Classroom News

Classroom News for October 2016

Special News! 

 The Second Grade is Creating a Rock Museum. It will soon be on display in the hallway outside the classrooms and in the library at PES. 

Your child will take the assessment for Topic 2 on addition facts and strategies. Topic 3 in mathematics introduces word problems involving subtraction. Your child will also continue to explain his/her thinking when solving these problems. You have received information about your child's  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:  We are reviewing and preparing to test your child's skill at identifying the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why and sometimes how) in fiction stories. We will begin looking at the same skill using nonfiction books and texts. 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 :  This week we will introduce the "nasal sounds" of /m/ and /n/. These are sounds that come out of your nose. We call them glued sounds. We will practice the welded sounds of -ang, -ing, -ong, -ung, -ank, -ink, -onk, and -unk as well.  Unit 3 will begin next week. 

Words: You will receive a tricky word list in each Fundations packet. These words will be tested as part of the regular program. Practice them like flash cards each week. Keep adding the words to you child's pile each week.  
Please make sure to return your Fundations homework.

Writing: We are learning how to use a word list or planner to map out the 5Ws before writing. It is expected that your child can write 3-5 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: Science Rocks! We will begin the year with a unit about rocks and minerals. The students love exploring to find interesting specimen and identifying them using rock guides. We will learn about the rock cycle and change over time. We will discuss erosion, and other ways that rocks change. We are preparing artifacts for a rock museum to showcase the students' work. We will let you know when it can be viewed. 

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!