Mrs. Mack's 2nd Grade Classroom

Weekly Newsletter - Week of 1/4/16

What's Happening This Week!

-School Resumes: Monday, January 4, 2016


Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

What are we Learning?

Reading - We are diving into our Fiction Unit as we begin our New Year! Students will learn about 3 types of fiction (realistic, traditional, and fantasy). We will then begin to examine characters, their traits, and the challenges they face in stories. Students will also be preparing for our Winter Benchmark period beginning Jan. 11th.


We are doing an amazing job with our AR tests! Keep reading nightly at home!


Phonics/Spelling - This is our final week on Unit 7.


Trick Words (Unit 7): eight, large, change, city, every, family, night, carry, something


Writing - Our new Writing Unit is that of Opinion Writing. Students will practice this form of writing by writing book reviews in the form of friendly letters. We will learn how to use our writing to convince our readers to read our favorite authors and books!


Math - Students will begin the week with taking their Unit 3 Pre-Assessment. A Unit 3 Pre-Assessment Scoring guide will be sent home at the end of the week. This will give you an idea of the topics covered in our unit as well as your child's strengths/weaknesses in the unit.


We will then begin our first topic in the unit: adding 2-digit numbers without regrouping. We will review place value in the tens and ones and learn how to add our ones first and then our tens. Helpful IXL topics are listed below!


IXL Topics - We will also work on these topics at school! :)

Addition - Two Digit

G.1 Add Multiples of 10

G.2, G.4 Addition without Regrouping

Review - M.1 Place Value Models - tens and ones

Review - M.4 Place Value - tens and ones



Science- Our next Science Unit is "Matter". Students will learn the definition of matter and also the properties of matter.

Important Dates to Remember

~ PTO Roller Skating Party - Thursday, 1/7 - 6:30 - 8:30pm

~No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Monday, 1/18

~ 2nd Quarter Ends - Monday, 1/22

~ School Store - Thursdays: 1/14, 1/28