2nd grade mathematicians reviewed strategies to apply when working with dollars, coins and analog clocks. The use of practice activities such as Coin Top-It and hands-on use of coin collections helped students note features of commonly used coins like the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. Working with actual coins also supported students in sorting and calculating the value for a given set of coins. Later in the week, students began an exploration of the $1, $10, $100 dollar bill. Ongoing review of analog clock, time telling skills continued also. Classroom clocks with movable, hour and minute hands, supported students in telling and ultimately recording times to the nearest 5 minute intervals. Students continued practice of Math Workshop partner routines and math facts this week by playing Addition Top-It and math-themed board games together.
Second graders continue to discover more about their new classmates and classrooms each day. Through structured Morning Meeting and Closing Circle activities, the children are growing more comfortable taking risks and sharing information about themselves. They are learning to be respectful listeners, caring friends, and collaborative partners as they learn more about one another. This week, second graders worked on a getting-to-know-you project that they are eager for you to see at Back to School Night. Each child wrote a response to the two prompts, "Something you may know about me . . ." and "Something you may not know about me . . ." As they brainstormed possibilities for what they might write, children enjoyed sharing facts that were unique to them, and they discovered similarities and differences about each other along the way. Children also worked on watercolor paintings to accompany their writing.
Continuing to celebrate what makes them unique and what matters to them, the children will customize their Writer's Notebooks this weekend. Children will cover them with photos or images that will provide a springboard for writing ideas throughout the year. Sharing and discussing Writer's Notebook covers will be another way that the children can learn more about one another and build a positive learning community.
Students took time this week to get familiar with their new second grade schedules and classroom surroundings these first few days of school. Whole class games and activities that helped students grow more comfortable working with old and new friends were the focus as well as helping new classmates feel welcome. Students were excited to attend Encore and World Language classes and participate in an Primary School welcome assembly on Wednesday that was followed by an ice cream treat. Second graders are off to a wonderful start and we look forward to seeing them again on Tuesday, September 15th!