Classroom News

March Classroom News 2017

Please continue to send boots and shoes until Mud Season is done!  Spring iofficially begins Monday, March 20th! 

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. 
Please remember that if there is a snow day homework assignments move to the next day. We do not skip lettered days. For example, if Monday is supposed to be an A Day and we have a snow day, then Tuesday becomes A Day.   

Mathematics: Mrs. Mahanes' students will be finishing their work with subtracting two-digit numbers this coming week. Then we will move on to three digit numbers! 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 regrouping (Unit 8) or two-digit subtracting using regrouping (Unit 9). 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! :)

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  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. Moby Max is also available if you are interested in an alternative online math program.
Reading:  We are continuing our Poetry Unit this week. We will discuss four different types of poems and give students a chance to write poems of their own. There will be no changes to the flexible reading groups at this time. 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 writing effective endings. Students will begin typing their stories and learning how to use a word processor. 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 mud 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.