Second Grade Superstars
Mrs. Servant's second grade class
Just a few reminders:
Please have your child come to school with a light jacket or sweatshirt. Mornings can be a little chilly and the classroom tends to get cool as well.
Please make sure your child is reading for 20 minutes a night and it is getting recorded into their reading log. If you are reading to your child or they are listening to books on tape that counts too so log that. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding appropriate books for your child. They should be reading "just right books"-not easy and not hard.
Be on the lookout for a change in homework. The grade 2 team has met and decided to make a few changes. You will be receiving a letter with instructions in the next week. Please continue with the current homework until the new homework has launched.
Readers Workshop is moving along. We have increased our independent reading stamina to 25 minutes. We begin each day of Readers Workshop with a focus lesson. Focus lessons for the past couple of weeks have included stamina building, goal setting, and what conferring looks like and sounds like. I have also briefly introduced letter writing to the class as there will be a weekly expectation that they will write a letter to me about a book that they have read during independt reading. After a short focus lesson, the kids all begin their independent reading in which they practice the skill taught in the focus lesson. During this time, I have been completing assessments with the students as well as pulling groups to begin practice of writing the letter to me. After independent practice is over, students come back together and share out. This has been running smooth with few disruptions. The kids are really using their precious minutes to become better readers.
The "Write Stuff"
We are following a similar model during writing time that we are using during Readers Workshop. We begin writing with a focus lesson. We have been discussing individual goals for writing. These goals include making sure all sentences start with a capital letter, making sure all sentences have punctuation, and making sure we are using finger spaces between words. Students have been using their heart map and choosing a goal and independently writing. After independent writing, students have to opportunity to share and celebrate their writing. We have also started Weekend News. Everyone brainstorms what they did over the weekend, create a web about one thing they did and then write a paragraph about their weekend. I really enjoy getting to know what my students are up to over the weekend.
We are still working hard during our math time. We continue to work on math fluency with our rocket ship math. Students are progressing through the alphabet alternating between addition and subtraction. We are also working on strategies to add and subtract numbers within 100. We are decomposing numbers and making 10's to make addition and subtraction easier. We also are working on solving all word problems using RDW (Read, Draw, Write). This method helps students understand and completely solve math word problems.