This week in the Wonders reading program, we will study the question, “How are kids around the world different?” As we read, we will continue to work on creating a movie in our mind. As well, we will identify the plot and sequence of important events. We will continue the spelling focus of bossy r this week with a new list.
In Math, the week will be all about using data to solve problems. Students will use charts, graphs, and number stories to apply our addition and subtraction number stories. Sometimes we will know the two parts we are adding and subtracting, while other times we will only know one part and the answer. In these cases, we are working to find the “change” (how much we are adding or subtracting) in the problem.
I was impressed by the student’s final opinion pieces. They had so much voice in their writing! The growth in their ability to use capitals and periods has greatly improved. As well, they are becoming more confident expressing their voice in writing, which is a big transition in second grade. We will move on this week to writing fictional narratives, in which students create a character to write about.
This week in the Wonders program we will investigate the question, “How does the Earth change?” Students will have the chance to learn more about our planet, including ways we can take care of it! As well, we will begin to study the bossy r spelling pattern; with ur spellings as our focus this week. We will begin to learn about the plot and sequence of a story this week.
In Math this week, we are wrapping up our Unit 5 learning and will take our end of unit assessment right before winter break. We continue to practice applying the addition strategies we have learned so far, mostly through number stories. The kiddos are doing quite well with this skill.
In writing this week, we will wrap up our opinion and persuasive writing. Students will plan and write an independent letter to you! We will launch this exercise with the book, I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff and David Catrow. Students will then brainstorm something they want, and write a persuasive letter trying to convince you to get it!
Just a reminder that we will snowshoe tomorrow, Monday February 19th, so please send in appropriate gear. As well, our read-a-thon will be on February 23rd. Any pledge sheets can come in on that date.
Just a short update this week:
Due to the snow days and delayed start we are finishing up work from the previous week. This gives us a few days extra to review previous skills in math and reading, which is always helpful!
One big change this week will be spelling. We are taking a break from our normal spelling routine to focus on homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings). I am narrowing the list to only 10, as these can be quite challenging for students. I will send home a packet that includes practice pages for students.
Just a reminder that our Valentine’s celebration will be on Tuesday, February 14th. We will not have a party, but will do a craft in class, graph candy hearts and open our cards. Students can bring in their completed cards and box any time before the 14th.
SNOWSHOEING ON MONDAY 2/13
How is it already February? This week in the Wonders program we are exploring the question, “How do different environments make the world an interesting place?” As we read, students will make connections to their own environment and then compare and contrast two different locations. We will work on silent letter combinations (kn, mb, etc.) and continue to practice superlatives (big, bigger, biggest).
In Math this week, we will review quickly adding 10 and 100 to a number, and then practice adding using an open number line. This is a wonderful tool for students to use as they continue to build number sense. This is not a tool I used in elementary school, but I wish I had! I have included a link to an article about open number lines, the reason we use them, and some examples-
In writing this week, we will continue to work on our persuasive letters. Students will begin to brainstorm something in their school community or home that they want to change. They will consider the audience, construct and argument to support their opinion, and write a strong opening and closing. The kiddos are having so much fun with this style of writing, it is a joy to see in the classroom!