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.