Mrs. Smith 2nd Grade 2015-2016
A Message From Mrs. Smith...
Despite the snow and cold temperatures, Happy Spring! I'm looking forward to the last two months left of school and all the fun activities we have planned. I hope everyone had a nice break and was able to take some time away from their busy schedules to do something special with your family. I'm sure by now many of you have heard about the PARCC video that was directed by our talented Mrs. Salemi and Ms. Root to get the older grades excited for the PARCC test from the help of Apollo teachers. The video is posted on our district website www.emsd63.org. Check it out!
I will be sending home on Monday, April 11th, a field trip form to be filled out and returned to school ASAP. We will be taking a field trip to the Marriott Theater to see Cinderella...After the Ball. Please keep an eye out for future emails from me about special events taking place at Apollo over the next two months! If you have any questions, please let me know! Have a wonderful weekend!
Please remember to READ every night for 20 minutes!
We are currently learning about repeated addition, equal groups, and arrays, which are strategies for multiplication. Students are putting together a class multiplications table by filling out a blank square to either write an equation, draw an array, or form equal groups to represent a multiplication fact. I can't wait to see the finished product!
As I mentioned in my email earlier this week, we are focusing on Poetry and have been reading a wide variety of poems while discussing the different elements to look for in a poem. We have noticed how some poems have rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and written in stanzas.
We also learned about maps, how to read maps, a compass rose (N, E, S, W), and to follow directions based on which direction to turn. At home, practice with your child understanding which direction is North, East, South, West. It can be very confusing, but one way we are practicing in school is by telling them to turn North, East, South, or West as we are walking through the hallways to get to different locations.
During the month of April we will be studying various Health topics.