2P "Team Pikachu" Newsletter
October 3 - 14, 2016
- Respect Week! All sorts of activities, books, and conversations around showing and being respectful!
- Visit from the school counselor, Miss T! Miss Tavaglione stopped by the class and gave a lesson in friendship.
- Our 2nd visit from Mrs. Wallace! The students had an opportunity to explore coding with the Chromebooks!
- We also got a little inspiration from Shakira and Zootopia with her song "Try Everything!".
We also created a Wall of Kindness where each student chose a classmate's name at random and wrote something kind about each person. They included comments like "He is a really nice friend", "She shares with me", "He is really funny and makes me laugh". Each sentence strip is now posted on the wall as a reminder of our respect for each other!
Along with the other 2nd Grade classrooms we were responsible for coming up with rules for the bathroom. What a fantastic, lively, discussion! The kids brainstormed ideas and then narrowed it down to 3 main rules. They then presented these rules at the Respect Assembly on Friday. Well done, 2nd grade!!
Paws for Respect! As part of a school wide effort to encourage respect, each student earns a paw print each time they are seen being respectful. At the end of the month, Miss T will chose students from each grade to receive a prize to recognize their respectful behavior. The more paw prints per student, the greater the chance that they will win!
Students worked together to identify characters, setting , problems and solutions!
Students Solving Problems!
Students talked about different ways that we can solve problems in class! Their suggestions - walk away, tell a teacher, take a breath, and be kind.
Our Wall of Kindness!
Each colorful strip is a compliment from one student to another! We want to fill this wall with compliments!!
Students Solving Problems!
In the next unit, we will continue honing our writing skills by choosing another Small Moment and zooming in on the important and interesting details!
To help with their math facts we reviewed number bonds and fact families. Please encourage your child to practice their math facts, especially to 10, at home. There are lots of apps and games on my website if you're interested. The 10 and 20 frames that were sent home at the beginning of the year are also super helpful for practicing facts.
We also got in the Halloween spirit by making Batty Bonds! We traced and cut out three black paper bats. The children each thought of their own number bond (any 3 numbers that be added or subtracted together) and then wrote each number on the belly of a bat. They are flying down the hallway!
As we learn to add three digit numbers, we pause at the concrete stage to remind ourselves of the place value of each digit.
Social Studies and Science
We continued our science unit by discussing the different types of weather that exist, creating a weather folder, and identifying the differences between daily weather changes and the larger weather changes we see in the seasons. We discussed how Earth rotates around the sun and that it is the tilt of its axis, not the distance from the sun, that determines our seasons. We will exploring temperature and how to read both Celsius and Fahrenheit on a thermometer next week.
NASA has a cool website for kids, if you want to check it out! See the link above.