The Week That Was
Welcome to 2018 and our first update in the new year. It has been an interesting schedule to begin, but we’re getting somewhere through our first few short, interrupted weeks. Throughout our first few days of the second half, we’ve worked through an informative PBA and end of unit assessment. The informative PBA required students to design a park of their own. The goal was for it to be detailed, creative, and benefit the community. They drew a map, created rules, and had to write a detailed paragraph of some of the features and how it would benefit the community.
The end of unit assessment was spent over 3 days. It’ll be returned or handed out and shown at conferences. We’ll complete just two more on our year. We ended our week beginning our next unit and anchor text. It’s always a popular one! It’s a historical fiction novel named The Earth Dragon Awakes. It details events around and after the great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Math has been all about data and graphing since we’ve returned. Students have learned about pictographs, bar graphs, and line plot graphs. We spend a lot of time on each – practicing, discussing, and improving. It’s not a long unit, but a very full one that includes mostly new information for second graders.
The Week Ahead
Next week will hopefully be a full week for us at BES! We’ll be focused on reading through The Earth Dragon Awakes. With this new anchor text, our writing focus shifts to narrative writing. It’s the trickiest of the three styles we focus on, but we’ll hopefully make big gains in the weeks ahead.
We’ll be working towards a conclusion of our unit on graphing. The focus throughout next week will be on line plot graphs. Students will also get practice with trying to collect and organize data on their own to be graphed. Science becomes a focus next week, as we get into a detailed unit on weather.
Good luck to any and all participants in the BES Talent Show. It’s scheduled for next Friday, January 26. Conference signups will be sent out on Friday, January 19. We look forward to having another opportunity to meet with many of you to discuss and go over second half goals.
Friday, January 19 – Conference Signups are emailed/sent out
Friday, January 26 – BES Talent Show (7 P.M. @ BES)
Wednesday, January 31 – BESAzon Shoping Day
Tuesday, February 6 – Science Night
Monday, February 12 – Box Tops Competition Begins (2/12 – 2/23)
Tuesday, February 13 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)
Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Parties (1:45 – 2:45 in 2nd Grade)
Thursday, February 15 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)
Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)
Monday, February 19 – No School
Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)