Stuffed Animal Day
Since the beginning of the school year our class has been working hard to make great choices. We decided to celebrate those choices with a stuffed animal day. The second graders were able to share their special stuffed animal, cuddle with it, read with it, and have it work with them during work time.
The Hastings Bus Company visited us on Tuesday to talk about and have the students practice bus safety.
Math Games at Work Places
This week the students moved to using all math games at our work places. The math games are supporting skills such as addition facts, subtraction facts, comparing numbers, skip counting by two and fives, and collecting data. Also, the students are learned to work together, solve problems, and be a team.
Our math time is broken into three parts.
1. Number Corner: During this time students work on various math skills in a routine format. This month we have been working on clocks (hours and collecting minutes), odd and even numbers, relationships between addition and subtraction equations, and basic facts +/- 1 and +/- 0.
2. Problems and Investigations: This is the time the second graders receive their main lesson from me. This week our focus has been on addition problems to 10 and addition problems to 20. The second graders have been using number racks to see the relationships between the numbers and practice grouping numbers by fives and tens.
3. Work Places: A class favorite! This is when students work on their own at different math stations. All students have a work place log where they keep track of where they have been. At this time students are still exploring manipulatives. We also introduced a beetle station where students have to use clues to figure out which beetle glyph belongs to which child. We also have tried two games this week (one was sent home as a home connection for you to try!).
Reader's and Writer's Workshops
This week during our Writer's Workshop the second graders worked on drawing pictures to get ideas for writing. At the end of the week each student selected a piece of writing to share with a partner.
During Reader's Workshop we have been doing a shared reading each day. During this time I read a story aloud and the students discuss they story with a partner with guided questions. The second graders continue to practice building their stamina to read and do other independent activities while I begin to meet with students for reading instruction in small groups or 1:1.
Hopes and Dreams
Today Mr. VanDuzer hosted a Field Day for second grade during their specials time. The second graders participated in hurdle races, tug of war, and Raider Ball. Below are photos of our class playing Raider Ball--they were all smiles, even with the heat!
Being A Scientist
Today was our first day of science! We discussed what the second graders already knew about being a scientist and what they wanted to learn. Then we spent some time talking about the scientific method. Today we asked the question: Where does a frog need to be on a lily pad in order to stay on? Second graders made predictions, created models, tested their predictions, and recorded their observations. We gathered at the end and came to the conclusion that the frog should be in the middle of the lily pad.
Another wonderful week of learning happened in second grade! Check out our photos below to see what we have been up to!
Only One You
We had a special guest reader, Mr. Latch come visit our classroom. He is reading to each class in the school. He read Only One You. The book has the message that there is only one of each of us and we are all unique, but we can work together to make the world a better place. Mrs. Heckendorf had each student create a fish during their art time. Now the Kennedy hallways are lined with beautiful fish made by all of the students and staff in our school. We will continue to use the book as a reference this school year.
Flexible Learning in Action!
We spent a lot of time talking about our Flexible Learning Classroom this week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we talked about each category separately. We put our thoughts on one big poster. Students were able to select their own spots on Thursday and Friday.
We also talked about expectations for Read to Self time. Students have been working to build their stamina. Our goal is to get to 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading each day.
Math: Investigations and Work Places
The first week of school is always so much fun. It is exciting to get to know one another and figure out how we want our classroom to be. The second graders worked hard this week: learning about routines, planning our school year, developing our hopes and dreams, reading books, and math. Check out the photos for a peek at the fun we had this week!
First Day Feelings
Math: Manipulative Exploration, Beetle Glyphs
Math this week included creating beetle glyphs to help us teach about ourselves. We sorted the beetles. The second graders also had some time to explore different materials we will be using throughout the school year.
Team Building Fun
Thinking About Our Year...