Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed your fall break. Today we had some time to review sentence editing during our ELA block. Deciding where to add punctuation and capital letters when given two or three run-on sentences proved to be difficult for many scholars in our class. Below is a fun, short video I found to remind us what a complete sentence needs!
While I tend to lean more toward the artsy-style with projects I enjoy doing with my class so that they learn fundamental visual arts skills, I know that a simple craft can be just as fun to complete and also aids in developing fine motor skills in tiny hands. Last week, I did a quick Google search on my break before finding an image that inspired what we would create–fall wreaths, using construction paper and our hands for the shape! To add a little academics to our craft, I wrote fall words on the board for students to copy onto the pieces of their wreaths. Find some photos of last week’s art time below!
Last week for ELA, we focused on the hard g and soft g sounds and defining and using nouns! Below are some videos that we watched during the week, before creating word lists of our own.
Below are some lists we created as a whole-class, focusing on our ELA skills:
One of my favorite art activities to do with my class is painting with marbles! This idea comes from Art Hub for Kids and their video below.
Here is what our finished products looked like this year:
For last week’s Wednesday Art Day, we combined materials to created mixed-media pieces. I knew that I wanted to have the class create something with circles, as I enjoy starting off the year with classic Wassily Kandinsky circle projects, but I wanted to put a different spin on the project.
Using circles found HERE and prototypes found HERE we created lovely circle flowers last week! Find them hanging in our hallway tomorrow morning!
Find a few close-ups of student art work HERE.
Learn more about Kandinsky circles from the video below, which demonstrates how to create the circles using oil pastels!
This week, our second grade team will be beginning to introduce our scholars to curriculum, while continuing to teach culture and routines for the remaining 10 Days of Culture. Reminder: We have our first English Language Arts test and our first Spelling test of the year this Friday, September 2nd! Below are some resources for what our scholars will be learning this week.
- Phonics: short vowel sounds “a” and “i”
- Grammar: subjects and predicates
|Target Vocabulary Words
straight: not curling, curving, or bending
collars: bands that animals wear around their necks
row: a number of things arranged in a line
floppy: hanging or moving in a loose, droopy way
stood: was in an upright position on one’s feet
drooled: let saliva drip from the mouth
curly: having a twisted, ring, or spiral shape
weighed: had a certain heaviness
Your scholar may complete activities to help them practice this week’s spelling words here: www.spellingcity.com/missmcwoodson/