Classroom News

Classroom News for February 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! 


Mathematics: We have finished Topic 8 and will be assessing this week. We will take a short break from lessons to administer a Topic 1-8 Benchmark Assessment. This will give us some idea of what has "stuck" and what may need to be revisited. After that, we will begin Topic 9 which focuses on subtracting two digit numbers.  It is important to support the efforts of the children with regular practice in the basic facts. So continue to use  account where they can practice addition and subtraction facts both at school and at home. You will also receive information about logging into the site that will contain copies of the homework assigned and links to games and homework helpers. You can see the same video that your child sees at school, print out copies of the homework, play games, and use the interactive glossary to help your child with homework. 

Reading:  Have you ever wished you had a "bird's eye view" of the world? Our second graders are reading texts and learning about the point-of-view of the characters. Ever wonder what the giant thought when he saw Jack going down the beanstalk with his magic harp? Thief! Thief! As we all know there is usually more than one side to a story. The wolf has a totally different perspective than the little pigs. A wolf has to eat, after all. And small pigs are a tasty meal. The children enjoy reading books from the perspective of different characters. This helps them learn to make inferences and look deeper into stories they may already be familiar with. 
We expect that your child will read at home for 15 minutes a day. You can record the number of minutes on the daily homework log. We will track the number of minutes read each week. We also have a self-selected reading time here at school. We use this time for individual reading conferences and for teaching your child to choose appropriate books on their own. The expectation for second grade is that your child will be able to read a self-selected book independently for 30 minutes by the end of the year. 

Word Block :  We are continuing to work in week 2 of a three week unit on Open Syllables, using "y" and reviewing R controlled vowels. We have divided the trick words into three groups to make learning them easier for the students. Please refer to your individual teacher's homework folder for review Fundations homework. Also, be sure to check out spelling lessons at

Writing: We are beginning to write personal narratives. The students will learn to write different types of story beginnings and endings. They will learn to transition their sentences and add more descriptive language to their writing. They will take this piece of writing through the entire writing process from planning to typing their final draft. We are watching to see if the work we do in Fundations is transferring to their writing skills. It is expected that your child can write 4-6 sentences about a single topic using beginning capital letters and ending punctuation during a daily 10-15 minute independent writing time during this quarter. 

Science: We are continuing to work on a unit titled HUMAN IDENTITY! The first lessons in the unit were about how we use our senses to keep ourselves safe.  The children will be exploring how they use their senses to make important safety decisions everyday. During this unit our students will have to create a short video demonstrating their knowledge of how their senses protect them harm.    

Reminders:  We are using a five day block schedule. This means that specials are not always on the same day of the week, but are always in the same order. See our class schedules for the order for your class.

Students are outside in the morning and it is getting chilly! Students are welcome to leave a pair of sneakers in their cubbies over the winter months. This way they have them for physical education classes and are not forgotten at home.