Daily 5 & Cafe
This week students learned the new Cafe strategy of making a mental picture or visualizing which can be found under the "C" for comprehension. Making a picture in our mind helps us to remember events more clearly therefore improving comprehension skills. This strategy will help students to recall important details and to provide evidence in the text to support their thinking. We learned that it's kind of like making a movie in your head of what you are reading. Students practiced writing about what they saw, heard, smelled, felt, and tasted as I read a book aloud to practice this strategy. One way to reinforce this skill at home is by reading to your child and model how you make pictures in your mind. Then, give your child a chance to try it. Read a selection to your child and ask: What do you see in my mind as I read this selection? Can you see yourself in this selection? Explain to me the picture in your mind.
In grammar, students reviewed that a noun is a person, place, thing or animal. We also learned that all sentences include a noun. Students then learned that there are both common nouns (ex: teacher, store, school) and proper nouns (ex: Mrs. DeCristofaro, Target, Indian Trail School). Students practiced sorting the different kinds of nouns. Many students are using capital letters randomly in their writing or they are not using them at the appropriate times. Their goal is to transfer their knowledge of proper nouns their writing to improve their usage of capital letters.
Students continued their work on our measurement unit and focused on the following common core state standard:
2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Student Friendly Objective: I can tell how much longer one object is than another. (For example, "the pencil is 2 inches longer than the crayon")
Students learned that they must find the "difference" between two numbers by subtracting the larger number from the smaller number. This can be a challenging skill for second graders and I encourage you to have your child try this at home. Take out a tape measure and find out how much larger the master bedroom is compared to their bedroom in feet. Find out how much taller mom/dad is compared to their brother/sister in inches. Find out how much longer one action figure is compared to another in centimeters. Allow your child to choose what tool (ex: ruler) and unit (ex: inches) they should use and allow them to explain their reasoning. Explaining reasoning is an important Standard of Mathematical practice that your child has been working on with this current mathematical unit. Some key vocabulary words we have so far are: inch, centimeter, meter, yard, foot/feet, unit, tool, ruler, yard stick, measuring tape, tape measure, meter stick.
Students learned last week that communities are where people live, play, work, and solve problems. After developing a list of different places people go in communities to do these things, students are drawing one of each that we can eventually add to the community that students will create in a small group. Here are some of our drawings of buildings that you might see in a community:
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