Mrs. Kristi Smith's Second Grade

Weekly Update - April 29, 2016

Reading Workshop

This week we wrapped up our work in our nonfiction book club unit. Students were able to participate in two different clubs. As a class we worked together to summarize the learning we did with all of our plant books. We looked at what the topic was, how the books were the same, what was different and the main ideas the authors taught us. Students then completed the same activity independently with their book club books.

Next week we will move back to fiction reading. Students will be grouped into series book clubs. I worked with the students today to assign them to book clubs based on their reading level and interest in the titles that I have available in the classroom. Monday everyone will get their books and we will dive in!

Writing Workshop

As you know, we have been writing nonfiction books and if you joined us for Open House you were able to see the everyone's nonfiction chapter books on display. We have spent the past two weeks learning about other ways to write nonfiction books. We analyzed mentor texts to learn about how authors also use stories that teach, question and answer books, joke books, alphabet books, and how to books to teach nonfiction topics. We studied those mentor texts to learn about the "moves" authors make in each type of book and then we jumped into writing in these styles. Students were very enthusiastic about trying these new styles of writing and everyone was able to get another book "fancied up" for publishing.

We are wrapping this unit up and to celebrate today we displayed our newest nonfiction books out on our desks and then we moved through each second grade classroom to see everyones books! The students really enjoyed seeing their "grademates" finished products and the opportunity to learn from each other. Next week will take complete our post unit writing prompt and then we will begin a unit on opinion writing.

Here are the photos of us checking out the books in all the different classrooms!

Math Workshop

This week in math we worked on partitioning shapes. We used centimeter cubes and one inch squares to help partition larger shapes. We ended the week learning the foundation to multiplication! Students were very enthusiastic about this! We solved story problems by building arrays and then learning how to write the addition number model and multiplication number model for the array. We will continue to do more work with arrays and writing number models.

Social Studies

What a great week we had in social studies! We kicked off our study of East Granby Long Ago with a field trip to the Salmon Brook Historical Society. This is the first time that we have visited the SBHS and it was a wonderful trip. The students spent time in a one room school house, walked thru the barn filled with all different artifacts from the local area, along with seeing different rooms in a house. We spent time looking at the kitchen, a bedroom in which children would have slept in and then we got to see many different toys that children would have played with.

I have included the link to the Animoto video of the trip below. We had to divide into six groups so I was not with all of the children in my room, so you will see some of the children, but not all of them. Most of the pictures are of what we saw which I hope will lead to some great conversations with your children!

We also read the book "I Live In Brooklyn". This is a wonderful book about a little girl who tells what it is like to live in her neighborhood in the city. The students are now working on writing their own books about living in East Granby or Hartford, making sure to include the same type of information we read about in "I Live In Brooklyn".

Interesting Tidbits...

Today in your child's backpack you will find a parent survey. All of the grade levels are sending home surveys to ask parents for feedback in regards to the different types of communication tools that we use. You will see that the survey asks about the classroom updates, strategy sheets we put on our Edline pages and more. I hope that you will be able to complete the survey and return to school with your child.

Next week you will be receiving a field trip permission slip for our next trip. We will be visiting the Connecticut Science Center. We will participate in a plant laboratory program and be able to see all of the exhibits on display. This trip will take place on Thursday, May 12th.

Thank you to everyone who has already sent in a donation for the Allgrove Blooms Readers fundraiser. We are still accepting donations if you are interested in participating. The notice sent home asked families to donate up to $5 to help us purchase planters and flowers to create a raffle item to be on display during the Art Show. I am also looking for parent volunteers to help with this project. I had one parent approach me at Open House who is ready to help, but if anyone else is also interested in joining her please let me know.

Upcoming Events...

Hot Lunch for the week of April 18th...
  • Wednesday - cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza
  • Friday - Mac and Cheese

Upcoming Field Trips:

  • May 12th - visit to the Connecticut Science Center
  • Allgrove Blooms Readers Raffle Fundraiser @the Art Show
  • Early June - visit to Seymour School