Hi Explorer Families,
We had a fun week continuing our travel unit, starting off with sharing what we are learning with our first grade buddies in Ms. Prokop's class. We also partnered up into research teams, chose a country of interest, and gathered facts online to ready for our team presentations next week. So exciting!
In Reading, we began a class chapter book, "Mr. Popper's Penguins," where we will be focusing on the reading skills of summarizing and visualizing. We will also learn to determine "red light, yellow light, and green light" comprehension questions and how to answer them. We contrasted the features of non-fiction text with that of fiction text.
We read about the traditions of Christmas and Kwanzaa and compared them to Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. We talked about culture and customs and we took turns sharing ours. In Math, we charted and graphed our preferred modes of travel and reviewed subtraction with regrouping. In Writing, we wrote to our pen pals and are in the midst of writing secret gratitude notes to our classmates. Much to be grateful for!
Mark your calendars:
Wed. 12/16--Holidays Around the World--the 2nd graders will be rotating around the 2nd grade classrooms to learn about the celebrations of Brazil, Russia, Egypt, Papua New Guinea, and China. Early dismissal @ 1:15 pm.
Thurs. 12/17--Class Diversity Potluck! Please have your child bring a dish representing the country they researched or one from their own culture. We will be dining in our classroom @ 11:50 am; food and supplies can be brought to class anytime between 8:00 am --11: 30 am. Early dismissal @ 1:15 pm.
Potluck Sign up--Click here.
12/18 - 1/1--Winter Break--Have a wonderful couple weeks with your children!
2nd Grade Quote of the Week:
I am reading aloud to the students on the carpet about the tradition of Christmas and we come across a photograph in this non-fiction text that several children react to. "Hey, that's Santa!" "No, it's not!" "Yeah! That's not Santa!" The unrest continues until Asaiah comes closer to the photo, examines it for a second, and reports to his classmates, "It's not Santa; it's his mascot. He's got a bunch of them!"
Have a great week!