kids-readingReading is very important to our second graders. Not only do we read during Reading Workshop but also during math, science, social studies, creative writing, and grammar (Language Arts). So…..pretty much our entire day. On this page of our website you will find many different kinds of information.We may post a website to use for extra practice or show through pictures and student work what is occurring in the classroom or  whatever we feel might like to be seen by our students families. Come back often to see what’s happening in second grade at Iroquois West!

During the week of April 24th students will be reading a RAZ story called George Washington Carver. This story will tie into our research unit on plants and Earth Day. Students will be discussing why the author wrote the piece and finding details within the text.

During the next 2 weeks students will be learning about suffixes and how they change the meaning of the root or base word.

April is Poetry month so for the week of April 17th students will be reading My Places which is a book filled with poetry. We will also become poets and write our own poems!

Let’s write poetry about about our rainbow clouds and kites!

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During the week of April 3rd students will be reading the RAZ story called Earth Day Birthday in celebration of Earth Day. We will be discussing throughout the week how to keep the earth beautiful through reusing, recycling, and reducing.

Swimmy, a story from our reading book, is the reading selection for the week of March 27th. Students will read and comprehend the story elements related to second grade. They will be looking at the characters, the setting, the plot, the problem/solution, and the climax.

When was the last time you used a dictionary? We are using them in second grade to increase our alphabetic and spelling skills, during the weeks of March 20th and March 27th.

During the week of March 13th students will be reading a story from our reading book called Lemonade for Sale. As they are reading students will be discussing the structure of the story including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. They will also be looking at story elements including setting, characters, plot, problem, and solution.

The Starlab is coming so second graders will be utilizing all of the non-fiction strategies they know to learn about the solar system while reading The Magic School Bus Solar System during the week of March 6th.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of March 6th and 13th- students will learning about simple and compound sentences.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!!!!!!!! (March 2nd) During the week of February 27th, we will be reading Dr. Seuss book after Dr. Seuss book and enjoying his wacky use of words!

Grammar Work for the Weeks of February 20th and 27th- students will learning about how adverbs tell us more about the verb in a sentence.

During the weeks of February 13th and 20th, students will be reading 2 non-fiction stories from RAZ. The first week the featured informational text is called Why Abe Grew a Beard. The following week it will be about President’s Day which includes information about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. As children are reading they will be doing a variety of activities to learn about each president but will also be making comparisons about each president.

During reading this week (February 6th) students will be reading the Legend of John Henry. As they are reading we will be talking about legends, folk tales, and tall tales and looking for the moral or central message.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of February 6th and 13th- students will learning about contractions.

During our week of learning about Helen Keller students also studied a mini unit on senses. To tie all of this together this week, January 30th, students will be reading Sounds all Around Us. As we have done several times throughout the year students will be concentrating on the many different text features that appear in non-fiction pieces.

Who is Helen Keller and why is she important to American History? After this week, January 23rd, your second grader will be able to tell you some facts about this remarkable woman. Students will be reading this informational piece looking for reasons why Ms. Keller is important and looking for connections to other historical events.

Beginning the week of January 16th, students will be studying adjectives and how they can make our writing more interesting. We will be concentrating on this area of grammar for three weeks.

To continue our study of civil rights, students will be learning about Ruby Bridges while reading the non-fiction selection called Ruby Bridges Goes to School during the week of January 16th. The Common Core Standard to be studies is RI 2.3 which is looking at sequences of historical events. Remember we have vocabulary words on the vocab page and they can be studies on Spelling City!

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday,students will be reading a Scholastic News about his life. We will be studying the main ideas of each section and looking for text features.

During the week of January 2nd students will be reading the fiction book called The Three Little Pig’s: The Wolf’s Story. While enjoying this book, students will be comparing character, settings, problems, and solutions from a variety of different versions of the Three Little Pig stories.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of January 2nd and 9th- students will learning about context clues!

Three different sets of characters performed the Gingerbread Man/Girl three different times for IW classes. Thanks to everyone who came to see us perform our Christmas rendition of this favorite tale.

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Mrs. Talbert’s students working on the scenery for The Gingerbread Man/Girl play they plan to perform for all classes.

