Sunday, December 15, 2013

What Happened This Week with Zach and Anna

This week's bloggers:  Anna & Zach

We greeted each other this week saying "Aloha", "Konnichiwa" and "Shalom".  We did "Skip Two", "Chief" and "Around the Circle" as greetings during morning meeting this week.  On Monday, we played "Brecky Toss" where we toss a squishy caterpillar to the next person to and say "Hello".  On Wednesday, we played "Mater 'D" where  Mrs. Wentworth gave a topic for each table to discuss, like "What do we hope to do tomorrow?".  We did a brain break called "I'm Melting" where we pretend to throw a bucket of water on someone and they pretend to melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.  On Friday, we did "5 Pop" where we count 5 people and the 5th person stands up and says "Pop".  We also did "Parts Partners".  Mrs. Wentworth decides what body part and then you and your partner need to touch toes, elbows, hands or hips.

In Math on Monday, we read Greedy Triangle and we learned about 3D and 2D shapes.  On Tuesday, we participated in the national program called "Hour of Code."  You can learn more about the week of learning code across all grades nationally at  We each wrote computer code for a game that told the game character to turn left, turn right, etc.  It was cool! We also had iPad time to work on math facts. This week we learned about symmetry.  We talked about symmetry in shapes and how snowflakes are symmetrical.  For homework, we looked for items that were symmetrical around our house.  On Friday, we did a math assessment.
We practiced building math fact power with the iPads!

We finished reading Clementine this week.  We discussed Clementine's traits and feelings.  We made a poster that outlined her feelings and traits throughout the book. We also discussed how the traits might change as the book progresses.  We made a chart for Clementine to help us remember on how to retell a story.  We started a new book Gooney Bird Greene. She is very unique!

For Writer's Workshop we read Do Like Kyla and discussed our "many moments" stories.  On Wednesday, we reread all of our writing and picked 2 of our best to conference about with Mrs. Wentworth. Then we will narrow it to one to publish for our upcoming author celebration.  On Thursday, instead of writing, we read Time for Kids about allergies to food. That magazine went home on Friday to share with families  In Handwriting & Spelling, we worked on Unit 9 and discussed how to spell words differently when you add different suffixes.

During Guidance on Monday, we watched a video on kindness.  We drew pictures of a kindness chain. In Art we worked on finishing our clay bells to bring home (shhhh, they might be a special gift for someone).  During our extra special on Tuesday, we did a science lesson where we read Curious Garden and investigated a skull.  We focused on asking good questions and were asked to bring in evidence from home that might help us guess what animal the skull came from.  In PE, we played "Let It Fly" where we threw balls over a mat to a team on the other side.  They tried to catch the balls and throw them back over the mat.  In Music,  we talked about The Nutcracker story and did a jinglebell dance.

A few things we did this week in Closing Circle was to say "See Ya Tomorrow" and underhand toss a ball to the person next to you and say goodbye.  The last person to catch the ball says goodbye to the whole class. Also we gave class compliments or individual compliments when saying goodbye to each other.

Friday, December 6, 2013

What Happened This Week with Jonathan and Katie

This week's bloggers are Katie and Jonathan.

We learned new greetings this week:  Salaam (Arabic), Kale Mera, Bon Jour (French) and Nih Hao (Mandarin).  On Monday we picked jobs for the week.  If you picked a number 1-10, you had a job this week.  The rest of the students have a job next week.   In morning circle on Tuesday, one person tapped another student on the shoulder.  They walked around the circle and when they met up they would say "hello" and give each other a double high 5.  We played "Off My Back" and Mrs. Wentworth assigned us something in nature.  We could ask 4 questions and get 4 guesses on what we were in nature (like a tree).  We tried lotus pose, plank and waiter (balancing a book on our hand like a waiter) as new brain breaks.  During share time, if someone did not have something to share, the student picks 3 classmates to ask questions like "What is your favorite food?".

During Math on Monday, we pretended to shop and added the prices of the objects.  If we bought a watermelon for $2 and a radio for $68, the total would be $70.  We also estimated as we used a tape measure to determine the size of a table, chair and door.  On Wednesday, we used cards and dice with partners to do an addition game.  We did math boxes in our math journals.  On Thursday, we added with base 10 blocks.  We learned partial sums and had a math test on Friday.

During Reader's Workshop, we read Clementine.  All week we worked on the Character's Unit, where we discussed setting, character's lives and character traits.  We used the information to make predictions about what would happen and then would change the prediction as we learned more information in the story.  We talked about character's facial expression and how we might make the same expression in our mind as we read the book.  For example, if the character was surprised, you might make an "O" with your mouth.

