January and February
Can you believe we're almost to the 100th day of school! We have been learning so much! In reading, we are focusing on such comprehension skills as inferencing, summarizing, and predicting. We are incorporating those skills into our read-alouds, guided reading books, and independent book club books.
In writing, we have studied noun, verbs, and adjectives. We are also learning the rules for plural nouns. We have learned to write a persuasive paragraph. Next we will be learning how to write to inform.
In science, we have finished our unit on the 3 states of matter. We had many fun experiments to help us with this. We are now into social studies- studying maps. We are also learning about word geography- with such ideas as hemisphere, equator, prime meridian, the 7 continents, and 5 oceans.
In math, we are learning to add and subtract 2-digit numbers using several different strategies. We are studying place value to 1000 and learning to compare these numbers, as well as write them in standard and expanded form. Most of all, we are learning to count money! This is an important life skill and we need lots of practice. Please help us at home with this!
I can't believe we're to December already! We'll be staying busy right up to the winter break!
In social studies, we are continuing with economics and our study of resources and goods and services. We will even do a bartering activity! In math, we are working on graphs and data. We will be analyzing and creating picture, picto-, and bar graphs!
We are writing to persuade in writer's workshop and working on main idea in reading.
Don't forget that 2nd and 3rd graders will be performing at Heritage Night next Wednesday, Dec. 14th!
Nov. 28-Dec. 3
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great, restful Thanksgiving! This week starts many new units to get in before the winter break.
In reading, we are working on story elements such as character, setting, problem, solution, and ending. In writer's workshop, we are studying verbs and beginning our unit on persuasive writing. We are starting our Economics unit in social studies. We will be studying needs and wants, producers and consumers, goods and services, and the different kinds of resources.
In math, we are finishing up our place value unit and hope to begin our next unit on data and probability before the break.
I feel like I won't even see my little people this month! We are off November 4th for teacher workday, November 7th are parent/teacher conferences, November 8th for election day, and November 11th for Veteran's Day!
In the midst of those days off and then the upcoming Thanksgiving break, we will be trying to stay busy! We are learning about the parts of a story in reading- the characters, setting, problem, and solution. In writing, we are working on nouns and writing letters. We are studying weather in science and skip-counting and even and odd numbers in math. We will also be studying place value and rounding to the nearest 10.
I hope everyone will participate in the Turkey Reading Challenge to keep those skills sharp during all those days off!
Oct. 24-28 Spirit Week!!!
Monday- Sport Day
Tuesday- Neon Day
Wednesday- Pajama Day
Thursday- Dress like a book character day
Friday- Silly Sock Day & Field Day (wear your color!)
Amid all this fun, we will be finishing up several things in class. We are finishing fairy tales in writing, as well as working on sentence types. In science we will test on magnets. In math, we are finishing up symmetry and geometric shapes. We are learning about sequencing in reading.
This week we will be continuing with character traits in reading. As we discuss what the characters are like, we will also be giving reasons why we think so. We will begin writing our own fairy tales in writing, as well as identifying different sentence types.
We are in the middle of our unit on geometry. We are moving now into symmetry and designing shapes with horizontal and vertical symmetry. In science, we are continuing our unit on magnets. We've enjoyed many fun experiments and hands-on activities with this.
Don't forget- there is no school for students on Monday, October 10th due to the Columbus Day holiday!
This week we will continue with our study of characters in stories. We are learning to describe characters, as well as PROVE why we think that way by giving examples from the story.
In writing, we are studying the elements of a fairy tale. We hope to begin writing our own fairy tales!
In math, we are continuing to study plane and solid shapes. We have constructed the shapes, and will do so again. We will also be describing how they are alike and different.
This week begins our first science unit of the year- magnets.
Don't forget our field trip to the planetarium on Wednesday, Oct. 12th! All students need a packed lunch!
This week we will begin several new units. In reading, we are beginning to really focus on characters. We will be describing characters and providing examples of why we think that.
In writing, we are beginning our unit on fairy tales. This week we will rotate with the other second grade classes to read different fairy tales.
In math, we are beginning our unit on geometry and shapes! Even though we'll take a little break from addition and subtraction, please continue to practice at home!
In science, we are being scientists and conducting experiments! We will also study Columbus Day in preparation for next week's holiday!
We are really getting into a great routine with reading groups and daily 5! Students are reading, writing, and doing word work every day! We are writing sentences and focusing on retelling stories in writing. This week we will finish our social studies unit on Citizenship and move into our first science unit. We'll do an introduction to science skills and have fun experimenting! In math, we are finishing up our first unit of the year. We've practiced addition and subtraction facts to 18, ordinal numbers, time and money, and problems with missing numbers, such as 3 + _ =7.
Don't forget back to school night this Tuesday at 7:00! I hope to see you all there!
We are having a lot of fun in our class! This week, I've finally finished some preliminary assessments and will begin reading groups. I look forward to helping each child become a better reader!
In writing, we have focused on complete sentences- learning the words subject and predicate. We will continue those words, while also beginning to look at how writers tell stories through illlustrations.
In social studies, this week we will be focusing on voting and our local, state, and national government.
In math, we are in our first unit of addition, subtraction, and the number system. We'll be learning ordinal numbers and problems with missing addends this week.
Keep in mind, back to school night is coming up on September 27th!
We are really getting into a routine in our class! We have been learning the activities for Daily 5 during reading time. Students have practiced read to self, buddy reading, writing, and listening to reading. This week we will start with word work. We will also do a 'practice' word study week to learn what to do.
In writing, we have been focusing on what makes a complete sentence. Don't forget those capitals and periods!
In social studies, we are beginning our unit on citizenship. We will discuss citizen rights and responsibilities, as well as how we are alike and diverse!
In math, we are working on basic addition and subtraction skills. I know we know a lot of these already, but our focus is really on SHOWING our work- and using more than one way to solve a problem.
This week we will begin learning the Daily 5 routines of class. Students will practice read-to-self, buddy reading, listening to reading, writing, and word work. We will also be practicing what makes a complete sentence in writing. In math we are working basic addition and subtraction facts to 18, as well as coin values and time to the hour. We are beginning our year with social studies with a unit on citizenship and diversity!
I am really enjoying getting to know the students and learn all their delightful little personalities!
Please don't forget to send a snack and water bottle in with your child daily!
I am so happy to be your teacher this year! I look forward to meeting you this Friday! We are going to have a great year together!
Please know that we will be a PEANUT-FREE classroom this year!
On Friday, please bring....
Your school supplies and the yellow "How Does my child get home" paper!