Second graders also enjoyed our walking field trip to Highland Park High School to see the Halloween themed band concert! It was fun to sing along and clap along to these Halloween songs!
Two weeks ago, second graders received their first set of Words Their Way words. The words your child received were at their individual instructional level. More information about this was provided in the letter that was sent home. Here is a link to that letter: Words Their Way Informational Letter. Additionally, this menu was sent home to help your child at home with his/her words: Words Their Way Practice Menu. For the past two weeks students had opportunities at school and at home to master their word pattern. At the end of the week last week I assessed each student on their spelling patterns. They were required to write their word under the corresponding pattern and spell the words correctly. I also gave two additional words that followed the pattern that your child was studying to see if they were able to transfer their knowledge to other words that followed the same pattern (if they made spelling mistakes on those words that did not apply to their pattern it was not counted wrong). If you would like to have some of the assessment paper we will be using at school I have provided a copy here: Words Their Way Assessment Paper. Students will receive new list of words on Monday.
This week we worked on another complex task to work on the following Common Core State Standards:
2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. (Note, in first grade (1.MD.2) students only measure with non-standard tools like their own handspan or the length of a pencil)
Student Friendly Objective: I can measure the length of an object by choosing a ruler, yardstick, meter stick, or measuring tape.
2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Student Friendly Objective: I can estimate the length of objects using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
We started by reading the story, "How Big is a Foot" by Rolf Myller. In the story the king wanted to make a bed for his queen. Our class then estimated about how big the bed should be by deciding what would be too small and what would be too big (this is an important strategy for second graders to use when estimating and helps them to explain their reasoning for estimating). After we made our estimation we continued reading the story and found that the king measured the queen (with her crown on because she occasionally liked to wear her crown to bed) and he found that the bed needed to be 3 feet wide and 6 feet long. An apprentice made the bed with these measurements and it was much to small. It was discovered that the king's feet were much longer than the apprentice's feet which is why the bed turned out too small. This helped students discover the importance of using standard tools for measurement and identifying which unit they were using to measure (feet, inches, centimeters, etc.). Students were then challenged to use mathematical tools and standard units of measurement to make the queen a bed. Here are some pictures of students engaging in this complex task:
We continued our study on liquids this week. Some key vocabulary for this unit is: properties, liquid, observe, thin, thick, viscous, bubbles, foams, has color, container, flows, pours.
Thursday, October 27th - Highland Park High School Band Halloween Concert
Monday, October 31st- Halloween parade & celebration
Friday, November 11th- No school, Veteran's Day
Monday, November 21st- No School, conferences
Tuesday, November 22nd- No School, conferences
Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th- No School , Thanksgiving Break