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Second Grade News 2/25/19  

                                          Second Grade News

                                                     February 22, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            We have been working hard during this short week. The kids handled our days well and we are getting projects finished and moving on to new learning as well.

            Here are some of the things we have been up to in the classroom this week:

Reading: We wrapped up our theme of Keeping Safe and moved into Creatures Old and Older. We are learning about a huge ancient creature in the selection, Super Croc, and the small group selections which focus on extinct animals and living fossils. Our skill focus is identifying main ideas and building simple summaries.

Math: We started Chapter 8: Money. We reviewed the different types of coins and their values, as well as reviewing how to skip count coins of the same value. (I taught this skill in the fall, as it laid the foundation for money and made sense to combine practice during our skip counting lessons.) Most children do not have much real life experience with money. Practicing coin identification, (along with their values) and counting handfuls of change are great ways to support learning at home.

We also worked with friendly hundred numbers during our Number Talks, which aids in mental computation. (Ex. 49 + 198, can be seen as 47 + 200, which makes the numbers easier to add in your head.)

Fundations: We worked with two-syllable words ending with y, like penny, puppy, and silly. Two-syllable words ending in y have a long e sound. The children know to split the words into syllables between the double consonants, which helps them to read and spell these words one syllable at a time.

Writing/Social Studies: We continued working on our integrated social studies unit. These lapbooks include key information about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Students are finishing up the final component, which is a personal piece about If I were President.

                                                                 UPCOMING       

Specials’ Schedule for February 25th- March 1st.

Monday: gym            

Tuesday: art        

Wednesday: music

Thursday: library

Friday: computer

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Weir J

 

                                  READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK!

Monday, 2/25 Cat in the Hat – Wear stripes!

 

Tuesday, 2/26 Green Eggs and Ham – Wear green!

 

Wednesday, 2/27 Wacky Wednesday – Wear a mismatched outfit!

 

Thursday, 2/28 Fox in Socks – Wear a fun pair of socks or mismatched socks!

 

Friday, 3/1 The Sleep Book – Wear pajamas to school!

 

PLEASE NOTE: The primary teachers chipped in for a special Dr. Seuss themed cake. Please let us know if you DO NOT want your child to participate in this special snack time. Please sign below.

 

Yes, my child can have cake. ________________________________

 

No, I prefer my child NOT have cake. _________________________________-

 

 

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Second Grade News 2/15/19  

                                           Second Grade News

                                           February 15, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            Well, we finally got a snow day, but the kids (and their teacher) were very disappointed it didn’t stay long enough to have much fun in. We made the most of our days together and celebrated friendship on Valentine’s Day with a party at the end of the day. Thanks so much for the generous support we received from you. There was plenty of food for our grade level celebration. Mr. C., the kids, and I really appreciate your support.

           

Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 

Reading: This week, our theme was Keeping Safe. The children really enjoyed the shared story, Officer Buckle and Gloria. Our focus skill was using illustrations/pictures to support our reading. This selection is perfect, because the humor in the story comes from the illustrations. The story would not be as much fun without the pictures. Students worked on non-fiction selections in their leveled groups learning about home, road, and water safety. We will wrap this unit up on Tuesday.

 

Math: We continued to work with three-digit subtraction, working with subtraction across the zeros We tested out of the chapter today. Next week, we will begin our money unit. We worked with coins and skip counting their values in the fall, as it made “sense” to combine that with regular skip counting activities. Many children have difficulty distinguishing the difference between nickels and quarters. They also can find it hard understanding why the dime is smaller than a nickel or a penny,, but it is worth more. Having your child sort and count handfuls of change would be a great way to support learning at home.

 

Fundations: We continued with Unit 7. This is a long chapter which formally introduces open syllables. Students worked with tile boards and wipe boards, analyzing multi-syllabic words and coding their parts.

 

Writing/Social Studies: We have been working on an integrated social studies unit. Students created a lapbook base and we have been adding pieces to it all week. They also brainstormed together to create a chart with character traits they think are important for a president to have. They will use this as a springboard to write a piece about why they think they would make a good president. The kids will be sharing these pieces next week and then they can bring their projects home.

