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Special Guests

First/second grade students had some special guests visit our classroom this afternoon to teach us sign language.  We learned the alphabet and how to say “How are you?” in sign.  We also learned how to sing a beautiful song about … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Second Grade

Geometry

In first/second grade math students are learning all about 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.  Some of the big math words you might hear your child use in casual conversation now include angle, vertex, right angle, polygon (and row, column, array, and area by next week).  Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Small Moments

During writing workshop, first/second grade students have spent the past several weeks turning small moments from their lives into very detailed personal narratives.  As a class we have talked about how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h one moment across several pages of writing … Continue reading

Posted in English Language Arts

Learning About Ourselves As Friends

In first/second grade this week we continued our social studies unit-of-study by focusing on three different books written by one author; we read and discussed the Weird series by Erin Frankel.  The three books are important in that they not only focus … Continue reading

Posted in English Language Arts, Social Studies

Reading Workshop

After several weeks of discussion, practice and preparation, reading workshop is now officially underway in first/second grade!  Reading Workshop is composed of a 10-minute whole-class minilesson about a reading strategy, genre or text element followed by a variety of approaches to … Continue reading

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Ish

Our first unit-of-study in first/second grade is “Taking Charge of Ourselves as Learners and Friends.”  As part of the unit, we shared the book Ish by Peter Reynolds this week.  In the story, the main character learns that the art … Continue reading

Posted in English Language Arts, Life in Second Grade

First/Second Grade Rules!

First/second graders spent the past week reading, writing, sharing and sketching their ideas about our 4 classroom rules.  This is a very caring and thoughtful group of students!  Here are some of the specifics they came up with to support positivity in … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Second Grade