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posted May 29, 2018, 8:21 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

ABBE Museum Trip

May 30th 2018

Your child will need the following

*sneakers because we will be walking

*a light jacket in case it is breezy

*a packed lunch

If you are chaperoning please arrive promptly at 8:00 am. Head straight to your child's classroom with your student. We will be leaving at 8:30 p.m. promptly.

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posted May 16, 2018, 7:48 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

As the weather gets nicer I like to move some of our learning outside. If you have a beach towel or an old bath towel to send in for the rest of the year, that would be helpful. If you don't, that is fine 

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posted May 8, 2018, 9:28 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

It is May already. It is a challenge keeping the kids focused this time of year. They are over tired and the spring weather makes us all want to be outside. We are business as usual in second grade. There is much to learn in the last month and a half of school.

We will be finishing the year with learning about Changes in Land, Mapping, What Plants and  Animals Need, Biodiversity and Habitats

    We will be working on comprehension and retelling skills. Finding text support for our answers. We are also working on using part of a question. Our spelling will continue to focus on spelling rules such as r controlled vowels (ar, or, ur, er, ir), contractions, special tenses  

We are currently finishing our work with repeated addition and skip counting that will provide the foundation for multiplication and division. We are also working on base ten concepts of our math system. As part of that we are learning addition strategies for numbers in 10s, 100s and 1000s.

Upcoming Dates to remember

May 30th     2nd grade field trip to the Abbe Museum 
June 5th      k-2 Field Trip to Moose Point
June 8th      Concert
June 14th     Field day
June 15        Last day pizza party June 15 It's a half day so we celebrate with a pizza party. You only need to send lunch if your child does not like pizza

Volunteers are needed for field trips and Field Day. Forms have been sent home in your child's folder. If you are planning on volunteering you must fill out a volunteer packet for this school year. You can get them in the office or I can send one home in your child's folder

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posted Mar 26, 2018, 4:58 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

I am sure that your kids let you know I was not  here Thursday. I was home with a pinched nerve in my back. Your report cards will come home today in your child's folder. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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posted Mar 26, 2018, 4:55 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

It has been a crazy few weeks with all the snow days and early release days. The kids have been troopers through the constantly changing schedules

We are close to finishing up our reading unit which is focusing on neighborhoods and communities. Many of the stories are exposing them to life in large cities. The concept of multiple story apartment buildings and homes that have no yard at all are a little hard for them to grasp. We have had many interesting discussions and have looked at many pictures of New York city and other large cities 

We are working on prefixes, suffixes, contractions and parts of speech. We re also identifying subjects an predicates and how to write complete sentences. We are learning to expand our sentences to more complex sentences and how to keep them from becoming run on sentences.

We are continuing to review long and short vowels, blends digraphs, and diphthongs. We are learning rules of syllabication to help us with our spelling. Chunking workds into the syllables helps with spelling and reading.

We finished a unit on story problems and adding +1 +2 doubles doubles +1 and doubles -1. We are now working on odd and even, +1- and -10. Place value and how to use our addition and subtraction facts across our base 10 system will be our focus. We will also be doing more in depth work with categorizing data collection

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posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:59 PM by Patricia Currie-Wright

We survived the 100th day of school with lots of fun activities. Our next big event will be Valentines Day. A list of names went home last week in the folders. If you need another let me know. 

I will be doing a small Valentines Celebration at the end of the day. If you want to send something please email or send me a note in the folder. 

Have a fantastic break!

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posted Jan 29, 2018, 7:31 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

We are at the end of January. Wow how did that happen? It's been a great month in spite of the late entries and snow days that messed with our schedules. 

The kids have welcomed a new student into our classroom. You have such kind and caring children. They made her feel as if she was part of the class from the first day.

We are moving into our Neighborhood and Community unit in Reading. So all of our stories will be about neighborhoods and communities. The program spirals with skills so some of the same skills will reappear in different formats. We are working on complete sentences, types of sentences. We will be doing a lot of editing of words that are no excuse words.

In writing we are still working on our scientific writing. They are doing lab reports on the many experiments we are doing in science. 

Our science topics have moved from properties and states of matters to properties of materials. We are evaluation why certain materials are better than others for certain tasks. We will be moving into the effects of heat on materials shortly

In math we are defining odd and even beyond memorizing the numbers that are odd and even. We are learning to manipulate our doubles to help us in addition. We have begun a long stretch of word problems that will teach them how to identify what the problem is asking and how to solve it. 

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posted Dec 14, 2017, 9:14 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

Well it has been a few weeks since I have updated the blog. I apologize. Time seemed to have slipped away from me.

Upcoming dates
Tuesday     December 19 Book Celebration volunteers needed so fill out your form if you can come and help.
Friday        December 22 is a half day. We will be having a little celebration. If you would like to send something in you can. I usually look for a mix of                         healthy and sweet treats. 

We just finished our Narrative writing unit. The program we use focuses on personal narrative. However, we have been taking the principles of good personal narrative and applying them to other narrative stories. The Common Core for second grade indicates the need to be able to write a narrative. A narrative is simply a story of connected events or experiences told in a sequence that are either true or fictitious

We are working on our geometry unit. We are working on identifying shapes. Defining rectangles. We are determining the area of rectangles using one inch cubes. We are also continuing to work towards mastering addition facts. We have been working on plus 1, Plus 2, doubles and sums of ten. We will be introducing doubles plus one and doubles minus one as strategies. We are working on the commutative property of addition i.e. 2 +3 and 3+2 will give you the same. We are also learning how addition facts can help with subtraction facts. i.e 7+ 3 - 10 10- 3 =7 10=- 7 = 3

 We are working on summarizing, clarifying, predicting. We have been learning blends, digraphs, vowel pairs, antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms. We have been identifying types of sentences, Commands, Statements, exclamatory sentences, and questions. We are also working on defining what a complete sentence is and using the words subject and predicate.

We have moved from our properties of matter to our properties of materials. We are learning what materials are and which materials will be the best for a particular task. Our writing and our science merge during this unit because we are doing scientific writing. We are learning how to develop hypotheses, and test them and write lab reports about our experiments.

Hope you have a fantastic Holiday Season!

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posted Oct 31, 2017, 6:42 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

It was fantastic seeing you all at conferences. You have great kids and I am blessed to spend every day with them.

The hurricane force winds and power outages have certainly been a disruption to our lives. The kids are warm and safe here at school with the school wide generator. What a super thing to have during these stressful times.

We are fast approaching November and are finishing up many of our units of study at the same time. I am working on staggering the assessments so that they kids don't get overwhelmed with too many at one time.

We will be moving into the Nature Walk theme of our reading and our realistic fiction unit. We will continue to work in reading strategies of predicting/inferring, drawing conclusions, identifying cause and effect, summarizing, asking clarifying questions as we read. Just to name a few.

In science we have wrapped up states of matter and will be moving onto properties of materials. They will work in large an small groups to determine what materials work in what situations and why. 

In math we are continuing to work with word problems and reviewing and learning strategies of solving both addition and subtraction problems. Strategies include sums of ten +1 and +2 facts, and doubles

Writing we are finishing up our narrative writing and will be moving onto information writing very soon. In information writing we will be focusing on forming a hypothesis, collecting data and writing conclusions.

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posted Oct 24, 2017, 8:46 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

Upcoming Dates 

October 25th - Mismatched Sock Day - We are all different and special
November 1st -Inside out day - We all have feelings
November 8th - Red, White, and Blue Day - Eagle Pride!
November 15th- Crazy Hair, Don't Care - Be Confident!

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