2nd Grade Big Top News

October 2016


Welcome to the Big Top. We are so excited to share all the wonderful and exciting activities we are doing!
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Language Arts

In Language Arts the students will be engaged in various writing activities. They are reflecting on the New Year and writing their goals for the months to come. The class will also complete a descriptive writing about fall using the five senses. We will read various stories in class and complete story maps, sequencing activities, and Venn diagrams. The class will continue learning spelling patterns and will be able to apply what they have learned while reading and completing journal entries. The students will recognize parts of a sentence, nouns, verbs, subjects and predicates. We look forward to a month of learning!


The students will complete their unit on basic facts and relationships and will begin learning about 2 digit addition. The students will explore the new unit using smart board lessons, hands-on manipulatives, and math games. It is imperative that each child memorizes their addition and subtraction facts through the number 20. Using flashcards at home is a great way to practice!

Social Studies

The students are continuing to read and discuss our social studies unit about the government and how it works. We are going to learn about the leaders of the government and what their role as a leader is and how they help the community and the world. We also will be discussing the branches of government and what role each has and how each branch is tied in with another. We will also be discussing the upcoming election, how voting works, and the process that the candidates go through.


We have completed our unit on the scientific process and are looking forward to incorporating what we have learned into our next unit. The students will be reading about how technology and science are related. We are going to learn to think like engineers and work like engineers. There are going to be many hands-on activities both in the classroom and in science lab that will reinforce those engineering skills. The students will learn how to solve a problem the way an engineer would and about the different types of technology that is around us.


We hope you all had a wonderful Rosh Hashana with your family and friends! During the month of Tishrei we are going to study about the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipuur, the Ten Days of Repentance. This period of time allows us to start the new year fresh, and we ask Hashem that we be inscribed in the Book of Life. Next, we are going to study about the wonderful holiday of Sukkot, where we are thankful for all the food on the earth and all the blessings we have in life. The last holiday in Tishrei is Simchat Torah, the day in which we finish reading the last verse of Devarim, Deuteronomy, and immediately begin with the first verse of Bereishit, Genesis. As part of ourParsha study we continue with Parsha Drama and our weekly study of the Parsha in class. We will also continue to improve our reading and writing skills in class, having fun and engaging in hands-on activities each day. We would like to wish you a Shana Tova & G'mar Chatima Tova!


During the month of October, students will be creating a special project for their homes. Discussing the meaning will be part of this activity and students will identify Spanish vocabulary. They will then continue to work on their Spanish mini-books about greetings and people.Wishing you and your families a healthy, joyful, and sweet New Year! FELĺZ AÑO NUEVO


This month in Chinese class, we will learn how to say colors and fruits in Chinese. The students will be given various worksheets and participate in class activities that will allow them to practice the vocabulary. These words will include common colors such as red, blue, and green, in addition to common fruits such as apple, strawberry, and orange. We will have Rosh Hashanah activity as well.

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Physical Education

Our students had a blast improving their hand/eye coordination while learning how to catch/ throw and play flag football. Our next units will help improve our endurance/ Upper body and abdominal strength and Explosive speed while we have fun jumping rope and doing other workouts during our Fitness unit.


Second grade will enhance their STEM experience this month by exploring principles of wheels and axels by constructing a simple machine. Concepts in science and engineering include control and direction of movement and increasing force (torque). Through designing and building a go-cart with Lego’s students are engaged in learning while having fun.


Second Grade classes already finished learning about Paul Klee and his Goldfish series. Now we got into the world of the famous artist Marc Chagall, his mystical and colorful art caught the attention of all the students.
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The students are working on responding to different pieces of music and discussing their own individual interpretations of it. They will also identify the strengths and needs of classroom performances with familiar songs. The students will be listening to Joseph Haydn's "Surprise Symphony" and singing "Child of the World", "Check it Out", and "Romemy".