A few snow days couldn’t stop us from celebrating reading and Dr. Seuss! This afternoon the whole school participated in a parade of books through the school hallways. Each student proudly carried one of their favorite books for the school community to see. Many students also dressed up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character. After we paraded through the halls, we met in the cafeteria to read with our school families. It was a fun afternoon and a great way to cap off our reading week!
I hope everyone enjoyed their extra long weekend last week! It was a short week back with the kids but we still managed to get in a lot of learning. We have been focusing our reading lessons on two main character concepts—character feelings and character problems. The kids have been learning how to notice and expect these story elements and then to give evidence about their thinking from the text. For example, the problem in Too Many Tamales is Maria thinks she’s lost mom’s ring because she got it stuck in the masa, so she screams “the ring” and makes her cousins eat all the tamales. They have been getting better and better explaining heir reading thinking!
In writing we worked on fine tuning our realistic fiction writing by revising. We learned that revising is adding to, moving, or removing parts of our stories. Students got to work with partners and by themselves using a checklist to revise their stories.
In math we worked on word problems using two-digit numbers and learned one more strategy for adding two digit numbers—compensation. Compensation is when mathematicians think flexibly about numbers to turn a harder problem to solve like 29+25 into a simpler problem like 30+24.
We ended our week with an amazing assembly arranged by the PTO. It was a marionette puppet show of an old Chinese folktale. We truly enjoyed the performance and had lots of questions about how it all worked. We learned a lot!
We had a great Valentine’s Day in Room 30 today! The kids were so excited to put the finishing touches on their card holders and pass out their valentines. We also did some valentines word problems, valentines writing to make cards for our families, and valentines buddy word work. It was a fun filled day.
We celebrated the 100th Day of School on Friday. The kids we very excited to make this milestone and enjoyed some 100th day challenges to show off all their amazing learning this year! We challenged ourselves to write 100 words in word work, to come up with 100 ways to make 100 in math, and read a fun 100th Day of School book. It was a fun day and got us excited for our last 82 days! 😊. We’re also looking forward to reaching our goal of 100 Acts of Kindness by Valentines Day. Right now we’re up to 37 acts of kindness. Let’s keep going!
Working on our 100th day challenges!
Yesterday we began using a new app on the iPads called Epic. Some of the kids were familiar with the program, but many were not. The app gives us access to thousands of age appropriate books at the children’s level. The kids can explore their own reading interests, or I can also assign books for the kids to read on a specific topic. Yesterday the kids read and listened to a text that supports our Project Lead the Way unit on States of Matter. The kids are always very excited when the iPads come out and they learned a lot! Ask your child what is matter and what are the three states of matter we’ve learned about.
Yesterday we got the opportunity to visit the whole school Writing Celebration and read writing pieces from every kid in the school. We walked around the tables reading poems, small moment stories, how to books, and information pieces. Kids also wrote positive feedback for writers on sticky notes to let their peers know what they liked about their piece. It was a great time and showcased a lot of great work by our KES community of learners!
it was our first full week of school in a while and we made it! This week was full of end of unit celebrations to wrap up our learning on poetry and our reading unit on amping up our reading powers to read longer books. We also dove into new units in math, reading, and writing. It was a busy week!
In reading, we ended our unit on amping up our reading by working in strategy clubs to work together to get better at fluency, literary language, and keeping track of longer books. Kids created their own plans for what their group would work on and how to run it. We wrapped up their work by being reading researchers and writing our own news alerts, teaching about what second grade readers do. It was a lot of fun! Next, we're diving into a unit all about getting to know our characters.
In writing, we celebrated the end of our poetry unit by choosing a star poem to edit and revise to share at our whole school writing celebration next week. The kids also organized their other poems and illustrated a cover for their very own poetry anthology. It was a nice way to celebrate and share all their great work during the unit with their classmates. Next we'll be writing gripping realistic fictions stories about a character that has a problem and tries to solve it.
In math, we ended our unit on shapes and time and began our next unit on addition and subtraction within 100. In this unit we will learn a variety of strategies to add two digit numbers using place value. This week we learned to use a tens and ones chart and place value pictures to add. The kids are doing great!
Finally, in social studies we learned about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of peaceful protest to bring about change. We read a wonderful children's book about sit-ins and another about the brave little girl Ruby Bridges. It was another great week in Room 30.
Enjoy your long weekend! 😊
Fun sharing our poetry with each other!
The class filled their pompom jar this week and got to spin the "wheel of wow" to earn a class reward. We landed on holiday makerspace and the kids were allowed to us any of our classroom supplies (including lots of glitter) to make something for the holidays. Kids made ornaments, wall hangings, glitter gingerbread houses, and holiday decorations. They had a blast being creative and getting to bring their holiday ideas to life!
We have been having so much fun recently enjoying the snowy weather and getting in the spirit with our week of spirit days. December is flying buy! We have also been enjoying our new math unit about 2-D shapes. We are learning how to identify shapes by counting their sides and vertices. We have explored all the different ways to make triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons using our geoboards. In reading, we have been learning about literary language and how readers should stop and think "what is the author really saying". We also started our twin book reading where partners read the same book and discuss it to help each other tackle longer books. Partners stop at the end of chapters and talk about the most important event. Writing has been a flurry of poetry! The kids have stuffed their folders full of poems that try to turn ordinary language into extraordinary language! Of course we have also been getting into the holiday spirit by learning about December holidays. So far we've learned about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Ask you're child about what they've learned so far. Have a great weekend!