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!
We finished up our three week makerspace cycle with Mrs. Williamson last week. The kids worked in teams to build different structures out of popsicles, paper cups, and wooden cubes. Each challenge required the kids to be creative, use teamwork, and revise their thinking. Plus, it was a lot of fun too! We can't wait to go back in January for our next adventure in the makerspace room!
It was nice to finally have a full week with no changes in our routine. The kids really worked hard this week getting back into the groove. In reading and writing we are working on a final celebration of our work during our nonfiction units by researching an animal, taking notes, and creating a short paragraph to teach others about it. Next week we will be publishing them using Chatterpix on the iPads. In math, we focused on counting coins this week and using a number line to find a mystery number. For example, my number is more than 20, less than 40, 4 away from 35, and greater than 37. It's a fun and quick game you can play at home just change up the clues. Your child draws a number line to solve the mystery. It's 39!
Have a great weekend!