If you read Ms. Sjostom's "Rays of Sunshine," you saw that our class was featured regarding our study of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired by my time at Teachers College last summer, I used parts of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech for reading warm-ups. We have been using MLK to kick-off our biography unit for a while, but this was the first time I used this speech. It was great to see the kids' understanding of the history and the person grow. I am regularly struck by the gift of diversity that we have at Ray. An illustrator from one of the books we read talked about how he sees stained glass as a metaphor for MLK, because of the diversity of color. That was the inspiration for our "hands" picture.
Over the next several weeks we will continue reading biographies, doing book clubs on biographies, and then a final project where your child will pick a person to study. Their studies will include reading two different books about their person. They will write an informational paragraph and then make a poster of their person. In the classroom, the kids have been eating up the biographies that are on hand.
A week ago I had the opportunity to observe our math coach, Ingrid Stallsmith, teach a lesson about math representation in Mrs. Vashel's 2nd grade class. I took a few days this past week to specifically focus on that. I was struck (again) by how complicated it is. That actually motivated me to revise the second grade problem solving checklist and make it more second grade friendly. I'm eager to try it out this week. I will post the revised checklist on this blog--under math and also on the Seesaw account. In addition, (pun intended) I have a link to a PDF put out by North Carolina schools about the Math Common Core Standards. It gives a lot of examples of what the standards mean. Keep in mind these examples are for North Carolina, but it is similar enough to what we do that I thought it might be helpful to you.
We have begun discussions about all things Colonial. I will let you know when our dates are confirmed.
P.S. I had a parent ask if I really send these blogs out in the middle of the night. I absolutely do not--thanks for asking!