Mrs. Mahanes' Classroom News

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December Classroom News 2017

Note: Second grade curriculum is being taught by three teachers this year. Your child may be in a regular classroom or in one of the multi-grade classrooms. This site is for Mrs. Mahanes' class. If your child has Mrs. Erickson or Mrs. Rowley, they have a separate site this year. Second grade is a busy and exciting year! There is exciting learning going on in your child's classroom this year. We will learn about reading strategies, 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 t o be an A Day and we have a snow day, then Tuesday becomes A Day.   

Upcoming Events and Information: 
  • Early Release Wednesday, December 20, 2017
  • Classroom Holiday Party, December 22, 2017, 1:45-2:15 pm.
  • Holiday Break, December 23-January 1st
  • Please remember we are building a Game Night Basket for PTO. 
  • Please send all items for the basket by December 15th. 
Mathematics: We are working with double digits in unit 6. We are preparing for adding and subtracting within 100. The math block is divided into direct instruction, guided practice and individualized learning. 
Homework assignments will vary based on your child's individual needs. If you have questions please ask! This is when many students begin to doubt their skills. Let me know if your child is struggling with the homework.  :) 
Reading:  We have begun working on ELA Competency 2. It is focused on using the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why, & how) to read nonfiction. Your child will learn to use nonfiction texts in ways they have not before. We are comparing two texts about the same topic, looking for key details, and using nonfiction text features when reading for information. 

Word Block :  Students will be completing Unit 11 in Fundations before the holiday break. This unit focuses on vowel-consonant-e syllables. We will introduce ou, ue, and other tricky vowel sounds. It is a three week unit. We are working on using marking sounds to make students actively conscious of how syllables are different according to the vowel sounds in each one. We will continue to review welded sounds and vowel teams. (ai, ay, ee, ea, ey, oy, oi, oa, oe, ow ). You should have received some resource sheets to help with the marking, and syllable identification.

Writing: The children are using art as a basis for writing with more powerful descriptions. They can expect answers to their letters to Santa very soon.    
Science: This month's focus is on the brain! We are learning about how important our brain is!  Ms. Haley from UNH Extension is still working with us on health and nutrition this month.  

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. 
Students are welcome to leave a pair of sneakers in their coat room 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.