Second Grade News

September 2018

Important Date

October 5-Early Dismissal (students will be dismissed 2 hours early)

Second Grade Snapshots

Dear Families,

Second grade is off to a fantastic start!



Students were busy studying place value. Your child learned that 100 is equal to 10 tens. As students are building numbers up to 500, we use the vocabulary bundling and unbundling as we are representing numbers in a variety of ways. For example, 125 can be represented as 1 hundred, 2 tens, and 5 ones and 12 tens and 5 ones. Students represented numbers up to 500 in different forms and practiced comparing numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to symbols (>, >, =).

Language Arts

We compared fiction and nonfiction texts using text features (table of contents, glossary, bold print, photographs, headings..) and story elements (characters, setting, problem, and solution). We have been reading informational text to identify main idea and details.

Social Studies

Students learned about being a good citizen in the community and school.



Students will explore addition and subtraction strategies (counting forward/backwards, adding/subtracting 0, 1, 2, making 10, using doubles...) to help them solve equations and story problems. We will learn to describe a number as odd or even, and apply their knowledge of place value to help them add or subtract within 100.


Students will continue to write a small moment story about a time in their life.

Social Studies

We will be engaging in a collaborative project on communities where students will work in teams to create a community, solve problems, and use programming to navigate through the community. We are very excited about this fun learning experience.

We will be beginning a new unit in Social Studies. The students will be learning features of maps and globes.

Language Arts

We will continue to read informational text to ask and answer questions, and identify key details about the topic.

We will be beginning to read literary text to ask and answer questions, and retell story elements and events to identify the author's message.

How Can You Help Your Child at Home?

Here are some ways you can help your child at home:

  • Read daily and discuss what the text is about.
  • Visit the Frederick County Library/Bookmobile to check out books.
  • Learning websites can help support your child in their learning. Here are a few examples:

If you have a question about other ways to help your child learn, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We love to hear from you!

Books, Books, Books!

FCPS and the Frederick County Public Libraries system are great partners, and Library Card Sign-Up Month is a perfect time to let you know about a new fine-free access program local libraries offer our students.

Now, using their FCPS student ID number and an FCPL prefix (119829), students can create a Student Success Card that lets them:

  • Borrow 3 print items (books or magazines) without any late fees

  • Access eBooks at

  • Use learning resources such as encyclopedias, journal articles and test prep at

Students who already have an FCPL card can keep that card, too. It allows them to borrow up to 75 items and access additional materials such as DVDs and video games.