Today we started an exciting activity. We are working with Mrs. Kohs to create book trailers on the iPads! Today was the planning day. We started to write our scripts. Next Tuesday we will start creating on the iPad! Be sure to check back for our finished products!
A look back to this past week!
What a great week it was in Room 11! Here is a bit of what we did:
We started our week off with an awesome Cultural Arts presentation provided to us by the PTO. It was a band called Steve Elci and Friends, and they were amazing. We had fun dancing along. Thank you Burr PTO!
In Reading, we focused on using a variety of strategies to solve tricky words. We learned that it's not only important to be able to read the words, but we need to know what they mean as well.
In Writing, we continued our unit on writing small moments. We focused this week on including a beginning that would grab the attention of our readers. We also learned to include comparisons in our stories to make them even better!
In Math, we collected data and created bar graphs and pictographs. We also learned to analyze the information in those graphs. The fact strategy that we focused on this week was using ten to help us add 9 to a number.
In Social Studies, we learned about Urban and Suburban communities.
*Don't forget to bring you reading log back to school on Monday! We will send a new one home that day.
Have an amazing weekend!
A new challenge!
Today's challenge: Create a math game geared towards second graders to help with their fact fluency! Students could work on their own, with a partner or in a group to create a game to be tested by their classmates!
Today your child brought home a reading bag. In that bag was a reading log. This is our first “real” homework!
We ask that the kids read for at least 10 minutes a night. They may certainly read more than that if they would like. Ideally we would like them to read a minimum of 70 minutes per week. I completely understand that there will be nights that there just isn’t time to squeeze in reading! These reading logs are due back to school on the following Monday. The children do not have to read the book from school, they can choose to read a book from home if they would like.
Please return the book bags to school each day.
a recap of our week...
A quick review of our week!
Reading: We had a very busy reading week! We learned that as our books get longer, they also get harder. We talked about the various ways that we can solve "tricky words". Not only did we talk about new strategies, but we talked about how we can use more than one strategy at a time!
Writing: We continued our study of small moment or "seed" stories. We are learning to "zoom in" on one smaller part of a story and expand upon it! We also started to talk about revising our work!
Math: We started leaning about graphs and interpreting data. We graphed the results of our September fact fluency and set individual goals for ourselves for the next month.
Social Studies: We began learning more about maps! We talked about what maps were, what they are used for and the things that we can see on a map. Ask your child the saying that they learned in order to remember the order of the directions on a compass rose!
Computers: We started to explore Word Documents! We learned how to open a document, type some things (including how to make capital letters and periods), we also learned how to change the font, size and color of the text.
Picture day: This was held on Friday! All the kids were dressed so nicely! I can't wait to see how our pictures came out!
This is just a quick summary of some of the things your child learned this week! Have a super weekend!
School picture day is tomorrow! Friday, September 18th!
Today we tried our first maker space activity!! We had a lot of fun and did some great learning. The children were given different paper options, the opportunity to use tape and the use of paper clips. Their challenge was to construct a paper airplane that would fly the furthest! They built, they iterated, they consulted with others and tried again! In the end everyone was able to build a great flying plane!
September 15th, 2015
So nice to see you!
It was so nice to see so many of you at Curriculum Night tonight. If you ever have any questions or concerns please let me know!
Hot, hot, hot!!!
It sure was a HOT day today in Room 11!!! The kids were still hard workers. I was very impressed with them. We are working on increasing our reading stamina while becoming super readers. Today we were practicing how to retell the books that we read.
In math, the kids have been doing a super job with our math workshop. Each day they have time to meet with me in a small group, they have independent practice and a fact fluency game/activity. In writing we have been practicing how to "zoom in" on a small moment and expand upon it. They are doing great!
I hope to see you all at Curriculum Night.
September 9th- 6:30-7:00: PreK-Grade 1 class visits, 7:00-7:30: whole school in cafeteria for a welcome/introduction by Mr. Larson, 7:30-8:00: Grade 2-4 classroom visits!