First & Second Grade

Community Newsletter

Reading & Phonics

The purple group read the story, A House is a House for Me. The book describes houses for things that you don't necessarily think about. Our learning point made us think about our background knowledge to help us better understand thinking about houses in a different way. We looked for compound words in the story and wrote them in our spelling journal.

The green group got started with some sentence sequencing and short a words.

We all learned about syllables in words and how to count them by putting our hand under our chin or clapping out the syllables when saying the words, and everyone practiced hand signals for short vowels.


During our math block this week we practiced addition and some subtraction math facts by playing different bingo games. We also used pattern blocks to sequence and matching games for identifying shapes.


The science topic of interest this week was our brains. We learned a little about how we think. We learned about the three major parts of the brain (brainstem, cerebellum, and cerebrum) and their main functions. Neurons and the spinal cord were also discussed as a means of getting the messages back and forth from the brain to the body. As a hands-on project, we created clay brains with three parts. They were cut in half to discuss the left and right hemispheres of the brain. We discovered that it is a good thing to get more wrinkles in our brains. It makes us smarter. We talked about what a concussion is and how your brain does not feel pain. An introduction to the Growth Mindset Approach was introduced to start to turn negative comments and self-talk into positive reminders. One example would be, it’s not “I don’t know”, it’s “I don’t know it yet”.

Social Studies & Writing

We created our classroom community, as I’m sure you already know. The city zones (business, industrial, residential and farming) were discussed and the buildings were designed and constructed by second graders. The buildings were then set up on a plat map using a key to help us find locations. We voted on a name for our community and learned about “majority rules”, the one with the most wins. Ask your first or second grader what name won. After everything was set up, we played a game with balloons and music to figure out who each of us would work with for our stories. Our students can tell you about the game. We then brainstormed about what problem the two businesses might have and what the solution could be. We are already setting up for the elements of a food story without even knowing it.
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Team Building

For our team building exercise we played a community board game, which helped us learn even more about working in a community. Have your second grader explain about the game.

At the end of the day on Friday, we teamed up with our kindergarten, third, and fourth grade friends and participated in a scavenger hunt outside.

Our finished paper dolls!

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