Weekly News from 216

 Monday Aug. 28  We had an excellent first day.  We played a name game and practiced each others names.  We heard the story First Day Jitters.  Ask me.  We also used math manipulatives and talked about good math work habits.  At the end of the day we worked on a folder called our CAMP folder where we will keep any unfinished work.

Tue. Aug. 29 In the morning we played some fun name games and also heard a story about a girl and her mom who traveled around the world over the summmer.  We shared some of the places that we have been.  In math we talked about what good math wor looks and sounds like.  We also woked on a self portrait of ourselves at the beginning of second grade for a time capsule.  

Wed. Aug. 30  In reading we head a funnny story about a rabbit with BIG ears who does not listen very well.  Now he does though and we talked about using our eyes, ears, and heaart to be good listeners.  In math we looked at a couple of story problems and showed what we know from first grade.  At the end of the day we decorated a birthday bag as a place to put birthday cards from our classmates when it is our birthday.

Thur. Aug. 31  In math we talked about being a good math partner and how we can all be good mathmeticians.  We also played a fun doubles game called BUMP.  In reading we talked about what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to read to self and build reading stamina.  We also heard the story of the Recess Queen.  We talked about what makes recess fun for everyone.  In the afternoon we wrote and illustrated our ideas for a class book.

Fri. Sept. 1  In reading we built reading stamina and modeled it for classmates.  We also played a community game where we met people who...love books, been to the seashore, like soccer etc.  In math we finished work on sharing what we know from first grade and played BUMP.  At the end of the day we saw a fun video from the Minions about school rules.  Ask me.

Tues. Sept. 5  We shared something that we did over the weekend in order to get to know each other better.  We also wrote predictions in our readers response notebooks that predicted a story.  We then heard a story called Hunter's Best Friend at School.  It was about Hunter who did not make the best decisions when following his friends lead.  In math we play a game where we practiced doubles and used a math notebook to record all of our combinations to ten.  At the end of the day we talked about what scientists do.  Ask me.

Wed. Sept. 6  Today we heard a story about being a bucket filler and bucket dipper.  Ask me.   We also worked with equations that make ten.  We wrote a class book that talked about ways that we can be a bucket filler and not a bucket dipper.

Thur. Sept. 7  In reading we heard a great story called I Like Me about a very funny girl who is very comfortable as herself in so many ways.  In math we worked with making tens and played a new game.  We also worked with number strings.  At the end of the day we decorated a paper cutout of ourselves for when we are the Ranger (class Pres.) of the week.

Fri. Sept. 8  We finished a great week and worked on building reading stamina.  We have been reading one:one with Mr. R to show our fluency and conprehension skills. In math we finished oour work with combinations of ten and even combinations of any number to 100.  In the afternoon we finished a lot of work taht we started.

Mon. Sept 11  We began our week by hearing a story about a boy who had a tattle tongue.  He learned that there is a difference between tattling and reporting something more important.  Ask me the difference.  In math we began a story problem in our math journal and focused on the number line strategy.  In the afternoon we sorted examples of tattling and reporting a problem to an adult.  We also began to read about Solids and Liquids for our first science unit.

Tue. Sept. 12  In reading we heard part of a book about Hurricanes.  We then wrote facts about Hurricanes from the book in our readers response journal.  In math we did two kids of math problems and practiced working independently.  At the end of the day we worked on a Now page for a class scrapbook to go along with our Then and Now book.

Wed. Sept. 13  IN reading we heard the second part of a book about hurricanes and wrote facts about the book that we heard.  We also talked about using book bins for our books. In math we practiced some story problems and also solved a problem where we determined the number of legs in our class.  Ask me how I solved it.  At the end of the day we talked about scientists.  We drew a picture of a scientists and also ourselves as a scientist.

Thurs. Sept 14  In reading we heard parts of three different stories and talked about how we could respond to them in a reading response journal in order to help our comprehension.  In math we played math games and practiced smooth transitions.  We also added using a ten frame.  In the afternoon we looked at the three forms of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.

Fri. Sept. 15  We had a great week and worked so hard.  In reading we heard a story about Clark the Shark and talked about ways we could respond to this story (ex. times I have made new friends) In math we practiced decomposing numbers in adding.  We can think if 7+5 as 10 + 2 and make the 7 a 10.  In the afternoon we read our first Weekly Reader and learned about three types of communities.  Ask me.  Thanks to Marlowe for being such a wonderful Ranger.

Mon. Sept. 18 Today we talked about the different emotions found in the different zones of regulation.  We heard the story Salt in His Shoes and talked about hopes and dreams.  Ask me about the story.  In math we looked at a repeating pattern of 3 (counting by 3).  In the afternoon we wrote our Hopes and Dreams for Second grade and then decorated a dreamcatcher.