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For the week of December 12th students will be reading a fiction story called Cinderella Penguin. Students will be comparing and contrasting this story with other versions of Cinderella.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of December 5th and 12th- students will learning about comma placement especially in letters..

For the week of December 5th students will be reading a fiction story from one of our reading books called Best Wishes, Ed! Students will be discussing the various story elements including characters, setting, problem, solution, climax, and plot.

For the week of November 28th we have added a new story to our curriculum called How Glooskap Found Summer. In this Native American legend, Glooskap finds that a giant named Winter has caused the cold weather that has gripped the land. Glooskap finds a woman named Summer who can defeat the giant and bring warmth to the land. Students will be looking for the central message, lesson, or moral of the story.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of  November 14th and 28th- students will learning about past tense verbs and irregular past tense verbs.

For the week of November 14th. the children will be reading a story called The Best Friends’ Club. The students will be discussing the messages, lessons, or morals found in stories. This story also helps with the personal narrative writing for the 2nd nine weeks since we are writing about our best friends.

During the week of November 7th students will review what a verb is and how it is used in a sentence.

For the week of November 7th the children will be reading a story called Hugs for Daddy in honor of Veteran’s Day! Students will be discussing how the characters respond to major events in the story while looking at the charcter traits of each character.

Grammar Work for the Week of October 31- students will learning about reflexive pronouns.

For the week of October 31st the children will be reading a fiction story called Arthur Writes a Story. Arthur is given a school assignment to write a narrative story. As he writes he asks his friends what topic they have chosen, decides he likes theirs better, and changes his story. Students will be learning about the point of view of the characters in this story.

For the week of October 24th the children will be reading a fiction story called To The Pumpkin Patch. Students will be concentrating on the story element called plot. Students will be thinking about the beginning, middle, and end of the story as well as the problem and solution.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of October 24th- students will learning about compound words.

For the week of October 17th the children will be reading a non-fiction story called Firefighters. Students will learn facts about firefighters. After reading students will be able to tell the purpose of the reading and be able to use the illustrations and diagrams to better understand what has been read. They will also be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases used within the story.

For the week of October 10th the children will be reading a story called A Letter to Amy. (This is a short week. Only 3 days for the story) The fiction story is about a young man who is inviting children to his birthday party and the events that occur as he is trying to deliver a letter. Children will be recounting, also know as retelling or summarizing, the story using the main events.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of October 3rd, 10th, and 17th- students will continue learning about nouns with a special category called Possessive Nouns.

For the week of September 26th and October 3rd the children will be enjoying a story called Henry and Mudge. Henry and Mudge are best friends and the story tells how they became best buddies. Students will be searching for the characters and the setting. As the week goes on we will be completing several projects for the story.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of September 26th- students will continue learning about nouns with a special category called Collective Nouns.

Have you read Officer Buckle? If not you are missing out on his safety tips and a great friendship. This week (September 19) students will be reading the story Officer Buckle. As students read they will be looking for the characters, setting, and plot. They will also be looking at the illustrations to gain information other than what is stated in text.

Let’s all go to reading buddies! Mrs. Talbert’s class has paired up with Miss Kurtenbach’s class to share what we know about reading!

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NOUNS, NOUNS, and more NOUNS!!!! A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea but some are proper and some are common! And….plural nouns can be spelled regularly or irregularly! Lots to remember about NOUNS!

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For the week of September 12th we will be learning about Mexico in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Each child will have their own paper copy of the book titled Mexico, but it also is on the website called Reading A to Z and RAZ. Students will be asking themselves questions while reading such as where, what, why, who, and how.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of September 12th and September 19th-Students will be learning about Plural Nouns – regular and irregular spellings!

For the week of September 5th we will be exploring a story called Heroes of September 11th. This story is about the many people and animals who helped individuals during the crisis on September 11. The story will be the first non-fiction reading we have tackled during our Reading Workshop times. Students will be answering questions about the text as well as looking at a variety of text features.

Grammar Work for the Week of September 5thstudents will be investigating proper nouns through activities, video clips, and worksheets.

