The writers of 2B have been goal-setting to hone their skills this week, and every day they've been assessing their daily writing. This week we've been focusing on punctuation, capitalization, and syntax, and soon we will be adding ideas, sentence fluency, and organization to what we're looking at in our writing. We have a rubric to assess our writing, and the students started out assessing their own writing in three areas according to that rubric. At the end of the week we started assessing our peers' writing which the students really enjoyed! It's important that we are respectful and constructive when giving peers feedback, and the students have demonstrated that in these writing conversations. It's neat to see growth in the class' writing already!
2B has already started our Daily 5 and CAFE adventure! This is the reading and writing program implemented in our classroom.
Daily 5 is the structure we will use to plan our morning. Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:
Right now, we are focusing on increasing our stamina to work independently during Read to Self. Within the next few weeks, the other choices will be introduced. While the students are completing their literacy tasks, I will be meeting with small groups and conferencing with individual students.
Daily 5 is how we schedule the reading portion of our Language Arts time. CAFE is what we study during this time. CAFE is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:
The students will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers. You can ask your child what strategies we have been focusing on from week to week, and I will periodically send home information about strategies we are learning about in our weekly email newsletter. (Don't worry if you haven't yet received an email--we are finalizing the lists of email addresses that we already have permissions for.)
You can see that the students are off to a great start with their reading stamina, and have set very ambitious goals about how long we will be able to stay focused on our reading as a class. I believe that 10 million hours was a recent suggestion, and if any class could achieve that goal, I am certain it would be 2B!
We’ve been learning about fairy tales and fractured fairy tales in 2B for the past month. Fractured fairy tales are based on classic fairy tales, but the setting, characters, problem, solution, or some other element of the story are changed. The students had great fun reading a variety of fractured fairy tales, and wrote their own fractured fairy tale books. Take a look at the videos in this post, and check out each student's fractured fairy tale using the link to their blog on the right. You can even practice writing your own fractured fairy tale using the game linked below!
Our class wrote little stories using a new app on our iPads this past Wednesday, and they enjoyed coming up with their own characters and plot lines. The students published their stories to their blogs so that they could share them with their families at home and read each others'. Click on the students blogs in the sidebar to the right to listen to their stories and leave a comment!
We’ve been busy in January researching and writing about Arctic animals in 2B. To tie in our learning about Arctic Canada in Social Studies and our research skills in Language Arts, each student chose an Arctic animal to research and report on. We learned about avoiding plagiarism and putting facts in our own words, and also about how to make sure that we had evidence for all of the facts in our reports that we had found in reliable sources. Students looked for information in the categories of habitat, diet, adaptations, and interesting facts. They also learned how to craft an introduction that would hook their readers and a conclusion that would provide a satisfying wrap up to the report. You can read the students’ reports below!
2B had been working hard the past couple of weeks of school on Christmas stories for their families. We focused on crafting interesting plots and making our ideas clear to our audience (who were the students’ families). They made the wrapping paper, cards, and everything, and were very proud of their creations. You can see all the carefully written stories below!
The students of 2B are thrilled to have each started their own blogs this Friday. They wrote a bit about themselves, and are excited to read each other’s writing. Any blog entries and comments need to be approved by the teacher to ensure that any personal or inappropriate information remains off of the web. You can view the students’ blogs by using the links on the right, and feel free to comment on your child’s (they’d love that!).
The students in 2B have been paying extra attention to the author's choices in the books we read this month, and have been focusing on how author's plan and are thoughtful about the details in their writing. We planned and wrote a story as a class, which you can read below, and the students are working on their own stories now. There are so many creative story planners in our class!
We’ve been reading and writing poetry this month in Language Arts, and wrote a variety of different types of poetry this past week. The students worked hard to make interesting word choices and tried to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. They are very proud to have them up in the hallway for the audience of Millgrove students and staff!
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.