We have finished our first week of 2nd grade and everyone has been learning the routine of the day as well as their new classroom and classmates.
Our math time has allowed us to explore various math tools and manipulatives. These tools will be integrated into our math learning throughout second grade. We created “beetle glyphs” or a special picture/creation with parts that mean different things about us. For example, if you chose a blue beetle it would mean that winter is your favorite season, but if you chose a green beetle we would know spring is your favorite season. The number of spots on our beetles indicated the month that we were born.
We used these beetle glyphs to learn about each other as well as explore different ways that we could sort and group them into different categories. We discussed how they are alike and different and therefore learned about our similarities and differences with each other.
Reading Workshop was a time for us to start building our community as readers. We all shared our reading tastes with each other and learned that many of us like similar books. We discussed where we like to read in our house and wrote about “Our Favorite Books and Favorite Nooks.”
Although we did not have Book Buddies this week with Mrs. Dall’s kindergarten class, we were able to practice the routine of reading with a partner, having a book discussion and being a fair, encouraging, helpful and kind partner while reading and playing the Book Buddy activity.
In Writing Workshop we spent time brainstorming ideas from our heart that we could always write about. These ideas are reminders for us when we are unsure of what to write about.