We had another busy week in the classroom. Our class community is coming together nicely, and we have earned our first class reward…a class pet. We will begin researching options next week.
Next week we will take our first practice assessment in our reading program. In first grade these assessments were taken whole group, with the stories read aloud, and the questions gone through point by point. By the end of second grade, students are expected to complete the assessment on their own. In preparation for that, we begin by teaching the strategies for taking the assessment, such as underlining key details in the story, highlighting important words in the questions, and checking our work. This is a teaching experience, helping the students understand how to take the assessment.
Next week in math we will continue our work with addition strategies. We will expose students to multiple strategies that they can use in mathematics to mentally solve addition and subtraction problems. Students are learning that they cannot simply memorize every math fact they will encounter, but using strategies will help them quickly add and subtract in their minds.
We are busy planning our second story, focusing on bringing our characters to life. Students have practiced making their characters think, feel, and move this week. As well, we will work on adding transition words to our writing, helping to organize our story.
I am looking forward to an amazing presentation on October 24th- Eyes on Owls. This is a tradition for second grade students, and a wonderful curriculum tie as we learn about our community environment and history. The presentation will take place in our Art room, and we will be spending the next few weeks learning about our community habitat, alongside our community history.
Our walking field trip is scheduled for October 25th. It will be in the early morning, but I do not yet have definite times. I will keep you posted.
As a reminder, if you would like to chaperone any of our field trips you will need to follow our district policy as outlined below:
Beginning this year, all volunteers must be fingerprinted (this includes field trip volunteers) in addition to watching the Bullying Video on the SAU19 website (under the special projects tab). Additionally, you will need to sign the Verification of Bullying Training Form that is also found on the SAU 19 website. Fingerprinting is available at the SAU office, for a cost of $20.75.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
October 18th – PTA meeting in the Art Room, 7:00
October 20th – Michaelmas Fair, Gym
October 24th- Eyes on Owls
October 25th - School Board Meeting in the Library, 6:30
Walking Field Trip