2F News

May 19, 2016

This has been a VERY busy week! We have had MAP testing, Sports Day and Egypt Day aside from the regular classes that we have.

Each of our special events were enjoyed by all. I'd like to give a special thank you to the PTA member who organized some wonderful, educational booths for our students to visit today.

Math

Students have begun a very short unit on fractions. They are responsible for identifying fourths, thirds and halves as well as partitioning shapes into those same fractions. They are also comparing fractions and locating where fractions are located on a number line.

Literacy

Students have chosen their favorite books and created a poster for others to see their opinions. Our final writing unit this year will focus on writing narratives with multiple paragraphs.

Science

Students are completing a few more activities about the scientific method before concluding our final science unit. Please see the letter below explaining our next social studies unit.


May 2016


Dear Grade 2 Families,


Students are about to begin their last social studies unit of the year. The following standards will be addressed:


  • Students will describe natural resources (water, soil, wood and coal), human resources (people at work) and capital resources (machines, tools and buildings).
  • Students will distinguish between the use of barter and the use of money in the exchange of goods and services.
  • Students will explain that scarcity (limited resources) requires people to make choices about producing and consuming goods and services.

Here is a list of vocabulary words that students should be familiar with:


a. scarcity: not being able to meet all wants at the same time because resources are limited


b. consumer: a person who uses goods and services


c. producer: a person who uses resources and/or provides services


d. natural resources: materials that come directly from nature


e. human resources: People working to produce goods and services


f. capital resources: Goods made by people and used to produce other goods and services


g. barter: the exchange of goods and services without the use of money


h. money: coins, paper bills, and checks used in exchange for goods and services


We would also like to invite a few parents to individual classes to speak with students about the above standards and or vocabulary and how they apply to your own work. If you are able to visit for a 30-minute session, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.


We hope to go on a field trip to KidZania so students can explore some of the standards described above. More details will follow.


Sincerely,


The Grade 2 Team