Second grade enjoyed a fun week back from Memorial Day weekend. Students toured the Primary School Art Show, had time to work on collaborative activities in class and wrapped up the week competing in Field Day events. Students had a terrific week!
Second graders practiced how to collaborate, communicate, 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.
Second graders reviewed the strategies to help them add and subtract multi-digit numbers this week. Partial sums method and regrouping were the focus for addition and the Trade-First method was the target strategy students utilized to solve given problems in class and for homework. Place value concepts were highlighted as students represented multi-digit numbers with Base-10 flats (100s), longs (10s) and cubes (1s). When manipulatives are not on hand, students reviewed how they can use Base-10 notation to represent their numbers while adding and subtracting.
Second graders are now diving into their Book Series unit and learning to identify common elements often found in books written as a series. Readers continue to make personal connections to texts and are now also beginning to make connections to characters, settings and themes in series books their classmates recommend or to series they have read at other times. This book series work helps boost comprehension skills and helps all readers, both developing and seasoned, think more critically about their books as they read. It encourages them to ask questions and make predictions based on patterns they are noticing in their series books and get them talking more about their books in general. It is an exciting time as readers round out their reading skills to apply more comprehension strategies during read aloud and independent reading times. Some of the strategies students have been trying in class include: jotting written reading responses, sketching ideas, tracking story elements in their reader's notebooks and partner/small group book talk work. All of these strategies help to support them in noticing and sharing patterns and similarities they come across as they read. Second grade students are more excited than ever to read!
It was a big week in second grade as we celebrated the MKA tradition of weaving the Maypole followed by our writing celebration where the genre was poetry. On Tuesday morning, parents, teachers, and students gathered on the backfield for the beautiful day to celebrate the coming of Spring in the tradition that has been around since the Kimberley School. The entire community was moved by how effortlessly the students completed the very complicated dance. Thank you again, Ms. Weaver, for your leadership and direction. We celebrate your 21st year teaching our students the Maypole Dance. Following the beautiful and deeply rooted tradition of the Maypole Dance, parents joined their students in the classroom to hear the beautiful poems the children worked so hard to publish. The celebration of the finished poetry books was a culmination of a month long study of how poets think, using their five sense and their imagination. Poems ranged in topic from sports, to family members to gummy bears! Thank you to everyone who shared in this morning of celebration with our second graders.
If you have not yet signed up for a Parent-Teacher Conference on Thursday, May 17th, please access the links below to reserve a time slot to meet with your child's teacher.