Monday, September 18, 2017

Our Long Number Scroll

    Today we worked together to make a class number scroll. Students worked in pairs to fill in number grids. Each grid had a different starting number: 1, 101, 201, 301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801, 901, 1,001! Faced with the challenge of working together on the same page, students came up with strategies. For example, one partner wrote the numbers across (counting by ones) while the other wrote the numbers going down (counting by 10s). Some students noticed that on the page starting with 501, every square would start with a 5, so they wrote in all the 5s first. Then they noticed that the middle of the numbers (the tens place), they could fill in a pattern: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Lots of teamwork, exploration, and preparation for learning about place value.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Team Building

                     To work on team building, I presented a challenge. Each team was to make the longest paper chain possible, using only one sheet of construction paper. Both before and after, we discussed teams and teamwork. All the teams collaborated well, delegating tasks and making sure everyone participated. Go teams!

Speed Browsing

                    We did some speed browsing to begin exploring our classroom library. We took the baskets of books off the shelves and arranged them on the rug in a circle. Then we moved around the circle, taking a minute or two to browse through each basket before moving on to the next. By the time we were finished, the students knew exactly where to find the books they wanted to read.                   

Creating Class Rules

   We worked together to develop class rules. First, we listed our hopes and dreams for second grade.
The next day, we brainstormed the rules we would need in order to be able to fulfill those hopes and dreams. The day after that, we color-coded the rules according to whether they were about ourselves, others, or things.

Finally, we consolidated the list of rules into three simple rules, and we all signed them with our handprints.              

Monday, September 11, 2017

The first week of school

       A great start to second grade! We have had a very productive first week. Much of our time has been spent in the all-important work of establishing a strong, cohesive classroom community and teaching and reinforcing classroom routines. Time spent now in teaching such seemingly tiny details as how to come sit on the rug and how to transition silently back to tables pays huge dividends the rest of the year.
      The photos below show students exploring Cuisenaire rods. We will be using these math manipulatives during lessons on and off through the year. To start, though, students have time to discover their attributes by playing and building with them.

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