In Writer's Workshop, we worked on our Native American paragraphs.  We also started "Seed Stories." We think of a big experience (like a watermelon) and think of a small detail in that experience (a seed). Katie's example is going to Florida and the "seed story" could be about a ride at Disney.  On Thursday, we wrote down things we were thankful for and on Friday we used those thoughts to create a "Thankful Tree" to bring home and share with our families.  We also created a "Thankful Tree" for our class and each student contributed a leaf with something they were thankful for about our class.

In Handwriting & Spelling, we reviewed writing our numbers.  We also practiced letters that had the same capital and lowercase form like C and c.  We learned about suffixes like "s", "ed" and "ing".

In Guidance on Monday, we colored stop lights and also discussed more "unthinkables".  We talked about things that make you angry like "Rock Brain".  Jonathan's example of Rock Brain is when you don't listen to your mom calling you for dinner.  "Super Flex" comes to defeat Rock Brain by talking to you and saying you should listen to your mom.  In Art, we used clay to make pinch pots for bells.  In PE, we learned to overhand throw and how to do an upward dog pose.  In Music on Tuesday, we watched a show "Carnival of Animals", where instruments were trying to sound like animals.  Thursday's music class, we played the drums.

This week in Closing Circle, we said "Au Revior" (French) and whisper bye.  We did "quiet think" on Wednesday, where we lay out flat, close our eyes and hold up a fist.   Each student ranks how he/she did on things:  0 (fist) to 5.  Questions like "being kind to classmates", "inviting others to sit with you at lunch" and "reading time".

Next Tuesday, we will have a school community meeting and ask each student to bring in non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

Monday, November 11, 2013

What Happened this Week

Bloggers: Walter and Annabella

We started our morning meeting on Monday by saying "Bonjour" and doing stretches.  On Wednesday and Friday, we did "Skip 2" in a circle where we skip 2 people and then say "Good Morning."   You continue around the circle until everyone is greeted.  We learned "Konnichiwa" and "O-Si- Yo" (Cherokee Native American).   We also played "Up Close" with a magnifying glass to greet the person next to us saying "So nice to SEE you."  For activities, we played Acka Backa, Soda Cracka", "Popcorn" where we get to move around a lot and get energized for the day. We also played "Coseeki", where one person goes in the hall, comes back in and has 3 guesses which classmate is the the chief.
Ry and Sam playing Addition Spin

In math, we practiced making change by pretending to buy things and getting change back from our purchase.  We had a math test and played addition spin.  Wednesday we discussed change diagram "Fish Stories". Here is an example: Fish L weighs 100 lbs and eats Fish Y, who weighs 2 lbs.  How much does Fish L now weigh? We also worked on Part, Part, Total as a different way to do addition.  On Friday we discussed temperature and the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

We focused on our Native American unit during Reader and Writer's Workshop this week.   Monday, we learned why Native Americans came to America.  We read The Legend of Blue Bonnet.  We did Tribe learning and reading. Mrs. Wentworth has put us into different tribes for reading groups to represent the 4 different areas of the United States. This week we met to become experts of our tribe. Next week we'll teach others about our tribe.  We saw a presentation on Native American we we learned about how local Native American tribes lived, animals they used to survive and we even got to play different handmade instruments.

During Writer's Workshop and Word Study, we worked on editing and revising our stories.  We also worked on our small moment stories.   We read Memoirs of a Gold Fish and discussed adding details to our stories.
We also got to play spelling games on the computer.  Check out "Spell City" under resources on the YES website. We practiced Unit 6 spelling words this week and had our test on Friday.  We learned about homophone and homonyms after reading The King Who Rained.  Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like "no" and "know".  Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, like "bat" (animal) and "bat" (that you swing).

During our specials this week, we played a baseball game in Guidance, where you greeted different classmates depending on if you hit a "single", "double" or "homerun".  In Art, we finished our nature weaving.  In PE, we used hula hoops, played a bean bag game and played a skunk tag game where you yelled "skunks are out" once you were in the middle circle.  We sang patriotic songs in Music, such as the "Grand Ole Flag."  We headed to the library on Friday to pick out new books.

Our closing circle this week, we played "123 - POP", where we count off 1, 2, 3 and the next person says "POP" and says something good about their day.  On Tuesday, we each said our hope for tomorrow.  Wednesday, we learned hand signs for goodbye.  We had a talking stick on Thursday where we shared what we learned about Native Americans.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thank you!

