We had an exciting visitor! Ms. Welch, who will be Mrs. Mitchell's long-term substitute once Mini Mitchell arrives, came to visit our classroom on Thursday. She jumped right in and will be such a wonderful addition to our classroom family as we finish out the year. Ms. Welch just recently moved to the area from New York and has been in the building subbing. She's taught first and fourth grade and we are so lucky to have her!
We finished up our Opinion writing unit. You may have received some demanding letters for things like tree houses and cell phones! The students were very excited about their writing, and although they may not be perfect, they are getting better at creating paragraphs, staying on topic, and using voice. These are all things that we will continue with in third grade! We also finished up another math unit. The students are gaining so many strategies to solve larger addition and subtraction problems.
With writing done, that means we will be starting science! Be on the lookout for emails requesting help and simple supplies you may have at home. We will be working on states of matter!
A Look Ahead
Monday - Mrs. Mitchell is out (not for a baby!!) and Ms. Welch will be running the classroom :)
Tuesday - Ms. Welch visits with us again
Saturday - April VaCaTiOn!!
The first week of April has come and gone! Although the weather is getting somewhat warmer outside, please have your child dress in layers (tshirt and sweater). It is already getting quite warm in our classroom and having short sleeves would be helpful. Having lots of water to drink will also help as the weather gets warmer. However, having a light coat or a warm sweater to go outside would keep them warm as they work out their energy. Thanks!
We've been finishing up our last big writing project this week. The students have been writing letters trying to convince the adults in their lives to do certain things. You may be getting letters trying to convince you of cell phones or sea turtle pets soon! The students have become more and more comfortable with technology and are in a great spot to head to third grade. We are also finishing up our unit in math. We've learned a lot of different strategies to adding and subtract larger numbers. As long as your student has one strategy that works for them, they are allowed to use that during any assessment or world problem. We will build on these strategies and eventually go to the shorter versions you were probably taught in school.
Before vacation gets here, we are going to start another science unit. Be on the lookout for emails asking for help with materials and classroom helpers! Also, today a paper went home to order classroom t-shirts! These will be used during field day, our field trip, and our performance after vacation. Please return the paper as soon as possible so our shirts will be in on time.
Have a great weekend!
Coming Up Next Week
Wednesday - Tshirt paper and $5 is due
Thursday - Band Concert at 8:30
We started our school wide theme of kindness! The students have been working on lots of ways to be kind to each other. They earn hearts when they are caught doing a kind deed. We've had students opening doors, helping friends, and much more! Students even painted kindness rocks with Ms. Brown today during their 2nd Step lesson.
We are also fully into our science unit. We are questioning and hypothesizing all the different ways water can change our world. They complete activities to discover where sand came from as well as where rivers start. What will we investigate next week??
We are finishing up our math unit this week and will be taking our assessment on Tuesday of next week. We also wrapped up our informational writing project. The students are working on using the skills they learned to write a story completely by themselves. They have been learning so many new skills with the computers as they work on all of these pieces.
Tuesday - Family Math Night! 6-7PM in the gym
Thursday - Down Syndrome Awareness Day! Wear crazy socks to show support. We are more alike than different <3
Friday - PTA Father Daughter Dance
After our first snowday of the year, we fit a lot into our week! We did a lot of reading this week. We visited the bookfair on Wednesday and participated in a half hour of quiet reading in the library for the Read-A-Thon today! The students did fantastic, some even reading an entire book in that thirty minute block.
We worked through many glitches on our computers to (mostly) finish our informational writing project. We will be printing out the last of our papers next week. We've also started a new science unit about how much the water can change our planet.
Tonight! - PTA Movie
Happy February Vacation!
We kicked the week off with our board game day and soda floats! There were so many fun games for the kids to play. Thank you for sending them in. I now have a few games I've added to my family's wishlist for game night!
