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Our new room!

This is an old picture from step up day.  They have grown so much!
We have had a great short, but first week back.  We are pleased with the new classroom arrangement, which allows for small group reading as well as more movement and flexible seating during the day. 

Here's our start to the new year:

We continue to build our understanding of language mechanics through the mentor sentence program.  This past week, students worked on sorting winter words that were either nouns or adjectives.  Because students are growing this parts of speech foundation, I can give them very specific feedback on the mechanics of their own writing.  And then, by partnering this work with our "Would You Rather" project, a series of short writing tasks, I hope that students will gain a deeper understanding of what makes great writing.  We tried out our first question this week:  Would you rather only have heat or only have air conditioning?  In this weather, you can imagine that many students chose heat!

We have only had one session of math this week because of Minute to Win-It, the snow day and the delay.  We are just getting our feet wet with measurement.  Here is the basic concept for next week:  if you measure one distance with 2 different standard units, the larger unit will produce a smaller number and the smaller number will produce a larger number.  Further, why would you choose one standard unit over another unit?  This week we used feet to measure in the classroom, next week we'll be taking our "show" on the road to measure the distance from the classroom to the office in yards.

I hope to begin our unit on mapping next week for Social Studies.  Second graders need to become familiar with the compass rose, a map key as well as the continents and oceans on a world map.  We are lucky because our class is doing land forms in science with Mrs. Fake which matches perfectly with social studies.  Wait till you see their BEAUTIFUL landform posters!

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January flew by in our classroom.  We've been so busy that I forget to pick up a camera.  I hope that we can start to integrate the Dojo app, as I know everyone is excited to use it and share with you.  Here's what we've been up to:

Math:
We have now made the transition to integrating Mrs. Fake's class into our math class.  We are steadily working on Unit 4 Measurement.  Students are working on accuracy, choosing the right tools and units for measurement, and making comparisons between the measurements of 2 objects.  This next group of lessons involves conversions between inches, feet and yards.

If your student is working in Mrs. Fake's room, she is also working on measurement.  In fact, my students prefer to bring their math homework to her!  Everyone should be able to measure things at home.

Writing:
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Week 1

What a busy 3 days we had last week!  We worked on building community and establishing routines for building academics.  Here is some language that I hope you will start to hear at home:

Talk Moves:

"Talk Moves" are how we interact in a discussion and during a lesson.  So far, we have learned about whole body listening(minion manners), how to agree and disagree with each other, as well as repeating something important that someone else has said.  Talk Moves lay the ground work for individualized, higher level thinking and learning.


Best Quality Cookies:

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