• Spring

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 4/21/2017

    We celebrated Earth Day by watching The Lorax and planting sunflower seeds in front of the school!

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    2nd Grade Happenings in Our Own Words

    Writing

     

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     “We just finished narratives. I wrote about a fun moment that I had with my mom. It was about making Caesar salad with my mom. I can’t wait for opinion writing. It’ll be so fun!"

     

    Reading 

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    “In reading we have 20 minutes of read to self every day. We also have reading groups. Every week, we have a new reading group book. We also have something called phonics. In phonics, we say sounds when Mrs. Mass point to a letter. If she says blend, she slides her finger across the part she wants us to blend.

    My favorite rotation is word work because there are tons of different activities to do.

    In our class Mrs. Mass reads out loud a chapter book. We are reading To Catch a Mermaid. The book is about a boy named Boom and his sister Mertyle. They find a merbaby at the dock.”

    Math

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     “In math we are working on time. Time if fun to learn about because you can know what time to go to school, what time to go to the pool, and what time to eat dinner.

    Two month ago we started cities called place value cities. Mine was the Willis Tower. It has 110 floors. Today we played a game of fact dash. Now you know why math is so fun!”

     

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    Fact Dash Fun

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     Genius Hour

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    “In genius hour, I am learning about the snow leopard. I found lots of interesting facts. One of the most interesting facts is that the snow leopard’s tail is as long as it’s body!”

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  • A New Semester

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 2/3/2017

     

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    We have learned so much with (and from) each other so far this school year! Imagine what the second half of the school year will bring! We jumped into the second semester ready to learn and grow. See what our students have to say about what's happening in the classroom ...

    Math

    “In math, we are learning 3-digit subtraction with regrouping. I feel like I can do it.

    In math groups, we are making little cities and measuring buildings. We each get to make a building for it. I am doing the Chrysler Building. It’s 1,046 ft high."

     

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    Writing

    “We are doing our personal narrative. We are zooming in on a small moment. I’m writing about a long time ago when I was watching fireworks with my mom. I had drinks and dinner and treats. The fireworks sounded like BOOM BOOM and it made me jump a little.”

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    "In this picture are writing cubes. We use them for tracking what we are doing with writing.”

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    Reading

    “In class, we are now reading 20 minutes every day. Now we have reading checklists.

    We just finished a book called A Bear Named Trouble. This book is about a bear who breaks into a zoo after he lost his mom.

    In reading rotations, we can do word work, work on writing, read-to-self, read-with-a-buddy, and listen to reading. My favorite is word work because I get to do Bananagrams."


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    Phonics and vocabulary

    We are building our phonics skills as a whole class and working with individualized word lists each week. Students enjoyed building their own word lists by choosing words from their weekend news, reading group words, and phonics words.

     

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    Genius Hour

    “In Genius Hour, we are looking up things to research. When we research, we are trying to find things in the past or something that we are interested in or something that we believe in. We started to use Chromebooks so that we can research better because you can find a lot of information on a computer.”

    “Chromebooks are helpful. I’m researching dinosaurs. I learned that dinosaurs lived almost 1 million years ago.”

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    Social Studies

    “In social studies, we are making a map of Bainbridge Island. We are coloring in the water. Each week, we are adding places. We will be adding where our house is. We are trying to make them as realistic as can be.”

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  • Student Update

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 11/5/2016

    Math

     

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    In math we have been working on 2-digit addition with regrouping. “We make 2 lines and sometimes we have to move one number up. We always start in the ones column. I like to do roll and write.”

    Writing

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    “In our class we are writing about painted lady butterflies and doing lots of drafts. We are doing the writing process. We have a clothespin and we move it down to our process. I’m on revising and after we do our work we also work on writing in our life journals. Next week, we are publishing our painted lady butterfly papers and making them into books. I’m making a book with pictures and writing.”

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    “Our class has been buddy reading and we’ve been working on read to self. We’ve been doing rotations and we’ve been doing reading groups at the small table. We’ve been reading The Big Snow in my reading group. We have been reading Sylvester and the Magic Pebble in the whole class. I thought the book was interesting and fun. We made a story with paper and we wrote a story of what we would wish for if we got a magic rock.”

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    “For reading rotations we can use sticks to make stories which is interesting. I wrote a story about a sloth who lives in the city who saw a monster.”

    Social Studies

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    “In social studies, we are working on posters and they are about urban, suburban, and rural places. Suburban is like a neighborhood almost. There are houses. There is barely any traffic, but there is a little. Urban is like a city. There is a lot of traffic and a lot of people living in apartments. There is a lot of big buildings. Rural is like a farm with no traffic. There are a lot of farms and like big spaces in between houses.”

    Genius Hour

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    “In genius hour we think about things that we want to try to make and research. It’s on Thursday every week. The whole class likes it! So far we have thought about what we want to do and it’s really fun. I’m researching famous artists.”

