Our Second Grade Classroom
Persuasive writing: After the Kindness Club passed out flyers offering to make our classroom a glass or plastic glitter jar, we discussed the purpose and format of persuasive writing. I offered children the opportunity to write a persuasive letter or paragraph convincing me to request either a plastic or glass glitter jar from the Kindness Club. We discussed important components of the writing such as a topic sentence, stating points to support your preference, and closing up by bringing it all together and restating your suggestion in a closing sentence. After reading children's persuasive writing aloud, we decided to go with the glass jar.
One second grader wrote a letter on behalf of our class, thanking the Kindness club for their offer and requesting a glass jar. On Friday, our jar was delivered.
Second graders are beginning to use reader’s theater scripts during Book Club. We first began as a whole group reading the readers' theater Friends Around the World which taught about children from various places around the world. Sharing some of their favorite foods, interests, and other facts, characters taught about their culture and land. As a whole group, we discussed as a class how readers theater will help strengthen our second grade reading goals: decoding, comprehension, fluency (and expression), and stamina.
Making predictions: After reading Trouble According to Humphrey, children predicted what would happen to two characters from the book. One character named, Miranda, was in danger of losing her classroom job as the animal keeper. Little does the the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, know that Miranda was innocent and carried out all of her duties responsibly. Perhaps your child can tell you how and why she was in danger of losing her classroom job.
Another child children made predictions about was Art. He had the opportunity to study and retake a spelling test that he did not do so well on. After making predictions about what would happen with both events, we read on to find out what happened. Children reflected on their predictions.
This week, children will have the opportunity to "write a letter to a character from the book." I wonder...Will they choose to write to Mrs. Brisbane and let her know what really happened and that Miranda did nothing to lose her job?
In social studies, we began the week by looking at the world map and identifying the continents and oceans. The goal is for students to understand the difference between a town/city, state, country, and continent. We spent time looking at the world map in order to learn where the continents and oceans are located. This spring, we will continue discussing the topic of community and good citizenship with our focus on global citizens. The goal is for second graders to understand that the world is connected and there is only one planet. Through our discussions, readings, and visitors, students will understand that our actions can have a direct or indirect impact on other people around the world.
The class created a list of “wants” and “needs” of an individual. The list of “wants” we realize can be quite extensive while the list of “needs” only had about four items on it (food, water, shelter, clothes). We discussed how food, water, shelter, clean air, and clothing are basic human rights that everyone should have access to, but everyone does not. Having this awareness allows the children to think about ways that they can help others on a global level.
To help us understand the global world, we will be reading about individuals that are actively making a difference in the world. We will also begin the process of creating a bulletin board of any global connections and information that we learn about over the next few weeks. The board is a work in progress and will be added to the more we learn.
To strengthen our understanding of the global community, we would love the student to be exposed to as many different countries and cultures as possible. Since we cannot travel the world, we would like like the world to come to us! If you or a family member would be interested in discussing a country of importance, please email me and we can set up a time for you to visit the class. Another way to get involved would be to share photos or read a story related to the country and culture that is meaningful to you. The more exposure the students have to different cultures, the better they will understand how the world is connected.