 1000 + 0 + 0
354 is 300 + 50 + 4
Vocabulary - greater than (>) AND less than (<). Children practiced identifying greater than and less than - first comparing the hundreds place, then the tens, and finally the ones place if necessary. 675 is ------than 678. Children also practiced reading: 345 >321 ( 345 is greater than 321).
*As you know each second grader received a cube to decorate and to share with others during a class meeting. Each cube includes important facts about each student, as well a special object to put inside the box representing a part of his or her life.
This share gives second graders the opportunity to practice speaking in front of a small group. Each student is asked to make sure he or she enunciates each word, speaks clearly, and includes details and important information.
As an audience, students practice listening to the speaker and asking thoughtful and connected questions to the speaker’s share.
Most importantly, we are able to learn a little more about each other during these first few weeks of school building our classroom community. We will continue the "All About Me" shares next week.
*Buddy interviews. Children were partnered up for an interview. We discussed the roles when conducting an interview. Children planned by choosing questions, writing out questions ahead of time, interviewing partners, and writing answers. We will continue the process of using part of the question to turn the answers into complete sentences. Children will then turn the information into a complete paragraph with a topic and closing sentence. They will follow the process with a first draft, editing, and final draft. For example the children might have their questions and answers written:
In our lesson about turning answers into a sentence, we discussed using part of the question and considering that the audience for the paragraph about a buddy isn't the interviewee anymore so it is no longer a question. Below is an example of what we practiced in class.
Ex: What is your favorite sport? Answer: soccer
Turned into a complete sentence: Sarah's favorite sport is soccer.
Below are photos of "All About Me" Shares, interviews, and our Shoe Greeting. Enjoy!