Second Grade

Community Newsletter

Reading

We read the story, A House is a House for Me. The book describes houses for things that you don't necessarily think about. Our learning point made us think about our background knowledge to help us better understand thinking about houses in a different way. We looked for compound words in the story and we found 20 of them.

Spelling

Our spelling concept this week reviewed short vowel sounds and cvc words. Your second grader should be able to tell you about these concepts. Our spelling workshop included writing the concept words and dividing them into syllables and marking each letter with c or v, for constant or vowel. We also sorted words that followed the cvc pattern and words with ck at the end of a short vowel. We compared and recognized compound words and syllables in words.

Math

Math has been all about reviewing some concepts from first grade. We worked on changing the order of the addends in an addition equation, doubles, near doubles, doubles plus two, and using a tens frame. I also showed everyone hoe to do "touch math"m which helps you add numbers easier. Keep practicing addition facts for quicker recall doing math problems.

Science

The science topic of interest this week was our brains. We learned a little about how we think. We learned about the three major parts of the brain (brainstem, cerebellum, and cerebrum) and their main functions. Neurons and the spinal cord were also discussed as a means of getting the messages back and forth from the brain to the body. As a hands-on project, we created clay brains with three parts. They were cut in half to discuss the left and right hemispheres of the brain. We discovered that it is a good thing to get more wrinkles in our brains. It makes us smarter. We talked about what a concussion is and how your brain does not feel pain. An introduction to the Growth Mindset Approach was introduced to start to turn negative comments and self-talk into positive reminders. One example would be, it’s not “I don’t know”, it’s “I don’t know it yet”.

Social Studies & Writing

We created our classroom community, as I’m sure you already know. The city zones (business, industrial, residential and farming) were discussed and the buildings were designed and constructed by second graders. The buildings were then set up on a plat map using a key to help us find locations. We voted on a name for our community and learned about “majority rules”, the one with the most wins. Ask your second grader what name won. After everything was set up, we played a game with balloons and music to figure out who each of us would work with for our stories. Second graders can tell you about the game. An activity called, Link up, was done to show how we work together in a community,mans we don't have to do everything independently like early settlers had to do. That's why people live in a city together. We reviewed the elements of a story; setting, characters, conflict, and resolution, to begin our writing projects.
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Team Building

For our team building exercise we played a community board game, which helped us learn even more about working in a community. Have your second grader explain about the game.