Saturday, September 15, 2012

Weekly Word

Reader's Workshop
After sharing our favorite books, we learned that some of the students in the class have similar interests.  We also shared our favorite reading memory.  I reviewed the workshop model with students (mini-lesson, IDR, and closing) and we discussed what good readers do during Reader's Workshop.  Any time students finish something early, they are anxious to read a book from our classroom library.  I love to see so many readers interested in a variety of genres!

Workshop has not officially started yet, but it will next week.  We have briefly reviewed addition, subtraction, telling time, and counting money.  Students also took their first timed test.  Our goal is to complete 100 addition problems in 5 minutes and 100 subtraction problems in 6 minutes.  Knowing his/her math facts will help your child with many concepts of second grade math.  Math Magician is a great website to use to practice math facts.  Look for its link on the right hand side of the blog listed under "Our Favorite Sites."

Science & Social Studies
Several of the mealworms in class have entered the second stage of life--pupa.  Students learned insects need air, food, water, and shelter.  They also learned to handle live insects with care.
We began our first social studies chapter--Our Community.  Students will learn more about places in the community where people live, work, play, and solve problems.

The second grade team is selling bagels the next three Wednesdays.  Thank you, Mrs. Potts, for being a last minute volunteer for us last week!  Please let me know if you are able to help with bagel sales before school September 19, September 26, or October 3.  We appreciate your help!!!

Volunteer Spot is not quite ready for you to sign up for a conference.  Conferences will be October 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and October 18 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.  As soon as the schedule is set up on Volunteer Spot's website, I will send you an email to let you know.  Thank you for your patience.

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