Walk A Thon

It was perfect fall weather for our WALKATHON DAY!   The children enjoyed walking with their friends and celebrating the money that they had raised for our amazing school.  Thanks so much for all of your continued support, we have such an amazing Georgetown family!   Check out some of our cuties:

Math Update

Addition and subtraction strategies have been our main focus of instruction this week.  We have learned how to use math mountains to solve for an unknown partner or total,  practiced our doubles facts and learned the doubles  +1, -1 strategy.    Children also explored odd and even numbers through making pairs or equal groups.  We even learned a few silly songs to help us along the way.

As children are introduced to strategies and new topics/instruction, they have an opportunity to practice using games, hands on activities, math journal work, partner practice and fact fluency through each of their work sites.  Our learners visit all of the work sites each day and have done a FABULOUS job getting to work quickly and quietly.   Look at these hard little workers!

Reading Update

Our second grade readers have been doing an amazing job of building reading stamina.  Stamina is being able to “stick” with a task for a long period of time.  This week they reached an incredible milestone, being a REAL reader for 20 minutes.. YAY!   We have learned that a real reader gets started quickly, stays quiet, chooses their own space,  keeps their eyes on their books, does their reading assignment,  leaves thinking tracks about their reading and stays in the one place.

This week we have also learned how to put the pieces of the reading puzzle together by thinking about the book before we read and during our reading.   Focusing  on the characters of a fiction text along with the problem and the solution to the story helps us “put it all together”.   Keep up the great reading at home!

Olympic WalkAThon

Our school Walk-a-thon is on September 23.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year.  This money is used for technology, field trips, classroom supplies, and other learning needs.  Our goal is for every child to raise at least $25.   There are some amazing prizes to be given away for our top earners and classrooms.  You are welcome to come walk around the track with us from 9:45 – 10:30.  Students should wear comfortable shoes for walking and dress in red, white and blue.

Check out Mrs. Reagan’s blog post about the WalkAThon.  http://georgetown.edublogs.org/2016/09/14/olympic-walk•a•thon-2016/

Math Update

Our second grade mathematicians have been working hard to build their math strategies.  We are learning about math facts through the use of math mountains.  Next week we will learn additional strategies to help us when we add or subtract.   Below please find a parent letter for more details.


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As children are introduced to strategies and new topics/instruction, they have an opportunity to practice using games, hands on activities, math journal work, partner practice and fact fluency through each of their work sites.  Our learners visit all of the work sites each day and have done a FABULOUS job getting to work quickly and quietly.

Writing Update

Our second grade writers have been learning how to REHEARSE their stories before they pick up their pencil to write.  Creating a movie and traveling back in time to see who was there, what people were saying and the strong feeling that they felt help writers connect to their characters and their writing.   Just like athletes and performers,  we need to rehearse and practice so that we can become better writers.  Check out these cute writers rehearsing.

We can travel back in time and create a movie in our minds.

It is helpful to tell our stories to others.

Looking forward to reading the written stories from these rehearsals.

 

A Great Start!

We have had great couple of days in second grade spending time getting to know one another,  reviewing Georgetown rules and having fun together.   This week is all about building routines and expectations while learning about each other and our classroom.    They are such sweet kiddos.. check them out for yourself :)

Parent Survey and Open House

Please take a few moments to fill out this PARENT SURVEY.   I would love to know more about your child and their interests, as well as parents email addresses and general second grade family events  (volunteering opportunities, classroom parties, etc). THANKS SO MUCH!!!

SAVE THE DATE:   Grade 1-5 Open House is on Tuesday August from 6:30 – 7:30.    Looking forward to seeing you then!  Feel free to bring any of your child’s supplies to school on this day :).  There is a tab on the top of the blog with a class supply list.