This afternoon after watching a calming "Go Noodle" video, several students were feeling a bit sad thinking about someone they cared about. After some listening, hugs, and reassurances, many more students had started thinking about things in their life that made them sad. By the time the day was over, many of the kids had become sad and teary. We shared a lot of hugs and put on some fun/upbeat songs with mandatory dancing. So in case your child comes home emotional, now you know why.
What do picking out a pair of shoes and picking out a book have in common? Surprisingly A LOT!
We use the "I-PICK" rule to help us!
I- Choose the Book
P-Purpose- Why do I want to read it?
I-Interest- Does it interest me?
C-Comprehension- Do I understand what I am reading?
K- Know the words- Do I know what most of the words MEAN?
We talked about how a certain pair of shoes may interest you and have a purpose, but they may not be a good fit -like Mr. Buti's cool green & black running shoes! We talked about how you may love to stomp in the rain, but Mrs. Buti's rainboots might not be a good fit. You may not like dancing at fancy parties, so you wouldn't choose Mrs. Buti's fancy heels! You have to pick shoes AND books that have a purpose, interested you and are a GOOD FIT.
Dear Second Grade Parents,
Last week we started Writer’s Workshop. The room was filled with excitement about the stories these young authors were bursting to share! Because many stories are a work-in-progress, we will be storing their writing in a 3-ring binder. We would like to personalize their binders by making collages to put inside the plastic cover. This personal touch will make your child even more excited to do Writer’s Workshop and help generate writing ideas.
In order to do so, we are asking that you help your child gather materials he/she can use to make a collage. Some ideas are listed below:
Tomorrow is Early Release. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home at 1:00pm.
We will begin using laptops in the classroom soon, so please send in a set of headphones for the students to keep at school.
Dr. Grable visited us and treated our class by reading The Book With No Pictures. Because I had already read it to them, they thought it would be fun to make our new principal say silly things!
We have been working hard to build our stamina during Read to Self.
We have begun the year with a review of basic addition facts. I am getting to know each of them as math thinkers and encouraging them to articulate their thinking and share the strategies they use when solving all sorts of addition problems. In second grade the students move through a rotation of four different activities:
Group Lesson: Students will meet with me in small groups for direct instruction based on the math standard we are learning.
New Game: Each week students play a new game in their groups based on our current math standard. Our games also foster a strong foundation of number sense, cooperation, and turn-taking.
Skill Review: Students will be working on review pages or on our classroom set of iPads on skills that we have covered but need continued practice with.
Fast Facts: It is a second grade expectation that students can accurately and fluently add and subtract all basic facts. Those that are ready might move on to multiplication during the year!
The students will get to do each activity twice a week. We also do whole class activities and build our math notebooks with a "Problem of the Day" and math vocabulary.
We also compiled all of our ideas about what a good student is.
Dec 17-Jan 2- Winter Break