Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lab Reports and Meetings!!

Greetings Friends! 2W has been a busy place lately! In math we're learning all about time, how to tell time to 5 minutes, and parts of the clock! We also learned what am and pm mean when talking about time too! Kelsey lead a great math meeting and brought us up to and over 100 days in school! Wow! Tenzin also lead a morning meeting with This Land Is Your Land, and the drum greeting! In reading workshop we are stretching our learning about nonfiction and text features and focusing on what the author is trying to teach us! Taking a close look at what the author did, and how it helps us learn, while paying close attention to the "main idea" of nonfiction text... and supporting details! And we are loving it! Soon we'll celebrate our own nonfiction research writing and become the author ourselves! Writing to teach... writing nonfiction like an expert! Exciting! In writing workshop we are also writing nonfiction courtesy of lab reports! Paying attention (like a scientist) to our "question", our "hypothesis", and next, our "procedure", followed by our "results" and ending with writing about our "conclusion" (what we think about what we observed)!! Wow! We've finished 2 lab reports after posing questions and writing about our trials! Next in writing workshop.... catapults!!! Now that sounds exciting!

Monday, February 3, 2014


Happy Monday Friends! A busy fun day in 2W as we reviewed telling time to 5 minutes! Remembering parts of the clock, and where the hands go, and what they are telling us is like learning a new language! Ms. Carey taught today's lesson and we quickly broke off into small groups for practice! Well done friends! In reading we read and learned all about gorillas and how they live! One of our most interesting and favorite nonfiction books yet! Everyone loved it! Probably THE MOST exciting thing that happened today was the unexpected news that our smart board was being installed.... TODAY! WOW! We couldn't be more excited, so we camped out in the cafeteria with some spectacular math games (Heads and Tails and I Have, Who Has?)!! Great way to end the day, and I can't wait to see our smart board tomorrow morning!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Busy Week!! Take a Peek!!

We've been so busy in 2W learning all about money, and we've just started our new math unit on telling time! We will learn about parts of the clock and how they work, and how to read a clock! We've started with some background knowledge (time to the hour, minute hand, hour hand) and will build on this as the unit progresses! Ms. Carey will begin taking on more large group, direct teaching duties in her second semester, and she started today with a great lesson on telling time on an analog clock. We reviewed parts of the clock, and learned how minutes on the clock are like counting by 5's!! Then we practiced in small groups! In reading we are stretching our learning about nonfiction text and text features, and have learned how to go back into the book and "prove" our thinking! Well done! It was Tenzin's V.I.P. and we sure learned more about this very special student! Friday ended with another second grade sing, and today, we paid tribute to singer songwriter Pete Seeger with many of his incredible songs about freedom and justice! Great Friday friends!! Rest up this weekend and we'll have another great week of learning coming up!