Monday, November 20, 2017

Blog Update

Thanks for stopping by Mrs.Tate's Classroom Blog.    
There is lots of great information on this site about life in second grade.  
Please know that this is now a static site. More updated information will be sent out via Seesaw.




Thursday, November 9, 2017

Readers Theater Presentation, November 21, 2017


You are invited to our

Readers Theater production:

Tuesday, November 21 from 9:00 to 9:45
We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs.Tate’s fabulous class


Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.  Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Scripts are held by the readers. Lines are not memorized. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Special Math with Mr.Gross


Good Afternoon Families,

     Bob Gross has been joining our class for a portion of math most Monday afternoons.  Mr. Gross is the talents teacher for math, grades 2-8, in our school district.  He spends this time working with the children on ways that they can "stretch their thinking" mathematically.  He will continue to join us for a portion of our math time throughout the school year.
     On some Mondays, you will find a math paper in your child's folder from our time with Mr. Gross.  These are problems that Mr. Gross and I worked on with the kids.  The kids may continue working on these sheets on their own or with the help of an adult at home.  They do not need to be returned to school. The children enjoy their time with Mr.Gross and gain a lot from him.  The papers can be very challenging and for many this is quite fun, for others not so much. Doing these papers at home is a choice, not a have to.  



Literacy Model at YES

November 2017


Dear Families,


It has been an exciting fall of reading and writing this year at Yarmouth Elementary School!  As we are in the midst of parent teacher conferencing it has been wonderful to hear from parents about the growth they are already seeing in their young readers and writers.   As a result, we have had many questions from parents wanting to learn more about our literacy curriculum.  We hope that this update is helpful!


At Yarmouth Elementary School, we use the literacy workshop model based on resources from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, led by Lucy Calkins.  This research-based best instructional practice cultivates children’s independence through choice and empowerment, which aligns with the Yarmouth district mission statement: “Empowering All Students to Create
Fulfilling Lives in a Changing World.”  


This year staff has been particularly focused on professional development learning experiences that facilitate literacy differentiation for students.  Our young readers are working on personalized goals that are supported by “just right” instruction for their needs.
As young writers, students continuously cycle through the writing process (drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) within yearly units of study, and create pieces of writing with which they are engaged and have ownership.  


Teachers conference with students throughout the writing process and guide them towards their best final product.  Students are also taught skills and strategies continually throughout the units of study, which they work to incorporate into their final drafts.  However, like a child learning an instrument or a sport, the performance isn’t always without flaw.  This is the process of learning and growing.  


As students progress we celebrate them as readers and writers.  While in reading there often is not a visible final product, writing does allow for that.  It is important to know that our main goal is to celebrate the writing process first and foremost.  As you read, hear about and experience student writing throughout the year you will see that this is an important priority for our young writers. If your child’s classroom teacher has chosen to hold a writing celebration you will see there is a strong emphasis on the importance of “process over product”.


You can learn more about the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at http://readingandwritingproject.org/about.  Please reach out to us with any questions you have about literacy instruction at YES!


Sincerely,


Ryan Gleason, YES Principal
Sarah Johnston, YES Literacy Lead Teacher





Thursday, November 2, 2017

Merrill Memorial Library Trip

As part of our community study, our class will be visiting the Merrill Memorial Library next Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  Maegan Batson, the children's librarian, will give the children a brief history of the library and a tour of the facilities.




Friday, October 20, 2017

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Today I am sending home a story, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.  Please read this story with your child this weekend. Place the story into his/her Take Home Folder when you are finished.  We will use the story on Monday, 10/23, for a literature discussion.

As your child's at-home partner you will read the selection out loud, pausing to ask the questions printed in italics in the margin of the book. ( The answers do not need to be written down)
The main thing to keep in mind as you read and talk with your child is to enjoy yourself ! This is an opportunity for your child to talk and ask questions about the selection in a one-on-one setting. Remember that these questions have no single right answer and that this is just the beginning of your child's work with this selection. Answers should not be considered final. One way to help your child fully express his or her ideas is to follow up a statement by asking, "Why do you think this?" or, "Can you tell me more?"

Your child has already listened to this story once. I read from the original little book with the colored illustrations. If you happen to have one at home please feel free to use that and refer to the packet for the questions. Beatrix Potter was not only a gifted writer but an amazingly talented illustrator, her life story is quite interesting and unique. I shared a bit of her journey as a writer and illustrator with the children today.   Reading with your child will help further his/her understanding of the story and promote good thinking.  We will be talking about many different aspects of the story as a whole class and in small groups.  
Thank you for taking the time to help with our reading!
Have an excellent weekend,
Elke Tate

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 11, 2017


Autumn News

A fabulous time of the year to explore the school garden.








15 pounds worth of pumpkins :-)



Mrs.Haskell is teaching the children about seeds and seed dispersal.


Reading is always a popular choice.  We have been talking quite a bit about choosing books that are "just right" for us.  This is a work in progress.  In addition, we are pursuing a class goal of reading longer. Being able to sustain quiet reading time for over twenty minutes takes, PERSEVERANCE!
We put his word on the back of the bookmarks we made.  Talk to your child what else in life might take perseverance. 

Mr.Gleason is reading to the children.




The children are deciding how the book wants to be read. Is it best read in a silly voice or a more somber one?













We read about the United States flag, answered questions after the reading and enjoyed books having to do with famous songs written about our country.  The children loved writing their flag report as a culminating project. They had to do quite a bit of looking back into their reading packet to make sure they were getting the facts straight, excellent research skills.  

We published our Flag Reports using Book Creator on our iPads. Then we transferred them to SeeSaw, quite a lot of new technology learning. The books came out great, check them out on your child's account.



Ask your child what interesting facts they have learned about the Stars and Stripes.




Thank you for sending your children in with such healthy snacks.




Mr.Doloff came to read to our class, The Day the Crayons Quit.



Mrs. Wolinsky is going over iPad procedures and safety rules.