2F Weekly News
Week of Sunday May 1, 2016
A Note from Ms. Graves
This week was our final week of MAPS assessment for the year. We emphasized reading questions slowly and using our scratch paper to solve problems. After all grades are finished with the assessment you will be receiving your child's growth report for the year.
Our upcoming field trip permission slip will be sent home on Sunday. This bowling trip is part of our forces and motion unit and I hope you can join us if possible. Kindly see the form for all the details.
Info from the UES
Tickets for the 5th grade play Mulan are on sale in the elementary office for 20QR. There are two show 5/11 at 6:00pm and 5/12 at 7:00pm. Lower elementary students will be viewing the play during the school day on May 12th.
Weekly Subject Updates
Series Book Clubs
Many students have read more than one book of their series by now. Not only are readers thinking deeply about their characters in one book, they are trying to notice patterns and make connections about characters over multiple books. We have begun to notice how authors craft their writing using juicy language, especially smilies to show not tell. As we move into our final narrative unit, we are excited to try out what we are learning about figurative language.
Writers have been remembering all they have learned about informational writing. This week we focused on introductions and conclusions for each of our chapters. Next week will be our last opportunity to edit, revise, and publish an information book as a second grade writer. We look forward to celebrating and sharing our achievements with you!
Data and Measurement
This week marked the end of our measurement and data unit. We learned how mathematicians can use line plots to represent numerical data. Next week we will begin our last math unit of the year, repeated addition. This will set students up for the concept of multiplication. The second grade team asks you to not teach multiplication facts as something to be memorized. This prevents students from reasoning out and practicing working with groups of the same number.
Forces and Motion
This week we continued our study of forces and motion by experimenting with different surfaces. We were curious to see which surface had more or less friction. We used toy cars and ramps to see which surfaces (sandpaper, crepe, carpet, grass, tiles, cloth) would slow down our force the most. Check out the video!