Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week of November 21 and Happy Thanksgiving

This week was a short week.

In reading we:

  • Worked on using Google Classroom to type our Lego Land stories.  The children learned how to "join a class" and type their piece.  Then they watched a short video made by Ms. Scheffer to explain how to "turn in" their piece through Google Classroom.  The children also worked together to watch the video on their partner's i-pad to complete the process.  It was quite impressive to see all of the technology in use.
  • did stations to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The children worked in groups and went from station to station completing reading, writing and math activities that centered around Thanksgiving.  
In math we:
  • Room 17: completed the Topic 2 Assessment and began the Topic 3 opener: Adding within 100: Using strategies.
  • Room 18: worked on the first few lessons on Topic 3
In Social Studies we:
  • played a Thanksgiving game called "Who has....".  The children read clues about Thanksgiving and the other children had to decide who had the next card.  It took a lot of listening and following directions as well as knowledge of facts from the first Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to our Second Grade Families

Vocabulary Parade

On Wednesday, Fox Hill had our Vocabulary Parade.  It was wonderful to see how creative the children were dressed up in their vocabulary words.

We started off the day with the children doing a short video of their word to be put on their Google Drive account.

Then we went to the parade to see over 400 children dressed in a vocabulary word.  Each child walked across the stage and recited their word.

The vocabulary parade was a community event that brought all of Fox Hill together.

Here are a few pictures and we hope to have the video up soon.

Homeroom 17

Homeroom 18

The Second Grade Team: The Compass Rose
Mrs. Tigges: North, Ms. Stone: South, Mrs. Lewis: East, Ms. Wood: West

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week at a Glance: November 12-16

What a nice change....we had a full week of school.

This week:

In reading rooms 17 & 18 we

  • finished our unit on suffixes.  We talked about the different sounds the suffix ed
  • read more of our Gooney Bird Greene book
  • used the second grade writing curriculum from Explorations of Non-fiction Writing do to mini lessons on writing a personal narrative on a shared experience: our trip to Lego Land. The children learned how to write bold beginnings, might middles and creative conclusions.  In addition, we learned how to use strong transition words and juicy vocabulary.  Next week the children will learn how to type their stories on their i-pads using google docs and then share them with their reading teachers to be published.
  • read a Scholastic News A Trip to a New Land where we learned about the Pilgrims and their journey to America.
In math we:
  • wrapped up Topic 2 and have prepared for the Topic 2 Assessment
  • practiced fast 9 and fast 10 facts as well as a review of all facts under 6 with doubles and doubles + 1 and fast 9 and fast 10 for math room 18
  • prepared for Topic 3
In Social Studies we:
  • talked about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoags.
  • watched videos from a Pilgrim child and Wampanoag child.
  • watched a virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation.
  • had an informational discussion with Mrs. Carrell about having a family member who is deployed.

We also made turkeys with feathers that said what we are thankful for.

A word from our students:

This week I: 
  • colored my bee in Art. Anju
  • played Mr. Turkey in Music. Ryan L.
  • played a fishing game in Music. Kaylee
  • learned about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoags lived long ago. Rina
  • played scooter soccer in PE. Lauren
  • made cards for Mr. Carrell who is deployed. Jillian
  • wrote about Lego Land in reading. Ellie
  • played a game with fast 9 and fast 10 facts in math. Yusra
  • made a turkey feather telling what I am thankful for. Inaara

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vocabulary Parade

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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Vocabulary Parade is on its way!

Our parade will be on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Each student will select a word that will become a costume. Put your thinking caps on! How would you show the word X-RAY? or ZIGZAG? or BLIZZARD? From A to Z, students will consider the entire dictionary as possible wardrobe choices.

