Our room parents have been busy planning a fun party for our kids. They have planned snacks, games, and crafts to keep everyone busy and having a good time! The second grade party will be on Friday, December 19th at 9:30 AM. All parents are welcome to attend the party, but please do not bring preschool siblings.
Reading: Many of our recent shared reading mini-lessons have focused on identifying parts of speech. We did lots of fun activities with adverbs, adjectives, and the words they describe last week. They solved adverb mazes, described different nouns using their senses of sight, touch, smell, and taste, and much more. We will continue to touch on the parts of speech in upcoming mini-lessons, but we will also be focusing on determining the purpose of a piece of non-fiction text as well as determining the meaning of unknown words using context clues.
Writing: We will be completing informative paragraphs on Ruby Bridges at the beginning of the week. Then, the students will be selecting their own topics for informative books. We will be brainstorming, organizing thoughts, writing rough drafts, revising, and editing throughout the next two weeks.
Spelling: Our spelling pattern will be words with a long vowel spelling pattern. Students will be working on spelling words with long vowels as well as reading words with those spelling patterns.
Math: We will continue to work on building problem solving skills throughout the week. Students are expected to solve two-step word problems. The steps to solve a word problem are glued in their math journals. Students should be closely examining the problem to determine what information is important, what they are trying to solve, etc. Then, they should solve the problem in more than one way. They can choose any strategies to solve the problem. They can choose to use some the addition and subtraction strategies based on place value (100's chart, open number line, base ten blocks, partial sums or differences) or they can use another idea. We have seen students create tables that list numbers from the problem, draw tally marks, draw circles, and much more. By solving the problem in more than one way, students are able to determine if they made a calculation error. If they get the same answer after solving the problem two different ways, then they can be reasonably sure that they did not make a calculation error. After solving the problem, students should write an explanation of how they solved the problem to practice the skill of communicating their mathematical thinking with others.
We will also be focusing on measurement. We previously taught measurement with the metric system and we will now be measuring in inches and feet.
Science: Nana Nature will be visiting Keheley to teach us more about force and motion. We will also be learning more about energy. We have been discussing both light and heat energy. We will continue to visit those topics as well as look at wind and water energy.