Number grids, 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 played many fun games including The Number Grid Game, Finding Equivalent Names and Fishing for 10.
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.
Students have taken time these past two weeks to get familiar with their new second grade schedules and classroom surroundings. During the first few days of school, whole class games and activities that help students grow more comfortable working with old and new friends were the focus. We all know that feeling welcome and comfortable in our new environment is going to help us to grow as scholars this year. This week we have begun to think about our goals for learning as well as our hopes and dreams for what is to come. Students have been excited to get some time together during recess, attend encore and world language classes and learn new second grade routines. Our second graders are off to a wonderful start and we look forward to an exciting and challenging year together!