Weekly Update

April 8, 2016

Weekly Update

This week, students finished up all of their Celebrate America projects. They designed and painted their own version of the American flag and also wrote about why America is special to them. Students enjoyed rehearsing with the other second grade classes and were so excited to show off all of their hard work. Students also learned about verbs and practiced acting out different words by playing charades. In reading, students listened to three different books written by Patricia Polacco. Students learned about how important it is to think about how characters respond to challenges/problems in books. They also learned about how they can apply lessons from stories to their own lives. In math, students began learning about money. Students learned about pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. They practiced counting groups of coins. They learned that it is important to place the coins in order from greatest value to the least value before counting. We also went for a neighborhood walk with our fourth grade buddies on National Walking Day, which was on Wednesday, 4/6.

Looking Ahead

Next week, students will continue to learn about verbs. They will focus on the different verb tenses (past, present, future) and will also learn about some irregular verbs. In writing, students will practice writing personal narratives. They will apply some of the techniques that Patricia Polacco uses in her own writing. Students will also continue reading Patricia Polacco books. In math, students will practice counting larger groups of coins (one dollar and greater) and they will also compare two groups of coins by using <, >, or =.

Ask Your Child About...

  • What was your favorite part about Celebrate America?
  • What is your favorite monument? Why?
  • What coins did you learn about?
  • Which Patricia Polacco book is your favorite?
  • What are verbs?
  • List three verbs.
  • How much money do you have if you have 2 quarter, 1 dime, 3 nickels, and 1 penny?