Our Second Grade Classroom
We continued practice with parts of speech. We have discussed the meaning of verb (action verbs), adjectives, and nouns - both common and proper. Ask your child to tell you what each one means. We played an activity that required students to identify each word as one of the above. If it was a verb a group of children would act out the action word.
*Children have also been exploring their poet’s ear through the opportunity to write poetry during language arts time. Writing poetry is another option children have when working with their Language Arts Choice Menu. One type of poetry we explored this week, is a Cinquain poem which consists of a specific arrangement of words and lines. We began this lesson with a review parts of speech: noun, adjective, and verb.
Line 1: noun
Line 2: 2 describing (adjectives)
Line 3: 3 verbs (action or doing words) ending in ing
Line 4: 4 words describing how you feel about the noun in line 1
Line 5: another word for the noun in line 1
Standing, swaying, growing
Beautiful art in nature
When students are not in book club or immersed in writing workshop, they are doing a Language Arts Choice Menu. This balanced literacy approach allows for children to strengthen both their reading and writing skills during our language arts block. One option on the Language Arts Choice Menu is Inquiry. Inquiry allows the children to choose topics that they would like to learn more about and independently research the topics. Students document this process in a KWLH chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know? What I Have Learned, and How I Have Learned). Students then decide a way to showcase what they have learned to informally share with their classmates. Finally, students will complete a reflection on the entire process. This is an ongoing project therefore there is no due date.
I have discussed with the class that it is better to complete one KWLH to the best of their ability than to
complete many that reflect little or no effort.
As a class, we discussed the goals and expectations of inquiry-based learning:
Practiced the following concepts:
Making Global Connections:
We welcome presenters for contributions and helping us with our global studies.
In the past, parents have shared about their ancestors and connections to various places on the map.
Some topics that parents included last year were Brazilian dance called Capoeira, information about various countries and their flags, children's story books, landscape, common hobbies or interests, foods, etc.
This Week, we have read the following books:
*The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle by Jude Isabella
* Wangari’s Trees of Peace - A True Story from Africa By Jeanette Winter
Children will continue to reflect on their learning, make connections using our 2nd grade world map, and are considering global topics for inquiry learning.
Upcoming Events: Friday, May 3rd is Grandfriends’ Day. Dismissal will take place at 12:00. Please pack a snack and drink for your child on this day. Details regarding this event can be found on the FA website.
Another event around the corner is the Spring Concert on Thursday, May 23rd (6:00 - 7:30). Please remember that this is a dress event. Dress pants and shirts with collars (no coat and tie required), dresses, skirts and blouses, or other comparable dress .