2nd Grade News

September

Art Corner

This month in 2nd grade, your students are creating beautiful self-portraits that we can display in the halls so the whole school can see their beautiful faces. We were inspired by the art of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and will use the primary colors to create a comic book/super hero self-portrait. Next up we’ll start mixing those primary colors to make some beautiful secondary color art!

- Ms. Brodnax

PTA Update

Our PTA Spring Carnival basket items to collect are "Pool Side Fun" if you see items on clearance pick them up and send them in!

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Reading with Mrs. Valanty

I am so pleased to share that our Daily Five workshop is (almost fully) up and running smoothly! After we start our reader’s workshop with a minilesson, your children are building stamina at Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading. During this time I am pulling students for reading groups, strategy groups, and individual reading conferences. Please understand that your child will not necessarily work with me or get a new reading book each day. If a new book doesn’t come home, your child can read the same reading book from the day before or choose a book from home to read. Below you’ll see a list of CAFE Strategies that are being introduced. Please have a conversation with your child about which strategies they are learning! You’ll be amazed at what they can tell you…and show you! Let them be the experts!

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Writing and Social Studies with Mrs. Smith

Social Studies

In social studies we will learn the five Georgia regions (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) – students should be able to locate the regions on a map, identify plants, animals and certain features of each region. They will also learn about some of the major rivers in Georgia (Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, St. Mary's, Chattahoochee and Flint). Students can read their social studies books on the student portal – that’s a great opportunity to review information.

Students will also learn about James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi and Mary Musgrove regarding the founding of Georgia and will be able to cite examples of their character traits (honesty, dependability, liberty, trustworthiness, honor, civility, patience, and compassion).


Writing

Students will continue to write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure, revise, edit, and then publish. We will also do a shared research – we will research a topic as a class, collect data, draft a report, and then finalize. If you want to help your child become a better writer, have them practice writing at home. Perhaps they can write letters to relatives and friends. When they write, read their work and ask them questions (so they can add specific details), then help them edit for spelling and punctuation. (Help them to understand they ALWAYS start with a draft and must revise and edit.) When you’re both satisfied, have them finalize in their best handwriting.

Math with Mrs. Reif

We had our first summative assessment on Monday Aug. 31. Understanding three digits (hundreds, tens, and ones) and being able to write numbers within 1000 using numbers, pictures, and expanded form was assessed. (2.NBT.1, 2.NBT.3) You will be able to view your child's score in the portal this week.


Homework will start August 31st :) Remember it is always due on Friday no matter what day it comes home. There is usually always an assessment or class grade at the end of the week that goes with the skills we have worked on in the classroom and the homework for that week.


We will focus on 2.NBT.4 Comparing numbers using the < , >, or = signs for 1 week. This will start on Sept.1 and a test will be given on Friday Sept. 4th. This is a quick easy skill so the homework will provide as the study guide as well.


We will then move to skip counting.

Examples of this look like:

Count by 10's starting with 125:

Count by 5's starting with 325:

Count by 100's starting with 312:


In first grade they learned the foundational skills of skip counting by 2's, 5's, 10's, and 100's starting with zero and now they will learn to apply that to larger numbers. This is a VERY tough skill and will require additional help at home. Please look for homework on this topic in a couple of weeks.

Grammar and Science with Ms. Kyser

We've been teaming with Mrs. Valanty and laying a strong reading foundation. From syllables to sounds, we want to make sure your child is successful when he/she encounters a new word. In the month of September, we'll explore short vowel and long vowel combinations. It'll also be time to "get down" with grammar! We'll learn all about nouns (including proper nouns). In science, we'll begin to explore plant and animal life cycles.