Classroom News

Classroom News for September 2016

Welcome to a new school year!

 You are in the right place to find homework help and information about your child's learning

 if you have a second grader at Pittsfield Elementary School! 

We use EnVsions Mathematics. The school year begins with an introduction to the classroom routines we will use and the vocabulary that is associated with the program. Topic 1 will cover addition and subtraction to 20 with an emphasis on solving word problems. Your child will begin to explain his/her thinking and will learn strategies for solving different types of problems. You will recieve information about your child's  account where they will practice addition and subtraction facts both at school and at home. You will also receive information about logging into the site that will contain 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:  Be sure to send in the reading log your child was given in June. We will begin the year reading fiction books and learning how to identify the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why and sometimes how) in fiction stories. We will review the skills learned in first grade. 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 are continuing the Fundations program that the students began in first grade. This phonics, spelling, and vocabulary program has been very successful with your children and we want that success to continue. You will receive a packet for each week of the program. It will contain the homework and information for practicing the new skills at home. 

Words: You will receive a tricky word list in each Fundations packet. These words will be tested as part of the regular program. 

Writing: We will spend about 2 weeks developing the classroom routines and expectations for writing. We will build on the skills your child brings from first grade and begin individual conferences with students.
It is expected that your child can write 3-5 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: Science Rocks! We will begin the year with a unit about rocks and minerals. The students love exploring to find interesting specimen and identifying them using rock guides. We will learn about the rock cycle and change over time. We will discuss erosion, and other ways that rocks change. We hope to take a field trip to a local rock mine to collect specimen in late September or early October. 

Reminders: Students need sneakers on gym day. Library books should be returned each week. You will get a schedule for all the special classes (art, music, library, computer, and physical education) during the first week of school. 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.