Miss Davignon's Second Grade
October 13th, 2013
Happy October Second Grade Families!
It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through the month of October, and Halloween is right around the corner. We have had an unbelievable start to our school year - and these little dudes and dudettes have worked very hard to establish the rules and routines of our classroom.
Last week, your second grader brought home their username and password for Dreambox an online math program that allows them to practice math skills through adaptive games and activities. Our trip to the computer lab was an absolute hit, and they loved it! Students are encouraged to play for at least 30 minutes a session and are welcome to play as often as they would like.
You have also probably noticed that your second grader is bringing home their book buddy bag each night. Each student has the opportunity to choose books each Monday to fill their independent reading bins with books from their zone. They then choose a book to bring home each night. Often times, this one book will not last them the entire 20 minutes of reading homework. It is simply a sample of what they have chosen for their independent reading time, and gives them the opportunity to practice with leveled texts.
Our trip to the One Room Schoolhouse was such a blast. These guys got to take a peek back in time to see what it was like to go to school in a completely different era. Some of the highlights were realizing that kindergartners and eighth graders would have been in the same class, they used quills and ink to write, and their chairs were attached to their desks. Who knew!
In Reader's Workshop we are finishing up our study of Non-Fiction texts. We have looked at both expository and narrative examples focusing on the similarities and differences. Last week we focused on non-fiction text features and examples of craft used by different authors so we can incorporate them into our own writing.
In Writer's Workshop we have been working through the entire writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing) to create our own All-Abouts. These second grade authors are writing about everything from their siblings to sunbathing. They are quickly picking up strategies from the books that they are reading and incorporating their own personality into their writing.
During our math block, we have just started our unit on subtraction with and without regrouping of numbers to 1,000. We start out with the basics and discuss multiple strategies for subtraction before moving into regrouping across place values.
Last week we also went to the computer lab for our first introduction to Dreambox. Your second grader came home with a username and password that can be used to sign in at home. They had a blast last week, and are encouraged to play whenever they choose.
This year our school motto is Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible. We are talking a lot about these ideas in the first few weeks of school.
Check out our Student/Parent resources page for information on Scholastic online ordering. We have recommended some excellent Just Right Books, and for every order placed online, our class gets $3 towards books for our classroom library!
As I'm sure you have noticed your second grader will come home each night with a home folder. This folder needs to travel back to school each day and will be used for homework, newsletters, or other notes that need to find their way into the hands of parents. This folder is also where alternate dismissal notes for your child should be placed. Unpacking our folders and passing in our notes is an important responsibility within our morning routines.
A quick note...please do your best to schedule your second grader's appointments for after school hours. We pack a whole lot into our day, and by coming in late or leaving early he or she is bound to miss some important info. With that being said, I know that the occasional mid-day, or early appointment is inevitable. We simply do not want to see it become a habit. We miss these little animals when they're gone :)
Check back here for updates on what we're doing here in North House Room 9! Miss Davignon