My apologies for the long lapse in updates! It certainly is a very busy time of year! From what the kids are sharing, there is A LOT going on! That might account for the fact that I haven't yet sent home last week's spelling tests. They have been traveling with me from school to home for the past few days. I'm not sure why! Thank you for your patience. Either you forgot, too, or perhaps you were just being polite. Either way, so sorry for the delay!
I have an important noticing to share with you. I have noticed that this particular group of kiddoes is lacking in self-advocacy skills. They are not comfortable telling/asking their peers to stop. Instead, they go along with it and don't say anything. A few specific examples:
Last week we did quite a bit of assessments. We completed a unit reading assessment and a math assessment. These will both be coming home early next week for you to review. This was our first time completing a reading assessment independently. While the text was not SO difficult, there was quite a bit of it to read and stamina definitely played a part. Many of the kids did not want to read the 'whole thing' or did not want to go back into the text and reread in order to find answers to questions. With cues and promYoupts we got through it. As we practice more, the reading assessments will get easier. The format will be more familiar and your child's reading skills and stamina for reading will continue to improve.
The math assessment had two parts, a unit assessment and a cumulative assessment. The unit assessment was looking at basic fact fluency skills we have been practicing: doubles, sums to ten, skip counting, fact families, and equivalent names for numbers.
Our new math unit will continue to work on building fact fluency skills. This week we played a card game called 'Salute.' In this game the children have to figure out a missing addend. Here is how to play...
We have begun a new unit in Wonders and in it we are going to discover things about the earth that surprise us. This week we are reading about earth's forces. We have learned about friction and gravity and how they affect objects. The kids are really engaged with this text. We are also reading many poems lately. We are enjoying Jack Prelutsky's poems. The children enjoy finding the rhyming couplets and finding the beat of each poem. Our current read-aloud is The Boxcar Children. Many of the children have enjoyed following along in a book while I read. It is a new skill for many of them and a good one to practice. They are welcome to bring in a copy of our read aloud book from home, if you have it.
During this Wonders unit we will be exploring the many ways that long vowel sounds are made. This week we are learning about long A. We will spend a week on each long vowel and its' spelling patterns. In my opinion, these are some of the most challenging spelling lists we will have this year! Have your child 'say it and do it' as they practice the words. By simultaneously writing and spelling the words your child is practicing that one word FIVE different ways! That is a HUGE 'bang for the buck!' Time well spent practicing!
Did you get a chance to read your child's owl report? They came home last week. It was a lot of work and they are so proud of the finished product! Everyone did a fantastic job!
With the holiday break fast approaching we have some fun, different activities planned. Tomorrow we will see third grade's show that ties in with their recent artist in residence. Next week we will be working with our third grade buddies to string popcorn garland and make pine cone bird feeders. Also, each second grade class will be visiting the other two second grade teachers to complete an activity. In our room we will follow a recipe to create some holiday potpourri. With Mrs. Gallegos the students will do a STEAM activity about snowball launchers. In Mrs. Prive's room there will be an activity about making crystals.
Next Friday, 12/22, all of the second graders are invited to wear their pajamas to school! The next part is a SECRET.... We will be taking an imaginary trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express! We will eat popcorn and OF COURSE we will enjoy some hot chocolate!
We will NOT be doing a gift exchange. Instead we will be focusing on sharing kindness and helping others. I am looking for a few supplies. I'll be sending a sign-up out soon!