     

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  • October Updates

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 10/9/2016

    Math

     Hopefully you had a chance to look over the chapter 2 parent page that went home this week. We are learning all about skip counting, repeated addition, and even and odd numbers. We will begin practicing incorporating math groups into our math rotations this week. This allows students to assess their own learning and either practice and apply a new math concept in a new way or challenge themselves through an extension activity. Students are eager to work independently as I work with math groups and I think we are ready!

    Language Arts

    I really enjoyed DRA testing and listening to each student read independently last week. We are all set to start reading groups this week. Our reading block will still look the same: whole group reading and discussion, a connected activity, and then independent rotations. Reading groups will meet during our rotation time.

    We will expand upon our focus of asking questions by considering “thick and thin” questions. We have practiced asking thin questions such as who are the main characters? Where is the setting? What happened after …?

    We will use the following question starters to help us connect to the stories that we read this week. These are great questions to ask your child as you are reading together at home as well!

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    Science and Writing Integration

    I’m sure that you heard all about all of the butterflies that emerged last week! The students were lucky enough to watch a couple of butterflies emerge right before their eyes!

    Each student has been gathering information on the lifecycle of a painted lady butterfly. They have been learning about sources that can provide information about a topic. Your child has gathered information from books, filled in a bubble map as a form of note-taking while watching 2 very informative videos, observed 3 of the 4 stages of the lifecycle in the classroom, and listened to a classmate present information that they gathered for last year’s science fair. Students will be continuing their research this week by gathering information online. Students will have a lot of information to pull from as they write an informative paper all about painted lady butterflies!

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    Chromebooks and frogrock accounts

    Mrs. Ukich, our amazing librarian, spent some time in our classroom last week teaching students how to log in and out of their frogrock accounts on the chromebooks. We will be incorporating the chromebooks into our schedule more and more. This week, we will work in pairs on the chromebooks to wrap up or butterfly research.

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Parent Conference Sign up on Skyward: October 7th – October 14th

    HC nomination window: Monday, September 26th - Friday, October 14th

    Field trip to Suyematsu: October 19th

    Parent conferences/no school: October 20th and 21st

    Costume Parade and Party: October 31st

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  • October Happenings

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 10/2/2016

    Homework

    Will go home Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. There will be times that I allow students to complete and submit their math homework page in class. Your child will still have the responsibility and routine of bringing their folder back and forth each day.

    Important information coming home

    Please look for a picture envelope, our updated daily schedule, our calendar, and the chapter 2 overview for math on Monday.

    Language Arts

    We will continue to read informative mentor texts and your child will be taking notes from a video that is all about the life cycle of a painted lady butterfly. We are building our vocabulary and forming an understanding of the process of metamorphosis. Students are becoming experts on this process so that they can inform their readers through their writing.

    DRA testing

    Our class has been rescheduled for the developmental reading assessment for October 4-5. I am looking forward to the opportunity to listen to each student read! We will discuss reading levels and goals at parent conferences.

    Math

    We wrapped up chapter 1 this week and had some fun reviewing the chapter with a buddy game using white boards. Students raced to be the first to hold their "sign" up with the correct answer. Teams had the chance to agree or disagree with the answers and it was great to listen to students share their thinking and understanding with one another!

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    We will begin chapter 2, all about number patterns, in math this week. Please look over the orange chapter overview going home on Monday.

    Science

    Each student noticed a chrysalis at their desk last week and they are being transfered to a butterfly garden! Students will be watching a time-lapse video of a caterpillar forming a chrysalis this week and the hope is that many of their questions will be answered. We posted “Questions and Wonders” about our chrysalis’. Students wondered why some had a red dot in their container or why it looked like pieces of their caterpillar were in the container. We have a lot of fascinating facts to learn this week!

    School field trips and events

    We have a lot happening this month! A reminder that all parents and guardians interested in helping out in the classroom or on field trips need to complete (or update) the process to volunteer.The steps for this process were emailed home last week.

     

    Important October Dates:

    DRA testing: October 4-5

    Picture day: October 6th

    Parent Conference Sign up on Skyward: October 7th – October 14th

    HC nomination window: Monday, September 26th - Friday, October 14th

    Field trip to Suyematsu: October 19th

    Parent conferences/no school: October 20th and 21st

    Costume Parade and Party: October 31st

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  • End of September

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 9/25/2016

     

    Work sent home

    I will begin sending work home this Friday. I use highlighters as I’m working with students so that you can clearly see where your child originally missed something and then tried again. I give students the opportunity to self-correct their own work in reading and math so that we can discuss their level of understanding with certain concepts. If any student is unable to self-correct their work with peer support or my support, we work 1:1 together until they get it. As I tell the students: highlighted marks on a paper represent opportunities for learning and making new connections in our brains!

    Math

    Your child learned about related facts, missing addends, and fact families this week. We played a couple of whole-group games that challenged students to work in pairs to find their “match” (missing addend or related fact).  By the end of this chapter, your child should be able to explain how they can use related facts to solve addition and subtraction problems. For example: how does knowing 15 – 7 = 8 help me solve 7 + ___ = 15 ?