The students and I were excited to receive 3 books from the book fair that were donated to our classroom. Thanks to the Keaney family for donating Miss Smith's Under the Ocean and thank you to the mystery donor for our other two books. We love them!

What Happened This Week?

Weekly Bloggers: Sam L. and Lauren!

 Here are the highlights from the week:

We started Morning Meeting on Monday with the greeting 'Round the Circle.  Two people walk around the circle and when they meet they give each other a double high 5.  Then, they tap 2 new people to walk around the circle.  Mrs. Wolinsky was our special guest during the meeting.  On Tuesday, we learned that "Guten Tag" is German for hello.  We had our names on paper clips that we passed around the circle.  We practiced practiced empty breath as a brain break, where we breath in and out until out of breath.  It is something we used before spelling to get ready for the next activity.  Wednesday, we said "Kale Mera", which is Greek for hello.  We played Off My Back, where stickies with animals were on each of our backs and we had to ask questions to guess.  "BOO" was our greeting for Thursday and everyone was excited for Halloween.  We described what the outside of our pumpkin looked like and read the book How Many Seeds in the Pumpkin?

 On Friday we greeted each other in Turkish saying "Merhaba" We each told what our favorite candy was from Halloween.  Sam said his was Airheads and Lauren's was Swedish Fish.  We also got to try the yummy pumpkin bread our class made on Thursday.

Math:  Monday we played Spinning for Money.  We spun a wheel and the paperclip would land on a certain amount of money.  Our goal was to reach $1.  Tuesday we learned about different types of graphs (bar & pie).  We counted how many pockets everyone was wearing and show them with a graph of post-its.  We also played a game with cards where we would switch the number in the 10s place.  So if the number was 27, we would switch the 10s place to make the number 72.  On Wednesday, we learned about different kinds of arrows that told us to add or subtract depending on the arrow used.  Our pumpkin was part of the math lesson for Thursday.  We had to guess the weight, circumference, number of lines and number of seeds.  The class figured out that the pumpkin weighed 13 lbs, had a 37" circumference, had 20 lines and had 595 seeds inside - WOW!  We played the "I Have, Who Has" game on Friday.  Each person has cards in front of them.  One person would ask "Who has 8 + 1?" and the person who has the 9 card would say "I Have."

Reader's Workshop:  On Monday, we were reminded to think about what we are reading to help identify words we are stuck on.  Sam gave the example if you are reading a book about fishing then probably the word tiger is not in the book.  Tuesday we discussed asking questions that make sense with what you are reading.  Each student gets to take turns reading with a buddy, listening to a book on tape or doing word work.  We shared with friends on Wednesday word that we liked the sound or were curious about the meaning.  To continue the pumpkin theme on Thursday, we read Runaway Pumpkin.  We listened to the Arthur's Halloween at the listening center.  Friday, we discussed unknown words strategy.  You think of everything you know about the book to help you (what's it about, picture, words like that word, etc).

Writer's  Workshop:  On Monday, we discussed making sure storytelling sounds like a story and that it has a beginning, a middle and an end.  We had an extra health class on Tuesday, where we played an octopus cardio game and "What Time is it Mr. Fox?"  On Wednesday, we worked on showing, not telling in our writing.  Sam said you could describe excitement at Christmas that "I jumped out of bed" vs saying "I'm excited".  Thursday, we put the ingredients into the pumpkin bread that Mrs. Wentworth took home to bake.  On Friday, we discussed using endings to close a moment and read the book Relatives Came.

Spelling:  We did our Unit 5 preview on Monday and had our Unit 5 spelling test on Friday.  We worked on our Poetry Journals and added "Five Little Pumpkins" on Thursday.

Specials:  In Guidance on Monday, we discussed how "unthinkables" can invade your head, like a "worry wall" makes you worry too much.  We drew a picture of tricky bear and passed pom poms around.  During Art, we used string, fabric and dried flowers to due nature weaving.  At PE Wednesday, we played Ghost Busters.  The ghost buster tried to tag ghosts.  Once they were tagged, ghosts had to go to hula hoop grave yards.  Music on Thursday, we dance and moved to the Bat song.  Friday we went to library.

Closing Circle:  We sang the "Goodbye Song" on Thursday and played "Pass the Mask" on Tuesday.  For "Pass the Mask", a student would make a funny face and the next student would try to copy the same expression. We ended our week with reflection circle and were paired up to share a positive about the week.

Enjoying Pumpkin Day!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Leaf Animal Art

To kick off our Native American unit, we recently went to Wolf Neck Park to walk the trails and listen to Native American legends. When we got back we gathered leaves to create our own animals out of nature. Enjoy!

