In second grade we are becoming stronger readers and writers. We are sharing our ideas about the stories we read with our classmates and our teachers. We are also learning how to spell words and we are increasing our vocabulary.
Now that we have discussed what writers workshop should look like it will be our challenge to push ourselves to build our writing stamina. Writers will either continue working on the goals they created in the beginning of the year or create new goals based on their final writing pieces. We will look at famous authors to help us build our craft as we try and add into our writing creative touches such as speech bubbles, zooming in on facial expressions, or writing sentences that not just tell the reader how they felt but actually show it. All writers will be pushed to add more details to their writing and experiment with bigger and bolder vocabulary words. We will continue to practice as a group and individually the writing process which is to brainstorm, plan, write, revise, edit, and finally publish. We will also focus on partner work so that students may gain confidence as they help their peers perfect their craft of writing exciting small moment stories!
Now that we have dove into our books it will be important to strengthen all the strategies we use before we read, while we read, and after we read. Students will be expected to independently choose just right books for themselves. They will continue to use book walks to get their minds ready to read fictional stories or non-fiction texts. As they read, students will be guided in small groups and individually to use word-solving strategies as well as read smoothly and with voice. After reading students will with partners or in small groups talk about what they read. They might practice retelling, asking and answering questions, or checking predictions.
Phonics and Grammar
We are reviewing digraphs and the rules that make closed syllables. We are talking about trick words (sight words) and how to spell them correctly. Students will practice stretching out words, writing them down, and then asking if the word looks right. This important work will help us in our daily writing. Students have also reviewed what a complete sentence needs and we are now focused on writing a paragraph centered on one BIG idea! Students will learn the parts of a friendly letter and will practice writing a letter each week to their parents.