Today we had our first math game day. The children learned 3 different math games so far that help them practice their math skills inb a fun way. One of the games we learned how to play was addition top it. Which is basically war, where you flip over 2 cards and add up the numbers with the higher number taking all 4 cards.
This week we started our Daily 5 routine. The children are working on the Read to Yourself section. We discussed what it looks like to be a good reader and the children were able to read uninterrupted for around 30 minutes!
Take a peek at our readers!!
SPELLING-We will have our first spelling preview on Monday. Spelling homework will come home Monday-Due on Friday.
This weeks words:
Spelling test on Friday!
READING-We have started our Daily 5 routine and the kids are doing wonderful! Read to self time is going very well and the children are reading uninterrupted about 10 minutes at a time. We are also working on our CAFE strategies. This week we will work on comprehension and accuracy strategies to help us become better readers.
WRITING-We are launching writing workshop. The focus for the week will be generating ideas and work on telling a story.
MATH-Unit one is well underway! The focus of Unit 1 is numbersense.
- Practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, starting and stoppping at any number.
- We are also working on 1,000 number scrolls.
- The ability to read and write any number to 1,000.
- Comparing numbers…>,<,=
Friday we will have Math Game day. During game day the children will practice the skills taught in a fun and exciting way.
SOCIAL STUDIES-Our first unit is Communities/Neighborhood. We have planned our first field trip,a walk thru the community, for October 11th. We will be walking to the fire station, library, Fort Fraser and end by eating lunch at El Charros. Look for a note to come home later this month.
It has been a wonderful first week of school. The children and I are getting to know eachother. Thursday we did an activity to get to know our new friends and reconnect with old friends!
I would like to invite any parents, older siblings, grandparents, relatives, or other special people to surprise your child by being a “Mystery Reader” this year in our classroom. Students LOVE having their family, friends, and relatives visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to our class. Mystery Readers will visit us on Fridays at 12:45 p.m. each week. Readers are asked to bring a book to read or read a teacher-chosen book from our classroom library.
If you can find a date that works for you, please sign up to be a Mystery Reader for the 2011-2012 school year by sending me a note or e-mail! There are many open dates to choose from throughout the year.
I have also created a Mystery Reader sign-up book that will be kept in my classroom throughout the year. If you would prefer to just come to the classroom and pick your date, feel free to do that instead. Remember, you are a mystery to the class, so try not to tell your child when you will be coming!
Please see me or drop me a “secret” note if you have any further questions. We can’t wait to meet our 2011-2012 Mystery Readers!
We are off to a great start!!! Today was the first day of 2nd grade and all the students did a great job!! I am looking forward to a wonderful year!!
Teachers have been working very hard all week getting our classrooms ready for smiling faces on Tuesday!!! I am glad to report I finally finished tonight!!! Enjoy your final weekend of summer and get ready for a wonderful school year!!