What's been happening in 2J!

What’s been happening in 2J!

2J!! It has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? I liked the sound if it as soon as I heard it!

Rules Rules Rules!

This was our first full week of Grade 2 and we spent some time going through our school’s ‘Start Up’ program which is pretty much a series of Getting to Know You activities and discussing classroom rules and school values etc. Although it can be a little stressful, it’s such a fun time of year getting to know all of my new students!

As some of you may know…. I LOVE David! I have written a post about ‘David Goes to School’ a few years back with my Preps that can be found here along with the template link.

Because this activity is so versatile, I thought I’d give it a go with the Grade 2’s. THEY LOVED IT! We created our own David’s and then came up with some agreed classroom rules that we can follow based on the book. (I have already had to refer to them and the kids all look up at them – they are fantastic!)

I have also been busy conducting some Pre- Assessment such as the Oxford Top 100 Spelling Test and English Online Interviews. This has given me a great insight as to where the children are at and of course, where to go from here with each individual student. I will be creating their ILP’s (Individual Learning Plans) within the next few weeks for those students’ who require one so this information will definitely come in handy!

Classroom Library

To create some ownership and responsibility for our classroom library, I decided to let the children categorise and organise the classroom library. We sorted the books out as a grade and popped the labels on each of the baskets. These are the new labels I made for our class this year. You can check out all the Classroom Labels I have available in my store here.

Word Wall

I wasn’t planning on doing a Word Wall this year. However, after assessing my students, I realised I had a few children that will benefit from more visuals. I’ve one student who only arrived in Australia in December so his English is very limited. He will definitely be making use of it!

I have three different Word Wall designs available that you can find here.

This year, I have gone with a Sea Life Theme. We will be looking at Sea Creatures later on in the year, so this will tie in perfectly.

My Sea Life Theme Classroom Resource Pack is below.

And finally, I will leave you with a pic of my ‘not so small’ puppy. We went for a swim at the dog beach today and this was on the drive home. He was knackered! :) hehe

I hope you enjoyed my update on what’s been happening in 2j! It’s been a great week, and weekend! I hope you all have a lovely week next week. Happy teaching! xxx

 

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