We are continuing to move along in all our content areas!
Reading: Readers are building good habits. Your child should be trying to read at least 20 minutes each night. It's important that s/he is not just reciting words on the page, but thinking while reading and using strategies taught in class to aide with comprehension, decoding new words, and improving fluency. Fluency is the big 2nd grade reading goal. Students have been building their stamina so they can read longer texts for longer amounts of time. Smart readers check for understanding while reading. They stop and ask themselves "who?" and "what?" to ensure they understand the text. Smart readers read accurately, especially as the text grows in complexity, students need to read carefully all the words in a passage, so they understand what the text is saying. We are continuing to grow and learn more strategies that "smart readers" use. Students are meeting with me in their reading groups to get targeted instruction in their reading. They are doing some hard but fun work during our group time!
Writing: Students have been writing personal narratives. They are learning to "zoom in" on a key idea in their story, and ensure that the rest of their narrative stays focused on that one main thing. They have a writing partner whom they share their writing with to consult and get feedback and suggestions. They also meet with me to discuss strategies to address their specific needs. This week we are learning to "show not tell" using adjectives and verbs.
Math: We are midway through Module 3, so this week we have begun (and will continue into next week) modeling numbers within 1,000 with Place Value Discs. We'll be exploring situations that require us to change 10 ones for 1 ten, 10 tens for 1 hundred, and 10 hundreds for 1,000. This week we are doing lessons 10-13, and next week we'll do lessons 14-18.
Social Studies: We continue our studies of Community, Citizenship, and Government. This unit's inquiry highlights the idea that even primary-age children can begin thinking about their civic roles in their communities and beyond. Those roles can be made real and vital to young children by exploring the traits or characteristics that represent responsible citizen ship. Those traits- respecting others, behaving honestly, helping others, making and obeying rules and laws, basic structure of government, being informed, and sharing needed resources - will be familiar to students through their experiences in their home and school lives.
See-Saw: We are adding blog posts as a class, including photos and videos periodically....and working out the kinks as we go! If you haven't downloaded the app, please do! It's a "real time" way to see what's happening in our classroom!