We worked on writing more than one paragraph today. The story was "A Snow Day" which led us to brainstorm all the fun things that we could do on a snow day. Some preferred to stay indoors and play games, watch a movie, bake cookies, or read. Others liked the idea of getting outside to build a snowman, throw snowballs, or go sledding. No matter what the kids wanted to share, I modeled how those ideas can be put into multiple paragraphs. Some students focussed on building one amazing paragraph, while others really jumped ahead and wrote two or three paragraphs. I was so proud of them.
We will take this initial writing piece from today and go through the steps of the writing process. Tomorrow, they will have a chance to edit their work, or see how I did the corrections, then do a final draft. We will add an illustration and enjoy the amazing writing of a second grade student.
The class was practicing retelling skills today with a partner. They were asked to read different books today, all short stories, and the person who was listening asked questions to the friend who just did the reading. Questions like: Who? What? Where? When? Why? These are great retelling questions to build comprehension. The students loved sitting EEKK and being held accountable for reading with a partner.
This afternoon, the students worked in small groups to complete some math skills. They did take the addition test, which I will check as soon as possible and get it to you. I think they are ready to move into subtraction.
Again, please remember to send hats and gloves that are labeled.
If you would be interested in volunteering once in awhile in our classroom, you can watch for a note to come home and I will set up a schedule again by the end of this month. Thank you so much for those who helped this far. I understand when things pop up and plans change. So do not feel obligated or pressured to volunteer. But know that you are appreciated!
Enjoy the evening!