A Look At Our DayMorning Routine and Gathering
The children arrive and turn in their Daily Folder, make a lunch choice, and complete a morning task. Then we gather on the back carpet where we greet each other, listen and respond to each others' news, practice academic and social skills, and talk about the day's happenings. It's a great way to start our day!Writing Workshop/Spelling/HandwritingChildren are given opportunities to write on a daily basis. It is an integral part of various curriculum activities. Children write in response to literature selections in each thematic unit, maintain journals, and create personal choice narratives. Phonemic spelling is encouraged throughout the year. However, the children will be accountable for the Second Grade Snap Words that will be introduced to them this year. As the year progresses, the children will be asked to proofread their written work to ensure that all the Snap Words are written accurately.Read Aloud
Children acquire much of their "language sense" through hearing good language read to them. During this time, we may read a chapter book or a unit related book. Parents, guardians, and other relatives are invited to sign up to be guest readers in the classroom. We can work together to make a time that fits your schedule to come in to read to the class.Reading WorkshopReading Workshop is an extended block of time devoted to reading, discussing, and writing about reading. It helps children develop strong reading skills through the use of a mini-lesson, shared reading, read aloud, conferencing, independent reading, paired reading, and literature response.Our workshop usually begins with a whole group mini-lesson. The mini-lesson focuses on a skill, strategy, or behavior that will help the children become skillful readers. The lessons are based on student need. After the mini-lesson, the children work independently on reading and writing activities. While the children work independently, I observe and work with learners one-on-one or in small groups.Choice is an integral part of our Reading Workshop. During their independent work time, the children have the choice of Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, or Word Work. Read to Self is where the children practice reading just-right books. Read to Someone allows the children to practice strategies, work on fluency and expression, check for understanding, and share in the learning community. Listen to Reading is where the children listen to books on their Chromebook. Work on Writing is where the children work individually on writing. The writing may be a response to their reading, a friendly letter to a classmate, or a story they are working on. And Word Work is usually run by Mrs. Antle. It focuses on sorting, or the process of grouping sounds, words and pictures that represent words into specific categories.Reading Workshop allows the children to spend an extended period of time reading authentic texts that interest them on a daily basis. It also provides them with the opportunity to talk to their classmates about their reading. Through the workshop, the children build a repertoire of strategies to help them become proficient readers and to develop a life-long passion of reading.LunchWe eat lunch from 11:20 to 11:50 each day. Parents are more than welcome to join their child for lunch.Recess/SnackMath
Our math program is called Bridges. Second graders work on breaking multi-digit numbers into ones and groups of tens, hundreds, and thousands. This activity helps their understanding of multi-digit addition and subtraction as well as solving word problems. Second graders will also work on seeing the repeated groups within numbers, and this awareness helps them to master multiplication and division.
Students will also work with story problems. They not only solve but create word problems. As a result, they become comfortable and flexible with mathematical language and can connect concepts and terminology with meaningful referents from their own lives.
Concepts and skills in algebra, geometry, measurement, and graphing are woven in between these two main concepts.
We usually spend part of our day doing social studies or science activities and/or projects. A lot of our reading and writing activities center around our units as well.
The children receive instruction in P.E., Library, Art, Music, and STEM once a week.Dismissal
The children check their mailboxes at the end of every school day. They also receive their Daily Folder. The Daily Folder is where you will find school work, permission slips that need to be signed and returned, letters about new units, lunch menus, PTO information, and personal notes from me. The Daily Folder is also a great way for families to communicate with school or to send lunch money.