Weekly Update October 1, 2019
Happy Friday! We have had a short, yet busy week in second grade! We worked very hard this week on our Folktales. We used a folktale template to help guide our writing. Therefore, everyone has a similar template, but with their own unique characters and word choices for their own Folktale.
This week we also spent a lot of time working on TEAM BUILDING. Our class had some trouble in specials working together as a team and working on listening to others. Therefore, Thursday, we spent part of our recess working together with a fun activity called The Human Knot. The class had to join hands with other students and form a human “knot.” They needed to work together and communicate how they would untangle themselves.
We also worked on a fun STEAM activity on Friday. Again this activity is meant to have students work on communication and team building. Interestingly enough the best performing groups are Kindergarteners- who outperform adults and graduate students creating structures as high as 30 inches. The activity is called The Marshmallow Challenge. Students were given 25 minutes to construct a tower as high as possible using only 25 pieces of spaghetti and a yard of masking tape. The marshmallow must be placed on top of the tower and be free standing. The tallest tower wins. Unfortunately, we were not able to get any standing towers built. However, there was a lot of thought that went into constructing towers. We will try this again, and will continue working on listening to others and working as a team, as these are important skills that need developing.
– Class Pictures are Wednesday, October 2nd
– Book Reports are due Monday, September 30th
– There is a repeat spelling word on their spelling list this week. This is on purpose as students need some reinforcement in spelling the word because correctly
Reading: We will be reading Animals Building Homes next week. This will be an informational text, with our essential question of the week being “What are animals homes like?”
Reading Skills and Strategies: Our target skill this week will focus text and graphic features, as well as using context
Grammar: In grammar this week we will continue working more on plural nouns.
Phonics: We will be working on common final blends such as nd, ng, nk, ft, xt, mp
Vocabulary Strategies: We will begin working on base words and prefixes un-, re
Math: We began working on number words, and place value this week. We will be working on expanded form, and place value for two digit numbers. There will be a check progress on Wednesday.
History: We began our Geography Unit this week. We took a mini field trip to the compass by Turner Hall and practiced moving North, South, East, and West. We also practiced moving Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest. We also talked a lot about Map Keys and how they can be used to help us understand symbols on a map. We wrapped up our first unit with some map practice using keys. This week we will begin working on North America and Canada.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!