Second Grade News

December 2018

Important Dates

December 14: Early Dismissal

School is dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

December 24-January 1: Winter Break

No School

Our Classroom Schedule

Beginning the week of December 3rd, our daily schedule will be changing. Your child’s teacher will send home the new special’s schedule.

Spotlight on Miss Folden's Class

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Miss Folden's class showed off their knowledge of arrays by making a Thanksgiving Turkey with feather arrays!

What Are We Learning?


Unit 4: Place Value Strategies up to 1000

The students represented numbers to 1000 using manipulatives (base ten blocks) as well as transitioning to drawing a picture of their representation. For example, you can represent the number 326 with 3 hundreds, 2 tens, and 6 ones. Did you know that you could also represent 326 with 2 hundreds, 12 tens, and 6 ones? Ask your child the different ways that they can represent a 3-digit number. The students also continued their mental math practice of 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less. Along with the mental math practice the students continued to work on their skip counting by 5’s, 10’s and 100’s from any given number. Also in this unit the students were introduced to arrays. We made concrete models of rectangular arrays and used repeated addition equations to represent the array. The focus was on making equal rows with equal amounts in each row.

Unit 5: Addition and Subtraction Strategies with Problem Solving

In Unit 5, we apply our knowledge of place value. The students will compare 3-digit number to 99 and use what they know about place value to explain how they know their answer is correct. We will also continue to work on our fluency of addition and subtraction within 20. Be on the lookout for fact cards as well as information on how they should be used. The students will also use their knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve one-step as well as two-step story problems. Students will utilize the strategies that they have been taught (use of manipulatives, quick draw, expanded form, and an open number line) to solve the story problems.


We have been reading informational text or non-fiction. The students have been working on asking and answering questions to demonstrate their understanding of the information read they have read. As we read we have identified text features (photographs with a caption, diagrams, headings, maps, glossary, charts and graphs to name a few) that help give us additional information about the topic. For example a diagram that shows how a machine works can clarify information that was read within the text. Students are practicing that good readers use strategies to decode unknown words such as "looking at the letters, saying the sounds, and blending through the word." Also, we are practicing that good readers use thinking strategies to make sense of the text as we are reading. Continue to have your child discuss books they are reading at home with you.


In writing, we are continuing to work on our informative writing. We have been busy researching from a variety of resources and taking notes from those resources. We have discussed the difference between important facts and unimportant facts. We will continue to work on our informative writing draft. As we write, we will organize the information that we are sharing as well as revise to make sure that our writing makes sense.

You can encourage your child to write about topics they are interested in at home such as animals or sports. We are working on writing complete sentences with lots of descriptive details. Your child is practicing how good writers use a capital letter at the beginning of sentences with spaces between words, punctuation at the end of sentences, and correct formation of letters.

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns!