Our Second Grade Classroom
NBSO PRESENTATION: Children enjoyed a humorous and educational presentation by the NEW BEDFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The presentation linked the idea of recycling, reusing, and reducing plastic to music and how melodies can be reused, recycled, and repurposed. Ms. Walkowicz stressed that a composer would never through away a melody after just one use. She linked this to the importance of recycling or even repurposing plastic. All this was demonstrated with beautiful live instrumental performances.
She gave the children wonderful ideas of how to repurpose plastic such as turning a water bottle into a bird feeder or a pot for a plant.
One interesting connection to what we have been doing in class, was of the word inversion in music. Children learned that it is when you turn a melody upside down. We connected that to the inverse operation in math which we use to check our addition and subtraction.
* Nonfiction Story:
Children began the writing process for a nonfiction story about themselves.
After having the process modeled first with a graphic organizer and then a first draft, children brainstormed and chose a personal story to write about.
We will continue this process next week as children pre-write using a graphic organizer, write a rough draft, revise with a friends input, edit, conference with teacher, and publish.
Children are excited to use the computer program KidPix art studio to design and type a book cover for their story. We are focusing on the importance of the process and doing our best work.
*The Second Grade Friends Academy Helpers reports are posted outside of our classroom. Second graders will present some of what they learned about our FA community at All-School Meeting on Wednesday, January 30th. I hope you can make it.
*After reading Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod, discussing the qualities of a good citizen, and connecting that to an everyday hero, children started prewriting about someone close to them that they consider an everyday hero.
*Focus on vowel consonant e for long vowel spelling and the soft c when followed by e, i, or y. Ask your child about Gentle Cindy who is posted in our room and reminds us of the soft g and c sounds. Perhaps they could try to draw a picture of her.
*Using bar modeling to work out Real-World Two-Step Problems
*Using bar modeling to compare sets
*Using the inverse operation to check computation
One last FA Helper photo to enjoy.