Second Grade SUPER News

March 18, 2016

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May your troubles be less

and your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

come through your door.

Highlights from Second Grade

For those who were able to join us for Specials Night, that was certainly a highlight of our week. Students rotated through five areas - P.E., Music, Art, a Readers’ Theatre, and the Book Fair. Those who came had fun showing their parents activities we do at school in the specials classes.


Another highlight was the second graders visiting the third graders during “Battle of the Books”. The third graders have twenty assigned books that they read and form teams. Yesterday was the battle where the teams answered questions by Mrs. Sayre and earned points. All of the third grade teams did very well. They are pictured below. The first team was the winner and will go on to the district competition. Many second graders are now excited to form a team next year.

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Literacy

We finished up Unit 6 in Superkids this week. We will wait to start Unit 7 after Spring Break. Therefore, there will be no spelling test next Thursday. Look for the next list of spelling words to be sent home on Thursday, 3/24.


This week’s lessons focused on compound words. The Word Work Book talked about how sentences are organized into paragraphs, singular and plural pronouns, and facts and opinions. The Lasting Lesson for the week centered on being thoughtful. We will take the Superkids end of the unit test next week. In addition, we will also do the STAR Reading and Math tests and students will read to me for fluency. Fluency is something to practice once or twice a week at home. Have your child read to you from one of his/her AR books for one minute, trying not to make any mistakes. See how many words they can read!


In Writing we are working on Poetry. Those students who needed to complete their Haiku finished that up this week. We plan to type and illustrate them next week using Google Draw. We're also working on writing poems that include: List poems - favorite things, Someday - what they want to do someday, and I Want. The students seem to enjoy our poetry unit.


This week's letters in Cursive Handwriting were m, x, and z along with review. We’ve now completed all the lowercase letters and will be moving to upper case after break. Once again, in this week's Friday folder is a review packet for cursive handwriting.

Math

In math we worked on adding 3-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, using decomposing and standard algorithm methods. Many of the students favor the decomposing method over standard algorithm. Students say it makes adding easier and it helps them to visualize the answers in their heads.


During our technology center students solved word problems using Thinking Blocks. There’s a link on our classroom home page under Math for students to practice this at home.

AR Winners

Due to the Book Fair in the LRC, there were no AR prizes awarded this week. Next week we should see a HUGE group receiving prizes. Our AR celebration will be on Thursday, March 24th. Your child needs to have his/her goal met by lunchtime on Thursday. GO READERS!

Star Student

Our Star Student this week was Kristy. When she grows up she wants to be a Teacher because she enjoys math and reading. Kristy mainly speaks Spanish at home, and she is helping her parents learn English. Kristy has traveled to Mexico and California to visit relatives and friends. She enjoys riding her bike and playing on the swings. Excellente presentation Kristy! Our next Star is ...Marcus!

Miscellaneous Items:


  • CogAT Test results were sent home in the Friday folder today.

  • The signup sheet for the After School program is also in the Friday folder. During this session second graders may attend the Music Makers Club or Study Hall. If your child is interested in the Music Makers Club the yellow permission slip needs to be returned on Monday since space is limited.

  • Spring Vacation begins on Friday, March 25th.

  • School resumes on Monday, April 4th.

  • Report cards will come home on April 15th.

Our Mission

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 will provide a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.