Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 17th

Social Studies & Writing: Project Based Learning
This week our class finished up our social studies and writing projects.  The personal narratives are published, and many of the students shared them on their Seesaw accounts.  The models that were made from recyclables represent the setting of their story, and their maps are all complete, as well.  Each map represents the setting, and includes: a title, map key, and a compass rose.  Those projects were also shared and explained on Seesaw, too.  This was a fun activity that incorporated many of our standards, and the students sure had a lot of fun!

Math: Place Value
This chapter covers quite a bit of information, and so far we have learned about different ways to represent numbers.  Here are a few examples:
- 100 = 1 hundred, 10 tens, or 100 ones
- Expanded form: 237 = 200 + 30 + 7
- 742= 7 hundreds, 4 tens, and 2 ones

Reading: Visualizing
This week in addition to reviewing story elements we worked on visualizing.  We know that good readers visualize the story in their heads as they read.  A few of the good read alouds that we enjoyed this week were: How I Became a Pirate, A Bad Case of the Stripes, and Jabari Jumps.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10th

Social Studies: Maps
We have learned about about the purpose of different maps including: physical maps, political maps, and globes.  Now we are working on our project based learning activity.  Each student is creating a model to go along with their personal narrative.  The model must be made from recycled materials.  Next, the students will create a map complete with a title and map key to go with their model.  Our class is having a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing their finished projects. 

Writing: Personal Narratives
As I mentioned in the social studies portion of this newsletter, each student is working on a personal narrative that goes along with their social studies maps project.  This narrative is all about a time when they visited a special place.

Reading: Story Elements
In addition to the lessons that we have been reviewing about decoding tricky words, we have been working on identifying story elements.  Specifically we have talked about the characters, setting, problem and solution.

Math: Place Value
We wrapped up our chapter that was about even and odd numbers and number patterns.  Now we are beginning a chapter that is all about place value for numbers up to 1,000.  So far we have learned that 100 ones = 10 tens = 1 hundred.  This chapter is a fun challenge for many second graders.  You may find that the homework sheets might be a good way to review what we are learning in class. 

Stop Motion Fun
This week we took a trip to the library to learn about how to create a stop motion video.

The Magic House: Thank you so much to all of the volunteers that attended this field trip!  

Friday, October 4, 2019

October 4th

Social Studies: Maps
We have had a fun filled week of learning!  We began the week with a treasure hunt, and this led to our discussion of how helpful maps can be.  Our class created a map of our classroom, and then they collaborated and communicated to find the hidden treasure.  This week we also learned about using a compass rose, and we played a game with a partner to review how to use a compass rose.  

In addition to our classroom social studies lessons, we had a special guest speaker come and teach our second graders all about map making.  Our guest speaker works for the National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency.

Writing: Personal Narratives & Job Applications
Our class learned about the different jobs that are available to them at the Magic House field trip.  Then each student "applied" for some of their favorite positions.  Good news... everyone got either their first or second choice. :)  In addition to writing about our desired jobs, we also worked on our personal narratives.  These narratives are centered around a time when we felt excited about something.

 Math: Chapter 2
Repeated addition, number patterns, and arrays were all topics that we covered this week.  Below you can find a few pictures from a project that we made to demonstrate our understanding of arrays. 

Reading: Questioning
This week we continued to review strategies for solving tricky words, and we learned all about the importance of asking questions while reading.