Classroom News

Classroom News for 2016-2017

Welcome to October in Second Grade! Look what is up ahead...
Note: Second grade is being taught by three teachers this year. Your child may be in a regular classroom or in the multi-grade classroom. The teachers are Mrs. Mahanes, Mrs. Erickson, and Mrs. Rowley Second grade is a busy and exciting year! There is exciting learning going on in your child's classroom this term. We will learn about rocks and minerals, choosing "just right" books, expanding our math skills, and learning to work together productively.  

Mathematics: We are working on building subtraction strategies in Topic 3.  Your child will learn how to use addition to solve easy subtraction problems. He/she will learn to use counting on and counting back as well as patterns in numbers. You will soon have a new web site called Dreambox to practice math skills online. We are excited about this one because it provides animated tools for your child to use. You will receive their login and password soon. You should have already received the passwords for the programs we are using in class for math. If you have not received the  login information, please contact your child's teacher. The PearsonRealize web site contains 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. We are also encouraging students to use to practice math facts at home. 
Reading:  Our first ELA unit is about finds the 5 W's in fiction stories. (Who, what, where, when, why and sometimes how) We are continuing reading groups this week where student will be in reading groups with student working at similar reading levels. This gives each student targeted reading instruction focused around the 5 W's (Who, What, Why, When, Where & How). We are tesing next week on this skill. 
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 :  Second graders are working on Fundation skills in leveled groups.Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Mahanes' students were put in groups based on a placement inventory. This is one more way PES is ensuring your student is getting the instruction and supports they need throughout their day. Homework assignments are different in each group but are usually sent home on Mondays and Wednesdays. 
Writing: The children will begin to write personal narratives very soon. They are currently finishing stories about their field trip. You will be able to read many of them in the Rock Museum opening soon in our Learning Commons. They will first learn how to write 4 kinds of story beginnings.   It is expected that your child can write 3-4 sentences about a single topic using beginning capital letters and ending punctuation during a daily 10-15 minute independent writing time during this next quarter. Your child has learned  how to use a dictionary as a resource when editing their writing. 
This week we will illustrate our stories about the field trip to Parker Mountain Mine.
Science: Our first scientific study is to dig into rocks and minerals as examples of how our Earth changes over time. Our first field trip was a big success. Now we are using the rocks collected to create artifacts for an upcoming museum. We hope to open the museum by November 4th in the Learning Commons. 
Reminders:  We are using a four 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.

It is nearly snow season. We encourage second graders to leave a pair of sneakers here at school in their cubbies. This way they will have them for gym while wearing outdoor boots to and from school. Having an extra pair of socks here is also a great idea. 
Students are discouraged from wearing flip flops to school. They are a safety issue on our playground. Other types of sandals are fine. Students are welcome to leave a pair of sneakers in their cubbies for physical education class.  

Water bottles are welcome in the classroom. Students may leave them at school Monday-Thursday. We ask the students to take them home on Fridays so the water bottles can be cleaned over the weekend.