Classroom News

Classroom News for the week of May 18-22, 2015

Spring is here! We have less than 30 days of school left and so many exciting learning experiences left to do! Please help us by making sure your child is rested and ready for a day of active learning! 

Math:  We will be working in Topic 13 this week. This unit is about counting coins, and using money to solve problems. It is a very short unit: only five lessons. We will follow it with Topic 14 which isabout making change. You can help your child by asking them to count coins for you at home. We realize that we skipped Topic 12. It is about Geometry. We will return to it later.  is up and running if you have any problems please contact your child's teacher. Additionally, you may consider setting up a student account at to practice second grade standards in math and reading. You can use your family ID that you received at parent conferences to get into the site. 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: What are the qualities of a person that makes them become famous? What can we learn from famous Americans from the past? We will explore these questions and more as we read and write about Presidents, inventors, and patriots from our past. We will ask and answer questions to discover facts, ideas and character traits about some famous Americans. Students will share their projects at the Exhibition Night on June 11th. We expect students to continue their daily 15 minutes of reading at home. By the end of the year we expect that a second grader can read for 30 uninterrupted minutes.  

Word Block : "Tricky Words" Words: These are words that do not follow the traditional sound and spelling patterns.

Words: shelves, beautiful, stopped, tries, where

Writing: We are using writing time in conjunction with the biography project mentioned above. Students are learning to research facts about their famous person by taking notes from printed sources and then writing a short biography about their person, The writing includes practice with using an editor's checklist, self-editing, and critiquing the work of others. 

Science: We are finishing up our Human Identity Unit and beginning our unit on Animal Life cycles and Habitats. We are observing caterpillars in class and will watch as they become butterflies! We will visit a local pond and check out what life is there as well. 

Reminder: Baseball, soccer and other late afternoon activities are making it harder for our students to complete their homework with the quality we expect. Please monitor the quality of your child's work and let us know if this is becoming a problem for you. We can adjust due dates to include weekend time for catching up if necessary.