Published on September 28th, 2017 | by Grade 2 Minhang Campus0
What’s in a Story?
The stories, ‘Is the Wise Owl Wise?’ and ‘Bubble Trouble!’ have definitely engaged our students during our big book reading while learning and identifying story elements. Students have been learning the commonly identified elements of a story which include plot, character and setting. The plot usually revolves around a problem or conflict that is usually presented at the middle of the story and resolved at the end. The ability to recognize the elements of a story aids our students in comprehension, leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of stories, and helps them to learn to write stories of their own.
They have also been using graphic organizers, such as a story map, to assist students to visually organize a story’s elements, increasing their ability to retell, summarize and comprehend the story.
Our students have had so much fun learning different types of sentences. One engagement activity we did was a game called ‘Scoot’ where we identify different types of sentences while moving around the classroom. Learning how to write descriptive sentences to add in our paragraphs has also been the focus of our writing lessons. Being able to determine and write different types of sentences assists our students in improving their writing skills to create more interesting paragraphs.
Long vowel sound spelling patterns are quite challenging to learn for a second grader. First, they must understand that more than one letter can be used to represent one sound and then learn the various ways that the sound can be represented in print. For example, there are 4 common ways the phoneme /i/ can be spelled: “i” as in “high”, “i_e” as in “ice”, “igh” as in “right” and “ie” as in “tie”. For the past couple of weeks in our second grade classrooms, the students have reviewed the long vowel sounds /e/ and /i/ and learn how to write the different phonemes and spell some words to help us become better readers and writers.