A Day In The Life of a Second Grader • Morning Work / Meeting Time / Yoga • Fundations • Writing • Grammar • Snack • Specials (Gym, Art, or Music) • Literacy Block • Recess/Lunch • Math • Library Research/Computer Skills • Science/Social Studies • Open Circle • Jobs
GRADE 2 EXPECTATIONS • In second grade, an emphasis is placed on developing student effort and understanding that EXCELLENCE MATTERS! • An important part of our focus will be: - teaching organizational skills- promoting academic and behavioral responsibility and accountability on the part of students.
“Habits of Mind” that are as important to a student’s future success as academic learning:• Persistence• Managing impulsivity• Listening with understanding and empathy• Thinking flexibly• Controlling and executing metacognitive processes: (Develop a plan before approaching a learning task, Monitor understanding, Evaluate thinking after completing the task.)• Striving for accuracy and precision• Asking questions and posing problems• Applying knowledge to new situations• Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision• Gathering data through all their senses• Creating, imagining, and innovating• Responding with wonderment and awe• Taking responsible risks• Finding humor in the world around them• Thinking independently• Remaining open to continual learning » From Educational Leadership: by Jenny Edwards and Arthur Costa
- Homework is assigned Homeworkeach night, Monday-Thursday and iscollected the next day - Homework Folders are expected to come to school every day- Send in a note withhomework if your child hasspent 30 – 40 minutes on an - Reading should occurassignment and is having daily and be recorded ondifficulty your child’s wiki. - Daily practice of math facts is needed for mastery. There is a page on your child’s wiki to record this as well.
Grading -New report cards are- students are assessed based on new standardsboth formally and informallyand we are always collectingdata based on the new - Unit Tests will bestandards. weighted heavier and graded with an E, M,-writing assignments P or Bwill be graded based oncontent and mechanics *Boomerangs are assignments that are returned to the student to be completed or corrected
Star of the Week- Each student will havethe opportunity to bethe Star of the Week - Family members can visit the class to talk about their jobs or read a story- Students can bring inpictures of themselves orother objects to share with - A letter with the date ofthe class your child’s week and other details is included in your folder.
COMMUNICATION• School News posts are written and recorded by students weekly and posted on our class blog for sharing and discussion.• Edline postings of grade level dates• “Tidbits from Room 20” Blog linked to Edline. Postings include student writing, photos and short action videos.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT THROUGH WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING• Classroom Rules with gestures Scoreboard – Rule #1: Follow Class/Yes directions quickly Teach/Okay – Rule #2: Raise your hand before you Practice Cards and speak letters – Rule #3: Make smart choices – Rule #4: Use appropriate level voice
Math- reinforce skills and Mastery of:concepts introduced in 1stgrade - Telling time to five minute intervals- use games as a way to -coin values, counting money,practice and reinforce making changeskills -place value to the 1000’s -linear measurement-solving word problems -basic geometric shapes - math facts (addition and- encourage students subtraction) to 20to write about math * Home practice is needed for mastery to occur*
Math Tiered Instructional Model- Pre-assessments - Calendar- Lesson - Weather-Independent practicethrough games and hands-onactivities- Guided Instruction and Review
LiteracyFundations John Collins WritingDaily 5 with Grammar SkillsC.A.F.E. goalsand strategies Tiered Instructional Reading Model
Social Studies & Science- rotate between the - incorporate reading two subjects and writing into activities - at home and in school projects!
Communities- Walking tour of Reading-Community WorkersResearch project
Mapping- locate continents, oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges - identify directionality using a map
Native Americans- study of the four regions of Native Americans in North - terrain & climate, food, America shelter, transportation, beliefs, tools & weapons, and clothing- one at-home projectand a field trip toHarvard Museum
Balancing and Weighing - hands on Science unit that explores the relationship between weight and balance- students have to actand think like aScientist - explore the factors that effect the weight of objects
Heritage- locate on a map and research each family’s countries of origin - identify important landmarks, traditions, and customs
Insects- hands on study of - witness first the lifecycles of hand the various insects metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly - recyclable insects!
TECHNOLOGY• Weekly lesson in computer lab• Learn basic functions of computer• Research topics using computers• Create power point slides• Use wiki to record reading and math practice• Podcast, Photostory, Glogster, Voicethread