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. Today 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 eyes on their book, does their reading assignment, leaves thinking tracks about their reading, and stays in one place.
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”. This week we will be focusing on meeting with our reading partners and setting goals. Keep up the great reading at home!
After rehearsing our stories in different ways, we finally let our pencils tell the story. We focused on using our storyteller’s voice and on including thoughts, emotions and good details.
Being able to move through the Writing Process (brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing) independently will be our focus for September, using visuals and strategies to keep our Writer’s Workshop moving along. This allows time for children to practice skills in their own writing and for me to conference with small groups of children about specific concepts and set goals for their writing. Look at these cute writers!
Using sticky notes to plan her story.
Following her sticky note path to write her small moment story.
Keeping track of his steps in the writing process with his green chart.
Please make sure that your second grader returns his/her library books by Wednesday. This year students can check out up to 2 books. If more time is needed to enjoy the books, that’s fine. Just have your child return them when he/she is finished.
Also, our first book order of the year is due by Thursday, Sept. 14. For easy online ordering, follow this link: Scholastic Book Order. These book orders have great deals on books that are just right for your second grader. When you submit an order, our class earns free books for our classroom library!
Our Georgetown Walkathon is on Friday, Sept. 22. This is our only school fundraiser for the year. We are asking families and relatives to consider making a donations to fund our special school and classroom projects. This year’s theme is Superhero Walkathon 2017 and students are invited to dress as superheroes. For more information, view this slideshow.
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.