Our second week was AMAZING! I could not be more proud of all the hard work our second graders did this week. We worked on getting to know each other and classroom procedures, and we had a lot of fun doing it!
Here’s a look at what we learned this week…
We reviewed the ideas of a watermelon story and a seed story. A watermelon story is a BIG story that has lots of small moments in it. A seed story zooms into ONE TIME and tells lots of details about that small moment.
Then, we picked a seed story idea. We made a plan of what were were going to write by holding up a finger for each page and telling our writing partner what we were going to write.
After planning with our partner, we sketched our ideas on 6 sticky notes, one for each page. We stuck our sticky notes on our writing paper and got to writing! No more saying, “I don’t know what to write about…” Good writers plan their stories before writing!
We worked with math mountains and equations this week in math.
We know that “a partner plus a partner equals a total” and “a total minus a partner equals a partner”. This is shown on our math mountain, shown below.
We can use this math mountain to write our addition and subtraction equations.
The two addition equations we can make are…
5+3=8 and 3+5=8
The two subtraction equations we can make are…
8-5=3 and 8-3=5
We have been reviewing what it looks like when we read to self. Here’s the list that our second graders came up with to help them remember what to do.
- Stay in one spot
- Read in your head or with a whisper voice
- Choose a just right spot
- Read the whole time
After we came up with our list, we started working on our stamina. Stamina is the thing that keeps us going and helps us read longer and longer. We were able to read for 20 minutes straight this week! Amazing work, second graders!