# 2F Weekly News

## A Note from Ms. Graves

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for attending your child's conference! There was lots of smiles and laughter and it was wonderful to see how excited the children were to share their learning and classroom with you. We couldn't be prouder of all the great things we have accomplished in 2F this year. I can't believe there are only 7 weeks of the school year left but we are going to make the most of everyday. Please note, next week the 2nd grade students will be undertaking their final MAPS test of the year. The tests will run from Sunday to Wednesday and any needed make-ups will be be given on Thursday.

In case you missed our continent process video, please check out the link below. Stay tuned for pictures from our student-led conferences.

Warm Regards,

Emily

2F Landform Study: 3D Continent Creation Process 2015-16

Series Book Clubs

We continued to meet in bookclubs and partnerships to share about the books we are reading. All the bookclub groups are onto their 2nd or 3rd book in the series. They really are becoming experts on their characters. While reading they are making predictions, noticing characters thoughts, actions and feelings, asking questions and wonderings, as well as making connections.

## Writing

Informational Writing

This week the authors of 2F revisited what it means to be a successful non-fiction writer. After a quick writing pre assessment, we were able to see the strategies we have remembered from our first unit regarding elaboration and introducing our non fiction topic. Everyone has chosen their first expert topic and are in the beginning stages of the writing process.

## Math

Data and Measurement

This week the students in 2F went from measuring objects and then comparing and contrasting them, to using what they know about measurement to work through word problems using the RDW process. These words problems asked the students to convert inches to feet and yards. Some of these problems proved quite challenging and we will continue to work on them for the remainder of the unit.

## Science

Forces and Motion

We have just started our final science unit for the year on Force & Motion. Students investigated force with a toy car experiment, comparing finger, hand, and arm pushes. We will continue to have labs throughout the unit to learn more about force, friction, gravity, and magnetism.