Friday, August 30, 2019

August 30th

Our novel engineering project was based off a book called Perfect Square. After reading the book we discussed the problems that square faced.  As a class, we decided that square needed to learn that change can be good, and that being different is a good thing.  While working in groups the students used squares that were no longer "perfect" to create something beautiful. 

Another book that we enjoyed this week was ish. We learned how to demonstrate growth mindset when things become difficult.  During writing time, each student drew "ish" drawings, and then they practiced writing complete sentences about their pictures.  This week we have been focusing on forming our letters correctly, using correct spacing, and using capital letters for the beginning of sentences and names.

Our school librarian joined us in our classroom, and we practiced logging into the computers.  Then the students explored a few fun books on Epic.

Social Studies:
We now know about rural, suburban, and urban communities so we are ready to send off our Flat Stanley projects.  Your child has a note in his or her folder with directions.  Please return an addressed envelope with a stamp on it as soon as you can.  We will be mailing our Stanleys from school. Thanks in advance for your help with this project!

Check our our community projects!

Addition strategies is the focus of our current math lessons.  As we review the addition strategies we are also learning about the different math stations.  I love seeing the teamwork that is taking place as the students work together to practice their math skills.

You have most likely seen the math homework pages that are coming home in your child's folder.  Please note that those are optional practice pages for at home, and they do not need to be returned to school. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

August 23rd

We have had a wonderful first full week of school!  Below you will find information about several activities that took place in our classroom.  Our ishi project was definitely a huge hit!  We learned all about growth mindset while we enjoyed this darling book.  Afterwards each student picked out their very own ishi, and now they are learning along with us in our classroom. :)

Reading: A few other books we read this week were The Recess Queen, Whole Body Listening Larry at School, and Officer Buckle.  During these read alouds we practiced turning and talking to our shoulder buddy.
Check out our growth mindset bookmarks!

It's Pair Share Time with our shoulder buddy!
We also watched a video clip from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and then we talked about the Goldilocks Rule for choosing books:  Try to choose a book that is not too hard, not too easy, but just right. :) 

Social Studies: Communities is the topic that we have been learning about.  Our class explored the needs of a community with an activity called Town Fix-up.  A pretend letter arrived to our class asking us to help fix up an old abandoned town.  The students brainstormed in groups, and then the design process began.  I can't wait to share their final products in next week's blog post.  

Math: During math we learned about math workshop.  We practiced our math skills while playing math games with partners.
 We also learned how to use Freckle and Prodigy on the ipads. 

Writing: Our main focus for this week was writing complete sentences that included capitalization, spacing, and end punctuation. 
 We wrote our personal mission statements.
 This week everyone applied for a classroom leadership job.  I really enjoyed reading their applications!

All About Me Bags

Team Building Fun!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1st Day Fun!

We had a wonderful first day in second grade!  We have a great class, and I'm very excited about all of the fun projects and the learning that will be taking place this school year.  Below you will find some pictures of a few of the activities that we did today in class.  

Class Project: We collaborated to create a beautiful piece of art that we will hang outside of our classroom.  Each student made their own small piece of art, and then we combined all of the pieces together to make something extra special.  

Play-Doh: As the children entered the classroom they used the Play-Doh to create something fun to share with their classmates.  This was a fun way to start to get to know one another.

Find Someone Who: During this team building activity the students walked around the room to try and find a student to fill in each square on their paper.  

Read alouds: We enjoyed two cute books today.  School's First Day of School was a fun read about the first day of school from a school's point of view.  I read Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School Ms. Johnson before I explained the students' homework... :)  Each student is asked to complete an "All About Me Bag."  I sent the bags home today in your child's green folder.

Team Building: We moved around a bit while playing our own version of 4 corners.  Each student traveled to a corner of the classroom to meet with other students that had similar interests.

STEM Bins: The STEM bins were a huge hit! 


Thank you! Thank you to all of my students for such a fabulous first day of second grade!  I can't wait to see you all tomorrow!