We would like to thank the PTO for a fun activity to end the week. The cultural arts program on Wonderful Air was informative and very entertaining!
In math, writing, and reading we are still working hard on the same units. In reading and writing the students are not researching a topic of interest to write their final non-fiction piece. These should be finished towards the end of next week. We will get a chance to visit with third grade to be the audience for their non-fiction research projects.
In math we are working more on telling time and counting different collections of coins and paper money. These are both areas that can be worked on at home!
We have started our last science unit of the year, with a focus on plant growth, pollination, and seed dispersal. We are conducting experiments with celery and succulent plants to see how much light and water they require to survive.
Hopefully everyone will get a chance to see the art show next week. Mr. Granucci could still use some help hanging artwork on Tuesday, May 22. Please email him if you can help out.
I can't believe that we are into May already - the year is flying by!
We are in the middle of our units in Math, Reading, and Writing. In math we continue to work on adding and subtracting three-digit numbers up to 1,000 using base ten models and open number lines. We will wrap up this unit with a review of telling time to the nearest five minutes as well as using language such at "ten minutes to eleven" and "twenty minutes after two". Keep on practicing fact fluency, telling time, and counting money at home.
Our reading and writing units are closely connected since they are both non-fiction units. The students are working in non-fiction book clubs to research topics, and then using their new found knowledge to write information books filled with headings, side bars, caption, expert words, glossaries, and more. We will wrap up these units with the students picking individual topics to research and write about.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Teacher Appreciation week! The notes, gestures, flowers, and gifts made my week! This is a great group of kids every day, and I am honored to get to spend time with them each day.
April is an exciting month in second grade. We will begin new work in the areas of reading, writing, and math. In reading, we will begin a new unit on reading nonfiction texts. Students will draw upon all they’ve learned as informational readers to tackle this unit. In writing, our focus will also shift to informational writing as we begin our unit on science books. Students will be researching topics and will write informational books in order to teach others. In math, we will move into our unit on addition and subtraction within 1000. This unit will build upon the work we did earlier in the year. This unit also integrates bits and pieces from previous units such as telling time, money, place value and problem solving. We’re looking forward to a great month!
Our class has been hard at work studying erosion and using the design process to solve the problem of landslides. We learned about mapping and used google earth to explore different landscapes. We also studied the forces of erosion. Students then created models with various models to try to protect houses on a hillside. Check out the photos below:
February promises to be an exciting month in second grade. Stay tuned for information regarding the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day. In reading, we have started a new unit titled Studying Characters and Their Stories. We are pulling old strategies from first grade and the beginning of the year and using them to build reading comprehension based on the characters in the story. We are paying close attention to the character's feelings, actions, words, and how the character reacts to the problem in the story. Students continue to do an amazing job writing gripping fictional stories in writing. These stories contain characters, setting, problem, events, and a solution. We are using dialogue and action to help bring the stories to life. In our new unit in math we are learning different strategies to add and subtract two-digit numbers. So far we have used base ten blocks and open number lines to add and subtract two-digit numbers with and without regrouping. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction math facts at home.
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break! We are cruising into the new year here in second grade! Take a look at our current units of study: In Reading, our current unit is called "Bigger Books Mean Amping up Reading Power" In this unit, we are learning about strategies for tackling longer texts with more complex characters and plots. We are learning to identify and understand literary language, develop more fluency by rereading, and using post-its to keep track of longer books. In Writing, we are finishing poetry and will begin our next unit on Gripping Fictional Stories. In Math, we finished our unit on shapes, partitioning, and time. We will move on to addition and subtraction within 100. And as always... we keep working on those math facts:) Happy 2018!
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