The second graders have just finished up their first unit of writing. All classes have focused on the genre of narrative writing. The students were able to practice not only the work of choosing an idea, but of stretching out a small moment with detail. The students were asked to write about events in their own lives by “magnifying” their small moments. In using this craft and studying mentor texts by our favorite authors the students learned to write in powerful ways. As the students were developing their ideas they learned that the beginning of their stories set the stage for what was to come and invited the reader in. Just as their beginnings brought their stories to life we also learned that good endings concluded the action. Finally, as master writers we were able to spot light our hard work and celebrate as we continue to grow as writers!
Our new Fundations unit will teach the procedure for isolating a base word when reading and spelling words with suffixes. The students will soon learn to categorize suffixes as vowel suffixes or consonant suffixes. Vowel suffixes begin with a vowel (-es,-ed,-ing,-est,-er) and consonant suffixes begin with a consonant (-s). We will also discuss comparison endings such as long, longer and longest. The students will also learn six new trick words: again, please, animal, sure, use and used. Lastly, in this unit, we will introduce new vowel teams including: oa, oe, ow, ou, ue, and ew.
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