Today on Google Earth we tried to find our houses. We learned about maps and where we belong. We celebrated Alex’s birthday. I think that we could practice our addresses this weekend. Today when I was teacher of the day, it was fun because I got to lead the line, talk in the microphone, lead morning meeting and decide when to do things on our schedule.
Tyler, teacher of the day
Today we learned two strategies for how to solve two digit subtraction equations. This is a crucial skill in second grade and also something that simply takes practice to develop. The children were amazing today and worked so hard! Here is an explanation of the methods that we will be using (you may want to keep handy for upcoming homework :)).
We are welcoming 2017 in with series book clubs. Each student is part of a series book club with 3-4 other friends. We will be focusing on noticing patterns while we read about the character’s traits, the problems in the story and the lessons that were learned by the characters. This requires our readers to jot sticky notes while they are independently reading so that they are prepared to share for their club conservation. Children will begin to notice patterns within a series of books, get connected to the characters and hopefully feel inspired to read them all :).
Today we started a new unit in math that includes counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars. Each day our second graders will be handling money by playing coin war, scooping groups of coins and playing Race To A Dollar.
It would be great to practice counting money at home by identifying the coins, identifying the values, separating into groups of similar coins and counting the total amounts (less than $2.00). The more practice and handling of actual money will help children make a connection between coins and their values.
Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:
Many thanks to our awesome second grade parents… the children had a great time!
As you might have heard from your second grader, we have a new friend in the classroom…… the Kindness Elf! He arrived after Thanksgiving Break and is helping us spread a little kindness. Each night he scurries around the room and leaves us a note about how to spread kindness to Georgetown Elementary and our community.
We have delivered sharpened pencils to Mrs. Quigley’s class, made thank you cards to the specials teachers (art, music, pe) and yesterday we read books to the Mrs. Stutz’s class . We also picked up trash on the playground to take care of the Earth. Each morning we are surprised with the silly things our Kindness Elf does but also love to hear how to make someone’s day and care for others.
Our writers are learning how to teach a lot of information in their non fiction chapters by using text features including pictures, diagrams, labels and captions. We have been focusing on using a teacher’s voice to tell all of the details by including topic sentences and also informational sentence starters (such as, for example, one kind, sometimes, another kind). We have some pretty amazing “teachers” in our class!
WOW.. look at this diagram!
So many details!