SOARing Through December!

We Teach 2nd Grade Super Heroes!

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Mrs. Braun ---- Mrs. Blasl ---- Mrs. Arndt ---- Mrs. Blaschko

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Reminders

Reading and 400 Club Bookmarks

Remember to read for at least 20 minutes each night and mark it on your 400 Club Bookmark!

Here are some fun ideas for your reading time.


Read sitting in the grass, read on a beach towel, read to a friend, read with all devices off, read in your favorite chair, read in your pajamas, read in the kitchen, read in the back yard, read in the car, read with a stuffed animal, read with a flashlight, read while eating a snack, read on the playground, read with your favorite blanket, read under a table, read on your way to school, read out loud to your family, read under an umbrella.


Wherever and however you read - HAVE FUN!



Educational Apps and Websites

If you're looking for online apps and websites, your child will soon be using the following in their classroom:


IXL


To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/mankato
  2. Enter your child's username and password and click "Sign in." (If your child doesn't know their username and password, this information will be coming home soon.)
  3. Click on any skill to start learning!


Kids A-Z

Your child's teacher will be sending information home soon. You will then be able to access Kids A-Z (also called Raz-Plus) from your device. This is a free for you resource with amazing features! Please be sure to check it out!

What We're Learning in Math this Month

We love to learn through hands on activities and games! Here are the skills we'll be focusing on this month.


I can use strategies to generate addition and subtraction facts including making tens, fact families, doubles plus or minus one, counting on, counting back, the commutative property (you can add in any order: 3 + 5 = 5 + 3), and the associative property (when you add, you can group the numbers in any combination: (1 + 2) + 3 = 1 + (2 + 3)).


I can use the relationship between addition and subtraction to generate basic facts.


I can demonstrate fluency with basic addition facts and related subtraction facts.

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Deepen Our Understanding and Ability to Apply Skills

Place value is a complex and challenging concept and one we will continue to build upon throughout the school year. Here are the skills we will continue to practice and deepen our thinking and understanding with:


- Rounding to the nearest ten - What is 217 rounded to the nearest ten? 220

- Rounding to the nearest hundred - What is 359 rounded to the nearest hundred? 400

- Compare numbers up to 1000 using words and symbols: less than, <, greater than, >, equal to, =

- Read numbers up to 1000 - Read 812 as "eight hundred twelve"

- Write numbers up to 1000 - Hear "nine hundred thirty-six" and write 936

- Represent numbers up to 1000:

- Using base-10 blocks (hundreds, tens, and ones)

- Using standard form - 734

- Using expanded form - 700 + 30 + 4

- Using word form - seven hundred thirty four

- Describe numbers by understanding the value of each digit according to it's place - What is the value of the digit 6 in the number 862? The value of the 6 is 60 because it is in the tens place, therefore the 6 is representing 6 tens, which equals 60.

- Know that ten 1s is 10, know that ten 10s is 100, know that ten 100s is 1000, etc.

- Find 10 more or 10 less than a given three-digit number - What is 10 less than 579? 569

- Find 100 more or 100 less than a given three-digit number - What is 100 more than 372? 272

What We're Learning in Reading this Month

I can analyze characters through their actions, words, thoughts, and feelings. A character is a person, an animal, or a thing in a work for literature. Examining a character's actions, feelings, thoughts, and words-and what others say and think about him or her-allows readers to make inferences about the character.


I can describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. Notice and wonder: What effect do the events in the story have on the characters? What decision could the characters have responded to differently? How does the character CHANGE?


I can visualize to deepen understanding of characters. Understanding characters in a story helps readers better understand the story.

What We're Learning in Writing this Month

Personal Narratives! This is a time for us to share a personal event with others. We become the authors and think deeply about each major and minor event, along with what problem may have occurred and how it was solved. Our personal narratives will include a hook to begin, a middle, and an ending with a strong conclusion. We will use sequence words to guide our readers along in our story. Personal narratives take a lot of planning and preparing, and we've already put a lot of hard work and effort into our narratives!

Social and Emotional Learning

We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading or math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in our classrooms this year to teach and reinforce these critical skills.


This month's skills include: feeling confident, showing compassion, emotion management, and handling making mistakes.



The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:


1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.


2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students also learn how to see other people's perspectives, and how to show compassion.


3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety and anger.


4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.


Your child will be learning a lot this year--and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child may be bringing home a few Home Links that go with the Second Step lessons. The Home Links are designed to be simple and fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.


Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.

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Be a Learner

Outdoor Clothing

As our weather continues to get cooler, please make sure to send appropriate outdoor clothing with your child EVERY day! This includes hat, gloves, and a winter coat. Soon students will be needing winter boots and snow pants.


If you need help obtaining winter clothing for your child, please let your child's teacher know. Thank you!

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