Pirate Day Fun

Talk Like a Pirate Day was a wonderful success! Students dressed up, spoke like pirates, told jokes, and completed themed activities! Enjoy the pics…

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

A four day week with some silly fun mixed in the middle of it makes for a good week!  We worked and finished our anchor text, Friends Around the World.  This was a good text for us to work with and read through, and it seemed to be well liked by this group of second graders.  In reading it, we’ve learned a lot about text features, and how to find facts to write an informative paragraph.  Yes – paragraphs are being written already!

We keep moving with our theme on continents and countries.  We didn’t progress a lot this week, as we completed Constitution Day activities on Monday and pirate activities on Tuesday.  Math has progressed nicely, as we took another quick assessment on money and problem solving to prepare us for our final investigation in our first unit.

Talk Like a Pirate Day was a great success on Tuesday!  We enjoyed a tremendous turnout of dressed pirates, and hopefully made for a day of positive memories for our second graders.  It was a lot of fun!

The Week Ahead

Our early week focus in the mornings next week will be on a new, short anchor text titled The House on Maple Street.  We’ll work on finding supporting details for a main topic, and it’ll allow us to compare and contrast ideas from our previous book.  As we move through the week, we’ll get into our next writing PBA.  This next one will be an informative one where students have to find facts, and link ideas together to compare and contrast.

Our first unit in math will finally be winding to a conclusion too!  It’s a long one to begin, but a very important one that has offered opportunities for review and to begin second grade problem solving strategies.

Students will enjoy their first BESAzon shopping day through our PBIS program next Wednesday.  We’ll end the week with our Fall Picture Day at BES (Friday, Sept. 29).  Please know that all students will get their picture taken for the yearbook, and any forms for packages to be purchased should be filled out and turned on (online options are available too).

 

Important Dates

 

Friday, September 22:  No School for Students (Staff Inservice Day)

Tuesday, September 26:  Firefighter Phil Assembly (10 – 11 AM)

Wednesday, September 27:  BESAzon Shopping Day for Students

Friday, September 29:  Fall Picture Day

 

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

It was nice to return to a full week with a normal schedule for us in second grade.  We began a new featured text titled Friends Around the World.  It’s an informational book that has a few young students around the world participating in an e-pal program that allows readers to learn a bit about different places, people, and cultures.  Students have enjoyed the change, and it has led to some great work where they’ve been able to go into the book to find answers for discussion and writing.

To coincide with the new book, we’ve also moved on to a focus on communities and continents.  Students are learning about the different types of communities and what they’d expect to find in each.  We’re trying to make the continent learning meaningful, so we’re spending some time on each one to learn about characteristics and features.  It’s off to a great start!

Math continues with a similar focus to past weeks.  We spent a lot of time on problem solving and strategies to do so.  We also have spent some time on practicing coin identification, value, and adding up totals with activities and a game call “Collect 50 Cents.”

The Week Ahead

 

Second graders will continue to work with Friends Around the World, and practicing skills associated with nonfiction texts.  Towards the end of the week, we’ll transition to a storty titled, The House on Maple Street.  They’ll pair nicely to give us different genres of text, but have enough similarities in purpose and content to allow us to compare and contrast the two.

On Tuesday, students will be participating with us in Talk Like a Pirate Day!  We’ll take a break from our typical routine to have some fun in education!  Students are invited to dress the part (if you so choose at home!) and come to have a pirate-themed day of activities and fun.  We hope it’ll be a fun day for all!

The other subject areas will continue as we’ve been working.  Our first unit in math is nearing a close, but we’re still practicing and reviewing the same skills as we build towards second grade content and expectations in problem solving.  We’ll focus on a couple of different continents in our unit next week as well.  On Monday, we’ll be learning some about the US Constitution and doing some fun activities associated with Constitution Day.

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 19:  2nd Grade & International Talk Like a Pirate Day (more to come as students don’t even know about this yet . . . )

Tuesday, September 19:  PTO Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Thursday, September 21:  Board of Education Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Friday, September 22:  No School for Students (Staff Inservice Day)

Tuesday, September 26:  Firefighter Phil Assembly (10 – 11 AM)

Wednesday, September 27:  BESAzon Shopping Day for Students

Friday, September 29:  Fall Picture Day

 

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We enjoyed just four days this week, but we kept it very busy!  Our mornings were out of our normal routine this week due to some beginning of the year assessments, and our first writing PBA.  Second graders took an AIMSweb Plus assessment this week.  All second graders in our district are taking this three times this year.  It gives us data on reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition.  In addition to that computer assessment, we also got our second graders through our baseline assessment on Pearson Realize.  We’ll be doing more like this one in the future that we’ll refer to as our “End of Unit Assessment.”  On those, we’ll be able to give results and information as students complete them.  This first one is to get them, acclimated to the site, and an initial starting score for us.

Our writing PBA task this first time is in narrative writing.  Students have been given the task of creating a short story with a beginning, middle, and end that includes characters from our first book, Trouble at the Sandbox, and has a realistic problem.  We’ve worked on making our writing interesting and detailed, as well as sequencing events within the story.

We follow a set writing process when we complete the writing PBAs in second grade.  It’s a 5-step process that spent a lot of time modeling and working everyone through this week.  It involves: (1) planning for the writing and prompt, (2) drafting the writing piece, (3) revising/rereading the piece, (4) editing the piece (we do a lot of this with and for in the beginning), and (5) publishing the writing piece.  We take the collection of papers (planning and drafts) and score students on a provided rubric.  Once completed with the rubric, we all send back with students to return to you so you can see and receive some of the feedback too.  It does take us some time to work through them all, but they’ll be returned shortly, so please look for them in the next week or so.