Your child will be asked to bring his/her costume to school on Wednesday the 23rd along with the selected word and definition attached to his/her costume. Thank you for helping us make vocabulary instruction into a Parade of Words!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Questions about Homework??

homework-help-2Monday, November 14
6:00-7:00 pm
Fox Hill Library

In an effort to support parents and to increase two-way communication about homework, we invite all parents to attend a presentation called

“How to Better Understand and
Help Your Child with Homework.”

homework-clip-art-k9irby4ceHomework is an important part of school life,
and we want to work with parents and their children to better understand the school task of homework.
Mrs. Jaffe, Mr. Daley, Ms. Stone, Mrs. Lisano and Ms. Greene
will present this parent workshop
in partnership with the principal, Ellen Johnson.
We think this workshop will be meaningful for parents
and we look forward to your attendance.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The last few weeks...

We continue to have busy, fun, exciting weeks in second grade at Fox Hill.

In reading rooms 17 &18 we:
  • continue to work through our Fundations units-closed exceptions: old ,ild, ind, olt, ost are called exceptions because they break the closed syllable rule and have a long vowel sounds rather than a short vowel sounds, as well as suffixes s and es.
  • read our Core Book Bigmama by: Donald Crews.  We read the book, discussed it and answered open response questions using TTQA-turn the question around.
  • meeting in our guided reading groups
  • finished our read aloud story Gooney Bird Green by: Lois Lowry and have started the second book in her series: Gooney Bird and the Room Mother.
  • practicing our reading fluency
  • reading books independently
  • reading Scholastic News and using the i-pad to find archived issues on Veteran's Day
  • doing listening activities
  • working on i-ready lessons on the Chromebook
In Math we:
  • continued with the first unit: counting on and back with subtraction, using addition facts to help with subtraction, using fact families to assist with addition and subtraction, solving word problems, and made math arguments
  • we took the Unit 1 Assessment
  • started Unit 2 Working with Equal Groups: odd and even numbers, using and making arrays to find totals
  • practicing facts including facts through the the 6 fact family as well as doubles and doubles +1
In Science we:
  • have continued our tree unit
  • With the help of Ms. Scheffer we learned how to use the app Explain
    Everything to begin an online tree journal.  We went outside to adopt a tree that we will follow throughout the seasons.  We recorded the temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius, measured around the tree in inches and centimeters, observed the weather and animals we saw, and wrote about our tree.  We also took pictures of our tree with our i-pads to upload the picture in Explain Everything. Afterwards, the children recorded their voices to describe the tree.

In Social Studies we:
  • have continued our unit on land forms, bodies of water and continents
  • talked about the importance of Veteran's Day
We did a fun following directions craft: orange cats.

Also, we had a Halloween party with a craft and Party in a Bag.  The children made ghosts with cotton balls.

Lego Land Field Trip

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On Wednesday, we went to Lego Land.  

We started our visit with viewing "Miniland".  This is a replica of many Boston landmarks all made out of legos.  There were many interactive elements which allowed the children to:  make music at the Hatshell, get a homerun at Fenway Park, make the workers load planes at Logan Airport, cheer on the players at Gillette Stadium as well as many others.

Then the children went into a writing workshop.  They were put into groups of threes.  The instructor asked the children to think of one of the landmarks from Miniland.  Next, they were asked to write a story with their partners including that landmark.  They used strategies such as strong characters, a setting, beginning, middle and end, problem and solution.  When the groups had finished their stories, they had to build the sections of the stories with the Legos.  It was a wonderful experience to incorporate writing skills along with cooperation and creativity.

Then we went on to explore the rest of Lego Land.  The children went on two different themed Lego rides and built spaceships in the Space section. They tested their building skills in the build and test center where they had to build a vehicle and race it down an incline.  It was interesting to see how the children would plan out their vehicle, race it and decide on modifications to see how to make it more efficient.  We also explored the play zone and the Ninja Training section.  Some groups even enjoyed a 4D movie where our favorite Lego characters came to life.

Lego Land was a wonderful day to spend time with friends learning and having fun.

Enjoy our pictures from our exciting day!!