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For the week of August 29th we will be enjoying a story called Ann’s First Day.  It is a story about a child who is going to a new school and what happens on her first day! Students will be reading, working on vocabulary (which you will find in our newsletter and online), and talking about and answering questions (who, what, where, why, when, and how) about the story. At the end of the week students will be assessed on comprehension through AR and will take a vocabulary test.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of August 29th and September 2nd-Students will be reviewing what makes a word a noun!

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2015-2016 – During the week of May 23rd student will be reading the fiction book called The three Little Pig’s: The Wolf’s Story. While enjoying this book, students will be comparing character, settings, problems, and solutions from a variety of different versions of the Three Little Pig stories.

Our reading selection for the week of May 16th will be a non-fiction piece called Insect Life Cycle. This story coincides with hatching caterpillars into butterflies in our classroom habitat. We will be concentrating on information we already think is true, checking it with what we are learning, and activating new knowledge.

 

Corny, the mascot of the  Cornbelters Baseball Team in Bloomington, came to visit to get students excited about meeting reading goals in the month of April. If the goal is met the student receives 4 tickets to a Cornbelters game!


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Our reading selection for the week of May 9th is called Butterflies and Moths.

Our reading selection for the week of May 2nd is called Princess Pooh. It is a story about 2 sisters: one is in a wheelchair and the other is not, and how they perceive each other’s place in the family. We will be learning about point of view and how the characters respond to major life events.

Here are some more of the poems written by our very own second grade students!

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Swimmy, a story from our reading book, is the reading selection for the week of April 25th. Students will read and comprehend the story elements related to second grade. They will be looking at the characters, the setting, the plot, the problem/solution, and the climax.

During the week of April 18th students will be reading the RAZ story called Earth Day Birthday in celebration of Earth Day. We will be discussing throughout the week how to keep the earth beautiful through reusing, recycling, and reducing.

During the week of April 11th students will be reading a RAZ story called George Washington Carver. This story will tie into our research unit on plants and Earth Day. Students will be discussing why the author wrote the piece and finding details within the text.

During the next 2 weeks students will be learning about suffixes and how they change the meaning of the root or base word.

During the week of April 4th, students will be reading the Big Universe story called Earth. As they are reading students will be citing evidence from the story to answer questions. We will also be looking at the relationship between Earth, the moon, the sun, and the rest of the solar system.

During the week of March 28th students will be reading the Reading A-Z story History of the Bicycle. They will be reviewing all text features through a series of activities.

While enjoying our shamrock shakes, Mrs. Broderick brought a group of her students in to perform a play they had been working on for several weeks! Good Job!

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During the week of March 14th, students will be reading a Big Universe non-fiction selection called Rain Forests. A brief summary of the text would include: Rain forests are some of the most beautiful and resource-rich environments on Earth. Readers will discover the layers of the rain forest, the animals and plants of the rain forest, and how people interact with the rain forest. Students will be learning new vocabulary in the context of the reading.

Have you ever had homemade lemonade? Second grade did after squeezing lemons and following a recipe!

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During the week of March 7th students will be reading a story from our reading book called Lemonade for Sale. As they are reading students will be discussing the structure of the story including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. They will also be looking at story elements including setting, characters, plot, problem, and solution.

Enjoy some pictures from our Dr. Seuss week!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!!!!!!!! (March 2nd) During the week of February 29th, we will be reading Dr. Seuss book after Dr. Seuss book and enjoying his wacky use of words!

During the weeks of February 29th and March 7th students will be learning how to use context clues while they are reading!

During the weeks of February 15th and 22nd, students will be reading 2 non-fiction stories from Big Universe. The first week the featured informational text is about Abraham Lincoln. The following week it will be about George Washington. As children are reading they will be doing a variety of activities to learn about each president but will also be able to making comparisons as well.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of February 15th and 22nd- students will learning about simple and compound sentences.

During reading this week (February 8th) students will be reading the Legend of John Henry. As they are reading we will be talking about legends, folk tales, and tall tales and looking for the moral or central message.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of February 1st and 8th- students will learning about contractions.

Students were a on search and find mission to locate text features such as headings, bold words, diagrams, etc.

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During our week of learning about Helen Keller students also studied a mini unit on senses. To tie all of this together this week, February 1st, students will be reading Sounds all Around Us. As we have done several times throughout the year students will be concentrating on the many different text features that appear in non-fiction pieces.