When we get back from vacation we will be wrapping up our informational writing project and starting a science unit. We are nearing the end of the second trimester already! This year is just flying by!
Here's to hoping you make lots of memories with your family over the vacation week. I can't wait to hear all about them when they return.
The students completed the Jump Rope for Heart Challenge this week! They rotated in stations and definitely got their hearts pumping for a good cause. Our school was able to raise lots of money, too! We also enjoyed Valentine's Day with lots of stickers, stuffies, bookmarks, and of course candy and cupcakes!
In math, we will continue to focus on coins. We will also be working on more strategies to add or subtract bigger numbers next week. A refresher on adding and subtracting by 10s and 100s will also be on the docket. Writing is another area we've been focusing on. The students started using the program Word to type up their informational pieces. We are working on having paragraphs with one focus and using resources to get factual information. So far they are really enjoying using the technology instead of writing and rewriting their stories!
The class earned a reward and picked Game Afternoon and Ice Cream Floats. We are going to spend about an hour and a half playing board games and sipping on ice cream floats next week. Be on the lookout Monday for more information on how families can help make this a success.
One more week until February vacation! Woo!
A Look Ahead:
Friday - Game day with ice cream floats
Saturday - VaCaTiOn!!!!
It's hard to believe it, but you have had a second grader for over 100 school days! On Thursday we celebrated by building with different materials, each totaling 100. We (attempted) to build with 100 dominoes, but... many of them came down far too fast! They created creatures with 100 pattern blocks, including Santa, landforms, and a monster. With 100 paper cups they were able to create a structure over 3 feet tall. I have lots of building block professionals in the classroom, so that was an easy station for most. They also used Popsicle sticks to create things like a giant 100, a skeleton shooting an arrow and a mansion with its very own train track!
We finished our most recent math unit and will be back into the lesson and homework routine on Monday! I hope they enjoyed their homework break. We've also started a new writing project. The students read about an animal they wanted to learn more about and are writing up some facts. I can't wait to learn about all of their animals!
A Look Ahead:
Thursday - Jump Rope for Heart
Valentine's Day Snack / Valentine's Day Games
The students have finished up their basic map skills and began learning about landforms. We learned about a topographical map which shows the way the land looks in an area.
From there we began planning out our own topographical landform map. The students had to label several types of landforms and bodies of water on their plan before they could begin creating their map. It was a messy process creating the salt dough (thank you to all the parents who donated materials or time to make it happen!).
After the dough was dry, we were able to paint our maps. This made our different landforms stand out better. Next week, we will be presenting our landform maps to the class. We will also have some visitors come to our classroom in order to see our projects. The students are very proud of their work and can't wait to bring them home to show you!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - The only math lesson this week, and thus the only night of math homework
Tuesday - Students present their landforms to the class
Wednesday - Students present their landforms to visiting classes
Thursday - Community Meeting
We will be wrapping up our Map Skills unit next week. This week we created online street maps and practiced our direction and grid skills. We will continue to build on that by making topographical landform maps next week. The students are very excited! I can't wait to see how they come out!
In math we have been working on lots of different forms of measurement. We have talked about time to the nearest minute and also introduced measuring with feet. Next week we will get more precise and start measuring with inches and centimeters.
In reading, we introduced a program the students can use while at school called Reading Counts. They are able to take quizzes on most of the books they read (either at school or at home) and earn points. Unfortunately they can only access reading counts here at school. For every 10 points they get, they are able to pick from the prize bin!
They are required to try at least one quiz a week, but they may take more than one quiz if they are feeling motivated. I also allow them to take quizzes on the stories we read in class together as long as they take the actual quiz alone. The whole point is to expose them to lots of different types of questions and get them used to looking back in books to find the answers. This program is great practice for reading comprehension skills and is a lot of fun!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - We have school!
Tuesday - Creating our landform dough maps (feel free to come in and help from 12-1:15!)
Thursday - Civil Rights presentation @8:30
Painting our landform maps