Tue. Sept. 19  In reading we finished our dream catchers.  We worked on a problem in math where we counted the number of fingers in our entire classroom and showed some of our thinking.  We also began our solids and liquids unit by talking about the three types of matter. Solids, liquids, and gases.

Wed. Sept. 20 In reading we discussed how we can take care of books (using a bookmark, being careful with food and water etc)  we heard the story Chrysanthemum and talked about our wilt and bloom moments. In math we solved a story problem and continued practicing the number line strategy and using bars to represent our thinking.  In science we used Cheerios to represent the molecules found in the three forms of matter.

Thur. Sept. 21  In reading we wrote examples of when we wilt and bloom and why.  then we revised, edited, illustrated, and published.  In math we practiced counting by 2s all the way to 12s.  In the afternoon we wrote examples of solids all around us.

Friday Sept. We heard an amazing story called Mr. Peabody's Apples about a boy who tells a half truth and then needs to find a way to unsay these things.  In math we practiced an ABCD pattern ( counting by 4s).  In the afternoon we finished some of our writing from the week and read a Weekly Reader called Two Wild Friends.

Mon.  Sept 25  In reading we talked again about taking care of books and heard a story called I Took My Frog to the Library we then wrote examples of our own where we took an animal to the library and what happened.  In math we practiced number strings equations.  In science we looked at 7 different solids and discussed words that describe them.  These are called properties. 

Tues. Sept. 26 We heard a fun story about the best books to read and helped get excited about reading.  We worked with a story problem and also practiced some more number strings.  In science we discussed common properties of solids.   We worked on editing and publishing some of our writing. 

Wed. Sept. 27  We heard a fun story about a monster who came to school and did not follow any of the rules.  We talked about ways that the monster could follow Hale rules and we started a class book to show what our monster might do to be successful.  In math we worked with combinations of 10 and 20.  We also learned strategies to solve a story problem with an unknown change. (ie 13 + X = 25).  We also recorded materials used to make solids and also what properties we can use to describe a particular solid.

Thur Sept. 28  In reading we worked on our monster stories and practiced reading stamina to 20 minutes.  In math we practiced more number strings so that we are adding combinations of 10 and doubles in order to add longer equations.  In science we looked at properties that solids may share.  What's my rule where we may see two solids and know that they both are flexible or rigid.

Sept. 29 In reading we heard a wonderful story about a boy who is able to let some of his troubles go away.  He sees problems as opportunities.  We also talked about our schools new Hale Bear pledge and that a Hale Bear is Brave meaning they try something new, ask for help, admit when we make mistakes, stand up for someone.  In math we worked with some equations to 10 and 20.  In the afternoon we read a Weekly Reader about what it means to be a good citizen.

Monday Oct. 2 In reading we talked about Why do we need goverment and wht types of things that they do.  We also practiced asking questions before, during, and after reading a text.  In math we practiced writing an answer sentence to a story problem.  In science we labeled various things as solids, liquids, and gases and why.

Tue. Oct 3  Today in reading we read an informational text about Smoke Jumpers.  We used context clues to understand new vocabulary.  In math we worked with answer sentences which are harder to write than they seem.  In the afternoon we wrote about our favorite part of Ragweed and why.  

Wed. Oct. 4  We celebrated Eleanor's birthday and read a story and poem about Betsy Ross.  We practiced asking questions before, during, and after reading in order to help our comprehension.  In math we logged into dreambox and also worked with groups of ten and one.  In science we looked at 7 different types of liquids and made a word bank of their properties.

Thur. Oct. 4  We  partner read our story about Betsy Ross and practiced noting the characters, setting, problem, and solution. In math we practiced writing answer sentences to  questions.  We also looked at a story problem with an unknown change.  In science we looked at properties of liquids.  We learned about transparent, translucent, viscous, and more.

Fri. Oct. 5 Today we compared two stories and looked at similarities and differences.  We had some great ideas.  In math we finished some work with number strings and in the afternoon we read a Weekly Reader about David Shannon who is a childrens' book author.  We learned about how much he has to keep trying and revising his work to get it just right.

Mon. Oct. 9  In reading we read a short article about what a police officer does.  We practiced asking questions before, during, and after we read a text.  In math we made a tower of ten and then wrote equations that represent that tower.  In science we looked at liquid levels.  We learned that a liquid always goes to the bottom of the container and is a level surface.  Tomorrow we discuss if toothpaste is a solid or a liquid.