Who is Helen Keller and why is she important to American History? After this week, January 25th your second grader will be able to tell you some facts about this remarkable woman. Students will be reading this informational piece looking for reasons why Ms. Keller is important and looking for connections to other historical events.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of January 18th and January 25th- students will learning about comma placement especially in letters..

What is matter? What is a gas, a liquid, and a solid? This week, January 18th, students will be reading a science piece called How Things Are Different? While learning these science vocabulary terms students will be concentrating on how the words are being used in the story and how they are relevant to the concepts being learned!

For the week of January 11th students will be reading an informational piece about Martin Luther King. As the children read the text they will be thinking about sequence of events and how different parts of MLK’s life connect within his lifetime but also connects with other historical events.

Mrs. Harkins’ class memorized the poem The Night Before Christmas along with hand motions. Thank you for coming to our class and sharing what you learned!

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Mrs. Broderick brought her third grade group of students to Mrs. Talbert’s class to perform a Reader’s Theater! Thank you for performing for us!

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For the week of January 4th students will be reading a non-fictional piece about The Power of Magnets. As a second grade we have been diligently trying to incorporate a balance of fiction and informational pieces into our curriculum. We understand non-fiction can be challenging but we want students to enjoy broadening their horizons and understanding of the world around them.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of December 14th, January 4th, and January 11th- students will learning about adjectives and adverbs.

For the week of December 14th students will be reading a fiction story from one of our reading books called Cinderella Penguin. Students will be comparing and contrasting this story with other versions of Cinderella.

For the week of December 7th students will be reading a fiction story from one of our reading books called Best Wishes, Ed! Students will be discussing the various story elements including characters, setting, problem, solution, climax, and plot.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of  November 30th and December 7th- students will learning about past tense verbs.

For the week of November 30th, students will be reading a Big Universe story called Polar Bears and Penguins. We will be comparing and contrasting the two kinds of animals. We will also be comparing a fiction and non-fiction selection about penguins.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of  November 9th and 16th- students will learning about reflexive pronouns.

For the week of November 16th. the children will be reading a story called The Best Friends’ Club. The students will be discussing the messages, lessons, or morals found in stories. This story also helps with the personal narrative writing for the 2nd nine weeks since we are writing about our best friends. 

For the week of November 9th the children will be reading a story called Hugs for Daddy in honor of Veteran’s Day! Students will be discussing how the characters respond to major events in the story!

For the week of November 2nd the children will be reading a fiction story called Arthur Writes a Story. Arthur is given a school assignment to write a narrative story. As he writes he asks his friends what topic they have chosen, decides he likes theirs better, and changes his story. Students will be learning about the point of view of the characters in this story.

For the week of October 26th the children will be reading a fiction story called To The Pumpkin Patch. Students will be concentrating on the story element called plot. Students will be thinking about the beginning, middle, and end of the story as well as the problem and solution.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of October 26th and November 2nd- students will learning about compound words.

For the week of October 19th the children will be reading a non-fiction story called Firefighters. Students will learn facts about firefighters. After reading students will be able to tell the purpose of the reading and be able to use the illustrations and diagrams to better understand what has been read.

For the week of October 12th the children will be reading a story called A Letter to Amy. The fiction story is about a young man who is inviting children to his birthday party and the events that occur as he is trying to deliver a letter. Children will be recounting, also know as retelling or summarizing, the story using the main events.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of October 12th and October 19th- students will continue learning about nouns with a special category called Possessive Nouns.

For the week of September 28th the children will be enjoying a story called Henry and Mudge. Henry and Mudge are best friends and the story tells how they became best buddies. Students will be searching for the characters and the setting. As the week goes on we will be completing several projects for the story.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of September 28th and October 9th- students will continue learning about nouns with a special category called Collective Nouns.

Reading Buddies have started. Wondering what this is all about? Classes are paired up and read to each other. These pictures show second graders reading with first graders. KEEP READING!!!

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Have you read Officer Buckle? If not you are missing out on his safety tips and a great friendship. This week (September 21) students will be reading the story Officer Buckle. As they read they will be looking for the central message or lesson to be learned from the story! Check out these pictures where students are working on Officer Buckle projects!