In math, a big focus has been on addition and how to organize and show our work.  A type of problem we’ve focused on is called “Number Strings.”  It’s when there are 3 or more addends, and we ask students to show their steps in solving adding 2 addends at a time.  We’ve worked hard on these, and all know the process – we’re still practicing through some of the computation.  Towards the end of the week, we transitioned to some subtraction practice.  We introduced a new workshop game to practice our subtraction skills.

Science has gotten off to a great start!  We’ve continued our focus on earthworms and their importance to our planet.  We discussed and investigated compost some, and concluded our week and unit by having students collaborate to create a poster to bring awareness to the importance of earthworms.

 

The Week Ahead

We’ll transition our mornings back to the established curriculum routine.  The focused text we move to is a nonfiction story called Friends Around the World.  It’ll change our focused skills, style of writing, and transition us to a new themed unit about continents and our world.  It’s a big transition, and a book that has been well-liked in the past.

Math will continue on with the same unit.  We’ve reviewed a lot of concepts, and now just keep moving them a bit further within each area.  Number strings with addtiion will continue to be focused on.  Subtraction will continue to get introduced and new strategies in how to solve.  All of this while also reviewing and building on our work with money, counting, and telling time.

Next week, students will have 2 number string problems for math.  Please reference the following example in how students should show their work:

3 + 8 + 5 =

3 + 8 = 11

11 + 5 = 16  (Our main focus is to have them show each step and not to do more than 2 addends at a time!)

Important Dates

 

 

Tuesday, September 19:  2nd Grade & International Talk Like a Pirate Day (more to come as students don’t even know about this yet . . . )

Tuesday, September 19:  PTO Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Thursday, September 21:  Board of Education Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Friday, September 22:  No School for Students (Staff Inservice Day)

Tuesday, September 26:  Firefighter Phil Assembly (10 – 11 AM)

Wednesday, September 27:  BESAzon Shopping Day for Students

Friday, September 29:  Fall Picture Day

 

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

We’re through two full weeks now!  Thank you to everyone who made it to our information night.  It was great for us to have the opportunity to speak with all of you and get to know you better as we get into this fun second grade journey.

Our Color Jam was a lot of fun last Friday!  It was awesome to see so many second graders.  It’s hard for us to have a collection of photos to share as all of us were a combination of wet from the dunk tank and colored from the run.  We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!  The second graders brushed up on their letter writing knowledge this week to write a thank you letter to the Miami Township Fire Department for their assistance at the beginning with the dunk tank and interaction with our students.  It truly is a wonderful community!

In school, students finished Trouble at the Sandbox and then moved right along to a short story, Snowshoe Hare’s Winter Home.  Students have done a great job in getting into our routines with our morning curriculum.  They’re working on narrative writing techniques as we use our stories to help give us a connection to some writing topics.

Math is progressing quickly as we wrapped up our review and introduction to routines in second grade.  At the end of the week, we introduced a new workshop game (5 in a row w/ 4 cards) and a set of problem solving strategies we’ll work with a lot (number strings).  Science also kicked off this week with a unit on earthworms!  We posted some pictures already, as students have made observations, experimented to learn what conditions worms prefer, and have completed some reading and research on the topic.  We also have organized our science journal.  It’s been a lot of fun as our pictures thus far will show!

The Week Ahead

Please remember that homework begins this week.  A green folder with our first set of words, a math fluency sheet, and an attached word study choice board will be found coming home with your child(ren).  The expectation is for two word study activites and the math fluency sheet to be completed and returned in the green folder next Friday.  Our word study focus for the week ahead is on short e.  Please know that all students will focus on the Milford List unless otherwise noted (to you and the student).  The list is also just a suggestion of words that will be assessed (it’s not a memorized list, but a focus on the sound).  Thanks for your assistance in advance to promote this and have them build responsbility.

In class, we’ll spend time next week on our first writing PBA.  It’ll be a narrative piece, and being our first, we’ll spend a lot of time modeling and assisting as we go into our writing process for the first time.  We’ll take some time next week to walk you through our process on this update.  You’ll eventually see this piece come home with your child with a rubric and feedback from us.  We’ll break it up with some work on our Chromebooks next week, and also introducing an online set of passages and writing pieces students will take periodically throughout the year.  This will be our first time with this too, so we’ll assist as needed to get it started off correctly!

Math and science continue on the same path.  We’ll spend a lot of time with number strings and different strategies to solve them next week.  Number strings are just a series of addends, but we teach multiple strategies for students to use when solving and working through the problems.  You’ll see examples on a future homework week.  We’ll continue our exploration on earthworms next week and eventually work with composting.

Important Dates

 

Friday, September 1:  PBIS Kickoff Assembly (2:45 – 3:45 PM)

Monday, September 4:  No School (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 15:  2nd Grade & International Talk Like a Pirate Day (more to come as students don’t even know about this yet . . . )

Tuesday, September 19:  PTO Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Thursday, September 21:  Board of Education Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)

Friday, September 22:  No School for Students (Staff Inservice Day)

Tuesday, September 26:  Firefighter Phil Assembly (10 – 11 AM)

Wednesday, September 27:  BESAzon Shopping Day for Students

Friday, September 29:  Fall Picture Day

Have a Fantastic Holiday Weekend!