Our class has been working hard in this first unit of study in writing! In this unit students have been creating stories by using a small moment from their life and stretching that moment to to help the reader picture what is happening in their head, almost as though they were watching a movie. While creating these stories we took some time to talk about how to create meaningful leads and ending to their stories.
It is hard to believe but our first unit of study in reading is nearly done! Today we took a moment in class to reflect on all we have learned in this unit. Not only have we revisited strategies that students have learned in the past to help tackle tricky words, but we also learned new strategies to assist us. This unit helped us to think about how to build our reading stamina, how to stop, think, and jot about our reading, and even the importance of stopping to think about what the author is trying to teach us with their books. Students also looked through the lens of the writer and tried to not only identify their craft moves but they tried to apply these moves to their own writing.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain
Yesterday our class read the book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. In this book we learned about the different parts of the brain and their function. We also learned that our brain is like a muscle that we can stretch and help shape. This book was an introduction to our class learning about The Growth Mindset. The growth mindset is the belief that we can do anything we put our mind to and that we do not just have a fixed set of ability that we are born with, but that our actions and our thoughts can help us to overcome challenging tasks. This is opposed to a fixed mindset in which people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits.Your child will be learning a lot about the growth mindset this year and so will you through newsletters that will start coming home shortly!
Second graders have been working on our first unit of study Readers' Workshop. In this unit we have been working to teach the students to take charge of their reading and to use multiple strategies to tackle tricky words. Below are two of our growing charts that we add onto with each new mini lesson.
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