A BIG Thank You to Mrs. Vazquez for volunteering her time to plan a fun day of thinking and collaborating for the kids in Room 1! They worked in teams as engineers to build a new roller coaster!!
Informational reports on Google slides and STEM projects! Amazing collaboration and learning continues!
We are becoming Google experts in 2nd grade! Stop by and check out our informational reports that were typed in google docs and include images from Google, text features such as table of contents, index, and glossaries. Our young authors are excited to share their books with you. They have published fiction books as well with amazing illustrations. The students continue to collaborate, communicate, and work together in teams when tackling STEM projects. Check out pictures from our "Marshmallow Challenge" recently. I was given this challenge amongst 40 other teachers at a professional workshop and only ONE group out of 6 groups created a structure that could stand nevermind trying to make it tall! These kids amaze me everyday!
P.S. Stay tuned for photos and information from the special engineering project that Shayla's mom, Tara Vazquez, directed.
Second graders in Room 1 continue to collaborate, stay engaged, and learn together in 2017!
We are becoming great researches in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. We are experts on certain topics and are growing knowledge across many different books. We are noticing parts within multiple books that go together and adding to what we know as we read more and more. We are able to retell the BIG and main ideas about the topics we are reading about.
We have used this knowledge and these skills to help us with our informational writing as well. We are researching a topic of our choice using multiple websites as well as a variety of texts. Be on the look out for our informational reports that will include text features such as glossaries, photographs with captions, diagrams and more.
We loved chatting with new 2nd grade friends via Google Hangouts ! They joined us all the way from Wisconsin! Since they live in a different time zone, planning was difficult but we finally connected. They had 22 students in their class and the children were from all over the world. They represented every continent except Antarctica and Australia. We can't wait to connect with them again as we study different cultures.!
Collaboration and communication are key when working together on STEM activities! The students were given a minimal amount of materials, instructions, and expectations and off they went to try and make the largest paper chain as well as a paper Christmas tree that had to be able to stand on its own! I think we have some engineers among us.
In math we had fun exploring plane shapes and solid figures. We compared shapes, created new shapes, and sorted them noticing their many attributes. Now we are figuring out tough number patters and skip counting within numbers all the way to 1,000 while we continue to becoming more fluent with our addition and subtraction facts as well as problem solvers.
Coding has also been a favorite and something we enjoy doing to make us think and problem solve !
Hello new 2nd grade friends! I am so excited to have each and every one of you in my class this year! I am very excited for a year filled with fun, learning, and laughter!
Some things you should know:
In our classroom....."We do second chances, we apologize, we forgive, we respect each other, we keep promises, we never give up, we encourage one another, we laugh OFTEN, we believe in ourselves and in each other, we learn, we have fun, we belong, we are a family"
Some of my favorite words of wisdom from Christopher Robin to his pal Winnie the Pooh...a promise I want you all to make this year:
"Promise me you will always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
As you begin this new school year, remember to "SHOOT FOR THE MOON! Even if you miss, you land among the starts!" --Les Brown
**A poem to all of the parents:
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child's mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher-the tools she used,
Were books, music, and art.
The other, a parent, -working with a guiding hand,
And a gentle, loving heart.
And when at last their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child,
Could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed she would have failed
If she had worked alone,
For behind the parent stood the school,
And behind the teacher, the home.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you and your families during the "Meet and Greet" on Tuesday, August 30th! :)
My promise to my students:
I promise to care about you. I promise to be patient with you. I promise to help you when you are struggling. I promise to be fair and consistent. I promise to believe in you. I promise to make learning interesting, fun, and meaningful. I promise to be trustworthy. I promise that I will challenge you to be your very best. I promise to do everything I can to help you succeed. I promise that no matter what, I will never give up on you!
Get ready for an exciting school year ahead! Leave a comment letting us all know something about yourself!!
We have had an amazing year together in Room 2! The students have all grown so much in every way and I'm sad to see the end of the year approaching. They are ready to be 3rd graders!
We just finished our Informational unit in Reader's Workshop. They did a great job stopping and jotting down important details to figure out the main topic of each section in an informational text.
They continue to grow as young authors writing narratives, informational pieces, as well as opinion pieces. They enjoyed sharing their published books on Young Authors Day.
