Melanie Berlin

2nd Grade Math: Minding the Store

The second grade math group culminated a unit on money by creating their own pretend store.  Each student drew 6 items on little pieces of paper, and labeled them with their prices. The prices had to be less than $10.  Students were encouraged to choose prices that they could comfortably and automatically compute change for.…

Buddies Save the Day

In the second grade class, we recently started a writing unit on biographies. Students chose an African American figure that they wanted to learn more about. I gave students texts about the person they chose, so that research could begin. There are many good biographies written on a second grade level, but they are not…

Research

My second grade students have been recently introduced to the concept of research, and began a preliminary process in both Writing and Science last week.  In Writing, students are writing non-fiction information texts, or “All-About” books.  In order to learn more about their topic, students have borrowed books from our classroom library and I have…

Problem Solving

Our social-emotional curriculum, Second Step, teaches students about a series of steps (using the acronym S.T.E.P.) for solving problems (whether they be interpersonal, personal, or group problems).  I have found that, after explicitly teaching about each of the steps, using these steps with the class has been helpful in solving problems together.  With enough practice…

Pebble, Rock, Boulder

Problems arise in any classroom and part of my job is helping kids learn to deal with them. In an effort to establish some common language within our classroom surrounding problem-solving, I have begun to identify the size of a problem as “pebble,” “rock,” or “boulder.” Pebble problems can be solved on one’s own. Rock…