Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wow!  We definitely have a class full of budding entomologists!  Monday during our Science block, we took some time to investigate our mealworms.  Our focus question was, "How does the mealworm larvae change as it grows?".  Children were very excited to observe that the mealworms had begun to molt!  We will continue to carefully observe the stages of our mealworm larvae as they eventually develop into darkling beetles.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We have discovered two more books to add to our "Class Favorites List"...

Yesterday we read the books Spoon and Chopsticks, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  These books lend themselves nicely to conversation about the "Author's Message", why the author wrote the book.  I was delighted to listen to the kids share their ideas about why Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote these books.  Through conversation, they were able to determine that Rosenthal probably wrote these books to teach readers that it is our differences that makes each of us special.  I continue to be thrilled with the kids willingness to push themselves to think deeply about the texts we read.  Bravo second graders!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello Families,

We are wrapping up another great week here in Room 205! 

We began our first official writing unit during our Writer's Workshop.  This first unit will focus on improving narrative craft (small moment stories) by studying the work of master writers.  This week we looked closely at the books, Owl Moon, The Leaving Morning, and a class favorite, The Night of the Veggie Monster.  Each of these books is a wonderful example of how writers can use details to stretch out an important moment.  After reading these books, our conversation led us to ponder the question, "How did these authors come up with their ideas?".  We learned that many authors get their ideas from everywhere - from things they hear and things they see, from books and songs and newspapers and paintings and conversations–and even from dreams.  The children also learned that many authors carry notepads to jot story ideas as they present themselves.  We decided that we could do the same thing with our Tiny Topic Notepads that came home today.  I was absolutely thrilled to see how quickly the kids began jotting ideas for stories in their notepads.  I am excited to see the kids stretch these ideas into small moment stories!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 19th, is picture day.  Please remember to send in your child's picture envelope.  If you have misplaced it, you can order online at

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello Families,

I want to thank you all for attending our Open House on Monday.  It was great to have a chance to connect and chat about our school year together.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

We have had a terrific first full week here in second grade!  During Reader's Workshop today, the kids worked on creating personal reading goals for themselves.  After reflecting on themselves as readers, they used the following sentence frames to share their thinking:  "I am the kind of reader who is really good at...", and "I think I could improve at...".  It is always so wonderful as a teacher to watch and listen as children reflect upon themselves as learners.  Be sure to ask your child what they chose as their personal reading goal.

The insects have arrived in Room 205!  We certainly have a room full of budding entomologists!  Our focus during these first few lessons will be on the insects' habitat and what they need to survive in their habitat.  We will also be learning how to create a detailed science observation in our Science Notebooks.  The kids will be introduced to a Science Notebook Rubric to help guide their work.

Have a wonderful weekend!