Second Grade

January 9, 2016

This Week's Events


  • Spirit Assembly 9:30-10:30 am-Wear your Gayman Shirt


  • Math Test
  • Electronics Day-The kids won an Electronics Day for good behavior. With your permission they can bring in their Electronic Devices. Please review with them the importance of taking care of their devices.

Ask Your Child About

What game did you play on game day?

How are sounds made?

What do you use maps for?

What's a quadrangle?

Curriculum For the Week


  • locating the text features
  • comparing and contrasting
  • author's purpose
  • fluency


  • Dimensional Shapes
  • Line symmetry
  • Pyramids


  • New Small Moment Narrative Piece


  • How sound travels experiments
  • Making rice move and string and cup experiments

Social Studies

  • Learning about Map grids
  • Cardinal Directions


Math Test Friday

Our Unit 5 math test will be on Friday, January 15.

Topics covered will include:

  • DEVELOPING: Ballpark estimates with Double-digit addition (Addition Spin Game, Partial Sums)

  • DEVELOPING: Number grid puzzles (pages 112 box 4, 119 box 4, 122 box 2, 127 box 2)

  • SECURE: Drawing line segments (pages 113, 116, 123, 122 box 3, 127 box 3, HLs 5.2, 5.3)

  • SECURE: Drawing parallel and non-parallel segments (pages 115, 116, 117, 127 box 4, HL 5.3)

  • SECURE: Identifying and describing polygons, 3 sides through 8 sides (pages 120, 122 box 4, 123, 128, HLs 5.4, 5.5)

  • SECURE: Identifying 3D shapes (pages 124, 125, HL 5.6)

  • SECURE: Identifying symmetrical figures (page 128, HL 5.8)

  • DEVELOPING: Finding common attributes of shapes (HLs 5.1, 5.5, playing the attribute block game in class

(Corresponding math journal pages, math boxes, and Home Link examples are referenced for your review. Please also refer to the information provided on using your child’s login)

New! Reading Group Plays

In order to improve fluency one reading group a week will be practicing and performing a play. The yellow group did one this week and they did a wonderful job! I did video tape it and planned to put it in the newsletter but I'm having a hard time uploading it. I will keep trying and send it to you when I get it. Sorry about that! When it's your child's reading groups turn they will bring home their play parts to study. The children do not need to memorize any lines. They will be allowed to have their scripts in front of them and read their lines.

We will be mainly focusing on the fluency aspect so we will not be needing costumes or prompts. It will be very low key, but educational and fun!!


I have been thinking a lot about how to incorporate writing into homework. This week we practiced as a class how write a paragraph. Each day the kids did one step at a time and by the end of the week they had a very well written paragraph. As a parent I know how challenging homework can be and I don't want to give the kids too much or too little homework. The district requirement is 20 minutes. This week I'm assigning Writing for both Monday and Tuesday. Please let me know if it's too much homework.

I have noticed a HUGE improvement in their reading fluency and I think it has a lot to do with the fluency homework. Thank you so much for your cooperation with that. I would love to know your thoughts on it.



Reading-Fluency page

Spelling page 26


Math 5.6


Reading-Fluency page

Writing-Complete paragraph outline

Math Home Link 5.7


Reading-Fluency page

Spelling page 27

Math Home Link 5.8


Reading-Fluency page

Study spelling words

Math-Study for test