Second Grade SUPER News

February 12, 2016

Highlights from Second Grade

We continued our biography project this week with Mrs. Sayre coming into the classroom to begin a Google Slides presentation with the students. She made a template of six slides where the students will input information about their Famous American from the reading and/or research they have done. She taught them how to insert pictures and maps. Most were able to complete three of the six slides to be ready for the next part of the project. Below are examples of the first three slides.


In Superkids we worked on unusual spellings for the long 'a' sound. They included ey, ay, ange, and eigh. Using context clues to decode unfamiliar words was also stressed. The Word Work Book reviewed adjectives (words that describe a noun) and adverbs (words that describe a verb). The Word Work Book also introduced the tenses of a verb using present (like), past (liked), and future (will like). At the same time, contractions with will were reviewed (he'll, she'll, we'll, I'll, and you'll).

In Writing we continue composing opinion letters about a favorite book that we are reading. Students worked on reading closely to generate more writing and gathering more evidence to support each of their opinions. We also worked on when to use a capital letter in writing. We will be completing our Opinion writing unit in the next couple of weeks. Your student will need to write a final opinion essay about a topic he/she feels strongly about. This could be an opinion about a book, or any other topic. If you could help your child think about something they have an opinion about, that would be helpful. Have them decide on a topic and think of reasons that they have for that opinion. They will feel more success in writing if they think about this and plan ahead.

This week's letters in Cursive Handwriting were j, y, and p. The students continue to love our cursive time each day and are eager to write their own names. That won't be for awhile yet.

Don't forget we are encouraging students to read the list of Monarch books which can be found by clicking the link below.


This week we worked on 2-digit subtraction with and without regrouping. We introduced the standard algorithm for subtraction which you may call borrowing. Please call it by today's term 'regrouping'. We used some new math games that can be found on our classroom web page:

- under Fun Brain we played Math Baseball starting at level medium

- under Greg Tang we went to StdAlgorithms, subtraction (-), base ten

In IXL your student continued working on the following areas for subtraction:

Subtraction two digits:

H.1, H.2, H.4, H.6, H.8, H.9

We practice our math facts everyday using XtraMath. The goal is for students to complete addition and subtraction facts by the end of second grade.

AR Winners

Congratulations to this week's winners: Colin and Robin. I missed taking their photo but will post it next week.

Star Student

With the short week, our Star Student, Scarletta, didn't get to do her presentation. We're looking forward to her presentation next Thursday.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15 in observance of President's Day.
  • Have a great long weekend and stay warm!

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