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Grammar Work for the Weeks of September 14th and September 21st-students will be investigating proper nouns through activities, video clips, and worksheets.

How do you eat an OREO? At Open House you should read our OREO books ad find out how we do it!

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For the week of September 14th we will be learning about Mexico in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Each child will have their own paper copy of the book titled Mexico, but it also is on the website called Reading A to Z and RAZ. Students will be asking themselves questions while reading such as where, what, why, who, and how.

For the week of September 7th we will be exploring a story called Heroes of September 11th. This story is about the many people and animals who helped individuals during the crisis on September 11. The story will be the first non-fiction reading we have tackled during our Reading Workshop times. Students will be answering questions about the text as well as looking at a variety of text features.

Look at us reading!!!!

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For the week of August 31st we will be enjoying a story called Ann’s First Day.  It is a story about a child who is going to a new school and what happens on her first day! Students will be reading, working on vocabulary (which you will find in our newsletter and online), and talking about and answering questions (who, what, where, why, when, and how) about the story. At the end of the week students be assessed on comprehension through AR and will take a vocabulary test.

Grammar Work for the Weeks of August 31st and September 4th-Students will be learning about Plural Nouns

 

 

Our reading selection for the week of May 18th will be a non-fiction piece called Insect Life Cycle. This story coincides with hatching caterpillars into butterflies in our classroom habitat. We will be concentrating on information we already think is true, checking it with what we are learning, and activating new knowledge.

 

We have completed all of the grammar units so during the week of May 18th and 25th students will be reviewing concepts learned this year.

 

The reading selection for the week of May 11th is the non-fiction story called Clarabelle. The story is about a real cow and its life on a farm. We decided to do this story to tie in with our field trip to Fair Oaks Diary.

 

Grammar Work for the week of May 11

Common Core Objective:

Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I use a dictionary to get information about a word.

 

Our reading selection for the week of May 4th is called Princess Pooh. It is a story about 2 sisters: one is in a wheelchair and the other is not, and how they perceive each other’s place in the family. We will be learning about point of view and how the characters respond to major life events.

 

Grammar Work for the week of May 4

Common Core Objective:

Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (examples include:birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly, notebook, and bookmark)

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can combine two words to form a compound word.

 

Swimmy, a story from our reading book, is the reading selection for the week of April 27th. Students will read and comprehend the story elements related to second grade. They will be looking at the characters, the setting, the plot, the problem/solution, and the climax.

 

Grammar Work for the week of April 27th

Common Core Objective:

Use sentence level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write a word that means the opposite of a given word.

 

During the week of April 20th students will be reading the RAZ story called Earth Day Birthday in celebration of Earth Day. We will be discussing throughout the week how to keep the earth beautiful through reusing, recycling, and reducing.

 

Grammar Work for the week of April 20th

Common Core Objective:

Use sentence level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can use replace a word in a sentence with a synonym.

 

During the week of April 13th students will be reading a RAZ story called George Washington Carver. This story will tie into our research unit on plants and Earth Day. Students will be discussing why the author wrote the piece and finding details within the text.

Grammar Work for the week of April 13th

Common Core Objective:

Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can use the apostrophe correctly when making contractions.

I can write a sentence using a contraction.

 

During the week of April 6th students will be reading the Reading A-Z story History of the Bicycle. They will be reviewing all text features through a series of activities.

 

Grammar Work for the week of April 6th

Common Core Objective:

Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can explain the difference between two homophone words.

I can use the correct homophone in a sentence.

 

During the week of March 30th, students will be reading the Big Universe story called Earth. As they are re-reading students will be citing evidence from the story to answer questions. We will also be looking at the relationship between Earth, the moon, the sun, and the rest of the solar system.

Grammar Work for the weeks of March 23 & 30th

Common Core Objective:

Use adjectives and adverbs and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write a sentence with an adverb.

I can identify the adverb in a sentence.

Hints:

1. An adverb tells more about a verb or adjective.

2. An adverb can tell how.

3. An adverb can tell when or where.

 

This week (March 23) students will be going to the Starlab and learning about the stars, constellations, and stories about the stars. To coordinate the curriculum students will be reading the story called Stars from Big Universe. As they are reading, students will concentrating on looking for unknown vocabulary and inter-twining new knowledge with what they already know!

