Room 2 Classroom Happenings
Here is a little of what we've been working on for the weeks of 2/27 and 3/6 and some questions to discuss with your student...
- Classroom Culture: As a part of anti-bullying month we revisited the book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. In a separate effort for community building, each literacy group was assigned a mascot.
* What happens in the book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun? How might people feel when we comment on their differences? What words can we use to celebrate their differences?
* What is your literacy group’s mascot? What makes that animal cool/special? How does it feel to have a team name/mascot?
- Math: We have begun focusing on composing and decomposing numbers up to 8, moving toward addition and subtraction.
* There are 7 flowers in the garden. There are some pink flowers and some yellow flowers. How could the garden look? What’s another way the garden could look?
* A student has 8 candies. They want to share them with a friend. What are all of the different ways they could share the candies? What way would be fair?
* How can you show this in writing (number bond, number sentence, drawings, etc.)?
- Literacy: In Writer’s Workshop, we are continuing our work on how-to writing. Students are discovering where they can look for topics and how to make their instructions even more clear. We have been focusing on the mentor text: My First Soccer Game by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. In reading, students are continuing to make exciting progress with their decodable books and reading the pictures of more advanced books. As many students show interest in letters/messages, we read the picture book Dear Juno.
* What are things you learned how to do this year, at home or at school?
* How do comparisons help the reader understand the directions?
* Can writers write more than one book about the same topic? How?
* How do you spell “and”? How do you spell “what”?
* What are words that start with /b/? What are words that start with /l/?
* What was Dear Juno about? How did Juno communicate with his grandmother? What were the challenges? What did they do to understand each other?
- Science: We had our final session with Garden Ranger. We will miss Garden Ranger Flo! We learned so much and had so much fun with experiential outdoor learning. We are also revisiting vocabulary and ideas related to weather to begin talking about patterns.
* What can we do to protect plants in the garden?
* What senses did you use when you tasted a carrot from the garden? How was it?
* What words can we use to describe the weather?
Thank you to all families for attending student-led conferences! I was so impressed by the ways in which students were able to explain and celebrate their learning. I also appreciate your continued partnership in making this a successful year. I cannot wait to see the growth that will come with Spring trimester!