Classroom News for the week of March 17th - 21st, 2014
Math: We are completing unit 7 which focuses on finding patterns in numbers and using data to solve problems. The assessment will take place midweek, and unit 8, an introduction to fractions. will begin later in the week. In second grade, we focus on halves, thirds, and fourths. You will see some other fractions (sixths or eighths, for example) represented only to show equivalents to 1/2, thirds, and fourths. Unit 8 is another short unit, Any additional practice at home to reinforce these important skills is encouraged.
We also began a WIN cycle on telling time. We encourage you to ask your child to read analog clocks whenever possible and to ask your child for all the names that could be used for a time. For example, 8:30 is the same as eight thirty and half past eight. Also remember to visit www.xtramath.org for fact practice or use a deck of cards to play math games.
Reading: We are now discussing why authors write stories. This will lead us to examine the author's message in a text. We will use two books to teach this skill: Oliver Button and Amazing Grace. Students are developing good collaboration skills, learning some new strategies for decoding unknown words, and continuing to work on our goal of 30 minutes of sustained silent reading by June.
Word Block: This week we will focus on words with double consonants.
Writing: We are continuing our narrative unit. Students are in the midst of composing either a personal experience or problem/solution piece. Students have written their strong story beginnings and have used temporal words (first, next, after that, etc.) to help sequence their events. They will also learn how to use all of their senses to provide detail in describing a character or event as well as write a conclusive ending. Some students will begin typing their final drafts using netbooks for final editing and printing.
Science: We continue our Human Identity Unit. Your child is writing and performing a skit showing his/her knowledge of how our senses keep us safe. Next, students will learn about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of a common illness (earaches, head lice, allergies, chickenpox, or pinkeye). Later in the unit we will learn about staying healthy, focus on the stages of human life, and discuss human survival needs.Reminder: Please make sure students come to school dressed properly for playing in the snow. Boots will be the last things to go as the weather warms up. We can begin using the playground sooner if students continue to wear their boots through mud season. We encourage children to leave a pair of sneakers here at school during boot weather if possible. That way, they are always ready for P.E. and will not be wearing wet, muddy shoes or heavy boots inside the building.