Mrs. Graham's 2nd Grade

December

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thanksgiving Break (no school): Monday November 23rd-27th
  • Remote Learning: Monday, November 30th - Thursday, December 17
  • No School December 18 - Teacher Work Day
  • Winter Break (no school): December 21st - January 4th
  • School resumes Tuesday, January 5th

Curriculum Update:

WORD WORK/SPELLING:

It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Please continue to do the daily practice activities with your child. The important thing is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) and transfer the pattern into their daily writing.

Prior to Thanksgiving Break we wrapped up our Envision topic on addition. In Topic 4, students built upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently add within 100.

During Topic 4 students focused on the following:

  • Using place value (tens and ones) to add and subtract

  • Using an open number line to add tens and ones within 100.

  • Adding 2 digit numbers using models

  • Adding and breaking apart numbers using mental math and partial sums

  • Modeling one and two step problems

    • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

In Topic 5, students will learn various strategies to subtract within 100. We will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently subtract within 100.

During this unit students will be focusing on the following:

  • Using place value (tens and ones) to subtract

  • Using an open number line to subtract tens and ones within 100.

  • Subtracting 2 digit numbers using models

  • Subtracting and breaking apart numbers using mental math and compensation

  • Modeling one and two step problems

  • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

Resources to help your child with math:

Helping your child with math: Click Here

Math Words and Ideas: Click Here

Investigations Game Center: Math Games



READING:

Students are growing knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study:

  • Paying attention to details

  • Putting the parts of one text together

  • Asking questions

  • Thinking of what a section and a book are teaching

  • Reading several books on a topic to grow knowledge

  • Noticing parts of the texts that go together

  • Spotting differences between texts on the same topic

  • Retelling topics

  • Looking out for keywords and using the whole page to figure out what they mean

  • Looking for and using text features to support understanding

  • Rereading like an expert

WRITING

We are currently in our Informational Writing Unit. Students have planned and wrote their own chapter books on topics they are experts on. Some of our teaching points have included:

  • Planning with a Table of Contents

  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback

  • Studying Mentor Texts

  • Using Comparison

  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions

  • Editing with a Checklist

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2nd Grade at Gold Rush Elementary! My name is Catherine Graham I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! I am excited to learn and grow with you this year! See the "About Me" tab to learn a little bit more about me!

My goal as your child’s teacher is to foster a love of learning while valuing individuality and striving to meet the needs of each student. I am committed to ensuring a quality of instruction that is both developmentally appropriate and challenging for each student. I am very excited to meet you and your child.

I also believe that in order for success to occur the student, parents, teacher and the school must collaborate to provide an optimum learning experience. I look forward to forming a partnership with you that is positive and supportive. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me via email Catherine.graham@dcsdk12.org.

These changing times may be causing a lot of uncertainty. Through it all, I want you to know that I am here for you. I am here to support your child and to support you. With your partnership, I know we can make this a great year!

I look forward to meeting you and your child!

Catherine Graham

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