March launched a new unit for second grade. He started a Non-Fiction unit about animals and habitats. We began the unit for previewing key vocabulary and exploring the Non-Fiction text features found below on our anchor chart. From there students participated in a gallery walk filled with photographs of different forest habitats. We posed questions on sticky-notes using wh- and h- question words. Next we explored the ocean habitat where we read books, watched video clips, and organized our thinking of bubble maps which we then used to write a summary about what we had learned about the ocean habitat. We even listened to some beautiful whale communication which sounded like whale songs while we worked. We're so excited to continue our learning in April by adventuring into the desert, polar, and grassland habitats!
We've continued our unit on folktales and have started to compare and contrast different versions of the same folktale. We started with a hula hoop Venn Diagram and compared and contrasted Stone Soup and Fandango Stew together by using similarities and differences to sort. Then students came up with their own similarities and differences from the two folktales: The Three Little Pigs and The The Three Javelinas. A special thank you to Yadira in our group for helping me read the Spanish words in that book! You taught us so much! Next students wrote down three similarities and three differences on sticky notes and we mixed them up, gave them to a friend, and put them on another hula hoop Venn Diagram accordingly. Last students were asked to create a Venn Diagram independently on paper about The True Story of The Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pigs. Students then used their Venn Diagram graphic organizer to write an essay about how the two folktales were the same and different. This all can be seen below! Next month we'll be completing a Folktale Synthesis Chart and gearing up for our final CEPA Project which involves orally retelling a folktale of their choice to the class in a presentation.
December was an exciting month for us in second grade because we began a new model curriculum unit about folktales. Folktales are fictional stories that are retold and passed down many generations. So far we've read the following folktales: Hansel and Gretel, The Little Red Hen, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. Some of the stories we read as an interactive read-aloud and some we've read together in a reading group. We've also discussed the story elements of each of these different folktales. To help us remember what story elements are we listened to a very fun story elements song! Check out the link below to hear for yourself! You'll also find pictures of the students filling out a story map which explains the story elements of the Little Red Hen. I'm so excited to begin to compare and contrast folktales coming up in January!
At home strategies and ideas:
Since we have just begun our folktale unit this month, I encourage students to visit the local public library or even just the school library, and extend the learning to home by checking out other folktale books to share together at home. There are so many folktale books waiting to be discovered. If your child has one they'd like to share and bring to group, we'd love that as well. Happy Folktale Reading!
November was very exciting because we finished our Personal Narrative unit and our stories are complete. We will be celebrating soon with an Author's Tea to share our published writing pieces. Take a look at the finished products below!
At home ideas and strategies:
This month was all about writing, writing, writing! Students really worked hard to complete their stories about their lives. Any time is a great time to encourage writing at home. I'll be sending home students with a notebook this month, just to encourage writing to become a part of who they are and what they do. Just like nightly reading is encouraged to become part of our routine, writing is as well. No matter how big or small. Maybe they want to use it as a journal or diary to write down thoughts or feelings. Perhaps they want to use it to write letters to family members. It could be used to create lists or make up their own songs. Write down fun facts they'v learned or use their imagination to create fantasy stories. Drawings and illustrations are encouraged as well to inspire future writing projects. However they use it, I hope they enjoy all that having a fresh, blank, notebook has to offer.
In October, we kicked off our very first model curriculum unit of the year. It was about personal narrative writing. A personal narrative is a real story about a small moment of your life. The characteristics of personal narratives can be seen on our anchor chart in the picture below. After daily review of what a personal narrative consists of, we then began reading narratives which led us to talk about Author's Purpose. We used the P.I.E.S. acronym to discuss how author's write for a variety of reasons including to persuade, inform, entertain, or show emotion. Next, we did a variety of sorts to explore Author's Purpose further including a Scholastic Book Order sort, book title sort, and reading passages sort. Our unit continued on by learning parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives. We read numerous books which can be seen below and each had corresponding learning activities and interactive anchor charts. For our noun activity, we had to highlight nouns to "feed the noun monster" who was coming to Noun Town. During our learning about verbs, we toured the school being "verb detectives" and looking and listening for verbs around the school including the cafeteria, classrooms, and specialist rooms. When we moved on to past tense verbs, we played a movement card game which involved actually practicing verbs while doing them with our bodies as we learned. While learning about adjectives, we created a self-portrait and used adjectives to describe ourselves. Check out all of our fun learning in the pictures below!
At home ideas and strategies:
Have your child try some online games to review the parts of speech: nouns, verbs, and adjectives!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Kosiorek and I'm excited to share all of the fun learning going on in Room 2 in our K-5 ELL program! My goal is to update our blog monthly. Please enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!