We have had a wonderful two and a half days here in first/second grade! We shared a story about how even teachers can get “jitters” before school begins, began to practice our morning and afternoon transition routines, attended an all-school assembly, took a initial spelling assessment, learned how to shop for books for our book boxes, went to P.E. and library and art, and lots more. We are also getting outside quite a bit to enjoy the fresh air while the weather is so beautiful. I am including several photos from our classroom in this post. Ask your child about them and hopefully they will be able to tell you more about life in first/second grade!
Two events that focus on the future occurred in second grade today. First, students visited Ms. Cannon in grade 3 to take a peak at their new classroom and to get to know their new teacher a little better. After the visit I heard lots of, “I am excited to go to third grade but I am sad to leave second grade too!” and “I can’t wait to have my own desk!”
Before the visit to grade 3 students wrote letters to their sixth grade selves. In the letters they told themselves what they like and wish for presently, and also what they predict they will like and wish for at the end of grade six. I will hold the letters in a safe place and return them to the students in June 2021!
As part of our unit-of-study on force and motion, second grade students spent the past several days working as partners to create, build, and perfect marble runs. I heard lots of, “Nice try,” “Let’s try that again,” and many of the other things real scientist say when they work with a team on a tricky project. Click here to see quick clips of second grade scientist demonstrating their hard work.
In grade 2 this week we focused 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 on a single situation of bullying but that they also tell the story from three different perspectives: the bully, the bullied, and the person who sees the bullying but is reluctant to help. As a class we read the three books and looked closely for clues in the texts, illustrations and dedications in the front of each book to better understand the author’s message. We also wrote responses to our reading and used vocabulary we learned in the books, including bully, target and bystander. We had lots of interesting conversations, including why the bully may have been symbolized by a heart (ask your child to explain) and that there is always more than one perspective to any situation.
Second grade students measure their jumps in both standard and nonstandard units.
We are starting a new math unit in Grade 2 called How Far Can You Jump? Students are measuring lengths and distances and solving measurement story problems. We will work with a variety of measurement units, including nonstandard ones like shoe-length, craft sticks, paper clips, and cubes, as well as standard ones like inches, feet, yards, centimeters and meters.
Here are our grade 2 learning targets and success criteria for the week of May 30th…
Students in second grade are reading, writing and experimenting to learn more about force and motion! During science the students are conducting experiments to answer questions like whether a car goes further on carpet or rugs, and what pushes and pulls are necessary to make our school playground equipment function most efficiently. In reading workshop, second graders are reading nonfiction books and working on strategies to self-monitor for understanding as they read. They are also using post-it notes to connect what they learn in their books to what they already know or what new questions may arise from the information they discover as they read. Finally, in writing workshop, students are learning to write like scientists! Second graders are writing lab reports about their science experiments that include a question, a hypothesis, a procedure, results and a conclusion.