Tues. Oct. 10 In reading we read an article about Max a police dog and about how he too was a sott of government worker.  In math we looked at a group of 15 cubes to look at the various ways to write the equation with many addends.  In science we looked at toothpaste and whether it is a solid or liquid.  We then added it to water to look at the results overnight.

Wed. Oct. 11  In reading we studied author's purpose and why an author is writing a story.  In our article the author was informing us about something.  In math we practiced a story problem with an unknown change.  We also woked with mystery 100 grid puzzles and identified the missing numbers by adding and subtracting 10s and 1s.  In the afternoon we heard a funny story about an animal from around the world and what animal they are and what they sell.  A My name is Alice and I come from Arkansas and I sell apples.  The students wrote their own versions.  They were so funny. 

Thur. Oct 12  In the morning we practiced asking questions as we read and after we read a text.  We had a snack in our room and then went to see an amazing play.  We were an excellent audience.  When we returned we had a picnic in 203!!!! It was one of the highlights of our day.

Fri. Oct. 13  In reading we looked at how events in a story are connected to weave a theme.  In math we looked at a number and identified how many 2s 5s and 10s are in it.  In the afternoon we looked at a Weekly Reader about Firefighters and their various jobs.

Mon. Oct. 16  In reading we looked at a story and identified the elements of the story like characters, setting, problem and solution.  In math we practiced a story problem where we seperated or subtracted.  In the afternoon we looked at how we think that we are doing so far this year and filled out our own report card.

Tues. Oct 17 In reading we wrote what it was that the father in our story did to help Amelia understand about government.  (They make laws to keep us safe.)  In math we practiced more story problems (we are getting really good).  So far this year we have practiced 3 different types.  In the afternoon we read a Weekly Reader about a giant pumpkin and what kind of special care that they need.  Ask me.

Mon. Oct. 23  In reading we read a story about a mouse that lives in the tower where the Liberty Bell is.  This is an example of historical fiction.  We also practiced annotating and finding important details in a text.  In math we showed what we know about numbers and operations in unit 1 of math.  In science we used a few different solids to build towers as tall and stable as we could. 

Tue. Oct. 24  In reading we practiced noting key details in text in order to help our understanding.  In math we showed a number in many different ways.  In science we looked at particle solids and how they are the same and different from a liquid (they both take the shape of a container, both can pour but liquid spills everywhere and partilcles stay more together)

Wed Oct  25  In reading we read a fiction story about a boy named Tom who worked with Ben Franklin and got a letter to George Washington telling him a secret message about crossing the Delaware River.    In math we practiced combinations of coins to make a certain amount of money.  In science we discussed how solid particles are like liquids and yet different.

Thur. Oct. 26  In reading we looked at a poem and looked for words that help with imagery like biting cold.  In math we practiced balanced equations like.  5+6=7+4 where each side of the equation is the same value.  In science we did a group experiment where we took everyday liquids and added water to the container.  We will look at them in the morning and see how the liquids may have changed.

Fri. Oct. 27  In reading we did an end of Unit 1 activity on the ipads.  In math we practiced a story problem where we joined numbers but the diference was unknown.  We are getting good at these.  In science we read a Weekly Reader about a Treasure Hunter who is trying to find buried treasure before they are lost due to robbers.  They want to save them for museums.  The hunters are using the latest technology to help them find the treasure. 

Mon. Oct. 30  We heard the story of Stellaluna about a bat seperated from her mother and how she was adopted by a family of birds.  She had to pretend that she was a bird and it was frustrating for her.  In math we practiced story problems with a bat theme.  In the afternoon we finished our solids and liquids unit by recording changing properties of matter. (ice to liquid to gas and back and forth)  

Tue. Oct. 31  We worked on a large poster flip book that told all kinds of things about Stellaluna.  In it we identified things like things that are the same and different form bats and birds.  In math we worked with more bat story problems using just right numbers for my skill level.  In the afternoon we worked further on our poster book.

Wed. Nov. 1 We finished our work with our Stellaluna poster.  They look great and we worked really hard.  In math we finished our bat story problems and also played math games.  At the end of the day we cleaned our desks and had a few minutes of choice time.

Mon Nov. 6  We read a story called Milo and the Dragon and practiced visualizing.  We can see some of the story events by imagining them in our minds through the text and images.  in math we begen Unit 2 in math all about place value.  We played roll three digits where we created three digit numbers and grouped them by their hundreds place.  In science we balanced a trick crayfish.  It was a cutout in the shape of a crayfish and we balanced it on our fingertips with the help of counterweights.  

