Thursday, September 1, 2016

Second Grade is AWESOME!

Taking it from the Lego movie – “Everything is Awesome, Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” Team building has been part of our beginning of the year activities in second grade. From our teams trying to keep their balloons afloat while holding hands

to clapping our friends names as part of our fluency practice

to inside/outside circles that help us discover things that are the same between us and things that are different

we have been having fun while building community. As we move through week two of our new school year, we are focused on forming a reading community (“A community of readers is a group of people who share the common goal of reading and discussing literature and becoming literate human beings. This community is built upon mutual respect and a willingness to listen to and consider the merits of each member’s ideas and interpretations.” – Frank Serafini, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days). As we launch into our new SchoolWide reading curriculum, we are engaged in a three part lesson of interactive read-alouds, building stamina during our independent reading time, and sharing our reading successes. Independent reading time enables us to conference with individual students and meet with groups to provide support. Thus, everything is AWESOME so far in second grade. We look forward to a year of fun, teamwork, community, and growth!

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