Our Second Grade Classroom
* Children continued the writing process for their second grade partner interview.
This week, the children turned their complete sentences into a first draft paragraph with an opening and closing sentence.
After conferencing and discussing edits, children used their first draft edits to begin writing their final draft.
Next week, children will continue finishing up final drafts.
* Continued work with LAM ( Language Arts Menu) - children are working independently choosing from a variety of language arts activities.
The goals are working independently and practicing a variety of skills while the teacher works with small groups.
Comprehension Strategies in Reading:
We practiced and discussed reading strategies: Visualizing, predicting, questioning/wondering, text-to-text connections, and text-to-self connections.
Children practiced with Visualizing, Predicting, and Wondering:
as they listened to our new read aloud, The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.
The story is about a classroom pet hamster named Humphrey. Children drew a picture of what they visualized during the read aloud.
We made predictions and shared questions that we had throughout the story.
Practice with the three sounds of ed at the end of a word as in
spelled - /d/
lasted - /id/
baked - /t/
We also worked with compound words - combining and breaking apart compound words to notice the two smaller words in them.
Continued work in grammar through the use of Daily Oral Language.
As a group we edit sentences for punctuation, capital letters, subject-verb agreement, etc.
We read All My Parts by Ted Arnold as an introduction to idioms.
Other books on this subject include Even More Parts by Ted Arnold and The Cat's Pajamas by Wallace Edwards
We discussed several idioms and their meaning such as
"on top of the world"
"let the cat out of the bag"
"crack me up"
Children practiced matching idioms to complete unfinished sentences.
We will continue practicing with idioms and reading more
Parent - Teacher Conferences
Children have begun preparing for their P-T conferences by learning how to organize and collect work in their portfolio as well as reflecting
on their work and learning..
Addition of 3 digit numbers without regrouping
Addition of 3 digit numbers with regrouping in the ones and tens.
We broke down problems into ones, tens, and hundreds adding them in this fashion as well. For example, we practice with examples like 356 +234 =?
6 ones + 4 ones = ? ones
5 tens + 3 tens = ? tens
3 hundreds +2 hundreds = ?
so, 356 + 234 = ?
Children have worked on setting up 3 digit and 2 digit math addition problems correctly, being sure that numbers are in the correct place.
We discussed the importance of neat and careful work when working in math in order to avoid careless errors.
Children have also been working on reading, understanding, and solving addition word problems with and without regrouping.
We also continued our "All About Me" cube sharing. Great job, Second Graders!