Second Grade SUPER News

January 29, 2016

Highlights from Second Grade

We continued our AR celebration with a picnic lunch with the teachers on Wednesday. Students who met and exceeded their AR goal by 250%, namely: Kira, Grace, Colin, Robin, Landen M., Zachary, Liam, and Owen, enjoyed eating their lunch with us in the teacher's lounge.

After lunch the students had an option to go outside for recess or go into the gym for a game of 'Hungry, Hungry, Caterpillar.' The students got in teams of 4 and rotated through each position. One student was the caterpillar and laid down on a scooter. Two of the students each took a leg and pushed and pulled the caterpillar while he/she collected soft balls under a pail. The last student was the collector and gathered the balls together. THEY LOVED IT! The second graders played with the other class and some third and fourth graders as well. It was fun to be with other grades and have a GREAT time!

New Behavior Chart

We introduced a new behavior chart for the students as we begin the second semester of school. It is pictured below. We did this to create more of a sense of responsibility on the part of each student. Everyone starts the day on Green - Ready to Learn, and with 2 pennies on their desk. If a student is asked to move their clip down, he/she loses a penny. The reverse is true when a student is asked to move their clip up - he/she gains a penny for the day. In this way, being responsible, respectful, and ready is paying off!!
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We began our second semester of Superkids, "The Superkids Take Off." We, as teachers, continue to appreciate the program, and the students continue to love it. The stories are fun and they can sure relate to them. We love how comprehensive it is in terms of word work, decoding, spelling, comprehension, and now cursive handwriting! This week's focus in phonics was doubling the final consonant in a short vowel word using ff, ll, and ss; and the suffixes -ful which means full of, and -able which means can be,

In Cursive handwriting we have demonstrated and practiced the letters i and t. Please do not have your child practice more than this. They are quite excited about cursive, but we would like to demonstrate each letter before they begin writing it. Thank you!

In Writing we continue composing opinion letters about a favorite book that we are reading. We are encouraging students to write longer and stronger opinions about a character or favorite parts while using evidence from the text to explain their opinion.

Don't forget that we are encouraging students to read the list of Monarch books which can be found by clicking the link below.


In math we finished adding two digit numbers to two digit numbers using the various addition strategies. Students seem to favor the following strategies: decomposing, open number line, and standard algorithm. We used the iPads and the App 'Explain Everything' to work out several addition problems. Students recorded themselves as they wrote the problem and then solved it. This reinforced their learning in a FUN way.

We're moving to subtraction using two digit numbers. Like addition, we will introduce different strategies and practice them so that students will become more proficient in solving subtraction problems.

AR Winners

Prizes are not handed out during the first week of each quarter because it is rare that anyone has made their goal. The pictures of prize winners will return once prizes are awarded. Will your child be the first?

Star Student

Jimena was our Star Student this week. Jimena is a star because she likes to help others. She has two dogs, Jose and Natalia, and a bird that lives in Mexico with her grandmother. Jimena is fortunate to speak two languages, at home she speaks Spanish, when at school she is able to converse quite well in English. Jimena's favorite food is pizza and her favorite sport is soccer. Along with photos of various places Jimena has visited, she also shared two video clips of her trip to Mexico City and New Orleans. When she grows up Jimena wants to be a firefighter. Excelente presentacion Jimena! Our next star is...Owen!

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Check your Friday folder for your Parent-Teacher Conference appointment time. Please confirm by signing and returning the slip by next Friday, February 5th.
  • Conferences times are:
Thursday, February 11 from 3-8 pm (students will have a half day of school)

Friday, February 12 from 11-4 pm (No School)

  • Report cards will be sent home next Friday, February 5th.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15 in observance of President's Day.

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