During the week of March 16th, students will be reading a Big Universe non-fiction selection called Rain Forests. We decided to read this text to coordinate with the Science Spin which is on the same topic. A brief summary of the text would include: Rain forests are some of the most beautiful and resource-rich environments on Earth. Readers will discover the layers of the rain forest, the animals and plants of the rain forest, and how people interact with the rain forest. Students will be learning new vocabulary in the context of the reading.

During the week of March 9th students read Lemonade for Sale. Many of the students had never had freshly squeezed lemonade so we made it in class. Here they are squeezing the lemons!

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Grammar Work for the weeks of March 23rd

Common Core Objective:

Use adjectives and adverbs and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write a sentence with an adverb..

I can identify the adverb in a sentence.

Hints:

1. An adverb tells more about a verb or adjective.

2. An adverb can tell how.

More pics from Dr. Seuss Week. we made Cat in the Hat and read to our reading buddies.

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During the week of March 9th students will be reading a story from our reading book called Lemonade for Sale. As they are reading students will be discussing the structure of the story including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. They will also be looking at story elements including setting, characters, plot, problem, and solution.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of March 9th

Common Core Objective:

Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs – Helping verbs

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write a sentence with a helping verb.

I can identify the helping verb in a sentence.

Hints:

1. A helping verb helps another verb show action.

2. A helping verb helps show past and future action.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS!

For the week of March 2nd we will be enjoying Dr. Seuss books!

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Grammar Work for the weeks of February 23rd and March 2nd

Common Core Objective:

Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular vers – Being verbs as linking verbs

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can underline the linking verb in a sentence.

I can whether the verb is an action verb or a linking verb.

Hints:

1. Linking verbs do not create any movement or action.

2. Linking verbs connect the subject to the rest of the sentence.

3. They are verbs that describe states of being.

 

 

During the weeks of February 16th and 23rd, students will be reading 2 non-fiction stories from Big Universe. The first week the featured informational text is about Abraham Lincoln. The following week it will be about George Washington. As children are reading they will be doing a variety of activities to learn about each president but will also be able to making comparisons as well.

 

This weeks grammar lessons (Feb. 16th) will be a review of topics learned so far this year.

During reading this week (February 9th) students will be reading the Legend of John Henry. As they are reading we will be talking about legends, folk tales, and tall tales and looking for the moral or central message.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of February 9th

Common Core Objective:

Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular veres – verbs of being such as am/was, are/were, and is/was

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can use the verb to be to complete sentences.

I can write a sentence with the verb to be.

 

During our week of learning about Helen Keller students also studied a mini unit on senses. To tie all of this together this week, February 2nd, students will be reading Sounds all Around Us. As we have done several times throughout the year students will be concentrating on the many different text features that appear in non-fiction pieces.

During the senses mini-unit, students made sound shakers to hear different sounds made by things brought from home and experienced touch and feel envelopes where students had to guess what was in it.

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Grammar Work for the weeks of February 2nd

Common Core Objective:

Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences. For example – He hops. We hop.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can choose the correct verb to match the subject.

I can write a sentence where the subject and verb agree.

 

Who is Helen Keller and why is she important to American History? After this week, January 26th your second grader will be able to tell you some facts about this remarkable woman. Students will be reading this informational piece looking for reasons why Ms. Keller is important and looking for connections to other historical events.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of January 26th

Common Core Objective:

Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs such as sit/sat, hide/hid, and tell/told.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write the past tense verb that goes with the present tense verb.

I can correctly use an irregular verb in a sentence.

 

This is what reading buddies is all about? Helping each other be better readers!!

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What is matter? What is a gas, a liquid, and a solid? This week, January 20th, students will be reading a science piece called How Things Are Different? While learning these science vocabulary terms students will be concentrating on how the words are being used in the story and how they are relevant to the concepts being learned!

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of January 20th

Common Core Objective:

Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g. Yesterday I walked home. Today I walk home. Tomorrow I will walk home.)

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can complete a sentence with a past tense verb.

I can write a sentence with a past tense verb.

 

For the week of January 12th students will be reading an informational piece about Martin Luther King. As the children read the text they will be thinking about sequence of events and how different parts of MLK’s life connect within his lifetime but also connects with other historical events.

