Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013!!! Blogging is BACK!!

Howdy Friends! Took a little blogging break... between holidays, oral surgery and blah blah blah... we're finally back! Let's get caught up on the learning and musings that make 2W!! First, we have a new fish! A real blue finned beta cutie we've decided to name Pebbles! There was voting and counting, and some very democratic fish naming protocol, and Pebbles it is (though Rocky was a close second)! We've been stretching our learning in place value and decomposing/expanding numbers into double digit addition and subtraction! YES indeed, we said double digit addition, with regrouping and carrying! Wow! Abby also lead a great math meeting and we've enjoyed many morning meetings lead by Alea, Madelene, and Trey, just to name a few! All full of music, games, messages, and greetings! We're learning about plurals and how to change a word to show "more than one" by adding s, or es. Of course, there's as many exceptions to the rule as there are actual plural nouns in the English language, or at least it feels like there are, but we're determined to know our plural nouns by the end of this week! In writing workshop we've practiced editing and revising our writing. Time and careful rereading go into crafting every piece of writing, and we are learning all the tricks of the trade!! In reading groups we've worked with a variety of genres to include historical fiction, folk and fairy tales, and nonfiction, research based reading (sharks, bats, marine mammals, just to name a few). As you can see, 2W is a busy, joyful place, and we can't wait to get our new year off and running! Stay tuned... our blog is back! Tomorrow is Thursday... PE (sneakers please) and library books!

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