Classroom News

 

Classroom News for May 2016


Note: There is exciting learning going on in your child's classroom this term. We are learning about life cycles, habitats,and writing non-fiction. We will go on field trips and celebrate a great year of learning. 

Also. a reminder that flip flops are discouraged from being worn at school because they pose a safety issues on our playground and hinder a child's participation in physical education classes. Thanks.

Mathematics: We are excited to begin Topic 12 in mathematics. We will be learning about polygons, and solid figures. Lessons about dividing into fractions will be included. Topic 12 focuses on shapes, angles and equal parts.  With less than 40 days of school left, we are moving onto the skills that your second grader will depend on in third grade.  He/She will use the regrouping skills they learned in previous units to solve three-digit problems. Also, It is important to support the efforts of the children with regular practice in the basic facts. So continue to use www.xtramath.org  account where they can practice addition and subtraction facts both at school and at home. Remember that 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. 
 
Reading:  HAPPY UNBIRTHDAY!  Our current reading unit is centered around reading biographies and learning how to find and organize information to create a written summary of a famous American. The students will create an Unbirthday Box about their chosen Famous American. They will also learn how to give a presentation about their learning.  We will also be reading about animal habitats in Science. 
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 :  We will be continuing Unit 11. This unit focuses on the three vowel types of -ee, -ea and -ey. Unit 11's week one trick words are whose, won and son. Week two's trick words are breakfast, head and ready Please refer to your individual teacher's homework folder for review Fundations homework. Also, be sure to check out spelling lessons at Scootpad.com.
 
Writing: We are continuing to publish our personal narratives. The students have learned to write different types of story beginnings and endings. They have learned transition words and add more descriptive language to their writing. They have taken this piece of writing through the entire writing process from planning to typing their final draft. We are watching to see if the work we do in Fundations is transferring to their writing skills. It is expected that your child can write 4-6 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: We are close to completing our unit titled HUMAN IDENTITY! We will begin talking about Plant and Animals Habitats and life cycles. The students will practice their observation, and critical thinking skills as they journal the growth and development of their own little creature- a painted lady caterpillar.  
 
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 discouraged from wearing flip flops to school. They are a safety issue on our playground. Other types of sandals are fine. Students are welcome to leave a pair of sneakers in their cubbies for physical education class.  
 
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