Mrs. Lee's Second Grade News
Valley View Elementary
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We are exploring non-fiction books, and are continuing to learn about text features. This is an important unit, and we are practicing reading non-fiction books to help prepare us for the end of trimester reading tests (which use non-fiction books). At home, you can help your child learn about these text features by pointing out bold words (usually found in the glossary), headings, photographs, and captions. These can be found easily in magazines!
We began Unit 4 and have been learning about measurement. This unit focuses on inches, feet, and yards. We read a story called Jim and the Beanstalk, and learned about a "giant foot"...compared to a "teacher foot" which was the size of a ruler. We also learned to estimate length by using a measurement we already knew- the size of our heads! Students measured their head with a piece of yarn, and then used one inch tiles to find the length. Then they used their string to measure other items in the classroom. Measurement is an important part of our trimester 2 report card.
Science & Writing:
In science, we explored how seeds moved and followed an investigation from National Geographic that modeled how a burr from a "burdock plant" moves on animals (using a feather, leather, and fur). Students then learned that all scientists write conclusions when they are finished, and we practiced writing our own conclusions that would help future investigations.
A few students are asking to begin...cursive! We will wrap up our handwriting book this month and begin cursive in February.
January 25, 2016- No School
February 4, 2016- Open House and PTO Bake Sale
February 19, 2016- Valley View Talent Show
February 23, 2016- 2nd/3rd Grade Winter Concert