In math we have been adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers with regrouping. They can solve the problems using multiple strategies, such as drawing a picture of base ten blocks, using expanded form, and carrying and borrowing groups of 10.
We had a blast on our field trip to Bushy Hill on May 13th! We caught all sorts of things in the frog pond, including newts, tadpoles, egg sacs, and salamanders. They worked as a team to make it safely over "steaming hot cocoa into the mug". It was great to see them communicate and cooperate so well. We went on a hike and saw a "million dollar tree" as well as skunk cabbage and learned in the nature center with their wonderful staff. Here are some pictures from our fun day.
Grade 2 December News
The second graders are beginning to
study the features of Informational
Text. They are picking out books of
interest to use for instruction and
independent reading during Reader’s
Workshop. The children are identifying
text features and having collaborative conversations with their peers to determine how text features will help them understand the story.
The students are also working on identifying key details in a text. In our classes we’ve read the informational text The First Thanksgiving. Using this text the students began to learn how to highlight evidence in the text to support their answers to questions. We will be modeling and continuing this process using other Informational Texts during our unit.
In Writing, students are beginning to write “how to” stories. They are beginning to plan the steps that are needed to be included in their writing. They are learning to write an introductory sentence, at least 3 steps to explain their task and a concluding statement. They are starting to use specific transition vocabulary to help them sequence events. Some informational “how to” stories that may be worked on this month are “How to ride a bike.” or “How to make a Sandwich.”
They will also begin to write informational paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details. We will be practicing this at first by writing informational stories about ourselves. Eventually we will be researching and making informational books that include many text features as well.
In Math, grade two is working on geometry. This includes identifying a variety of shapes and their attributes. Students are working with both 2D and 3D shapes and determining the number of lines, sides, vertices and faces in each shape. We’ve been going on “scavenger hunts” to find various shapes in the real world. Students have also been learning about dividing shapes into equal parts including halves, thirds, and fourths as well as how many parts make a whole.
The kids have been getting to be pros with technology! They worked very hard during the "Hour of Code" and displayed excellent problem solving skills!
I'm so proud of all of my students! They are awesome!
We have been very busy in Room 2! We are participating in a Global Read Aloud with 2nd grade friends in Wisconsin!! We are reading The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes and posting ideas , responses, and conversing with our WI friends about the different characters and plots in this book. The kids are using the chrome books to log into sites such as Writeaboutit.com and Padlet to share their thoughts. I am so proud of them!!
Science is keeping us busy as we have tracked hurricanes and observed trees as they change, noting our observations and coming up with great questions to research. OUr first field trip was fun as we hiked through a deciduous forest as well as a coniferous forest with Mrs. Martin and her colleague. We learned a lot and were able to compare and contrast the different forests upon our return to school that day.
We are reading rich literature and practicing all of our reading strategies to dig deeper into texts. We are discussing character traits and how characters change throughout a story. We are keeping track of story's themes and lessons that we are learning through stories. The students are independently logging all of the books they are reading and writing written responses to each book during Reader's Workshop.
We have read many mentor texts such as My Rotten Red Headed Older Brother, Thundercake, and many Halloween stories to guide our own narrative writing. Be sure to stop in to read our class book, The Haunted Adventure, and each story the students have written and illustrated. We have wonderful, creative young authors in here.
In math, we are learning through hands on activities, Smartboard games, and practicing multiple strategies to quickly answer addition and subtraction problems as well as story problems. The students are solving and writing story problems in a math journal. Some strategies to ask your child about are: making 10, doubles, doubles plus 1, counting up, counting back, & fact families.
I am so very proud of all of my students . We are all working hard, learning lots, and laughing OFTEN!! Room 2 is a fabulous place to be!
We have had a wonderful first week of second grade in Room 2! We had so much fun getting to know each other through team building activities, games, and working together to create a safe & very fun learning environment. We have had, and will continue to have, LOTS of laughs , while also remembering the school and classroom rules to be sure we can get the most out of learning, laughing, and having a great 2nd grade year together. Our routine is in full swing and the students and I are ready to dive into learning. I look forward to seeing all of the parents on Wednesday, September 9th where I will go over this year's curriculum, field trips, homework, and more. Here are a few pictures from our 1st week together. So excited for a wonderful year ahead with these amazing children! :)