    Reading

    We will continue to practice rotations this week. We have practiced read to self, read to someone, and word work. This week, we will be practicing listening to reading and working on writing.

    We practiced word work each day last week. Students enjoyed using their word lists to edit their own weekend news, to create rainbow writing, and to create word searches with their own list of vocabulary words. Students paired up to solve each other’s word searches. This was a lot of fun!

     

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    Writing and Science

    We built our writing folders, did 2 fun quick writes, and started using our writing journals this week!

    We will be reading informative mentor texts and discussing the author’s purpose as students prepare to write their own informative piece about the lifecycle of a butterfly. Students are filling in their science journals during daily observations of their caterpillars and they are learning so much! They will have their very own detailed drawings and observation notes to use as they work on writing about a topic that they become experts on. Many of the caterpillars were making their way to the top of their containers on Friday and students had some great predictions about what was happening.

     

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    Catch up and relish

    Students will have the opportunity to catch up on unfinished work or to relish in all of their hard work through free-choice time at the end of the day each Friday. Everyone has the opportunity to work on unfinished work each morning. Your second grader is becoming a self-manager and learning how to manage their time by checking their orange folder each day and working through unfinished work as needed. The goal is to have each student take part in free choice time because they made great choices during the week!

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  • Beginning of the year happenings

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 9/17/2016

    Home and School Connections

    Thanks again for making the time to join us for our back to school night! The students enjoyed reading your letters and we spent some time reading rocks and sharing common goals for the year.

    A big THANK YOU to everyone that signed up to volunteer! I will be in contact with all of you over the next couple of weeks as I work on schedules for our groups.

     

    Math

    We are in chapter one and learning addition and subtraction concepts and strategies. As a class, we are practicing different strategies that we can use when solving word problems. Students know how to identify and mark the information that they know and the information that they need to find in a word problem. Your child is learning how to figure out how to solve a word problem and what operation(s) to use by using words as clues.

    Students are building their math vocabulary and they are encouraged to use their math words during discussions and in their math writing.

     We are beginning to incorporate fun and meaningful ways to practice fact fluency. 2nd grade students should be able to add and subtract within 20. Regular practice will help students gain fact fluency and will benefit them as they learn new math concepts throughout the year.

    Each student brought home a paper with their usernames and passwords for My Math. This account can be used for printing off homework as needed and printing off reteach or enrichment pages when appropriate. Students also have access to videos and lesson resources.

    We linked our classroom to ST math and your child should be able to login from home! Students will have 2 sessions of ST math each week at school. Each student has a goal of reaching 9% progress by the end of the month.

     

    Language Arts

    We begin our reading time with snack and a read aloud. Students have been practicing different strategies when listening to reading. They are encouraged to create mental images, check for understanding, and make connections to the story. We pause for small group and whole group discussions to share thoughts and predictions with one another.

    Students are building their reading stamina and graphing the minutes that they can read independently. Students are encouraged to look for interesting words when they read to self. Our word wall is built by the students and they are adding new words to our wall daily!

    We practiced reading to a buddy while focusing on accuracy and fluency this week. Students will use their “good fit books” for independent and buddy reading during rotations in language arts. A good fit book is one that is read for a purpose and the reader can comprehend, is interesting to the reader, and the reader knows most of the words (all but 1-2 per page).  

    We are working toward moving through daily 5 rotations independently. Along with independent and buddy reading, we are beginning to practice word work. Students will work with a list of 10 words each week. Word lists are created based on a beginning-of-the-year assessment and each student’s “high frequency words”. Students will add their words to their dictionary, incorporate them into writing, and use the list for word work activities. I introduced all of the word work activities that your child will have to choose from during rotations. We will spend time next week practicing each of them.

    I have been collecting writing samples from the students as a baseline for determining their skills in writing narrative, opinion, and informative pieces. We will begin building our writing folders this week. Students will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas to keep in their folders to use throughout the year. We will also have some fun with some quick writes!

    Our social studies time that has been used to build our classroom community has been important and valuable for establishing expectations and building strong relationships in the classroom.

    Each student will find a caterpillar on their desk as we begin our science unit on Monday! We will observe the lifecycle of a butterfly first-hand and we will track the process through daily observations.

    Whats in my sack?

    Students will be presenting their items this week. This is a great time to learn more about each other and to practice our speaking and listening skills!

    Important dates coming up in October:

    Picture day: October 6th

    DRA testing: October 6-7

    HC nomination window: Monday, September 26th - Friday, October 14th

    Parent conferences/no school: October 20th and 21st

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  • Welcome Back to School!

    Posted by Beth Crawford-Mass on 8/26/2016

    This is where you will find regular updates about what is happening in the classroom! Classroom families will receive an email notification every time the blog is updated.

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