Reading - Lead 21
Lead 21 is now in full force in 2nd grade! Students are now meeting with me (their teacher) for guided reading sessions, daily. While I meet with each reading group, the remainder of our class is working on the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is a literacy management system that teaches children how to read and write for uninterrupted periods of time, so that they can work thoughtfully and independently on language activities, doing so with a sense of urgency. Students are also being taught various reading strategies, through our CAFE Literacy Menu. This menu is developed throughout the year as a way to learn about specific reading strategies, to help students become thoughtful, careful and strategic readers. Students are learning how to find books that are the right match for them: not too hard and not too easy, but - Just Right Books!
In order to use Tumble Books (Listening to Books Online) you will need to go to the Winkelman Page, on our District Page. You will find the Tumblebooks link there, in a blue box. :)
Writing - Step Up to Writing
During writing time, we are learning how to write for longer periods, learning how to build our writing stamina! We are learning how to: organize our ideas, use capital letters correctly, end sentences with punctuation and make sure our sentences are full of interesting, creative details. Students work on writing daily, learning how to do free writing (where they write about whatever they want), narrative writing (story writing), expository writing (factual writing) and opinion writing.
Students will learn math with their regular classroom teacher. Math concepts we learn are related to the Common Core State Standards. Students will be exposed to multiple learning strategies, problem solving skills, critical thinking and practice of important basic math algorithms.
Science - Weather
We are learning all about weather!
Once we are finished with learning about weather, we are going to explore magnetism! We are going to learn all about magnets: what they are and how/why they work. This is a fun, hands-on topic that kids typically love to learn about! :)
Social Studies - Geography
Students are learning about communities, as well as world and American geography. Students are learning about places that are important to them, which connect to the world around them: continents, countries, states, towns, neighborhoods and finally, individual homes. Students will also learn about people near and far, from the past and in the present.
In health, students area learning all about personal health habits (proper hygiene, dental health, sleep, etc.), safety (sports safety, proper sports gear, etc.), feelings, family, nutrition and medicine.
Some topics we learn about in LifeSmarts:
following the 3 Bees at school; getting along with others; what to do when we experience conflict; CHAMPS in different academic settings; tattling vs. telling; and bullying.
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