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Second Grade News 11/2/18  

                                 Second Grade News

                                  November 2, 2018

 

Greetings from Second Grade,  

         We are having a fabulous year in Second Grade, but the time is really flying by! I cannot believe it is November already. This month we will be benchmarking student learning and conducting DRAs to see how each child has grown in reading over the past few months. Parent conferences will be held on Thursday, November 29th. I will be sending conference slips home next week in folders.

                      Here’s what we’ve been up to in the classroom:

Reading: We finished up Coming to America. Students read realistic-fiction and historical-fiction selections about families coming to America to start a new life. Small groups focused on Irish or English immigrants in their leveled readers. Our skill focus this week was on making predictions and then seeing what really happened in the story. We also shared an informational piece on New Americans and discussed where many people emigrate to America from.

 

Math: This week we worked with arrays and repeated addition. I explained to the children how arrays, like 3 rows of 4, are laying the foundation for multiplication. Students created sticker models of arrays in booklets and then wrote repeated addition number sentences to go along with each model.

 

Science: This week, students finished observing how pumpkins rot and decay. The kids sketched and documented the changes in the pumpkin pieces in the Ziplocs. It was interesting to see how much liquid came out of the pieces, but I was very happy the bags did not leak. J

 

Fundations: Students tested out of Unit 3. I am pleased with their progress and happy to see how they are applying these skills in both their reading and their writing. We moved into Unit Four and introduced several new vowel teams.

 

Writing: Students completed their final copies of their Ouch stories and wrote about their Halloween adventures. Mr. Orzel volunteered to help out in the classroom and he got the kids started on their social studies, “I am Thankful Lapbook.”

Social Studies: This week, we read, The History of Halloween Candy. It was interesting to learn about how treats evolved over the decades, from homemade, to commercialized candy. Ask your child to share some of what he/she learned.

Specials’ Schedule for November 5th-9th

Monday: music           Thursday: gym

Tuesday: library                  Friday: art

Wednesday: computer

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Weir

 

                           SPECIAL EVENT:

Math Night will be held on Thursday, November 8th, from 5:30-6:30 PM.

We are very excited to be hosting fun stations that encourage students to learn more about the Mysteries of Math. We hope to see you there!


Second Grade News 10/26/18  

                             Second Grade News

 

                                      October 26, 2018

 

Greetings from Second Grade,

 

What a busy week it has been here in Second Grade! On Monday we read with our Big Buddies and our Little Buddies in the Enchanted Forest, otherwise known as our decorated gym. We visited the Book Fair and had a special reader come in from United Way. Yesterday was also our first Eagle Elective meet-up. The kids enjoyed traveling to their chosen activity in all parts of the building.

 

        

 

             Here’s what we we’re up to in the classroom:

 

Reading: We finished up Being Yourself and started a new theme, Coming to America. Students are reading fiction and historical-fiction selections about families coming to America to start a new life. Small groups are focusing on Irish or English immigrants in their leveled readers. We continue to work to identify main ideas and details in our texts as a way of helping us summarize what we have read.

 

 

 

Math: Our skill focus this week centered on identifying patterns, creating equal groups, and skip counting. This is an extension of a first-grade skill and students are working to master continuing skip counting patterns with larger numbers.

 

(ex. counting on by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s from a number 224, 226,, 228…etc.)

 

 

 

Science: This week, students observed how pumpkins rot and decay. We set a control piece of pumpkin and one that had been broken into smaller pieces and placed them in Ziploc bags. Students sketched and documented the changes they saw in their science logs.

 

 

 

Fundations: We continued working with closed syllable exceptions. These include ild, old, ost, olt, and ind . We added Words of the Day to our Student Notebooks, practiced Trick Words on magnetic writing boards, and coded words for syllables, r-controlled vowels, glued/welded sounds, digraphs, and blends.

 

 

 

Writing: This week, we revised our Ouch Moment pieces and are working on final copies. Students identified adjectives that described the Crankenstein character and wrote a description of him to put alongside their directed drawing of that character. These are hanging in the hallway. As always, students also wrote about topics of choice in their personal journals.

 

Specials’ Schedule for October 29th-November 2nd

 

Monday: music           Thursday: gym

 

Tuesday: library                  Friday: art

 

Wednesday: computer

 

Red Ribbon Week continues into next week:

 

Monday: Crazy Hair Day

 

Tuesday: Dress for Success (dress up)

 

Wednesday: Blue and Yellow Day     

 

 

 

The kids did a nice job creating spiders for our door to go along with our drug-free slogan, “We’d rather eat BUGS, than do DRUGS!”

 

        

 

Have a terrific weekend!

 

Mrs. Weir