Second Grade News
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It is with bittersweet feelings that we enter the last quarter of the school year! We have absolutely loved watching our students grow both academically and personally. This has been an epic first year at Butterfly Ridge Elementary. The relationships we have built as a school community have had a profound impact on our lives, and this year is imprinted in our hearts forever! Yet, we look forward with excitement - in many ways, the end of the school year is a jump-start to the new school year ahead! This is merely the beginning of an awesome journey! We continue to work hard this quarter, making every minute count, and preparing our students to enter the intermediate grades as third graders! Though the days are longer, and the weather is warmer, it is just as important as always for students to come to school every day ready to learn! Thank you for all you continue to do as your child’s first teacher to support his/her education. Blazers Respect Excel Succeed, and we can’t do it without YOU!
What We Will Be Learning in May
Unit 11: Time, Shapes, and Equal Shares
In unit 11, second graders will reason with shapes and their attributes. They will recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes and identify two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Second graders further reason with shapes by arranging objects into rectangular arrays and partitioning rectangles into rows and columns. Students will use repeated addition to find the total number of objects in the array or spaces created by partitioning. Another component of this unit involves grappling with fraction concepts. Students will partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares. They will describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, fourths, half of, a third of or a fourth of. Students also need to describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, and four fourths. It is important for students to recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. Finally, second graders will identify time from both analog and digital clocks to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes using a.m. and p.m.
Students continue to strengthen their skills reading and comprehending both main genres of text: literary and informational. Students are reading more challenging texts which require them to apply reading strategies they have practiced throughout the year to:
decode and read multisyllabic words (words that have two or more word parts)
use clues from the text and text features to understand the meaning of new vocabulary
summarize the most important ideas in the text
make inferences about what is not stated in the text (“read between the lines”)
discuss “author’s craft” - the way a writer chooses to write about a topic
understand the theme or author’s message
use text evidence to support their thinking about a text
We continue to use graphic organizers and create written responses to show what we know about a text. In our current literature unit, we will be exploring point of view in literature stories, and continuing to compare different versions of a story. It’s a perfect time of year to take a book outside and read in the sunlight. Or, if it’s raining, consider curling up with a book with your child instead of putting on a movie. Discuss the characters, setting, problem, and solution of a story, or learn about a topic your child is interested in. Don’t forget, that the more children read, the better readers they become, so encourage them to keep reading all summer long!
Students in fourth quarter will become poets! We will read poetry to explore how poets help readers create pictures in their imaginations with describing words and details. They will learn how to sequence poems and provide a sense of closure. We are enthusiastic to foster students innate creativity and imagination and help them continue their growth as writers!
Our last unit in social studies will continue to focus on communities. We will learn about Frederick’s Past and Present, and we will be going on a walking tour of Frederick! Students will be exploring answers to the following questions:
Unit 4: Life in Frederick Past to Present
What is the difference between past and present? What is a historian? What is a timeline?
How do historians learn about the past? What are primary sources and how can they help us understand history?
What was life like in the past?
How has transportation in Frederick county changed from the past to the present?
How have changes in communication technology affected people’s lives?
What can we learn about the past from people and places of Frederick county?
What can we learn about each other from our personal timelines?
What is a time capsule? How does a time capsule record history?
Our final science unit will be focused on ecosystems! Students will collaborate and apply science practices we have learned throughout the year to:
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.