This week the second graders worked on building their stamina for independent work around literacy, while I meet with students individually or small groups. This week we practiced: Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Listening to Reading. We will be adding other options in the coming week, but all options will center around growing as readers and writers.
This week we are using Donald Crews as a mentor author on how to get ideas for writing. One of his methods is to do "freewheel" sketches. We went outside to sketch what we saw, and used our sketches to inspire our writing this week.
Today we had our first science lesson. We are beginning our science units with "I am a Scientist". Second graders are learning about the scientific method, discussing what scientists to and how scientists learn. Today we posed the question: Where does a frog go on a lily pad to stay dry? The second graders recorded their predictions in their science notebooks. Then we created a model of a frog in a pond. Students worked in teams to explore the best place for a frog to stay dry and then recorded their findings in their notebooks.
We spent a lot of time practicing our Turn and Talk strategy while reading books. Second graders practiced how to sit crisscross applesauce, look eye to eye, one friend talk while the other listens, and then switching. We will use this strategy many time throughout the school year to discuss different subjects.
Our week in math was filled with different activities and I only managed to capture photos of some of them. Second graders worked with partners to solve equations to 20. They used number racks and white boards. We also talked about odd and even numbers, collecting minutes, and counting by tens. Finally, second graders worked with partners as one partner told a story problem while the other showed the addends of the story problem with unifix cubes. Both partners when wrote an equation to show the story problem. Then they switched!
This week our class began Writer's Workshop. This week we worked on drawing pictures to get ideas for stories. We also talked about sketching and using other author's. We read the book Big Mama by Donald Crews to get ideas on writing stories about people and places we like to visit. We also wrote a Good-bye Summer, Hello Fall poem. I can tell we have quite the group of authors in our class this year!
Mr. Leiser came to our classroom to teach us about how to be responsible as we use our iPads. We learned a lot and were able to add our first item to Seesaw!