This week we had our first Fish Celebration. We went into the gym with the other second grade classes and the first grade classes. We recognized students who are following the fish philosophy. In our class, Noor, Rihanna, Andrew, and Blake were recognized for their positive efforts in the areas of play, choose your attitude, be there, and make someone’s day. Congratulations and keep up the great work!!!!
Congratulations to the following students who went above and beyond by completing the activities on the October Homework Calendar: Devon, India, Jacob, Lana, Max, Lillyan, Chyenne, Matthew, and Iman
Also, congratulations to the following students who read 25 books in October, and earned a coupon for a free pizza at Pizza Hut: Noor, India, Max, Lana, Matthew, Jacob, Lillyan, Chyenne, Devon, and Blake
This week we are working on Unit 9 in Spelling. The pretest and homework paper should have come home today. Please make sure that the homework paper is back to school by Friday. This week’s skill is working with the suffixes s, ed, and ing (yes, we had this skill a few weeks ago). If you would like to practice the skill, please click on the picture below and it will take you to the website.
THIS WEEK’S SPELLING WORDS ARE: its, who, now, people, my, many
Today we began to use sticky notes to think about our reading. Students were given a sticky notes reference sheet and a pad of sticky notes to keep in their book baskets. They were also given a Sticky Note Thinking sheet. They had to do 4 sticky notes during Read to Self time. They sticky noted things such as: favorite part, a prediction, a question, a word that they didn’t know, an interesting word, and more. Take a look at some of our thinking! Just click on the picture to see a bigger view of it.
Today I introduced the last aspect of The Daily Five, Word Work. During Word Work, students work with spelling words, word wall words, and vocabulary words. Word study allows students to experiment with words, memorize high-frequency words, generalize spelling patterns, and add to their knowledge and curiosity of unique and interesting words. Students pick a tub (activity) to take back to their seat or a quiet spot in the room. Tub activities include using play-doh, Scrabble tiles, wikki sticks, magna doodles, letter tiles, puzzles, stamps and many more.
Last week we did an “I am Thankful For” project in an app called Pic Collage. The kids had to think of 4 things that they were thankful for. They had to find pictures to represent each thing then they had to label each one. I put all of our Pic Collages in a slide show on our classroom weebly. If you would like to see them, just click on the picture below.
We were excited last week when we got to do something with the pumpkins that have been sitting on our tables for the past few weeks. We did some “pumpkin math.” We worked in small groups to explore our pumpkins. First, we did some predicting. We predicted our pumpkin’s weight, height, distance around, length of the stem, and how many ribs they had. Then we got to measure with tape measures and used a scale to weigh our pumpkins. Some of us were really good at our predicting. Here are a few pictures!!
TURKEY FEATHER: The decorated turkey feather is due back to school tomorrow. We will be hanging these out in our hallway to decorate for November.
NO SCHOOL: There will be no school on Tuesday this week.
BOOK ORDERS: The November book order forms are coming home tomorrow and are due back to school by this Friday.
SUNNY D LABELS: We are collecting Sunny D labels until Thanksgiving break. We still need 11 more labels so that we can earn our 20 free books for our classroom library.
BOOK TREASURE: There was not a book treasure book this past Friday,
SCIENCE TEST: We will be having our test on The Earth’s Land and Water on Monday. A study guide came home last Thursday. This is a very important test. Their science grade on their report card is based on this test. Please make sure that your child knows all of the material on the study guide.