Reading: This week we started literacy center rotations. Students practiced working independantly and collaboratively while rotating to four different centers. We had the Independant Reading, Partner Reading, Word Work and Listening Center. Students practiced transitioning from one to the other efficiently.
Math: This week in math we started our new Unit 2. This unit is all about addition and subtraction fact fluency. Students practiced reading and writing addition number stories. Students were also introduced to Xtra Math, the program that will help determine their mastery of basic addition and subtraction facts.
Writing: In writing students were introduced to strategies to help them stretch out their personal narratives and add more details.
Social Studies OStudents were introduced to our classroom town project. We started by deciding where our settlers will explore to create our town. We ended the week with our focus question, "What are landforms and what effect do they have on human societies?"
Reading: This week we practiced making predictions and connections as we read. We did a shared reading with Henry and Mudge: The First Book and students practiced this strategy on their own. Sticky notes were introduced as a tool to help students jot down thoughts as they read. Toward the end of the week students were introduced to center rotations for reading.
Math: This week in math we continued with unit 1 which is a review of first grade concepts that are important to have mastered to move on with second grade math. Some concepts we practiced were number grid puzzles, using a calculator to count by a given number, and using comparison symbols to compare numbers.
Writing: In writing students have written the beginning of their personal narratives. Students continued to write the middle and trying to use time words to make their writing more interesting.
Science: Our focus question for science this week was "What do plants need to survive and change?" Students continued to explore this concept by planting their lima beans. Students created a student journal where they will draw and write about their plants.
Reading: This week we talked about habits of a good reader and what readers do. We practiced thinking and talking about what we read. The students also came up with their purpose for rereading books. Lastly, we learned how readers check their own reading, read with expresion, and retell the beginning, middle and end of their books. Our main focus this week was practicing these strategies as we continued to build our reading stamina.
Math: This week in math we continued with unit 1 which is a review of first grade concepts that are important to have mastered to move on with second grade math. Students have been working with US coin combinations, telling time, counting US dollars and number grid patterns. They have done well in our math center rotations and are learning to be more independant.
Writing: In writing students were introduced to the writing process and our Writer's workshop routines. They began the planning stage of their first writing piece, a personal narrative. We brainstormed small moments in our lives that we can write about and chose just one to eventually become our final piece.
Science: Our focus question for science this week was "What do plants need to survive and change?" Students explored this question by creating an experiment with a lima bean. They each prepared a lima bean wrapped in wet cotton and stored in a clear plastic bag tapped to the window. We also prepared a bag with no water and one with no sunlight. Students are slowly recording their observations.
This week we continued to practice expectations and procedures for a smooth running classroom. We had a few read alouds and reflected over the author's message. We finished all the reading, math and spelling pre-assessments to determine each students progress over the summer. Students also got a chance to practice navigating the different websites we will be using throughout the year. Our class created a classroom promise that we can follow and make reference to throughout the year, and we proudly displayed it in our classroom. Lastly, students practiced our math calendar procedures as well as the math rotations expectations and started to dive into their Everyday Math Journals.
The first two days were a success! Students learned the rules and procedures to have a functional organized classroom. We had a few read alouds that helped us make connections to the world around us. Students explored the different areas in our classroom such as the popular reading tent you see above. We had an interactive lesson on growth mindset and talked about ideas to make sure we keep a growth mindset in our classrooms. We still have a few procedures to practice for next week, but we will slowly start getting into the exciting 2nd grade curriculum for the year.