Monday, December 19, 2016

Non-fiction Reading Celebration

 Wednesday we finished our non-fiction reading unit.  We had a celebration of our learning with Mrs. Dow's second grade class. For the celebration everyone presented information they had learned about a self selected topic.  There were many steps and lots of learning that lead up to the celebration.

First, everyone self selected a topic from the non-fiction books within the classroom.

Next, they read several books on the same topic, (to become an expert). Then they used sticky notes to mark 3 places that had similar information from 2 books.

 After they had to combine the information into sentences or teaching points. Everyone created a poster, drew illustrations, and added labels.

Then everyone practiced giving their presentation to a friend or two.

The last step was the celebration where everyone individually presented their topic to a group of 4 or 5 peers. It was hard work, but everyone did a great job.

Our next reading unit is "Studying Characters and Their Stories".

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cranberry Math

Today we used cranberries and toothpicks for math.  Everyone drew a square, triangle and rectangle using their template.  Next they had to decide how many cranberries they would need to make the shape. Then they had to decide how many cranberries they would need to create 3D shapes, a cube, a rectangular prism and a pyramid.  Finally they could build their structures and see if their estimates for cranberries were accurate.  After they built their shapes, they could continue to build. They then worked together to make elaborate group structures and gave them names.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17th

We were reviewing place value skills while coding the Bee-Bots.  Students had to  locate the number based on place value clues, and then write code to make the bee move to the correct spot.

One group wrote 2 different codes to get to the same number. 

We also were working on our double facts while playing a game of Tic Tac Toe.

During Reader's Workshop, reading partners were sharing the nonfiction books they had read. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Fun

Some photos from today. We made spooky trees, did Halloween math, read Halloween books, and wrote Halloween poems.