Second grade students brought some love and color to our school hallway during this snowy week by sharing poems they wrote. Parents, teachers and students left complimentary post-it notes for the poets’ hard work and the hallway ended up looking like a cheerful rainbow! Thank you to all the students, staff and families who participated in the walk.
During writing workshop students in second grade are experimenting with a different way to express their thinking- through poetry! During this writing unit students are working together to deepen their understanding of poetry by studying mentor poems and writing/editing/rewriting lots and lots of their own poetry. Before getting to work writing new poems each day, we review some of the different strategies that poets use, including…
- Finding a topic that gives them a big feeling
- Writing about small moments or details within that big feeling/topic
- Looking with poets’ eyes and seeing ordinary things in a new way
- Writing lots and experimenting with line breaks, sounds and words
Please save the date and plan to come to school on February 14th for our second grade poetry walk. Original poems will be posted all over the school for our community to enjoy!
Here are our grade 2 learning targets and success criteria for the week of January 30th…
Grade 2 has added something new to the schedule. After snack each Wednesday we head down to the music room for an invigorating yet peaceful 20 minutes of yoga! Thanks so much to Grace, who leads us in this new adventure each week.
In second grade, we have been lucky enough to get deliveries from the Book Fairy all year long! The day we started a new reading unit on information books, she left two different books about tigers wrapped in pretty paper at our reading area. When we began to delve into poetry, there was a poetry book left behind for us to unwrap. This week, the Book Fairy was busy! Second grade received a giant box with over $200 in shiny, new books for our classroom library. We have had lots of fun unwrapping the books and deciding how to organize them on our classroom library bookshelves (and, of course, lots of fun reading them too)!
We love balance boards!
We are so fortunate to have many different spaces and places for learning in our grade 2 classroom! Students pick new seats every 4-6 weeks based on their needs and how they think they will learn best. They can sit at a round table with other students, at individual spaces with privacy screens for more quiet, or at a horseshoe table with their teachers and other friends. They can sit on hooki stools, classroom chairs fitted with Bouncy Bands, or in scoop rockers on the rug. They are even able to request a wobble board to stand on if they need a little more movement during listening time. I am so impressed with these students and their growing abilities to articulate what accommodations they may need to learn best.
In second grade students are working on addition and subtraction with numbers up to 100! In order to practice these new number challenges, today we played a fun and very useful game in math called Close to 20. You can play this game at home with your child using a standard deck of playing cards (designate jacks as zero, aces as one, queens as 10 and kings as wild cards). Students pick three numbers from their hand of five cards to add together. The object of the game is to make each play add up to as close as 20 as possible. Students “earn” a point for each number they are away from 20 in their number string and the player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins. I’ll send more detailed instructions and a game board home with students this afternoon. Enjoy!