Enjoy a few snapshots from the fun at our Walk-A-Thon event from second grade. It was a fantastic setup, and we had perfect weather. Thank you PTO – it was a blast!
We completed a lot of things in second grade for the final time this week. On Monday and Tuesday, second graders completed their final narrative PBA! They worked very hard through the writing process and produced a short story about a pioneer child based on some of the events and problems they had read about. On Wednesday and Thursday, second graders completed an end of unit assessment for the final time. We’ll have results ready to be out on all of this soon.
In math, we began a new unit where second graders are reviewing problem solving strategies. They worked on practice problems throughout the first few days, while reviewing work with time and money. We also have completed some activities themed after pioneers. Our three rooms are currently on different schedules with the activities, but students are creating and playing pioneer games, and even completing STEM activities around pioneer challenges!
Our Walk-A-Thon is Friday (tomorrow)! Technically, part of this week and a big thing, but I’ve been posting these on Thursday nights for sometime. Please remember to return collection envelopes tomorrow (Friday, April 28) to be eligible for prizes. T-shirts will be waiting for everyone as they arrive. Thank you for your time and effort in collecting and contributing to our school and PTO!
Next week, we’ll transition to a new unit in reading and writing. We’ll have a new anchor texts and work through some normal lessons, but we’ll also be reviewing a lot of the themes and skills we’ve worked on all year. We’ll continue on with our final math unit, and be sure that all are caught up with pioneer activities. It’s hard to believe, but we’re down to just 4 weeks!
Another week has come and gone at BES! This was a very busy and exciting one! First of all, thank you to all of our volunteers that were able to join and help us make Thursday a very special day for the second grade at the zoo. Everyone seemed to enjoy their time, and we greatly appreciate the willingness to help – more than we could even take on the buses. Thank you!
In addition to field trip day, students had to handle different days Tuesday and Wednesday. They were without all of us in the room and on a different schedule – all to help accommodate the third grade on their testing dates. Thankfully, the testing time that changes our plan is over, and things went just fine – it’ll be them next year!
In class, students wrapped up their work on pioneer texts while building on narrative writing skills. They also wrapped up a math unit. Our focus with word study was on homophones. Busy week, indeed!
Our Walk-A-Thon is on April 28, but please look to collect and return money by Thursday, April 27. If it comes in Friday, that’ll be fine too. Students will receive their shirts on the morning of the event. Please have them dress with the idea of them putting the shirt on over top of something. We walk in the morning!
Leading up to Friday, students will be busy with a narrative writing PBA. It’ll be our final narrative PBA, so it’ll be nice to see the growth and improvement come together. We’ll also deal with our final end of unit assessment. In math, we’ll begin a new unit – our final one on the year. It’s crazy to use “final” this much, but we’ll be wrapping up April next week and moving to our final weeks in May. Wow!
Additionally, we’ll be preparing for Walk-A-Thon event and the them of the BESt Globetrotters. We’ll also connect our work and focus on pioneers with activities planned around Laura Ingalls Wilder and STEM work with covered wagons. It’ll certainly be another busy and exciting week!
This week, second graders returned to our normal schedule and routine – thank goodness! Our mornings have been very productive. Our anchor text we’ve focused on is called Pioneers to the West. Students are learning about the westward expansion that took place in our country in the 1800s. The text introduces them to some famous names – George Staples, John McWilliams (even Julia Child), Levi Strauss, Laura Ingalls, and Ruth Chrisman. This is always a favorite in second grade, and it has led to great discussions. Students have returned to narrative writing. We’ve used some of these great stories from real people to inspire our work in describing characters, setting, and being able to build up to a problem in our writing.
Connecting to our unit with westward expansion in our country, we’ve continued to focus on map skills and identifying different things that make up our country. It has been a lot of fun to build on the excitement of learning about our history and what states make up our country.
Math continues to build quickly. We’ve moved from even and odd to a focus on recognizing patterns with numbers and counting by groups. Arrays have been introduced and discussed, as well as correlating problems. This unit builds the foundation to the multiplication skills that will be taught to all at the beginning of third grade!
We hope that everyone enjoys the long holiday weekend! Next week is a full week, but a crazy one. First of all, students are coming home with Walk-A-Thon information today. They’ll have their collection envelope and information about what this is all about. Our Walk-A-Thon is on April 28, but please look to collect and return money by Thursday, April 27.
