Number grids, number scrolls, number lines and calculators were the tools introduced in 2nd grade classrooms this week during math workshop times. Students were learning how to notice patterns and use +10 and -10 strategies as they played games and complete independent work utilizing number grids. Mathematicians also flexed their math muscles as they reviewed open response answers to math questions related to number grid puzzles. Students listened as peers shared strategies they had used to find solutions to given number grid puzzles. Students also reviewed how to play Broken Calculator, a game that challenges them to find several ways to provide number model representations for a given number on a calculator.
Research clearly shows that social/emotional learning goes hand in hand with academic learning. You will be hearing more about this at Back to School Night next week. Throughout the day, as second graders work on academic tasks, they are learning to collaborate, communicate, self-regulate, recognize/manage emotions, and be part of a caring, kind learning community. Second grade students have been working hard on what if means to live by our school slogan, “We care. We are kind. We are the Cougars!”
Social/emotional learning is an extremely important part of a child’s educational experience. It includes goal-setting, problem solving, working effectively in groups, building positive relationships, taking others’ perspectives, respecting others and appreciating differences. From Morning Meeting, which builds confidence, a sense of community, and listening skills, to sharing a book with a friend to discuss a story, which builds mutual respect and turn-taking, to asking someone to join in at recess, we are proud of the rich ways that second graders are growing socially and emotionally each day. We have been busy discussing our “Hopes and Dreams” in each second grade class so please look for the display next week when you visit the classrooms.
We hope all of you who celebrated Rosh Hashanah yesterday enjoyed a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!
During our second week of school, second graders began to acclimate to academic routines. In Writing Workshop, they learned about tools they will use this year, including their writer's folders. Students customized their writing folders with designs and drawings that will help them feel connected to the writing process. They also began thinking about where writers find inspiration and ideas. They are excited about their tiny topics notebooks where they will gather ideas, as they are learning to write stories that are about a small moment of time in their past.
Second graders have a special project to accomplish this weekend: they will decorate their writer's folders with photos or illustrations of things they like and care about. The images will give them ideas for topics to write about throughout the year. Students can tape or glue images to the front and back of their writer's notebooks. We encourage students to do this project as independently as possible and to have fun in the process! Students should return their decorated writer's notebooks to school by Monday, September 18th. Thank you for your support of this project.