Classroom News

Classroom News for 2016-2017

We are half way through November in Second Grade...
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.  

Mathematics: Mrs. Mahanes' students are finishing up Unit 4 this week.  The children are excited to be learning how to use arrays and repeated addition as a connection to multiplication.  Your child will continue to learn how to solve addition and subtraction problems. He/she will also be introduced to arrays as well! 

Mrs. Erickson's and Mrs. Rowley's classes have been working in small flexible groups for 2 weeks. The students will be taking their first unit assessment. 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! :)

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. 
Reading:  We have completed our first ELA unit and will begin our second. It is focused on informational reading. All second graders have completed a Developmental Reading Assessment. The teachers will share that information in report card conferences later this month. Our second ELA unit is about finds the 5 W's in nonfiction stories. (Who, what, where, when, why and sometimes how) We are continuing reading groups but your child may be moved to a different group based on their new DRA score. This gives each student targeted reading instruction focused. 
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: As some children finish typing their field trip stories for the NOW OPEN Rock Museum! The children will begin to write personal narratives. The first week's lessons focus on what makes a good beginning to a narrative. They will learn how to write 4 kinds of story beginnings.   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: Mrs. Rowley's class and Mrs. Erickson's class are going to investigate the water we drink both at home and school. It will be up to the students to test the water, make opinions on the quality of our drinking water and brainstorm ways to improve our water at PES. The students will then prepare a presentation for the school board. We are looking for a small group of students to represent their grade level at the presentation. Mrs. Mahanes' class will be busy with a Paper Chair STEAM project! They will have to use their creativity, teamwork and critical thinking skills to make the strongest chair out of nothing but paper! 

THE ROCK MUSEUM IS OPEN! Check out the museum display in our Learning Commons Room. It will be up through the month of November!  
Reminders:  This week is Parent/Teacher Conferences! We can not wait to sit down with you to celebrate everything that has happened in Second Grade so far!!!

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 nearly 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.