We have now increased our "read to self" stamina to 15 minutes! Because the second graders can be independently reading, I have finally started assessing the class using The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarks. This assessment is an amazing tool to help me determine your child’s instructional and independent reading level based on their ability to decode, read fluently, and comprehend. I look forward to reading in both small group settings and one-on-one in the upcoming weeks with students. In addition, when I meet one-on-one with each child, we will be determining which Café strategies they will be focusing on. Involving students in the goals setting process allows students to take ownership for their reading goals when they are “Reading to Self”, “Reading to Someone”, and “Meeting with the Teacher”.
This week students were introduced to the Words Their Way program. Words Their Way is phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction through daily word study. This program encourages instruction that supports students to learn spelling patterns and focus on examining and manipulating words, not memorizing them. The goal is to have students thinking more critically about words and work on transferring their skills to reading and writing. Additionally, this Words Their Way allows me to ensure that each student has a list of words that is at their individual instructional level. Because second graders are still learning how to independently complete the different types of sorts, our whole class worked with the same short vowel with digraphs words this week. Soon each student will get their own list with words at their instructional level.
Second graders also introduced to our vocabulary words this week by rereading Scaredy Squirrel and adding the CAFE strategy of “tune into interesting words” to our CAFE menu under expand vocabulary. As students listened to the story again they tried to "Tune In To Interesting Words" by writing them down in their literacy notebooks. As a class we decided on the following words to focus on: advantages, predictable, assured, glide, ordinary, inspired, consult, venturing. First we learn the meaning of the words. Next, we draw a picture next to the word that would help us remember it. For the word guide, students might draw a paper airplane or someone ice skating. These drawings are quick sketches with our pencil. After some practice with the words, students created skits with a partner and the other students had to guess which vocabulary word it might be. Once students can understand the words, students are encouraged to use these words in everyday language or in their writing! Once a student is “caught” using a vocabulary word, they are able to put their “autograph” next to the word in our Classroom Vocabulary Binder. To reinforce this skill try practicing them at home with your child. Here is a link to a PDF with the words: Scaredy Squirrel Vocabulary PDF
We continued to learn about the Standards of Mathematical practice this week in math. We learned that we need to have a growth mindset in order to be able to utilize the Standards of Mathematical Practice when we are learning new math skills. We watched the following Growth Mindset Videos called, "The Magic of Mistakes" and "The Power of Yet". To help reinforce these skills try asking these questions at home with your child:
1. When I make a mistake I feel _____ because _____. How does it feel when you make a mistake?
2. What do you do about those feelings so that you don't get discouraged?
3. How can we support one another when facing challenges that result in many trials?
2. How can you improve the phrase "I can't do this?”
3. Think of a time where you just didn't get “it.” What could you do in that situation?
2.OA.C.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Student Friendly Objective: I can tell if a group has an odd or even amount of objects in it. I can also write an equation that shows that an even number is the sum of two equal numbers.
This week students were eager to engage in engineering a tower with the same materials they have been working with. Their tower had to be 45 centimeters and needed to be able to stand on it's own in the wind (we set the fan on low). Before building, they read about the properties of a few famous towers such as the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle. Students noticed that many towers have properties such as a wide and strong base, and a thin and less heavy top. After building for a while students found that they might need to make a few mistakes and learn from them in order to redesign a tower that could accomplish this engineering task.
Monday, September 26th- Scholastic Book Order due tonight at midnight!
Monday, October 3rd- No school, Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 7th- Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm
Monday, October 10th- No school, Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 11th- No school, Teacher Institute Day
Wednesday, October 12th- No school, Yom Kippur