Grammar Work for the weeks of January 12th

We worked on action verbs!

For the week of January 5th students will be reading a non-fictional piece about Magnetism. As a second grade we have been diligently trying to incorporate a balance of fiction and informational pieces into our curriculum. We understand non-fiction can be challenging but we want students to enjoy broadening their horizons and understanding of the world around them.

Grammar Work for the weeks of January 5th

Common Core Objective:

Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can identify the article in the sentence.

I can write an article to correctly complete a sentence.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of December 8th

Common Core Objective:

Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can identify the adjective in the sentence that compares.

I can choose the adjective that fits in the sentence.

 

For the week of December 1st, students will be reading a Big Universe story called Polar Bears and Penguins. We will be comparing and contrasting the two kinds of animals. We will also be comparing a fiction and non-fiction selection about penguins.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of December 1st

Common Core Objective:

Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can rewrite a sentence and add an adjective to make it more detailed.

What would you do? Step on an ant or save it? This was the opinion writing assignment for the first qurater. After reading the story called Hello, Little Ant, students went through the writing process for an opinion paper.

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While working with Mrs. Basham students performed a play about an African folktale!

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For the week of November 17th and 24th, students will be reading a RAZ story called Celebrating Food and Family. They will be discussing main ideas, author’s purpose, and related ideas. This story will help readers to appreciate the holiday season.

 

For the week of November 10th. the children will be reading a story called The Best Friends’ Club. The students will be discussing the messages, lessons, or morals found in stories. This story also helps with the personal narrative writing for the 2nd nine weeks since we are writing about our best friends.

 

Grammar Work for the weeks of November 10th and 17th

Common Core Objective:

Use reflexive pronouns correctly (e.g. ,myself, ourselves)

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can identify the reflexive pronoun in a sentence.

 

For the week of November 3rd the children will be reading a story called Hugs for Daddy in honor of Veteran’s Day! Students will be discussing how the characters respond to major events in the story!

 For the week of October 27th the children will be reading a fiction story called Arthur Writes a Story. Arthur is given a school assignment to write a narrative story. As he writes he asks his friends what topic they have chosen, decides he likes theirs better, and changes his story. Students will be learning about the point of view of the characters in this story.

Grammar Work for the Week of November 3rd

Common Core Objective:

Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g. I, me, my, they, them, their, anyone, everything).

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statements:

I can identify the pronouns in a sentence.

I can rewrite a sentence and replace the noun with the correct pronoun.

 

For the week of October 20th the children will be reading a fiction story called To The Pumpkin Patch. Students will be discussing story elements as well as describing the events of the story and their purpose to the overall story.

Grammar Work for the Week of October 20th!

Common Core Objective:

Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statement:

I can write a sentence that shows possession.

I can show possession with an apostrophe.

 

For the week of October 13th the children will be reading a non-fiction story called Firefighters. Students will learn facts about firefighters. After reading students will be able to tell the purpose of the reading and be able to use the illustrations to better understand what has been read.

Grammar Work for the Week of October 13th!

Common Core Objective:

Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can correctly identify common and proper nouns in a sentence.

I can add proper nouns to a sentence.

 

For the week of October 6th the children will be reading a story called A Letter to Amy. The fiction story is about a young man who is inviting children to his birthday party and the events that occur as he is trying to deliver a letter. Children will be recounting, also know as retelling or summarizing, the story using the main events.

Grammar Work for the Week of October 6th!

Common Core Objective:

Use collective nouns (e.g. group)

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can correctly identify collective nouns.

 

For the week of September 29th the children will be enjoying stories about Henry and Mudge. Henry and Mudge are best friends and the stories tell about their adventures as best buddies.  Students will be searching for the plot. As the week goes on we will be completing several projects for the story.

Grammar Work for the Week of September 29th!

Common Core Objective:

Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g. feet, children, teeth, mice, fish)

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can correctly change a noun to a plural noun.

 

For the week of September 22nd the children will be enjoying a story called Henry and Mudge. Henry and Mudge are best friends and the story tells how they became best buddies. Students will be searching for the characters and the setting. As the week goes on we will be completing several projects for the story.

 

Grammar Work for the Week of September 22nd!

