Our second graders will be using various strategies including proof drawings, show all totals and new groups above/below to solve three digit equations. The children will experiment with the strategies and discover which strategy works best for them. Our main focus is on explaining the steps that we take to solve an equation. We are very excited for this new adventure :)!
Our second grade writers have been learning how to write a review by using persuasive language. We have children writing reviews about restaurants, movies, books, fun places to go and games. We like to think of opinion writing like an OREO:
We know that the “good stuff” in an OREO is in the middle so we want to make it a triple or quadruple stuffed cookie by writing 3 or 4 reasons and examples.
They are doing an AMAZING job persuading their friends to try some new things, they may persuade you too :).
Our second grade mathematicians continue to work on telling time to the nearest 5 minute and also identifying a.m. / p.m activities. This week we also are learning about pictographs, bar graphs and interpreting what the data means by making conclusions. We will continue learning about graphs and will even conduct our own surveys to gather data and create graphs.
On Thursday, fourteen 8th graders from Mr. VanNoord’s teen leadership class came to spend some time reading and getting to know our class. In the weeks and months to come, we hope to foster a mentor relationship by writing letters to one another and interacting once a month in the classroom through math games and reading opportunities. We look forward to seeing our friends again soon :).
Today we began a new adventure ….. KEYBOARDING! From now until spring break, we will be using the laptops to learn proper hand positions and strategies for remembering key locations as well as which fingers are used to press each key. Keyboarding instruction will continue throughout elementary school to prepare our learners for middle school and beyond.
Our second grade readers and writers are enjoying poetry. We are learning how to look at objects through poet’s eyes not as a scientist (snow is not just frozen precipitation, but instead marshmallows drifting into a blanket). This has been a transition for the kiddos but they are really creating both “music” in their writing as well as interesting line breaks.
Thanks so much for all your donations and help at the party! The kids had a great time! Hope everyone had a wonderful “heart” day.
Our mathematicians are doing a fabulous job solving subtraction with regrouping equations and deciding when to add or subtract to solve a word problem. We have learned a few key words to help guide our thinking when solving these word problems.
Today we learned a strategy, the adding up method, to help us solve unknown addend equations.