Second Grade Scoop

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * September 16th and 23rd

Reading Workshop

Our Reading Workshop will run in two-week cycles. The class will focus on specific goals for several aspects of literacy; Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Phonics, fluency, and a Writing principle. During the workshop block each day, the students will participate in 3 mini-lessons. Afterward, they will practice various skills by choosing one of the Daily Five choices; Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, or Listen to Reading. While they practice and fine-tune their skills, I will meet with students for small group Guided Reading Lessons.

2R is currently in the process of learning each aspect of the Daily Five, the framework of our Reading Workshop. However, we are going to begin a few focused mini-lessons on some early skills such as story structure, ABC order, and complete sentences. As the students get better acquainted with the routines, schedules, and expectations within the Reading Workshop, we will have more focused lessons on specific skills.

Word Study

During the week of September 16th, the students will begin learning what second grade Word Study looks like. We will begin the week with a word sort that follows a spelling principle. The students will practice sorting, building, and writing the words throughout the week. As an extension to what they are learning in class, they will be asked to practice them at home. On Mondays, a packet will come home. The students will be asked to create and complete the Word Study sort various times, and in various ways. Please encourage and help your child to support their learning. All homework is expected back by Thursday.


Students will be moving, singing, and playing as they build and write letters. Through explicit, multi-sensory handwriting instruction the students will develop good habits to help lead them to legible penmanship. The students have received direct instruction on capital letters in both kindergarten and first grade. Therefore, we will spend a few days reviewing the various types of capital letters; Frog Jump, Starting Corner, Center Starting, in addition to single digit numbers. Our lowercase letter instruction will begin the lowercase t and a. Using specific steps, they will participate in activities, and write the letters and specific words that contain those letters.

The overall goal for handing writing in second grade is to improve formation, placement and size of letters and words on a page. Through the direct instruction and practice, the students will begin to transfer these skills into their independent writing.

Writer's Workshop

Prior to diving into Writer's Workshop, the students will learn a way to reread and check their writing to help ensure the writing is "their" best. The acronym "CUPS" will help them remember what to look for. C = Capitalization. This expectation will evolve throughout the school year, but for now the students will focus on the first letter of each word. U = Understanding. The students will reread their writing to make sure it makes sense. P = Punctuation. Again, this expectation will evolve throughout the school year. At this time, we will the focus will be on ending punctuation; periods and questions marks. S = Spelling. The students will be held accountable for introduced Word Study principles and introduced high frequency words. As a class, we will make an anchor chart for the students to reference in class.

Our first unit of writing will be Personal Narratives. I will read mentor texts to the students. This will provide them an opportunity to connect and learn from various writers. The students will begin by establishing topics to write to choose from. Then, discuss how authors tell their story using a beginning, middle and end.


We will complete our first chapter of Math; Numbers to 1,000. The students will be taking their first Math test on Friday, September 20th. Throughout the lessons of chapter 1, the students have been getting used to the Second Grade Math expectations; reading and thinking about the directions, using examples to help them, and checking their work to make sure their answers make sense. I will continue to support the students in class and encourage them to work through problems and try their best.

Unit 1: Numbers to 1,000

Lesson 4 - Order and Pattern
  • Order three digit numbers
  • Identify the greatest number and the least number
  • Identify number patterns
  • Vocabulary * greatest * least * more than * less than

In Chapter 2; Addition up to 1,000, the students will build upon what they learned in first grade and Chapter 1 to 3 digit numbers. They will learn multiple regroupings by using base-ten blocks and place-value charts. This strategy will allow them to visualize addition with regrouping in the ones and tens place.

Chapter 2: Addition up to 1,00

Lesson 1 - Addition and Subtraction Facts Within 20

  • Use mental Math to add and subtract within 20
  • Know basic addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Vocabulary * add * regroup

Lesson 2: Addition Without Regrouping

  • Use Base-ten blocks to add numbers without regrouping
  • Add up to three-digit numbers without regrouping
  • Solve real-world addition problems
  • Vocabulary * add * place-value chart


The students will participate in a real-life activity to build upon the their knowledge of seed dispersal. They are going to build paper replicas of "flying" seeds, such as the glider, rotocopter, and spinner and test the seeds and observe which one is capable of traveling outside the "Zone of Darkness" (shade) into an environment that will allow it to survive.

The class will then develop a deeper understanding of seed dispersal. The boys and girls will use magnifying glasses to look at the characteristics of various seeds. Based on what they have learned about how seeds travel, the students will sort them into three categories; Flyers (seeds that travel by wind and have wings), Floaters (seeds that travel by water and have shelled seeds), and Travelers (seeds that travel by animals and have burred seeds).

Then, Science will get very exciting and creative. The students will participate in a "Maker Space" project. Pairs of students will be given a task card that states how a seed is dispersed: wind, water or animal. Based on their card, the students will design and build a seed that has the physical characteristics to successfully travel and thrive. The students will have two days and a plethora of materials inspire their creations.


Seesaw is platform for student engagement which allows your child and I to create an online Learning Journal. Throughout the school year, the students will document their learning and complete assignments using Seesaw on our classroom iPads. They will be introduced to our classroom page and learn the second grade expectations. We will spend part or each day, learning and completing assignments to be shared with you. Each family will receive an invitation to our class Seesaw page on Tuesday, September 24th at Back to School Night.

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Coming Soon!

  • September 17th - School Store at lunch
  • September 19th - Scholastic Book Orders due
  • September 20th - Pretzels Orders due
  • September 23rd - First day of Autumn
  • September 24th - Back To School Night
  • September 24th - PTA Mum Pick-up
  • September 25th - "Stoy" Spirit Day & Pretzel Sale
  • September 30th - No School Rosh Hashanah
  • October 14th and 15th - No School - Teacher Inservice