Common Core Objective:

Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.G. He hops; We hop).

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statement:

I can correctly change a noun to a plural noun.

 

For the week of September 15th students will be enjoying the story called Carlos’s Family Celebration in honor of Mexican Independence Day. The story is about a family who is getting ready for the Mexican Independence Day celebration and the steps they go through to get ready. Students will be discussing who what where, when, why and how questions as well as learning about the terms characters, setting, plot, conflict, and solution.

Grammar Work for the Week of September 15th!

Common Core Objective:

Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

Essential Questions:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanical skills?

I Can Statement:

I can identify and classify nouns as a person, place, thing, or idea.

 

For the week of September 8th we will be enjoying a story called Heroes of September 11th. This story is about the many people and animals who helped individuals during the crisis on September 11. The story will be the first non-fiction reading we have tackled during our Reading Workshop times. Students will be answering questions about the text as well as looking at a variety of text features.

Grammar Work for the Week of September 8!

Common Core Objective:

Students will produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

Essential Questions:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statements:

I can combine two sentences to make one sentLinksence.

I can rearrange the subject and predicate in a sentence.

 

For the week of September 1 we will be reading the story called Officer Buckle and Gloria. It is a story about a police officer who has a pet dog names Gloria. As a team they go to local schools to teach students about safety tips. Students will be recounting or retelling the story and looking for the central meaning.  The vocabulary words are in the newsletter which has come home and on the webpage.

Grammar Work for the Week of September 1!

Common Core Objectives:

Students will produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

Essential Question:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statements:

I can write a sentence with a subject and a predicate.

I can name the subject and predicate parts of a sentence.

 

For the week of August 25th we will be enjoying a story called Ann’s First Day.  It is a story about a child who is going to a new school and what happens on her first day! Students will be reading, working on vocabulary (which you will find in our newsletter), and talking about and answering questions about the story. At the end of the week students be assessed on comprehension through AR and will take a vocabulary test.

Grammar Work for the Week of August 25!

Common Core Objectives:

Use end punctuation for sentences.

Essential Questions:

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

I Can Statements:

I can explain the different types of sentences.

I can correctly add the period, question mark, or exclamation mark to a sentence.

Technology:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdBZZToCpw

http://www.brainpopjr.com/readingandwriting/sentence/typesofsentences/

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18 Second Graders

18 Second Graders is the name of the book we patterned after Ms. McGinty’s 10 Little Lambs book. We enjoyed brainstorming the ideas and rhyming words needed in our book. The biggest highlight was being able to read it to her, have our picture taken, and asking questions! All of the students from GES and DES were treated to an assembly where we met her guinea pig, heard about writing books, and sang her book 10 Little Lambs! A special thank you to Mrs. Broderick for setting up this wonderful learning experience!

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Daily 5 is a Busy Time!

Look at all of the learning taking place during Daily 5. Students are using their UNOs to create a poem written by them, reading with a volunteer, working with Mrs. Taylor on comprehension, and playing a game with our current high school helper and with a past high school helper. reading 1    reading 5 reading 4 reading 3 reading 2

 

George Washington was our country’s first president! Most students know this but Mrs. Talbert’s class enjoyed reading about George Washington and learning many additional facts!

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Mrs. Denton’s class visited Mrs. Talbert’s class and performed a version of The Little Pigs! The students really enjoyed listening to the different voices the students used for the different characters. Thanks for performing for us!

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Can you figure out who our guest readers were for Family Reading Week?

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Mrs. Talbert and Mrs. Rader’s classes got together and start reading buddies. The students always look forward to reading with the other classes especially when they can share their favorite books!

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Mrs. Denton’s class is practicing the Read to Someone and Listen to Reading portion of Daily 5 Reading!!!

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Daily 5 in Mrs. Talbert’s Room

This year for reading we are experiencing Daily 5. When the set up is complete the students will have a focus lesson and then work for 20 minutes on their choice of 5 activities (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing). We will do this rotation 4 times each day. In these pictures you can see some of the students building stamina by Reading to Self or Reading with Someone.

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Is It a Fact or Opinion? Check out these websites for added practice!

http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Mar201010/game1268093408.php

http://www.quia.com/pop/12709.html

http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/factsopinions/

 

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