What Happened This Week?

Bloggers: Tristan and Aaron

Welcome to our first classroom blog, narrated by Tristan and Aaron this week.  Mrs. Wentworth's class week in review:

On Monday, we started our morning meeting by saying "Namaste" which is Hindi.  In math, we play digit games and used Base 10 blocks.  We visited the Bookfair in the library and it was fun.  If we brought money we could buy books.  In Writer's Workshop, we talked about small moment stories and tried to picture movies in our mind.  We then had our preview spelling test.  In Guidance, we listened to the book, "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?".  We also played a game called Cooseki, where one person goes in the hallway and then has to come back in and guess who the chief is in the room. For closing circle we sang the "Goodbye Song."

Tuesday morning we took a bus to Wolfe Neck Park.  We ate snacks at the park. We sat on the log benches and listened to the park ranger.  He showed us real arrow heads that we passed around.   We listened to a couple of legends about Wabanacki Indians.  Tristan and Aaron's favorite legend was the one about the 3 men, who each had a wish.  One wanted to be the tallest around, one wanted a long, healthy life and the third one wanted to look at the beautiful view. The men were turned into trees and the ranger showed us the 3 trees in the park that represented each man and his wish.  When we returned to school we discussed "proof it" and looked to make sure we spell everything right in our writing.   In Art, we finished our shadow boxes with bugs and we got to take them home.  At Closing Circle we had an inside circle and an outside circle.  A person in the outside circle had to whisper a good thing that had happened to the person in the inside circle and they would whisper back.  Then the circle would rotate and you shared with a new person.

Wednesday's greeting we sang "Friends in our Class" and it rhymes with the "Addams Family" song.  We made Leaf Animals out of leaves and pine needles.  Tristan made a chameleon and Aaron made a bird.  They were laminated and are now hanging in the hallway outside the classroom.  Then....
THE BUTTERFLY GOT AWAY!!!  It was flying around in the netted cage and started beating against the side so hard it opened the velcro and escaped.  Mrs. Wentworth snuck up behind the butterfly and it flew into her hand, so she safely put it back in the netted cage.  In Reader's Workshop, we discussed strategies to solve unknown words.  One strategy is to split the word in half and find words inside.  We worked with our writing partners and shared our stories.  The partners asked questions and provided feedback.  At gym, we played jewel collectors.  We jogged and ran around the gym.

We started Thursday with a handstack and cheer.  We took turns putting hands on top of the other.
We played the game "Off My Back".   We put stickies on our backs that named an animal and other people had to give hints to help us guess what animal we were.  During math we practiced a few games to help us review place value. We read "A Kissing Hand" in class and focused on endings of words like "ing, er and "ed" when we are reading.  For Writer's Workshop, we discussed stretching out moments, where you have a short story and you stretch it out like bubble gum to make a longer story.  In Music, we sang the Halloween song.  Mrs. Renton dressed up like an old lady!

Our Friday greeting was "Jambo", which is hello is Swahili.  We did "catchup & mustard", where we catch up on work we didn't get to complete this week.  We read on our own during Reader's Workshop.  We used our fingers to plan a story across our hand:   beginning - middle - end.  We had our unit 4 spelling test.  Our special today was computer, where we got to listen to Native American legends about animals. Also, we got to learn a new spelling resource to help review our words. We ended our week in closing circle where we had reflection and were paired up to give a compliment and get a compliment about something that happened over the week!

Wolfe Neck Field Trip

Sunday, October 20, 2013

 ***Just two quick reminders***

-Our field trip to Wolfe's Neck Park is this Tuesday morning. We will be back at school around 11:00ish. Please have your child bring an easy snack to eat there along with a water bottle. It might be cooler weather, so please have them bring a jacket.

-Our class will be visiting the Book Fair here at school Monday and Wednesday from 10:30-11:00. If you are interested in having your child purchase any books feel free to send money in with them either day. The book fair will be open a few evenings this week if you are interested in visiting then too.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top 5 of the Day

  • During reader's workshop, we read Say Something which is a book about teasing and bullying and learned that as good readers, we must be always thinking about the characters' feelings and why.
  • We also had a chance to begin reading partnerships and made a chart to help us remember how it looks, sounds and feels to be a great reading buddy.
  • This morning we finished up math by completing our first homelink during snack and discussed good homework habits.
  • Science time was spent comparing how the mealworm and waxworm are similar and different.
  • Ask us about antonyms (opposites) because we learned a few during spelling time!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Potato Harvesting

