Classroom News

May Classroom News 2017

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.   

Upcoming Events and Information: 
  • DRA READING testing for second graders will be from May 30th through June 2nd. ELA Groups will end on June 2nd. 

  • Our end of the year field trip is on June 16th. We will Image result for great bay discovery center nhbe spending a day at the Great Bay Discovery Center exploring the estuary habitat. More information will come home with the permission slips. We are being asked if our students might be photographed by National Geographic Young Explorers. What an exciting addition to our learning experience! 

  • Image result for painted lady butterfly life cycleWe are observing the process of metamorphosis right in our classrooms! Each student is observing and tracking the life cycle of a painted lady butterfly.  We will release the adult butterflies on our playground in late May. We expect the hatching to begin on the 25th. 

Mathematics: Mrs. Mahanes' students are using geometry to divide shapes into fractions. The biggest challenge in this unit is the vocabulary that goes with geometry. Solid figures are 3D shapes and plane figures are 2D shapes.
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 subtracting with and without regrouping (Unit 7 & 9). Some students may be moving onto Unit 11, but only if they are secure with the skill of subtraction. 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 to work in our ELA groups. They are focused on the reading fluency and comprehension skills students need to move forward in their learning. We are also reading biographies of famous Americans. We will ask and answer questions about real people. Don't be surprised if your child asks if they can interview someone. Students are working with their own homeroom teacher for this unit. 
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 finishing up their narratives and writing simple biographies. They will be writing about real people; both live and from history. The focus is on expository writing skills. They will be doing research and may need your assistance with using the computer to do that. Your child has learned  how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus as resources when editing their writing. 
Science: We are reading nonfiction books about common illnesses and sharing that learning by making effective informational posters. Then they will practice their speaking and listening skills by presenting their learning to others.  We are also studying life cycles and animal habitats throughout the months of May and June.  

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.
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.