14 September 2014

A Peek at Our Busy Week

We have really been busy in our class these past few weeks.   I thought I would share with some of the things going on in Room 201!!!

We have really been reviewing over addition strategies.  We have talked about adding with 0, 1, & 2, doubles, doubles plus 1, making a 10, adding 3 or more numbers, and etc…

This was a doubles game that we played in class.  It is from Scholastic's book of Math Games!  The kids take a doubles fact card, solve the problem, and then move that many spaces.  Whoever gets to the finish line first wins the game.   I love math games like this … simple, quick, and to the point!

This is the game in action!

We also discussed adding with 10!  This came in hand when we moved on to adding 3 or more numbers together, because we talked about if you can find a 10 or a double it will make solving the problem easier.   This "Add Ten" wheel that is glued into their notebook is from, Blair Turner's Interactive Math Notebook Set!  I love this set from her, because she covers all the components of Common Core.   

How do you use interactive notebooks?  I do a mixture!  For example, in this notebook we glue items {like the one pictured above}, but we also do regular work or take notes in our notebooks as well. 

Next in math we are on to subtraction strategies!!!

In ELA we have been working on identifying types of sentences.

I have used several review printables from my own set!!! These make great practice.  I had to come up with extra stuff for grammar, because I felt like that was the one area my reading series did not have enough resources. So that is how Grammar Printables was born.  I have designed a few sets.  This particular one covers sentence structure.   

We completed a "How to Writing".  Our topic was, "How to Make a S'more".  This topic fit perfectly with writing Tab-Its, from Simply Skilled in Second!  I purchased this product during the Back to School sale and this was my first chance to get to use it.  I  must say I really liked it!   

Before starting a paragraph I usually have the students to brainstorm their ideas or put them down on some type of graphic organizer.  This is how I chose to use the Tab-Its.  We used it as a form of a graphic organizer, before writing our sloppy copy {rough draft}!!  Do any of you call the rough draft and sloppy copy??  After proofreading the rough draft we then write our final copy.  The picture above shows a bit of the process we used to get to the finished product!

Last, in Social Living we have been talking about space.  We have learned that the Sun is the center of  our galaxy and that all the objects in our galaxy orbit the Sun!  We made a space banner, which the kiddos loved doing.  We have to pull ourselves for science and social studies in second grade.  We really don't have text books or guides to go by.  We are given a sheet of paper that tells the teacher which topics that need to be covered and you just make sure that you cover them.  How you chose to teach those topics in science/social studies is up to you.  Most of us try to bring it in with our Reading.  If our story is about space, then we discuss space.   If our story is about the desert, then we cover landforms.

Well that about wraps it up and catches you up to speed on what has been going on in Room 201!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  As always I {heart} comments and followers!



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