Tue. Nov 7  In reading we began work with characters facing challenges and read a Native American Cinderella story called The Rough Face Girl.  Ask me about the story.  In math we worked with a story problem and used place value to help us solve it.  In science we practiced balancing a cutout of a crayfish on the tip of our finger with the help of counter weight.

Wed. Nov, 8  In reading we read another version on Cinderella.  This was a Chinese version called Yeh-Shen.  Ask me where she gets her magical powers to overcome her challanges.  In math we practiced place value with a game called Place value path bingo.  In science we predicted whether various situations could be a stable position or not.  On Thursday we will actually test them and verifiy if our assumptions were correct.

Thur. Nov. 9  In reading we finished reading Yeh-Shen and we compared the similarities and differences with The Rough Face Girl.  In math we practiced taking a number and showing the place value by expanding the number so...123= 100+2-+3.  In science we tested various stable positions and then discussed why they are stable or not.   We learned that a the pull of gravity in the right place can help create a stable position.

Fri. Nov. 10 In reading we read a story called Willow and Toad which was about another character facing challanges. We them searched for words with the long o sound within the text.  In math we worked with place value riddles.  "I am a number with ____ in the tens place etx."  In reading and social studies we read a Weekly Reader about a military family where both parents serve in the military and how the whole family including the children make sacrifices for our country.   

Mon. Nov. 13  In reading we read a story about another character facing a problem.  This story was called The Crow Learns a Lesson.  Ask me her lesson.  We also practiced underlining key details in  the text.  In math we worked with numbers in expanded form, word form,  and standard form.  In science we took a pencil and designed a way to balance it on the end of a craft stick.  Ask me how.

Tue. Nov. 14. In reading we practiced reading a story for fluency and then visualizing (making a mind movie). of the story using specific points found in the text.  In math we practiced working with story problems that have an unknown change (algebra).  In science we worked with a partner to try different balancing acts.  We learned more about how the body balances.

Wed. Nov. 15. In reading we practiced notine key details or events in a story.  In math we practiced equations that add to 100.  In science we worked with out balance acts again and notice what helps us balance and what is challenging.  We noticed that focusing our attention on a speciific spot helps us balance.

Thur. Nov. 16 In reading we looked at a poem about a girl who is sad when her friend moved away.   The poet used hyperbole (exagerating) to show how the girl feels,  In math we worked with a story problem that has an unknown seperation.  More algebra.  In science we read a Weekly Reader about special animals like bats that people are afraid of but shouldn't be.  They actually help us and our environment.

Fri. Nov.  17. In reading we looked at different shades of meaning.  This is when an author or poet uses words other than said to tell how the character feels.  We also compared two stories and character tratits that two characters share.  In math we looked at a clock with just an hour hand and no minute hand,  From the position of the hour hand I can tell fairly acurately what time it is.  In social studies we read a Weekly Reader article that is historical fiction about a lost pilgrim who is helped by the nearby Native American tribe.

Mon.  Nov.  20. In reading we heard a story called the Important Book.  It told about unique and important things special to everyday things.  Then we wrote about the important thing about Thanksgiving.  Mr. R will keep this writing in a time capsule,  In math we chose a 3digit number and answered lots of place value questions about the number and those were the turkeys feathers.  In the afternoon we watched part of a scholastic video that took us on a tour of a recreation of the Mayflower ship.  Ask me what they drank in place of water.  Even the children and whty.

Tue.  Nov. 21.  In math we looked at a collage of Thanksgiving related symbols.  We tallies the number of various symbols and created a bar graph to represent the data,  We then solved equations about the data.  In reading we heard more Thanksgiving stories and finished our Thanksgiving writing.  In the afternoon we watched a scholastic video that took us on a tour of a Native American village from 1620.  

Mon. Nov. 27. In reading we read a poem about a sick dragon.  In the poem we practiced visualizing and using evidence to make a mind movie of the poem.  In math we worked with adding more than 2 numbers to get to 100 from various numbers.  In science we talked about ways that we can move.  Walk, roll, rotate.  We then designed tops to test using disks and a straw.

Tue. Nov. 28. In reading we read a fractured folktale or the sequel to The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The mean troll decides to go to Politeness school.  It actually worked..... for awhile.  In math we practiced a subtraction story problem.  We also worked with equations to get to 100 from any number.  In science we continued our experimenting with tops to get the best design.

Wed. Nov. 29. In reading we practiced noting key details to a story and using that to help us understand the key message.  In math we played a game called make six numbers,  We used three digits to make 6 different numbers.  We then put them in order least to greatest and showed each number in word and expanded form (451= 400+50+1).  In science we wrote about our tops experiments.