Five Winter Holidays
For the month of December second graders will be exploring the customs and traditions of five different winter holidays celebrated around the world; Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings' Day, and the Chinese New Year. We will be diving into fiction and nonfiction texts to examine how different stories and traditions from different cultures can convey similar messages and the spirit of the season. We hope to cultivate a community in which the students learn to appreciate and respect cultural differences.
Below are pictures from our "kick-off" activity- an Object/Picture Sort:
Special Readers & Game Day Pictures
Two of our reading groups presented a book and reading strategy to the class today. The Chrysanthemum group focused on Text-to-Text Connections. The Look Inside Group taught the class about Main Idea and Details. Below are pictures from our Game Party! We had so much fun building, twisting, guessing, pay-daying and magnetiling!
Conference & Party Reminders
Book Orders Are Due Tomorrow!!!
Conferences are next week on Monday and Tuesday. The kids and I have decided that STUDENTS ARE WELCOME to come to their conference to share some work with you. But they are not required to. Your child will join us for the first 10 minutes or so, then we will send them to the hallway while the adults talk. I am very much looking forward to sharing your child's growth this year! And when you come, don't forget to check out our latest writing the hallway: Informative Writing on Native American clothing, food, or hunting.
Tomorrow is our Game Party. I completely forgot to remind the kids, so hopefully you'll see this blog post and remind them. I don't know if we decided 100% about wearing pajamas, so they can or don't have to- depending on their comfort level. But you can send in a game or building materials (Legos, etc) if you want.
Game Party on Friday!
The amazing 2B has earned another party! This time they voted for a Pajama Game Day! (every option had pajamas, because why not!?!) Here are the details:
Grammar & Reading Update
New Types of Nouns!
Text to Text Connections
Good readers make connections. We often make Text-to-Self Connections, and now we are noticing that good readers make connections to other books while they are reading (Text-to-Text Connection). To practice this, I have been reading books aloud that partner with similar themes. Our most recent was Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. The class thought these two pictures summed up the connection we made: both books have a character that is lonely and finds an unlikely friend. Go ahead, you can say, "Awwww...." We all did.
Important Reminders and Dates!
Dec 17-Jan 2- Winter Break