Ms. Bresnahan's Class News

Second Grade Rocks!

English Language Arts

In ELA, we will be working on many skills necessary for reading and writing. In spelling we will continue to review long and short vowel sounds. We will learn and review words with oo, ew, ue, ou, and ow in them, as well as compound words. In reading, we will be identifying the main idea in a story as well as reviewing story structure. We will do a unit on collective nouns and review verbs and adjectives.

Writing has us focusing on narratives that recount a well elaborated event or short sequence of events. The students will be reminded to add juicy details that describe actions, thoughts, and feelings to make their writing more interesting to the reader. We will focus on organization, grammar, conventions, and spelling. Whew! October is chock full of learning fun!

Fluency Practice

The students in our class have been playing fluency games. These games are a great way to improve accuracy and speed while reading. These games include quick phrases that have high frequency words. These are words that your child will see often while reading. Becoming more familiar with these words will help your child become a better reader. I have included a link below from Scholastic that explains a little more about fluency. If you would like one of these games sent home, please send me a note or email and I can send one home for you. It will require some cutting but will be beneficial for your child.

Fun with Fluency!


We have been working hard trying to become familiar with the new math concepts and vocabulary of Module 1 for Grade 2. We just finished with Module 1 and have started Module 2. The focus of Module 1 was sums and differences to 20. We will continue to work on math fact fluency and basing addition and subtraction on the number 10.

The focus of Module 2 is Addition and Subtraction of Length Units. Basically, your child will be learning how to use a ruler as well as other measuring tools, estimating and comparing lengths, and adding and subtracting lengths. Depending on the lesson, I often teach using manipulatives and hands–on activities first. Your child may not have math homework on the first night of a new lesson. I will usually follow up the next day of the lesson with hands-on activities and paper and pencil tasks. If at any point you have questions please let me know.

Permission Slips

Permission slips for our field trip to Ellms Family Farm have gone home. Please have them returned to me by Friday, October 16th. We hope as many parents as possible can make it. It is a fun field trip and I know the kids will have a blast!

**Parents can pay when they get to the farm. Our expected arrival is at 10:20.

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Ellms Family Farm Field Trip

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 9:15am-1:30pm

448 Charlton Road

Ballston Spa, NY