The students and I read a great book titled, Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy in preparation for our garden adventure of picking potatoes. At the end of the day, the students could take a potato home along with a mashed potato recipe from the book to enjoy!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Our Top Five of the Day

  • We were excited to see two fish when we got into our classroom. They will be our pets that we will take care of this year.
  • Our morning meeting activity was called "Off My Back" and students had sticky notes on their backs with a number on it. They had to ask yes or no questions to the class to figure it out.
  • During science we observed our mealworms and recorded the structures of their bodies as well as their behaviors.
  • In reading, we discussed how readers should make goals and we worked on developing reading goals for ourselves and drew them in our reader response journals.
  • We signed our classroom pledge based on our rules we developed together.
  • Extra: We loved reading the book, Do Unto Otters (a book of manners)

Mealworm Observations!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Our first week was one filled with lots of discovery, fun and learning. I have listed below a few of our highlights:

  • We read the Recess Queen which helped us have a discussion about rules of the playground, bullying and friendship.
  • During math time we worked on brainstorming all the ways we use math in our day, we completed number sequences and finished a journal page reviewing counting money.
  • One activity we learned during morning meeting was called "Aka Baka Soda Cracker" it sounds silly but it got us moving!
  • We practiced our first fire drill and once we heard the alarm noise it wasn't so bad.
  • To help us practice our classroom expectations we created a RESPECT chart that we will review all year long.
  • Writing time was filled with thinking of a topic we know a lot about and then getting down on paper! We also worked on creating an acrostic poem based on our names.
  • We drew a hope or dream we have for ourselves this year in second grade!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Terrific First Day!

Dear Families
I wanted to let you all know that we had an amazing first day! I was so impressed with every single child and can't wait to learn more about them as we begin this school year! I feel very lucky to be the teacher of this wonderful class.

A few quick things:
1.  A take home folder came home in your child's backpack. Please check the folder each day for paperwork and homework (not yet!). Today it is filled with paperwork for you to look over. The one on top needs to be filled out ASAP and sent back to school.
2.  Could you have your child bring in a baby photo of themselves in a sealed envelope labeled by name by Friday. Tell them not to share it with anyone, so we can play a guessing game next week.

Our "Top Five" of the day:
*Our read aloud titled, First Day Jitters was very funny.
*We learned about our new playground by watching a video made by students and Ms. Pachuta.
*During morning meeting, we learned each other's names and played a game to see what we had in common with each other.
*We created fancy bookmarks to use during reading this year.
*We met Mrs. Weir during our art special.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thank you!

Hello Families~

It was great meeting so many of you today during the drop-in day! After meeting so many students, it has me very excited to jump back into teaching and learning with second graders. 

If we didn't have the opportunity to meet today, I look forward to meeting you soon, feel free to email me any questions that you might be wondering.

Please remind your child that I will be on the playground Tuesday morning before the bell to meet them and I look forward to starting our exciting year together!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Drop In Day Reminder

Hello Families,
I wanted to remind you of our Drop-In Day, Thursday, August 29th from 9:30-10:30. This is a great opportunity to see our classroom and meet me and other classmates. Also it is great to bring in any supplies on this day instead of the first day of school. I have added the supply list below. I hope to see everyone Thursday!

Large style pencil box
1 dozen #2 Ticonderoga pencils
2 glue sticks 
1 package (24) colored pencils 
1 package broad washable markers
1 package (24) crayons)
1 hard plastic 12 inch ruler 
1 pair scissors
1 box pencil cap erasers 
2 black dry erase markers- thin tip
1 plastic sturdy 2 pocket folder
2 marbleized composition books
2 black flair fine point markers
2 handheld sturdy pencil sharpeners with handles
1 white binder (1 inch) with plastic cover insert
1 pair of kid sized black socks (used as whiteboard erasers)

*To establish community in the classroom, we will be sharing many of these items amongst small groups, so there is no need to put names on them. Thank you so much for your support!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Welcome Second Graders!

Hello Second Graders,

I hope you are all enjoying the days of summer. I know I am, I have been traveling around, catching up on reading some great books and taking walks with my dog Grady. Before we know it, it will be time to head back to school and I am so excited to meet all of you! At the end of the month I hope to see many of you at school during the Drop In Day. Until then, keep making great memories this summer, see you soon!

Parents, please don't hesitate to email me any questions you might have about the beginning of the year or the supply list that was sent home earlier this summer. Also you can subscribe to this blog by entering your email address and you will be notified anytime the students and I post something. It is a great way to keep informed! Thanks!