• At Home Ideas for the week of April 27 - May 1, 2020

    This work supports the lessons on Google Classroom for this week. These are some more ways that you might practice the new learning around making and using picture graphs, beginning to understand non-fiction text features, and writing and forming your own opinion.

    • Math

    This week we are working with picture graphs. Here are some ways to try making graphs at home.

    **Take a bunch of books or toys or silverware or tools (anything!) and sort them into piles. You are making categories. You can sort by size or use or type or color, anyway you want! Then lay the items from each pile into a row. Put the next pile in a row below, lining up each item with the one above. You have just made a graph! Talk about the graph to your family. Which row has more? How many more? How many less than a different row? Challenge yourself to make a graph with three or four rows.

    **Look in books or magazines for examples of graphs. Pay attention to the TV. Lots of graphs are being used right now to try to explain information about COVID-19.

    **If you pick up your bag of materials this week you will have your student math workbook. Do pages 233-234 to practice using picture graphs and page 236 to review adding and subtracting.

    • Reading

    This week we are introducing non-fiction text features. What does that mean??? Text features are the parts of the book that support the main writing (the text). Some text features, especially of non-fiction books, are Table of Contents, Headings, Glossary, Index, as well as diagrams, photographs, drawings, captions for pictures, special text boxes or blurbs, bold print, and even more! Look at non-fiction (information) books that you may have at home. If you don' t have books, look on RAZ Kids. Pay attention to the ways authors are sharing information that are not just the words on the page. Look for those special "text features" listed earlier. Most books do not have all of these features and some have a lot and some only a few. If you have sticky notes, put them in the book where you find the text features. You also can just show the pages to a grown up or use scraps of paper to mark the places you are finding the text features. Think about why the author might be using these fancy features.


    We continue this week with forming an opinion and explaining it in writing. You can also practice saying your opinion aloud. The big deal as a second grader is that you need to give reasons (more than one!) and explain those reasons. Here is an example: McDuff Moves In is a great book. (my opinion) One thing that makes it great is that the character of McDuff is very sweet. He never is grumpy or bites. (a reason with an explanation for my reason) I also like it because it has a happy ending. I like books that make me smile when they are done. (another reason and explanation) Another reason that this book is great is because it made me laugh. I laughed when Fred was driving round and round looking for the dog pound. (a third reason with an example) This is a wonderful book! (restate opinion) Now, try this yourself. Explain to someone, in writing or speaking, your opinion about a favorite breakfast or toy or movie. It can be anything! Remember to give reasons and examples. Be listening this week for people around you to be saying their opinions of things. Do they give reasons?


    Click on the Opinion Rubric link below to check and see if you are writing like a second grader!


    Opinion Rubric

  • Choice Chart Week 3


    Click on the Choice Chart week 3 to see some work that we are doing in Google Classroom. This link is for students that want EXTRA to do OR students that are having technology issues and need everything in one place.