Mr. Bowman’s Bulletin August 28, 2015 Parents and Families, Happy first week back to school! You will receive a bulletin from me every Friday, detailing the curriculum we covered each week. It is also a place for me to make important announcements. Math: Students reviewed their graphing skills this week by graphing how they were getting home from school. We also used this data from our graph to answer questions to show our understanding. Second graders learned what Math Workshop will look like this year. We will begin with an opening, then a mini-lesson, work time, followed by reflection. We enjoyed brainstorming what we thought this would look like/sound like in our classroom. Students also explored math manipulatives this week (cubes, base-10 blocks, counters, rulers, attribute blocks, and geometric figures). We are excited to use these manipulatives throughout the school year to better our understanding in math! Literacy: Students dove right into Reading Workshop this week! I can already tell that we have a wonderful group of readers in Room 224. Second graders enjoyed having a class discussion around the following 5W and H questions: What do we read? Who reads? Why do we read? Where do we read? When do we read? How do we read? We came to the conclusion that readers can read everywhere/ anywhere, anything, and anytime! We also began to learn and practice how to “Read to Self” this week in Reading Workshop. They are already working hard in building their stamina! Ask your child what “Read to Self” should look like in our classroom. In writing students enjoyed listening to a variety of back to school read alouds, as well practicing how to respond with writing in their Writing Notebooks. They enjoyed making connections to the text, as well as sharing these connections with their classmates. Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, the students worked hard in creating our class promise and rules for the school year. We enjoyed reading Officer Buckle to help us brainstorm ideas for creating a positive classroom community. The students also went on a tour of the school building by reading a map to help find our way. Specials Schedule for Next Week: Monday: Music Tuesday: Art Wednesday: Library Thursday: P.E. Friday: Music Important Dates September 7th : No School September 10 : Curriculum Night 6-7pm !