The students have been working hard lately on their narrative writing. They each have been composing meaningful, small moment pieces. We have been working on hooking our readers into our stories by practicing different leads, endings, and by adding many details. Here they are hard at work!
What a fun time we had on Halloween last week! Thanks again to all the parents who put the time and effort in to make our party a blast. The treats, craft, and games were all great. Here are some pictures of the kids as they played “The Mummy Game”. Also, I have included a funny photo of the second grade teachers in our costume!
This week in Science we learned about mammals and the characteristics of the mammal group. We had the opportunity to look closely at various furs and skulls of mammals that live in Illinois.
Mrs. Johnson also spent time with the students observing frogs in their habitat in the lab. We are also taking care of and observing a tadpole in our classroom.
Dates to Remember: Social Studies Field Trip – Friday, October 11
In Science, we are continuing to study the classification of the vertebrae animals. We began our study with fish, amphibians and reptiles. Last week, we were able to borrow a zoo kit from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. This kit gave us the opportunity to explore turtle shells, snake skins, snake skulls and the life cycle of a frog.
We had our first “Writing Workshop Celebration” on Friday. Every student had the opportunity to share with the class a “small moment,” which was a piece of writing they chose that described an event in their life. They all did a great job!
The class has been busy learning various reading strategies and center expectations. The whole grade is utilizing “The Daily Five” program. This program fosters literacy independence in elementary classrooms. Students are learning how to “Read to Someone” while checking for comprehension. They are also focusing on “Listen to Reading,” “Work on Writing,” and “Word Work.” The students are gaining more independence in their reading abilities as they “Read to Self.” A huge factor in the success of The Daily Five is reading “just right” books.
Here are a few pictures of the students during “Daily 5″
“Work on Writing” and “Read to Someone“
Dates to Remember: Monday, September 16 – Innisbrook Gift Wrap Orders are due
Thursday, September 19 – Picture Day
Thursday, September 19 – Book Order due
Spelling Contract is due Thursday and Reading Log is due Friday
This week in math we were identifying and counting coins. We had a lot of fun playing “Collect 25 Cents.” Next week we will review “Make Ten and Tens Go Fish” and then begin to explore our doubles ( 7 + 7 ) and near doubles (7 + 8 ).
Dates to Remember:
MAP Math Test – Wednesday, September 11
Spelling Contract due – Thursday, September 12
MAP Reading Test – Wednesday, September 18
Book Orders due – Thursday, September 19
Picture Day – Thursday, September 19
I hope everyone had a great summer! Can you believe that school starts already on Monday? Mrs. Geweke and I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces on the first day of school. Enjoy these last few days in the sun! See you all on Monday!
I have such exciting news! Our first Flat Stanley has found its way back to Avoca West. Stanley travelled all the way down to the rural community of Lincoln, Illinois. He saw some great things there and brought a ton of pictures back to share with us. Please make sure your child has mailed out their Flat Stanley by now, so we can get many more back in the next few weeks. As a reminder, they are due by March 15!