2nd Grade Scoop

1/8/2016

Early Release Days

This is just a reminder that next week we have early release days Thursday (1/14) and Friday (1/15). The students will be let out at 12:15pm.

DIYU is next week!

Our next DIYU is coming up next Friday (1/15). The students will be bringing home their DIYU choice cards today! This will allow plenty of time if the students need materials for their DIYU session.

Jackets Needed!

We are still going outside for recess, even though it is colder out. We can go outside as long as it is above 35 degrees with the wind chill. If the temperature permits, we go outside. It is important that your child wear a warm jacket. If they don't bring a jacket, they will not be allowed to go outside because we don't want any students getting sick.

Math

This week in math, students continued exploring polygons such as pentagon and hexagon. They learned that vertices were exact points where the sides of a corner meet. Students took the post-test, and they did an outstanding job. Next week, students are going to explore and use the make-ten strategies for addition. Please take a minute to read the math newsletter for module 6 that your child brought home.

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Science

This week in Science, we have been working on natural resources. We have learned that natural resources are metals, rocks, water, plants and animals. We have learned that we should practice the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with our natural resources. We have been thinking about ways we can help our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.

DRA is underway!

We have started our middle of the year benchmark reading tests. We are looking to see how the students are progressing in their fluency and reading comprehension. It will take us about two weeks to complete. Be on the look out for your student's updated reading level. For Dual Language students, we are working on English testing first. Once we finish the English testing, we will move onto our Spanish tests.

Guided Reading Books

Dear Parents,

Please help us by helping your children to return all guided reading books. We typically give out 2 books per week to each child. So we need 2 books returned to us weekly. Thank you for your assistance in this area of need.

Readers Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, we have been working on summarizing stories. The strategy that we have been practicing is: Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then. Summarizing is an important skill and can be a difficult one. The students are used to retelling, in detail, the events of a story. However, a summary is a brief overview of the story. The students practiced writing their summaries in Writer's Workshop.
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Writer's Workshop

In addition to summaries, we also reviewed pronouns and subject verb agreement. The students practiced finding the subject in the sentence and then replacing it with a pronoun. The students also practiced making sure the verb of a sentence matched the subject of the sentence, so it made sense. These grammar skills are important for student writing.

Social Studies

We spent time studying important cultural celebrations in other countries, now we are studying important national holidays in the United States. We looked into President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, and Thanksgiving. With each holiday, we studied how it started, the importance of it, and how it is celebrated.