Today, 2A performed their class play, "My Father's Dragon," to an enthusiastic audience at Brookside. As a class, they first read the classic book by Ruth Stiles Gannett and loved hearing about Elmer's adventures on Wild Island. The 2A students worked very hard to memorize their lines and performed on stage like professional actors. They did an excellent job singing "Bare Necessities," "Spark the Flying Dragon," "I Feel Pretty," "Lollipop," and "A Whole New World." The scenery was also terrific and their costumes were out of this world - thank you, parents! We would also like to thank Mrs. Smith and Ms. Weaver for all of their help with the show. As the students in 2A took their final bows, you could feel their great sense of pride and accomplishment. Way to go, 2A!
Although it seems like we may have just begun, this week we celebrated 100 days of fun at the Primary School this year! Second grade class celebrations included planning and creating structures using 100 blocks, Legos, and dominoes. We also were invited to the Pre-K snack buffet where we counted out 100 treats and ate only a portion of them.
It was a busy short week as classes focused on our favorite Brookside motto: We care. We are kind. We are The Cougars! To celebrate the 100th day, students brainstormed 100 acts of kindness and each class committed themselves to kind acts for members of our community. 2S students secretly practiced paying people compliments before they went into the community to make peoples' days better. It was exciting to pay attention to how we treat each others as well as being recipients of kind acts ourselves. The second grade is considering continuing kindness week into the rest of the year - who else is in?
It may have been a wet and rainy week outside, but inside, second grade readers are blooming like flowers! As the books we read are getting longer, we are learning to use more specific and more mature reading habits. Specifically, we are using bookmarks and Post-Its to keep track of the book, page after page, and pick up the story where we left off last reading session. With these habits, it becomes easier for students to follow characters, the setting, and the problem as it changes and grows in the book. We are also practicing talking about our books and summarizing what we have read each day as well in order to understand the difference between the most important information and what is just a small detail. With practice, such understanding will become easier. We know that characters and relationships change throughout books, just as second graders grow and change each day.