Language Workshop is a time to read closely, listen to text, and talk about our thinking to build background knowledge. Students are introduced to Common Core standards by studying mentor texts within the theme and genre being taught. Students engage in discussions to enhance their understanding of the standards through the mentor texts. They analyze the mentor texts both as a whole group and individually. Students express their understanding on key concepts in their Thoughtful Log. Language Workshop is one of our favorite parts of the day!
Students participate in a variety of activities during our Guided Reading block. Students are instructed at their instructional level in a small group setting. When students are not meeting with the teacher, they participate in other activities. They use technology to practice high frequency words, Word Study words, and to listen to stories. Students have a monthly journal where they work on their writing skills. They also build stamina as a reader by reading to self.
Words Their Way
We spend approximately 15 minutes participating in Words Their Way activities. We read, sort, write and discuss word patterns.
Second Grade Units of Study include:
Quarter 1: Uniqueness
Quarter 2: Cooperation
Quarter 3: Survival
Quarter 4: Adventure
Within each unit, students are instructed in narrative, informational, and argumentative texts.