August…. Where did it go!?!?

So, August is over and before we get too far into September I need to post about our awesome start to the 2016/2017  school year!!  Here are some pictures of our LARGE class!  This year I am co-teaching with another 2nd grade teacher and we have 31 students!!  When you take a peek into this busy classroom you will see that in less than 4 weeks these outstanding second graders have become a community.  We are on our way to becoming a “well-oiled machine” where the students are control of their own learning!  Come back to see them working in learning centers… but in these pictures you can see that we are already working with partners and small groups!

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I challenged my second graders to learned their doubles addition facts up to 20.  I wanted to make sure we all knew those basic skills that we will build upon this year.  SO, by the end of the second week of school all 31 students were able to show me, in their own way, that they could tell me their double facts….bring on the Popsicle Celebration!!

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Calendar Math is a time my students get to practice math facts that need to be practiced all year long.  The very first week of school my students wanted to take control of this time.  It was their idea to have a calendar leader and this student leads the learning.  What a great way to really master these facts and take ownership of their learning!  Way to go learners!


Finally, these little scientist learned that even the best laid plan is not always the way to go!  We talked about hypotheses and that making a guess is just the beginning.  As a learner, it is perfectly normal to make mistakes and be wrong….WHY!?!?  Because they make you smarter!  We tested this a few days ago when students were told they had to “Save Fred!”

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….come back soon, this is only the beginning!

The O.W.L. Report

Welcome to The O.W.L Report!!  What is this, you ask?  Well, The Orletski, Wolford Learning Report!  Mrs. Orletski and Mrs. Wolford are working together to make YOUR second grade year a success!   Please use this site to keep updated, take a peek into our learning and keep in touch. Here are a few fun facts about US!   

Here are a few of Mrs. Orletski’s favorite things:
Food: Chicken Ceaser Salad from Panera  – YUMMY!
Book: The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Color:  Blue and Green
Drink:  Water and Lightly sweeten Iced Tea
Season: Fall
Restaurants:  Sonny’s, Maple Street Cafe and Panera
Hobby: Driving my kids to their hobbies!
Store: Amazon, Target and The Orginal Place
Snacks:  Fruit and Banana Chips
Dessert:  Cheese Cake
Flower: Tulips

Here are a few of Mrs. Wolford’s favorite things:
Food: Bread
Book: A Lantern in her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
Color:  Blue
Drink:  Coffee (Strong, PLease)
Season: Summer
Restaurants:  Safe Harbor Seafood, Panera
Hobby: Baking
Store:  Target
Snacks:  Almonds, Cashews, Peacans, Dried Fruit
Dessert:  Anything with peaches or ice cream
Flower: Rose and Shasta Daisy