Second graders were treated to a guest speaker, Lisa the Librarian, from the Montclair Public Library on Monday. Ms. Lisa read students a story to help kick off the Montclair Public Library's Ready, Set, Read! summer reading program. She encouraged students to visit the library this summer as their would be lots of activities and prizes for readers of all ages who can set and meet reading goals during the summer months. In class students were introduced to the 2nd grade Summer Reading assignment to help build excitement for for the reading they will do over the summer months. In class students are spending time read independently, with partners, or in small groups and continue to work to provide reading responses for the reading they do during reading workshop times. They have been working to provide responses to reading prompts sharing evidence from their books and build their overall comprehension skills. Read Aloud times also provide a time for students to apply reading skills such as predicting, inferring and noting patterns authors sometimes embed in stories. Second grade Summer Reading assignments were backpacked home on Thursday so students will have it handy when they are ready to jump into summer reading. Mrs. D'Urso put together a wonderful list of book recommendations to help second graders who might need suggestions for books to read over the summer months. Click on the Resources for Students and Parents tab above to access Mrs. D'Urso book recommendation list and more summer resources for your soon to be third grader!
As the year begins to draw to a close, second grade students are taking time to celebrate our love of literature. Throughout the year we have learned to read as grown ups do; by choosing books that interest us, practicing reading with fluency, and by thinking deeply about what we read. Our last unit of reading series books began classmates to recommend books to each other, and we are excited to be sharing our opinions with friends. It seems that second grade students are more excited to read than ever these days, and we have loved the opportunity to kick back and dive deep into a variety of titles. In preparation for next year, and for the sake of practicing all of the skills we have acquired throughout the year, second graders are responding in writing to our books in a variety of ways. Whether thinking about the problem and solution of a story, comparing ourselves to characters in a book, or expressing specific reasons why we might recommend a book to a friend, we are excited about our new and enriched reading lives. Its been fun to kick off our shoes and read with a partner or simply hide under our teachers' desk with a book. Whatever the reading treat may be, we are loving our reading time together.
Second graders built skills of collaboration, communication, and compromise this week as they worked in small groups on a culminating social studies project. To conclude our unit on towns, second graders worked together to design and build towns using many different materials. Students considered the four elements of a town and used information from our town field trips several weeks ago to help them plan and build. The social/emotional skills developed as children worked in a small group were equally important as the final products. Students pushed themselves to listen to others and to work as helpful team members. After constructing their towns, students used technology tools to take a photo of their work. Next week, they will use the photo as part of a screencast to reflect on their contributions, and they will share a screencast of their thinking with their teachers. They will also self-assess their work on a rubric that contained both social studies content and group work skills. As we look toward third grade, children are building the important life skills of how to convey their thinking to others, how to solve problems fairly, and how to make sure everyone’s voices are heard.