Friday, March 31, 2017

Out Like A Lion

Here are some of the goings on in room 207...
Language Arts, we have been learning about opinion or persuasive writing.  There a four main parts of opinion writing that we try to teach to second graders, 1. Interesting Lead, 2. State your opinion, 3. Give reasons, 4. Have a Compelling Conclusion.  A fifth part that we also emphasize is to use linking words to connect reasons to the opinion.  We read a book called, Hey Little Ant.  In it the reader is asked whether they think the boy should squish an ant or not.  As a class we wrote a paragraph saying why we thought he should squish the ant.  Then they wrote a paragraph about why the boy should not squish the ant (in partners or on their own).  Today we read about the pros and cons of cats and dogs as pets.  The students then did a quick write about which one they thought made a better pet.  I am sending those paragraphs home today.  I indicated which parts your student had, but they do NOT have to be corrected and returned.  It is just feedback.  See if your child can tell you all the parts of opinion writing along with the motions.

We have finished our biography posters and paragraphs.  They will go up in the halls after the Japanese Festival next week.  (The Japanese Festival needs all the wall space it can get.)  Every student has presented his or her poster to the class.  They all did a great job remembering the important information about the person they studied.

We just started Geometry in math.  I put a picture and some of the standards on a separate page on the blog.  From geometry we will move into fractions and repeated addition/multiplication.

Upcoming Dates:

Our Colonial Day will be Friday, June 2nd.  If you are not familiar with the second grade colonial day, you might not know that you definitely want to plan to be there for at least part of the day.  If the most time you can come is a long lunch, you will want to do that.  I will need about 14 parent volunteers in the morning and 6 or so in the afternoon.  It's a fun day and will be a special memory for your child.  MUCH more information to come!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Baby it's Cold Outside

March 3rd, 2017
Hello All,

We are about to complete a five-day week, we haven't had a lot of those since the first of the year.  It was nice to get back into our routines.  One big piece of news is that we are tweaking the homework a little bit.  In the folders this week you will find a single page log.  It's the same as the pages from the log book.  The first one is due next Friday, March 10th. 

We still expect kids to read 5 times a week, 15-20 minutes with 10 of the minutes being out loud.  We also continue to expect math practice 3x a week.  We will include one worksheet for review/extra practice.  The other two math practices can be the fact strategy practices from before, games from the sheet included this week, Xtra Math, or Symphony Math.  Many kids are ready to work on subtraction fact strategies.  We learned the Salute game this week in class.  We played it with just two people.  The hope is that all second graders will be fluent with addition and subtraction facts to 20 by the end of second grade.

We have continued our measurement unit in math.  Second graders learn both US Customary measurement and metric measurement.  They are expected to be able to use a number line to solve problems.  They are also expected to be able to gather measurement data and put it on a line plot.  You will see some line plot work from this week.

For Language Arts we have continued our work on informational texts by reading biographies.  Each student has been reading two sources about the person they chose.  We plotted all the birth dates on a timeline.  Next week they will begin writing an informational paragraph about the person they choose.

Looking forward to meeting with you for conferences.