Making Our Writing More Powerful

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The writing that has been taking place in our second grade classroom has blown me away! The students have demonstrated writing stamina, creativity and dedication to their work. Over these last few weeks, we have been writing, writing, writing! We are now at the step, where we are looking at all of our small moment stories and choosing one or two stories that we want to make more “powerful.” We are looking close at our work and revising it. Many students are using their Narrative Checklist as a way of seeing where they can make improvements to make their writing stronger. Other students are turning to their peers and asking for feedback on their own writing!

 

Community Helpers

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After going on our community walk and seeing all of the businesses and buildings in our community, we brainstormed different community helpers that we have. We then thought about the type of citizen and community helper we want to become. View our artwork below to see what we came up with. Ask your child about their community helper and why they chose that specific one.

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“Goods and Services” & “Wants and Needs”

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As we have been learning about communities, we have explored the concepts of “goods and services.”

  • Good = something that you can use and hold/touch.

  • Service = something that someone does for you.

In doing so, we learned that our Essex Junction community offers many services to the people who live here.

We had an interesting and engaging conversation when we discussed “wants and needs.”

  • Need = something that you must have in order to survive.

  • Want = something that you would like to have.

We did conclude that we all need shelter, water and healthy food in order to survive.

Telling Time In Math

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We have started practicing telling time. The goal for this trimester is to be able to tell and write time to the hour and half hour. Please practice this skill at home with your child.

If your’re looking for online games, check out our classroom blog: http://msturcotsblog.wordpress.com/websites-for-kids/. If you scroll down on this page, you will see a heading that says, “Time.” There are several games for your child to choose from!

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Community Walk On Friday

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I looked at the forecast for this week and it seems like Friday, September 19th is going to be sunny without rain. Because of this, we will plan on going on our Essex Junction community walk. We will walk after lunch and return before the end of the day. Please let me know  if you have any conflicts with this. Although it is not supposed to rain, it may be chilly. Please make sure that your child comes to school with good walking shoes and something warm to wear outside. Thank you!

What Is A Community?

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We have started our “Communities” unit in Social Studies. We discussed what a community is and compared various types including: rural, suburban, and urban. We even wrote about the type of community we would like to live in.

During this unit, we will explore our own community of Essex Junction. We will discuss the various goods and services that are provided in this community as well as determine the difference between needs and wants.