Mathematics: Mrs. Mahanes' students are working in Topic 9 of the enVisions text on subtracting from two-digit numbers when regrouping is necessary. This is a difficult skill so we will work more slowly through this topic. Don't be surprised if your child comes home and tells you the homework has changed because we did not finish the lesson. If you get stuck, give me a call.
Mrs. Erickson's and Mrs. Rowley's classes work in 3 small flexible groups. Depending on the group, your student will be working on two-digit addition using mental math (Unit 6) or two-digit addition using regrouping (Unit 8). Your child took pre-assessments that showed what their strengths and areas of growth in place value, comparing numbers and problem solving. He/she will be using either computers or iPads for 30 minutes each day during math. Direct instruction in targeted smaller groups will take place the other 30 minutes of the math block. Homework assignments will vary based on your child's individual needs. If you have any new questions about the new structure of math please ask! :)
ONLINE MATH PROGRAMS
You have seen the password information about the math new web site called Dreambox to practice math skills online. The kids are enjoying the program in class and we encourage them to continue to play at home. If you have not received the www.pearsonrealize.com 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 xtramath.org to practice math facts at home. Moby Max is also available if you are interested in an alternative online math program.
Reading: We are continuing our ELA Unit 3 on character point of view this week. Our focus will be to look at characters and identify what they might be seeing, thinking and feeling. We will also discuss and write about how people have different points of views regarding the same event(s). We are continuing reading groups but your child may be moved to a different group based on their area of greatest need or his/her new DRA score. This gives each student targeted reading instruction. Students who need work on fluency will also have one-on-one instruction throughout the week.
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 are writing personal narratives. This week's lessons focus on adding details and using transitions in paragraphs to move a story forward. 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.
Science: All three classes are writing, practicing and performing their learning through a performance task assessment. They will even learn to run a video camera! Groups of students are writing safety skits to show their understanding of how their senses keep them safe. We will video tape their skits.
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 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 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.