Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week in Review

September is already flying by and our learning is in high gear. We had a shortened week but packed it with a ton of learning.

*For this week's post, I will be noting and explaining the standards that we have covered. I won't always do this but it is nice to know where our learning and fun activities are taking us. 

Learning in 2nd grade is super hard work so we often take a few minutes, especially on indoor recess days, to get the wiggles out and get our brains moving. We use an amazing educational resource called GoNoodle to help with this. In this photo, we worked on a coordination activity called Fist and Flat. You can sign up for a free home account by going to the

We are nearing the end of our introduction to the writing process. The students have spent a week or so prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and are now publishing. I can't wait until we celebrate these amazing pieces of writing. 
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Also,  Miss Owen join us as our special guest this week. She showed us an amazing experiment her class is doing. They can make plants move without even touching them! Super cool!

We used weather to start understanding the concepts of descriptive words and temperature ranges. We had discussions on appropriate clothing and activities for each ranges. 

Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Our gardeners spent a great deal of time in the garden this week.
We had several plants that were ready to be transferred to soil. 

Some of our young plants just started sprouting roots so we took time to observe them in our Observation Station. 

As we observed and explored these plants, we made sure to jot down our findings in our observation notebook. 

Our little garden is coming along nicely. 

One of our sweet students even brought in 25 sunflower seed and guided us in the process of planting them. Check out our video:

Intro to: 
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Last but not least, we played one of our favorite games... Awful VS. Awesome. The goal of this game is to learn how to support an argument or opinion. We start by playing 3 verbal rounds to practice our speaking and listening skills. Then we play a final written round to display in the hall.  This week's final round topic was... The Dark!

We created a video of one of our verbal rounds so that you could understand the experience. Enjoy!

Intro to:
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

It was a fabulous week and we have another big one head of us. 

Thank you for checking in with Room 200.

Speaking and Listening Standards Covered:

        Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and               texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

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