Students practicing ‘turn and talk’ during Writers’ Workshop.
The first week of school was a busy one. We spent much time settling in, organizing desks, learning routines and procedures, and having fun along the way. During morning meeting, we learned new greetings, shared our personality bags, and played games including Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar, Zoom, Hit the Floor, and Rock! Paper! Scissors! Train. Morning Meeting is a time that we spend getting to know each other and building classroom community.
We read several read aloud so including Froggy Goes to School, 1st Day Jitters, Sit Still!, and Have You Filled a Bucket Today? We also started a chapter book read aloud entitled The Year of Billy Miller. My students lat year loved this book It’s told from the viewpoint of a 2nd grade boy named Billy as he goes through his year in 2nd grade at his school in Wisconsin.
The boys and girls also developed some anchor charts to talk about expectations for the year. We discussed what kind of teacher they wanted (yes, someone wants a teacher who speaks British😉), but there were other interesting comments too…a unique personality, keeps to a schedule, fun. We also talked about what makes a good student (after reading the story David Goes to School), personal strengths and things we want to get better at, and rules we should have in school.
Students did a bit of writing, too. On the 1st day, they wrote about the 1st day of second grade. At the end of the week, they wrote about a time they helped someone in their writing journals. They did a remarkable job.
In between all of that, we did some art, took several GoNoodle brain breaks, and had a couple of extra recesses to run off energy. They are enjoying getting to know one another and I see new friendships growing already. I’m looking forward to this year!
I am hoping to update this blog at the end of each school week. Stay tuned for an additional post with photos from the 1st week.
The bookfair will be going on next week until Thursday morning. We will go as a class on Tuesday morning. Students may bring money to shop, if they wish. They may also visit at select times during the day. Bookfair events include the Read ‘n Feed on Monday. Come eat lunch and shop with your child. Our lunch time is from 12:45-1:15. The Fiesta is on Tuesday from 4:30-6:30. Tacos are on the menu. The last family
activity is Breakfast and Books on Wed. starting at 7:45. With the bookfair going on, I am not sending home March book orders. You can always shop online and I will submit the order in early April.
Class photos are on Wed., too. This is the large group picture.
Have a good weekend!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated the blog. There’s been a lot going on in our classroom. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Bella’s grandpa, Mike ‘Lefty’ Curran came to talk to our class about his experiences as the goalie on the US men’s hockey team in the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. He showed his silver medal and other memorabilia. As it was the start of the Souchi Games, students were very interested in what Mr. Curran’s story.
For Valentine’s Day, we went on a scavenger hunt in small groups within the classroom. Students also enjoyed their Valentine exchange. Thanks for all the candy :-). I shared it with my family. They say ‘thank you’, too!
To kick off our dental health unit, we had 2 guest speakers come from Kotterman Orthodontics. Kristen and Kristy shared dental health facts and good teeth brushing habits.
This week we had fun doing some Book Fiesta buddy activities in the media center with our 5th grade buddy class as part of ‘I Love to Read’ month.
Oh, and I just about forgot our sledding party last week. It was on Thursday, before our 6th day that school was closed this year. The snow was falling heavily by mid-afternoon, but everyone still had great fun sledding down the Rice Lake hill. By the time we came in, our clothes were soaked through but the temps were warm and the falling snow, quite lovely. Thanks to Mrs. Fehr and Mrs. Shipley for braving the weather and helping out. We had donuts and hot chocolate when we came back in.
With March upon us, hopefully temperatures are going to rebound and the students can get back outside to play.
3 of our students will be performing in the School House Rock, Jr. musical today and tomorrow. Good luck Jedd, Hana, and Bella!! Performances are tomorrow (Sat.) at 2:00 and 6:00.
Being new at blogging, I can’t quite figure out how to include photos taken from my phone into this post, so stay tuned for some further posts with pictures from the events mentioned.
Have a great weekend. No math homework-we just completed a short unit on quadrilaterals, diagonal lines, and midpoint lines. Use this opportunity to work on math through MobyMax.