Archive for December, 2013
During the last weeks we were studying how people celebrate this special time of the year in different countries. We have learned about Christmas in Holland, Poland, Germany, Russia, Spain… We also have spoken about the Diwali celebration in India and how the Jewish community celebrate Hanukkah. Our students were very proud of sharing with us their traditions.
Related to Spain, students have learned about food and drinks that we usually eat during this time. The last day, we organized a little party so students could taste turrones (nougat candy) , neulas (a type of Catalan biscuit), mazapán (marzipan), polvorones (almond cookies) and mantecados (a variety of Spanish shortbreads).
Enjoy the picture and take the opportunity to discover some of these seasonal delicatessen.
Happy Holidays from Ms.Núria and Ms.María!
Suggestions for holiday activities (2)
These weeks off are a time for rest and play! But if you would like some ideas for helping your child with literacy, here are some links with great online activities and games for your perusal. The list is long, and please remember these are just suggestions!
These websites have loads of fun activities, in reading and in math:
For online reading:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ over 42, 000 classic books, free, online! For all ages
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/find-a-book 250 free books online, for kids of all ages
http://www.magickeys.com/books/ many free books for kids online
http://storytimeforme.com/ a number of free online stories for children
http://www.raz-kids.com/ requires subscription. Please ask Emma and Valerie for your child’s reading level to know which books to read.
http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1554 for all ages! For each correct answer, the website donates 10 grams of rice to the World Hunger Programme. Note: this website is addicting!
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/holiday-journals ideas for a holiday writing journal
http://www.scasd.org/cms/lib5/PA01000006/Centricity/Domain/300/December_journal_prompts.pdf December writing journal prompts
For practicing high frequency words (sight words):
Create your own crossword puzzles!
Create your own handwriting practice worksheets:
For other language arts activities:
Above all, remember to treasure the time spent with your child!
Warm wishes from the Second Grade Team!!
Here is the first of two holiday homework posts!
Looking for something to do with your child? Here’s a suggestion. How about some math practice? As you play the games listed below, please remember to ask your child to explain his or her thinking. You can ask: can you show me your answer in words, numbers, and with a picture? How did you get the answer? Are there any other ways of getting the answer? How do you know you are right?
Here are all the links we’ve used so far in our homelink activities:
Second Grade Online Math Games 2013 – 2014
(September – December)
Play the game Base Ten Blocks
Play the game Base Ten Blocks
Play the game Place Value: Show Expanded Numbers!
I Like…numbers to 25
Numbers on the Ten Frame
Play Odd & Even Interactive Games
Let’s Play Base Ten Bingo
3 Ways of Expanded Form
Expanded Form with 3 –digits
Compare Numbers Game – Level I
Skip Counting by 10s to 300
Fairies in the Fog
Help the fairies find the butterfly with the hidden number counting by 10s
Help the fairies find the butterfly with the hidden number counting by 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 100s
Learning the nuances between the past tenses in Spanish may be a challenging task. When should I use indefinido? When do I use an imperfecto? Students get confused when advancing in their Spanish skills and studying those more abstract concepts.
That’s why we have devoted our last unit to explore and contextualize both tenses. First, students took a glance at Ms. Núria’s biography by ordering a jigsaw reading. They took that text as a model to, later on, write and explain about their own lives. We kept on analyzing both tenses, discriminating indefinido forms from imperfecto forms, drilling with the tenses and structuring the different conjugations. Once they have written about their lives using both tenses according to context, they were ready for the next level.
Paperman is an animated silent short film by Disney, which explains a very nice story. We watched it and then our students had to write the plot and record it, giving voice to a narrator and the characters. They used imperfectos to describe the characters, the setting… and then indefinidos, to speak about the actions. The results were amazing, since they were very engaged. Here you can find some examples. Enjoy!