Second Grade News

Mrs. Sennhenn * Jennings School * October 2015

Curriculum News

Language Arts and Writing

Our classroom is building reading and writing stamina each day. Our guided reading groups and daily five work time is running smoothly, and the students are practicing reading and writing strategies introduced in our lessons. Some evenings, your child may bring home their guided reading book. Please encourage them to reread the story, verbally summarize main events, and discuss the book with you. You will notice that there are activities at the end of the book. We complete those in class.

Last week we finished our second class chapter book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl. The students loved this book and the rich characters. We practiced our 'Reading is Thinking' throughout, asking ourselves questions like, I wonder what would have happened if ... Why did the farmers think...? We wrapped things up by making a beginning, middle, end story map and illustrations. Stay tuned to find out what our next book will be...

This week we will finish looking at different leads for stories. We will try dialogue, sound words, questions, thoughts and feelings, and setting leads. We will then begin working on elaborative details. We will look at using questions to draw out details. Look for our creative and detailed monster writings just in time for Halloween.


We are in the middle of Chapter 2. The Math In Focus newsletter sent home can provide you with vocabulary and concepts presented. I also sent home a Parent Guide last week that broke down subtraction strategies. It is a good idea to keep these letters in a folder for future reference.

This week I will be sending home a practice packet for addition with regrouping. It very nicely shows how to use base-10 blocks to build the numbers, then regroup as needed.


  • This Thursday 10/15 is a half day. Dismissal is 12:30. Please feel free to send your child in with a healthy snack (no juices).
  • Field Trip to Camp Creek Run is next Friday 10/23. There is still room on the bus if you would like to join us.
  • Thank you Thank you Thank you to our PTA! They paid for a significant portion of our bus making both trips to CCR affordable.
  • Stay connected to 2S with Remind and Class Dojo- don't forget to enroll