UPCOMING       

                                                

Specials’ Schedule for February 19th – 22nd.

Monday: President’s Day (no school)            

Tuesday: art        

Wednesday: music

Thursday: library

Friday: computer

Wishing you a fabulous and fun family-filled weekend!

Mrs. Weir

 

 

 


Second Grade News 1/25/19  

                                          Second Grade News

                                           January 25, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            This week we wrapped up our second set of benchmark assessments. These definitely impact our regular schedule and it will be nice to return to routine next week.

            Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 Reading: This week, we finished our theme of Keeping Fit. We read a shared selection called There is Nothing Like Baseball and analyzed the inferences in the text. This has been a focus skill for several weekly themes in this unit, where the reader takes information they read, combine it with that they know, and come up with new information. Students read leveled selections in small groups with that went along with the theme. We worked on writing long, strong sentences using their weekly vocabulary words. They also read to their Pre-K Book Buddies.

Math: The kids have been working hard in small groups and independently in math this week. They are applying regrouping skills to three-digit numbers in this chapter. Students also worked on math fluency skills through X-tra Math practice, Tangy Tuesday puzzle packets, and flash card subtraction practice. I have also introduced Sunshine Math for independent problem solving enrichment. We met several times this week during WIN to check in and talk about problem solving strategies and any bumps they hit in approaching problems.

 

Fundations: We are wrapping up Unit 6 which focused on v-e, like the word dive, and v-e exception syllables, like the word give. The children applied syllabication rules to divide words into their parts and then coded the syllables by type. They also practiced spelling trick words with magnetic writing boards and Roll and Write sheets.

 

Writing: We reviewed the steps to writing a strong opinion piece and then wrote a class essay on why a trip to Great Wolf Lodge is the best vacation. (We wrote about the place most students had been to.) They were very excited to share the reasons why they thought this spot was so fun. Students then responded to a formal opinion prompt for their benchmark assessment.

Social Studies: We continued learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he helped make positive changes in our world.                                               

Science: We invited Mr. C.’s class over for a Mystery Science lesson where we learned about different properties of various types of material. Students designed and created hats to protect themselves from the elements, if they were shipwrecked on an island, using simple supplies. We also viewed a Mystery Doug video about why we get hiccups.

 

UPCOMING                 

Specials’ Schedule for January 28th – February 1st

Monday: music            Thursday: gym

Tuesday: library           Friday: art

Wednesday: computer  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Weir

 

 

 


Second Grade News 1/11/19  

                                         Second Grade News

                                           January 11, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            Next week our students will be taking benchmark tests in reading and math. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a nutritious breakfast. We want everyone to do their very best.

STAR Math will be given first thing on Tuesday, January 15th.

STAR Reading will be given first thing on Wednesday, January 16th.

Thank you for your on-going support! J

 

            Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 

Reading: We finished up our animal growth and change theme. We worked on our focus skill of making inferences. This is a tough skill and we worked in large and small groups to help guide the process. I began assessing Core Phonics with individuals this week as well.

 

Math: We worked extensively on the skills needed for two-digit subtraction with regrouping from chapter 4. We played fact fluency games and did some spiral review to keep the kids current with skills they have learned this year. Chapter 6 will focus on addition with three-digit numbers.

 

Fundations: Unit 6 focuses on v-e syllables as in the word ripe. Students practiced building, reading, and coding these syllables on their tile boards. We decoded words with long i spelled i, ie, igh, and y at the end of the word. We also reviewed r-controlled vowels and practiced decoding nonsense words.

 

Writing: We started a new opinion piece about whether students prefer dining out or eating at home. Students formed an opinion and then backed it up with four reasons that support their choice using transitional words. The children are becoming more confident and comfortable in writing drafts of this sort independently. I began conferencing with individuals to help each student add detail to their pieces.

                                             

Science: We continued learning about the life cycle of Emperor penguins and tied this information to our literature theme in reading. We also viewed a Mystery Doug video how glass is made.

UPCOMING                 

Specials’ Schedule for January 14th-18th

Monday: library            Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer         Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Weir J