Second grade students have been learning how to log on to Moodle in class and use several online resources that will help them practice math skills and share their ideas. Students have been helping each other access Safari on class iPads and/or laptops to enter their usernames and passwords to access online learning tools such as IXL and Everyday Math online. These experiences using online learning tools help lay the foundation for teaching responsible use of technology tools and digital citizenship. Second graders are also using open ended web-based tools such as Wixie that allow them to share their thinking in several content area. Second grade really enjoyed spending time with their grandparents and special friends and want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving holiday break!
2nd grade students had their first experience sharing their small moment work with family and friends this past Tuesday. Everyone came together to celebrate students efforts to publish their Small Moment personal narrative work. Students spent the months leading up to their Writing Celebration learning how to stretch and add details to their small moments stories. They also worked to craft their stories using mentor author texts as their guide. Students used texts such as Owl Moon, Roller Coaster, The Snowy Day and Fireflies! to study techniques that authors use to make stories engaging for other readers. 2nd grade writers also worked through the revision and editing process with great enthusiasm. They reread their stories throughout the revision and editing processes which helped them read their pieces fluently. Kudos to our 2nd grade writers!. They are off to a great start in the area of writing and we look forward to celebrating more milestones with them this year!
A new month means new learning opportunities for second grade mathematicians. Students began the week by trying their first Problem Solving Investigations lesson. Students were introduced to the six problem solving steps that can help them to solve a word problem. They tried a strategy called diagram and key to solve open-ended problems at school and at home. Students also began Unit 3 in Everyday Math, "Place Value, Money, and Time." Students used base-10 blocks to model place value of hundreds, tens, and ones. They practiced calculating the value of coin combinations and finding multiple ways to pay for things with coins. Lastly, second graders have been practicing logging on to IXL Math and Everyday Math websites using their personalized logins and passwords, which are taped into their homework materials. Students can use these websites in school and at home to practice math skills in fun and engaging ways. A new month brings lots of new ways to expand second graders' math thinking.