This week, we continued to focus on establishing classroom routines and procedures in our math workshop. We will continue slowly introducing some of our independent routines over the next few week so that the students understand our expectations and agreements clearly during this time. Our first focus in math will be building and practicing our number sense and fluency with math facts and skip counting. We are also building in review from some skills they were introduced to in first grade.
Our math workshop this year will help students become independent learners and focus on the Common Core State Standards. (Geometry, Numbers in Base Ten, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, and Measurement- which I like to call the math "GNOMe"!) Students will begin to understand the standards and what they are learning from each of them. Together we will chart and show their growth as we continue mastering and practicing new skills. I will send out more specific information about how our workshop looks once we have it all up and running, but hopefully your child will be excited and start explaining it to you over the next few weeks.
We also started most of our usual Friday schedule this week. The students will spend half and hour in the computer lab learning how to type, and half an hour in the classrooms working on skills packets. These packets are Common Core aligned, and include both math and literacy. In the afternoons, all 50 of our students get together for Nonfiction Friday. They work in small groups to read nonfiction texts, then determine the main idea, think about any questions or wonderings they have, and write down something important they learned. This will become very routine to them in a few weeks!
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me!