Second Grade SUPER News

March 18, 2016

Highlights from the Week

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May your troubles be less

And your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

Come through your door!

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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’ Theater, and the Book Fair. Below is a picture of the students from Art showing their GATOR PRIDE with the Gator magnet they made. Those who came had fun showing their parents activities that we do at school and have fun doing.

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Another highlight was the second graders visiting the third graders during “Battle of the Books”. The third graders have twenty assigned books to 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!

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 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 be taking the end of unit Superkids test and the STAR test in reading next week; and will we have students read to us for fluency. Fluency is something to practice once or twice at home since it is a grade on the report card each quarter. Have your student 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 have them word process it next week using Google Draw so that they can add a background and an image as well. We went on in poetry to list poems of: their favorite things, what they want to do someday, and I want. The students seem to love 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 this week we worked on adding 3-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, using the 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.

During Math today we used the iPads and the app Explain Everything to tell how we solved a 3-digit + 3-digit problem. We have done something similar once before. They really like it and it reinforces their learning of the strategies and their explanations.

Star Student

This week's Star Student was Lizbeth. She has a love for dogs as you can see in one of the pictures. Lizbeth wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She is from a large family with 5 boys and 2 girls. Wow!


Our next STAR STUDENT is . . .Saavan!

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 24, the last part of our day. Your student needs to have his/her goal in by lunchtime on Thursday. GO READERS!

Miscellaneous Items

  • The CogAT results were sent home in the Friday Folder today.
  • The after-school program sign-up sheet was sent home as well. It is due on Monday to try for a spot.

  • Spring Picture Day is Thursday, March 24th.

  • Spring Break begins on Friday, March 25th.

  • School resumes on Monday, April 4th.

  • Report cards will come home on Friday, April 15th.

We have the saying, "You're ready to work as you walk through the door." And they usually are!

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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.