Over the past few weeks in Writer’s
Workshop students have been diligently working on their The Day the Crayons Quitopinion
piece. We have worked with an O.R.E.O. graphic organizer to make sure our reasons and opinions matched, and that we used strong feeling words to strengthen our opinion. We have some very creative and
innovative writers in our class! Last week we used the Chatterpix app to bring this project
to life! Using ipads, students drew a personified picture of their crayon and
recorded their voice reading their opinion why they are the best color. Check out our project below!
Our second graders were so excited to have Mr. Guditus, the district's Director of Educational Technology, come in last Wednesday to introduce us to DASH, our new robot friend. The kids used basic block coding to guide Dash to move, dance, and speak. We can't wait to experiment more with Dash in the future!
During class meeting last Friday we discussed friendship. We decided that in the month of February, our class would celebrate friendship.
We have started a new incentive plan in our classroom where any teacher working in our classroom will provide positive reinforcement with a 'pink ticket' each time we see a child being kind, helpful, and respectful to a friend or friends.
If a child receives a ticket, they write their name on it and put the ticket in a bucket for a daily drawing. At the end of each day, I will pick one ticket and reward the student's good behavior with either a phone call, email, or positive note home.
When we come together for class meeting again in two weeks, we will reflect on our goal. Your students are doing a great job with this plan and we already see so much kindness in just a few days!
Workshop we started writing opinion
pieces. In the past week, our students have been busy at work writing about
the strong opinions they have about
characters in the books they have read. We week we started using an 'O.R.E.O.' graphic organizer to help us keep our writing organized and include reasons and examples to support our opinion.
We kicked off this mode of writing with a fun song to help us remember what each letter in 'O.R.E.O.' stands for, and what the word opinion really means! We can't wait to work on more fun projects with this style of writing!
this week we have been busy exploring how we can slow Earth’s surfaces changes. Over the past month have charted and
learned about slow Earth changes, as well as rapid Earth changes. This week,
students worked in small groups to design a coast and creatively construct
barriers to slow coastal wind erosion.
On Thursday we tested out our designs! Each
group blew through straws to show gentle wind and we used a hairdryer to create
strong winds. Ask your child if their design was successful in slowing or even preventing
Workshop over the past few weeks students
have been working on multiplication
tables of 2, 5 and 10.Throughout this unit students have learned many
strategies to multiply and divide using models and
known multiplication facts. In second grade students learn to balance equations using multiplication facts combined with addition and subtraction facts they know. We've been having fun using a number scale to visualize and check our balanced equations!