Next week in class, we’ll continue with the topics, themes, and focuses mentioned from this week. It’ll be a busy week where we contiually build on all of our work that has been introduced this past week. Please know that the entire second grade team will be assisting with third grade for Math Air Assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be the last of it, but it’ll involve second graders working with guest teachers again.
Thursday is our field trip day! Please have your student here on time, as we leave by 9:20 for the buses. Students will need a packed lunch in a disposable bag. We go rain or shine, so please plan accordingly for weather. We’ll talk about this more next week, and we’re very excited for a great day of learning outside the classroom!
A photo post has long been overdue. I apologize for not having more fun posts in the last couple of months. I do want to share them, so I’m putting a collection in one post. You’ll see some behind the scenes shots of our February Frolic – that was a fun night! There are also some of guest readers from upstairs – one of our incentives that students choose to do from our PBIS and BESAzon behavior program. Mary Kay Carson, a local author, visited us in March. You’ll also see some shots of having fun in the classroom, participating in STEM projects, and a visit from Promont where students learned about aspects of life before their time. Enjoy and I’ll try to finish our time together by being more prompt with sharing our good times!
It was a busy, but very busy return from break! The spring book fair has been a success! The students love shopping, and the idea of getting free books from their spending certainly makes them happy. Thank you to Mrs. Wolf and all the second grade families who attended literacy night and made it a success. The feedback from second graders was very positive!
In class, we returned with one of the very best days of the year – Reds Opening Day! We had a lot of fun making it a special day for second grade. We returned to reality on Tuesday with a review of opinion writing. This led to an opinion writing PBA for Wednesday and Thursday. Students learned a lot about John Chapman – a lot! They put this knowledge to their writing, with an opinion and personal connection about a lesson taken away from how he lived his life. We’ll offer feedback through a rubric that will come home soon with your child.
Our latest math unit began with a focus on even and odd numbers this week. We had a number of different activities to work out a definition and understanding that can be tested and applied to a number of problems. We’ve also come back with a focus on social studies – more specifically – map reading and understanding our country and the states. It has been fun this week!
We have just four days next week, with all of us off for Good Friday. In our four days, we’ll return to our typical routine. We’ll begin a new book, an informative, nonfiction book about real pioneers who travelled west. It’ll open us up to a number of great topics and history lessons of our country. This is why we began work on reading maps and understanding where states are located, as we’ll have to connect to that knowledge to understand the work of the pioneers. We’ll continue our map work too!
Math will have us continue work with even and odd numbers. We’ll also review problem solving strategies and get practice in addition and subtraction problems. All of us are working and pushing forward on fact fluency too. The concepts of money and time are continually being worked on and reviewed.
We have a busy four days ahead!
This past week has been very strange for us as a second grade team. Very busy too! We were asked to help with third grade AIR assessments. It created a crazy couple of days where we were in the building, but not in our rooms. It sure was nice to return to them on Friday. It was also wonderful seeing so many of you over the course of this week with conferences. It’s hard to believe we’ve already begun the fourth quarter, but we look forward to ending our year strongly with your child.
Students have worked hard on a new anchor text, John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer. It presents his life story with a mix of fact and legend, and has been an enjoyable and approachable book for everyone. It has helped return our focus to opinion writing, and we’re very impressed of the developments being made with this type of writing.
In math, we’ve been hard at work on measurement. Tools and accuracy have been focuses this week. We also worked on the different measurement systems, and metric was a term we discussed.
We have one week before a week off for spring break. I’ll talk about next week and what to look for as we return from break in this post. I won’t post a new one next Friday!
We get into a new text next week, but it’s also about John Chapman. The one we focus on next week will present his life in just facts we know and a time line. It’s also important for us to work with texts that can be compared and contrasted. We’ll be doing a lot of that to practice a very important, but difficult skill!
Our measurement unit will wrap up and we’ll turn our attention to beginning a unit that will expand our focus on number sense a bit more. We’ll look closely at relationships with numbers. Even and odd will be a focus. We’ll detail patterns found and how to view them in charts and tables.
We’re going to extend our focus on John Chapman beyond reading and writing. We’d like to deal with him and topics around him more with science and social studies. We’ll be doing some tasting, but also a STEM project to end the week. For this, some donations of twigs (just backyard – different sizes) will be very helpful for next Friday. You can just send them in a paper bag if you have some. Thank you!
When we return from break, the first day back is Opening Day for the Reds. We like to make a big deal about this in second grade with a day of fun and surprises. Please have your child wear red if possible – the February Frolic shirt will work great if no Reds gear!