Another wonderful week! This week I turned over our morning meeting lesson to the students, it was amazing!! Interested students wrote their own lesson plan all about what they would teach, why this would be helpful to the class, and how they were going to teach it. The lessons that came from this absolutely blew me away. I got to be a student and watch our kids lead the class in sophisticated discussions all about how non-violent resistance is an extreme form of self control, and the growth mindset/conflict resolution skills of famous Civil Rights leaders. Sometimes I feel like I’m teaching a college class!! Thanks for sharing your brilliant kids with me. This week ask your student about chicken life cycle words like incubation, albumin, and candling!
- Our student's musical performance will be next Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. See you there, I can't wait!
- Does your student use a tablet at home? If so check out the amazing game Frontier Heroes! It is an educational history game that aligns perfectly with our Core Knowledge year plan. Our kiddos have been playing it in class and love it!
- Is your child forgetful? Does your student struggle with understanding the consequences of his/her actions? Is your kid’s bedroom a hot sloppy mess? These are all skills associated with executive functioning! The great news is that there are a variety of family games that can increase your child’s executive functioning in a fun, easy way! Check out this article for more information: https://goo.gl/AXMQF2
- Have you heard of GoNoodle? This is a website that we use a TON in the classroom, especially on indoor recess days. There are dozens of fun, silly, engaging exercise videos that are fantastic for those winter cabin fever days. In addition to great gross motor games, there are learning videos, and social emotional videos designed to give kids ways to calm down and cope. Parents need an account, but a great majority of the site is free!
- Have you heard Prodigy Math? It is an incredibly engaging online fantasy based math game made for elementary students. Kids are crazy about it, I’ve known students who prefer it to Minecraft. Parents need an account, and most of the site is free. If you’re looking for a way to add to your at-home math practice, this could be a great way to go! Check it out! - https://www.prodigygame.com/
- Library is on Thursday. Please help your child to remember to return checked out books by Wednesday.
- As the temperatures drop, please make sure your student is prepared to go outside and play. We go out if it is above 20 degrees!
- Please help your child bring a healthy snack and a water bottle each day.
Have a wonderful weekend!
What are we learning?
To support your student at home read about these topics in What Your 2nd Grader Needs to Know
Our comprehension strategy of the week was visualization! To practice this essential life skill we began by doing a fun water slide visualization meditation. Then we played a mental camera game called Woosh, and talked about how visualization is a brain tool that can be used in all areas of life. After that we visualized some hilarious Shel Silverstein poems, and drew what we pictured. Ask your kiddos to predict, make connections and visualize while reading at home.
Mental math and money
Civil Rights Leaders - Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, Malala, Ruby Bridges, The Little Rock Nine, Martin Luther King Jr.
Chicken life cycle!
Volunteer Opportunities - Thank you!
- Class Pinterest Board - Check here to see the class Pinterest board! We would love any of these materials for our classroom. Make a craft, send it in, accumulate volunteer hours!
Specials (CAMP Rotation)
Monday - Music
Tuesday - PE
Wednesday - Computers
Thursday - Art
Friday - Music
Grammar: 10:20-10:50 (Library on Thursdays)
Writing: 11:35 – 12:00
Core Knowledge Lit: 12:05-12:20
Lunch/Recess: 12:20- 1:00
Math: 1:15- 2:15
2nd Grade Curriculum Map
This will give you a quick snapshot of what we will be doing for core knowledge through out the year.
|AVA Curriculum Map||Literature||History||Science||Writing||Character|
|Aug/Sept||Talk Iktomi Stories, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Bed in Summer||
War of 1812
Continents and Oceans
|Review conventions of paragraph writing (including spelling, grammar & usage)||Respect|
|October||Tall Tales, Bufflao Dusk, Windy Nights||Westward Expansion Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountians||
– How to …
The Emperor's New Clothes,
The Fisherman and His Wife,
Something Told The Wild Geese, Rudolph is Tired of the City
|Cells||Retelling and Summarizing||Empowerment|
|December||A Christmas Carol, T'Was the Night Before Christmas, Lincoln, Harriet Tubman||Civil War||Digestive System/ Excretory System Health Bios||Responding to Literature||Sharing|
|January||How the Camel Got It's Hump Seashell||
|Digestive System/Winter||Persuasive Writing||Patience|
|February||Greek Myths, Smart, Limericks||Ancient Greece||NA/ Heavy History Month||Poetry||Excellence|
|March||Blind Men and the Elephant, Tiger, Brahaman, and Jakal Discovery, Windy Nights||
Central and South America
Magic Pain brush, Charlotte's Web,
Hurt No Living Thing
|Ancient China||Life Cycles/ Spring||Contrast||Spring|
Tongue Cut Sparrow,
El Pajro Cu Bee! I'm Epecting You Caterpillars
|Japan Today||Insects||Information Summary||Respect|