Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Smiles Were Fabulous

Picture taking went much better last Sunday. I know we'll be looking forward to seeing all those smiles.

Elaboration (a big word for saying more)

This week students were finding adjectives in their own books. They also listened to classroom authors' stories and tried to name and notice adjectives. Students often hear, you could add some action, dialogue (people talking), or a feeling to make your writing even better.

A Date (or two) to Note

Students planners have an error regarding professional development. Sunday 21 September is a regular school day for students and teachers. Tuesday 23 September is a full day for students and teachers. Thursday 25 September is a off for students and a professional development day for teachers.

September 22, 23, 24, and 28: Grade 2 MAPS Testing

Writers

Our Writers' Workshop has moved from the morning to the afternoon, so now in the morning, from 8:00 to 9:30, students are reading and working on word study. In Writer's Workshop students have been busy writing personal narratives. They use almost the entire writing process for each story, but only a couple of stories make it all the way to being published. It's wonderful to hear students using rehearsal with a partner before they start writing. Often at the end of workshop, a student will volunteer to read a story to the class. Listeners are asked to share a compliment or a question with the author.

Math and Science

In math students worked with doubles and doubles minus one. This is a strategy that works well once doubles have been mastered. We also played games. IXL passwords have been shared, and IXL sends me a report each week on student activity. Remember IXL usernames and passwords were went home in the planner. The planner is used in class on Sundays and then sent home where is remains until the next Sunday.

In science students are continuing to learn about life-cycles. We have reviewed the plant life cycle this week using these words-- germinating, growing, pollinating, reproducing -- noting that at any of these stages things may not go as hoped.