This week we launched our new information unit that comes from the Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study. Students learned that information writing is telling your reader all about a topic. Students learned that writing all about a topic is much easier when writers choose a topic that they are already an expert about. Students began their first assignment by choosing their topic. Next week second graders will began to learn from a couple different "master authors" of information texts and will begin using some of their information writing strategies to revise their own writing.
We added a new strategy to our Cafe board: Use Text Features which is under the "C" for comprehension. To go along with our information study in writing we began learning about non-fiction texts. They have features such as titles, headings and subheadings, captions, maps, diagrams, charts and graphs, legends, bold and italicized text, glossaries, indexes, and cutaways. These features are a common part of non-fiction reading that we often use to support understanding of what is being read. Readers with more experience, do this naturally. Students who have had experience and know the purpose of text features improve their comprehension of the text. To reinforce this skill at home begin by pointing out text features that you notice as you read and tell your child what it is called. Ask your child why the author might have added this text feature.
Students continued to learn about place value during math. Students worked on skills at their individual instructional level during their strategy based guided math groups. Our class was eager to participate in a complex task this week. Students worked in groups and to come up with as many ways as they could to created a number using base 10 blocks. Once one group presented a way it was shared on the Promethean Board and groups worked to find a new way to create that number!
We continued our study on winter holidays. Students have learned about Three Kings' Day, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. We met with buddies and made a Mkeka mat which is a woven mat that is used during Kwanzaa.
Thursday, December 8th - Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Deerfield 5:00-9:00pm
Saturday, December 17th- Monday, January 2nd- Winter Break
Tuesday, January 3rd- School Resumes
Friday, January, 13th- Early Release, students dismissed at 1:00
Monday, January 16th- No School, MLK Day