Second Grade SUPER News

February 5, 2016

Highlights from Second Grade

This week we went to the LRC as a class and Mrs. Sayre helped us pick a biography to read independently. The collection of biographies is large enough that each student was able to pick one at their independent reading level. We asked that the person be born in America and be an important person in America's history. After we've had a chance to read and research our famous American, we will use Google Slides to create a presentation.

Literacy

In Superkids we worked on the schwa sound for short a and short e. The schwa sound is the short u sound, but spelled with an 'a' or an 'e'. We also worked on position words which were our spelling words for the week. The Superkids program provides frequent review of phonics skills, this week also included the suffix 'ful', the prefix 'un', and many contractions.


In Writing we continue composing opinion letters about a favorite book that we are reading. We are encouraging students to write longer and stronger opinions about a character or favorite part(s) and use evidence from the text to convince others about their opinions. Students need to use words like I think, for example, and because to further explain their reasoning.


This week's letters in Cursive Handwriting were u,e,l, and h. The students seem eager to be learning cursive, and are so excited when we actually get to write words.


Don't forget that we are encouraging students to read the list of Monarch books which can be found by clicking the link below.

Math

This week we worked on counting up to subtract using an open number line, subtracting by making a 10 or 100, and subtracting by decomposing. Students love learning while playing the games on the Greg Tang website. It's on our classroom webpage, along with other math games we do in class. Have your student show them to you!


In IXL your student should complete the following areas:

Subtraction two digits:

H.1, H.2, H.4, H.6, H.8, H.9

AR Winners

The LRC began handing prizes out again this week for students making 100% or more of their goal. Colin was our first and only student this week to reach his goal.
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Star Student

Owen was our Star Student this week. Owen has played hockey for the last four years and has earned several trophies, some of which he shared with the class. In addition to hockey, he also enjoys skiing and playing golf. For his informational book in writing, Owen wrote detailed instructions on how to play golf. When at home he likes playing outside with his friends. We all learned how to say 'Thank You' in Korean, thanks to Owen. Outstanding presentation Owen!! Our next star is...Scarletta!

In School Visit

Mrs. White's third grade class invited us into her classroom this week to let her students show us what they have been working on in Genius Hour this quarter. This is a time when students get to work on something they feel passionate about - as in saving animals, saving the rain forest, inventing a new video game, or inventing a new way to make something. The third graders loved showing off what they had done.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Report cards were sent home in your student's Friday folder.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, February 11 from 3 to 8 PM, and Friday, February 12 from 11 AM - 4 PM. There is a half day of school on Thursday, and NO SCHOOL on Friday.
  • The 3rd quarter AR Goal update sheet was sent home in the Friday folder today.
  • A class list is in the Friday folder for those who want to make Valentines for all their classmates.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15 in observance of President's Day.

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