We have had a week full of excitement! We kicked off our week with a field trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens, despite the misty weather – we had a great time! Then, we learned about plants and what they need – and even planted our own Indian Corn and Green Beans! We ended the week with toy day and a pizza party!

Reading Update: Fairytales

Our readers began investigating the genre of fairy tales and the ingredients all fairy tales have, including: good/evil characters, once upon a time, happily ever after, magic, royalty and maybe even a lesson that was learned. We looked at a website called Speakaboos where children can read different genres of text including fairy tales. We will have an opportunity to review comprehension strategies, reading with expression (getting into character) and word decoding skills through our study.  Looking forward to learning more about these books!!

Read-A-Thon!

Our second graders have had quite the day. They brought in books and blankets and towels and have loved setting up reading spots around the room. They have shared books and magazines with partners, used voices to act as a character, and enjoyed seeing books their friends brought.

We also invited the first graders to our room today to show them our non-fiction posters. These second graders have been working hard on researching a topic and finding interesting facts. They were able to take notes on what they learned – and presented each of their topics today. The first graders were able to learn about dogs, famous people, basketball, space, dinosaurs, sharks, gymnastics, and storms. Keep working hard!!

Typing!

Starting today our second graders will be starting typing! 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 help best prepare our students!

Writing Update

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 filling in an OREO is in the middle so we want to include 3 or 4  reasons and examples.

They are doing an awesome job trying to get their reader to think the same way they do!

Writing Celebration!

We wrapped up our non-fiction unit on Friday by celebrating with Mrs. Kuieck’s class. Your children have worked on writing introductions, teaching chapters, diagrams, different kinds of pages, how-to pages, conclusions, glossaries and text features. We have worked on editing by checking for capital letters for names and beginning of sentences, proper punctuation, reading carefully so our sentences make sense, and using our Quick Words to check our spelling. Our next unit is Realistic Fiction!

We wrapped up our non-fiction unit on Friday by celebrating with