Today we read a cute story called Stellaluna. A Baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should–she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. “How can we be so different and feel so much alike?” one asks. “And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?” asks another. “I agree,” Stellaluna responds. “But we’re friends. And that’s a fact.” Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces.
This week we started an author study of Peter Reynolds books. This week we read The North Star. a wonderful story about following your dreams, being brave and taking your own path on your journey. The Global Read Aloud project is a 6 week project that connects classrooms around the world through books.
Today we participated in a Twitter Chat. We answered 4 questions about the book and then shared them on Twitter. We got to see what others answered and even replied to a few by following the #grachat hashtag. This chat will happen every week throughout the GRA. Follow us Twitter at 11am every Wednesday to see our answers to the questions.
Friday we are connecting with a class in California vis Skype. We will be sharing our dreams with them and listening to theirs!
It is exciting to be able to share what we think about Mr. Reynolds books and what they mean to us with others around the world.
Spelling words- some, so, these, would, other. The skill of the week is silent letters in words. Please practice past words they will reappear in future tests.
Reading-this week we will be focusing on two comprehension strategies. We will discuss the difference between summarizing and theme. Both skills are very important as we read.
Global Read Aloud starts this week. We will be studying books by Peter Reynolds and discussing them with classes through out the country. We are scheduled to Skype with a class in California and participate in a Twitter chat with at least 15 classes all around the world.
This week we have our first school wide incentive-a magic show. I am very proud to say that everyone in our class is able to attend the show. For the month of October second grade has chosen turning in homework on time. I’m sure everyone will be able to attend the movie at the high school in Nov.
Field trip-Thursday is our first field trip! We will be walking around Fraser rain or shine. So please dress for the weather. We will be walking to the library, Fort Fraser, the fire station and finally eat lunch at El Charros. This is my favorite trip of the year!
Students are working very hard to get into the Super Star Club. Every Monday we start a new round of mad minute pages. Everyone starts in the 2 minute club. As soon as students finish all 30 problems correctly in 2 minutes they then are transferred to the 1 minute club. Once students are in the 1 minute club the goal is to finish all 30 problems correctly in less than 1 minute. The Super Star club is being able to finish all 30 problems in less than 1 minute.
Working on the mad minute helps build fluency with addition and eventually subtraction. Please practice math facts 0-20 so everyone can be in the Super Star Club.
I sent home user names and passwords for Xtra Math program. This program is specifically geared at practicing math facts.
Click on the picture below for a fun game that helps practice math facts.