Please make sure all library books are returned to school. The week of May 3-7 will be our last week of library. Fines can be paid through MySchoolBucks.
Our studies will focus on place value this month as students decompose, compare, add, and subtract 3 digit numbers. Students are also refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers.
These have been some of our focus points:
Identifying the value of each number in a 3 digit number - in 354, the 3=300, 5=50, 4=4 ones
Representing 3 digit numbers in expanded form - 354 is written as 300+50+4
Comparing 3 digit numbers (>, <, =)
Adding 10 or 100 and subtracting 10 or 100 from a given number and noticing the pattern / changes
Noticing how the digit in the tens place changes when the addends in the ones place sum to greater than 10
Relating single digit combinations (8+2=10) to multiple digit combinations (80+20=100)
Solving 1 and 2 step story problems by visualizing and representing the problem
We will begin Topic 12. Students will estimate, measure precisely with inches, centimeters, yards, and meters, and compare units.
In science, we are learning about Habitats. In our studies, we will explore how plants and animals use the resources in their habitats to survive. We will discuss the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat. Students will work with their group to present and teach their peers about their habitat. Be sure to keep your eye out on Seesaw to see their presentation!
We spent some time writing summaries where our focus was not only on determining the importance of a fiction story but also:
knowing exactly when to use punctuation and capitals and being consistent
spelling is matching our letter sound pattern knowledge
writing is neat and thorough
We will begin our unit on Poetry. Students will not only read poetry but notice the writing craft of poetry. We will explore the difference between ordinary and “poets’ eyes” to see the world and write poetry. As students explore this genre they with be learning:
To choose topics which elicit strong emotion
To make intentional choices with word choice
To write poems that look and sound different than stories
To use whitespace to get the reader to pause between sections
To use repetitive language
To use figurative language
To use rhyme
To experiment with line breaks
I am always amazed at how second graders are natural poets and love the creative challenge of writing poems about the things they love! I look forward to diving into our poetry unit with your child!
Reading has been a very exciting time in our classroom. We have had the opportunity to become part of a book series club where we had time to read several books within a series. As readers we have been doing the following:
Collect information about the main characters
Look closely at how characters respond to problems
Noticing similarities in characters across the series
Use what we know about our characters to make predictions
Understand the relationships with other characters
Looking at the author’s craft of writing
How author’s use precise words
How author’s use literary language to make ordinary extroadinary
Understanding how the whole series will go
In addition, during our readers workshop, students are researching various habitats - forest, rainforest, desert, ocean, wetlands, polar/artic and grasslands.
reading like researchers
determining the importance
discussing the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat
presenting their information in a culminating project