Second graders have been focused on building our stamina for independent reading. Second graders understand that readers push themselves to read more and more, so as to increase both the length of time read and volume of books read. To that end, we are excited to report on the results of our first ever Reading Marathon this Monday! Although we have been training for this moment since the beginning of the year by choosing Just Right books, finding just right places to read in the room, and giving ourselves the opportunity to really think about our books, we were excited to put all of our hard work into motion in this challenge. Just like a marathon runner needs to train to sustain running for 26.2 miles, we felt ready to read for 26.2 minutes of uninterrupted time. With the motivation of numbers affixed to our shirts and Gatorade and water to keep us hydrated, we set our classroom timers, and we were off! This time allowed us to delve so completely into our books that some our classmates didn’t want to stop at the finish line. We are especially proud of ourselves for meeting this challenge and reaching some of our own personal best times. We are excited to apply the stamina we've built during our next unit of nonfiction reading.
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Many thanks to Mrs. Hailey, Mrs. Swaminathan, Ms. Manchanda, and Ms. Shah for volunteering their time to share a wonderful Diwali presentation with all of our 2nd grade students this past Tuesday morning! Students were talking about Diwali traditions and how Diwali is a celebration known around the world as a festival of lights. Diwali is a week long celebration and family, food and traditional festivities are at the heart of this global celebration. Students enjoyed the the stick puppet show, the craft and delicious snacks that followed the grade level presentation. Happy Diwali to all our second grade families who will be celebrating this with family and friends this coming Sunday!
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Second grade writers are busy planning and drafting small moment stories. These stories, which are also called personal narratives, are pieces that are true, about the child, and happened in the past over a short period of time. Second graders are learning that opportunities for small moment stories surround them in their everyday lives, and that writers live on the lookout for these moments by keeping a list of seed ideas in their writing journals. Writers are learning various ways to plan each story, including telling the story on their fingers, touching each page and talking out the story, planning on post-its, or using graphic organizers. Children are learning to incorporate specific small moment craft techniques, such as including a character's feelings, dialogue, comparisons, and small actions. The children are also studying mentor texts, such as Marla Frazee’s Roller Coaster or Ezra Jack Keats' Snowy Day, to see the craft moves real writers try. This elevates the level of their own personal narrative writing. In the coming weeks, second graders will choose one of their small moments to revise, edit, and publish to proudly share with you at our first Writing Celebration.
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This week and next, second grade students are spending time learning how to log on to online resources and use tools that will help them practice skills in math and language arts content areas. Students are gaining experience using laptops and iPads to access resources on shared devices. They are also learning that log on information such as passwords are private and learning the basic procedures of logging off at the end of exploration times. Second graders are using strategies to help them recall their log on information and will have support Post-it notes taped to the inside of their Homework folders to help until their log on recall is more automatic for them. Students are also being introduced to tools on classroom iPads that will allow them to share their thinking with others and self-reflect on their learning as the school year progresses. In class exploration times allow students to become familiar with capabilities and navigation menus of educational technology tools. It is exciting to watch students gaining confidence and demonstrate leadership skills as they help and coach classmates using tech. tools in class.
2B's Service Learning Trip