Visiting Author

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Not only were we entertained today, we  also learned more about writing poetry. Ted Scheu, from Middlebury joined our second grade classes to do just that! He read some of his original poems that made us laugh and think. He explained how he got some of his ideas and taught us how we can “show” our poetry rather than “tell” it. He joined our Writing Workshop and helped us with our own poetry. Thank you Ted!

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Take some time and visit his website: http://www.poetryguy.com/

There is even a link to a free download:  http://www.poetryguy.com/poems/books/

Hardworking Poets

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Over the last few weeks, the students have been learning about poetry in both Reading and Writing Workshop.

In Reading Workshop, we have been reading many poems and learning about:

  • Repetition, rhythm and rhyme.

  • We have discussed how to read poems.

  • We have figured out ways to know how a piece of writing is a poem and not a non-fiction text or story.

In Writing Workshop, we are becoming our own poets. Our lessons have taught us how to use our “poets’ eyes” and observe things with our hearts and minds. We have practiced writing poems by looking at objects and choosing words that show what they resemble rather than exactly what is in front of us. For example, with “normal eyes” clouds can be described as white, puffy, floating across the sky, etc. However, with “poets’ eyes” clouds can become cotton candy, pillows, animals in the sky, etc.

Today, we worked together and listened for where line breaks should go. Line breaks help writers to break up their poems into specific lines so that when a poem is read aloud it sounds just right and read in a way the poet intended.

I was so impressed with how students reread poems that they have written, underlined certain words that should go together, in different colors, and then rewrote their poems with line breaks. It was amazing to hear the difference in their two different versions!

School Concert

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Please plan to join us at Fleming on June 2, 1:30 pm, when our Summit Street students will be presenting songs, dances, and art from around the world in a show called “Dreams of Harmony”.  The performance will take about an hour and will feature all classes in a school-wide showcase.

For  the concert, second graders are asked to wear any combination of blue and white.

Observing Evaportation

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As part of our “Splish, Splash” unit, we will be making connections between weather and the water cycle. Today was our first day of observing evaporation in action. We went outside at 9:55 and created a puddle that was 65 inches across. Our plan was to observe it every two hours…

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After recess, we went back out at 11:45 and it was already gone! All that was left was an yellow chalk outline. Ask your child why this happened.

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“Splish, Splash”

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We started our final Science Unit: “Splish, Splash.” This unit will cover the following essential questions:

  • How can we describe weather?

  • How can weather be measured?

  • To what extent does weather change from day to day?

  • To what extent does weather change from season to season?

  • To what extent is weather related to the water cycle?

During science, we brainstormed a list of weather words that can describe, precipitation, air, sky and temperature. Next, we will start making weather observations.