Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One Monsterous Readers Theater!

We all agreed! This might have been one of the best Mondays EVER! Here's why... First, Ms. Nelms brougt in all of her favorite childhood classics to share with 2W! Wow! Can't wait to read some of her favorites from Roald Dahl to poetry, short stories, and even "how to" books! Awesome! Thanks Ms. Nelms! We also started our morning with handwriting practice, as we often do! Sitting like a writer and letting the chair do the work, with "6 feet on the floor" is the best way to begin your best handwriting! Is handwriting really all THAT important?? YOU BET! Taking care to make sure your letters land on the line, and are easy to read is very important business in second grade! During snack, we browsed some of the options in our "done-fun" basket of choices. It's always fun, and healthy for your brain, to work on puzzles, drawing, or problem solving! Done? Time for some fun! In math we practiced our skills in both addition and subtraction with regrouping! WOW! A lot to keep track of, and a lot of vocabulary to remember! Important stuff! If we can add and subtract double digit numbers, can we add and subtract triple digit numbers?? Let's see! Building on our understanding of place value and the operations of addition and subtraction, and how they work together is a BIG DEAL in second grade! Good work friends! BG lead morning meeting for the first time! Well done BG!! Our venn diagram wondered if there would be a snow day on Tuesday? What do you think (not what do you wish... big difference). Great job collecting all that data, BG! Later in the day, we were treated to a readers theater by 5 of our second grade friends! Parts were played beautifully, thanks to all our practice! Let's just say Aine played the part of Ms. W. the MONSTER beautifully! Niko's narrating kept the whole show moving right along too! Everyone enjoyed Trey's interpretation of Mom! Proving that indeed, no part is too small to "steal the show! What a crack up! Love the MOM-voice Trey (and was that a British accent I detected)??? The audience was clearly impressed, and followed with some good questions and comments (a true testament to their listening skills today)!! Well done audience! Katie lead her first math meeting and had a lot to do! Calendar, money, weather graphing, and today's magic number! Well done Katie! In writing workshop, we continued working in our "All About" books and learned about writing a glossary to include important vocabulary! We can't wait to share some of these "All About" books soon! We think you'll love them as much as we loved writing them! We ended the day in art with Ms. Stahalek today! We learned about Malawi, Africa and what a wonderful special place it is! We also learned we'd be writing to our very own pen pals! Kids just like us that live in Malawi! Now that's something to look forward to! Can't wait!

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