2ND GRADE NEWS

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

Happy New Year From 2nd Grade

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Thank you so much for the generous gifts. Your kindness did not go unnoticed or unappreciated,

As we enter into the new year I am asking for your help. Each day is an important day as we continue our learning. Please remember to have your child read each night, Also, if your child is struggling to master their basic addition and subtraction skills, it is imperative that they work toward this. I have signed all students up for Extra Math, I have sent home passwords. Please use this as a tool to help reach mastery of their basic facts.

This is such a pivotal time for your child.

Daily Take Home Folders

Parents, please remember to review the contents of your child's daily folder and have them return it to school each day:)

Thank you!!

Grading

As most of you know, 2nd graders do not receive letter grades. My philosophy is that children don't come to school for grades, but to learn and grow. I am working hard to make sure everyone grows. It is important to let you know what progress your child is making. The following is the system we use...

S means your child is doing a Satisfactory job and has met the goal

P means your child is progressing toward the goal

N means your child needs some improvement toward the goal

AC means there is some concern regarding your child's progress and together we need to be working to help them work at progressing toward the goal

Our Schedule

Recess and Lunch: 11:16 to 11:56 (We go to recess first)

Gym: Mondays and Wednesdays (Remember to wear gym shoes)

Music: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Movement: Gym and Music together

Library: Thursdays

December and January Birthdays

Math

Onto Topic 8

in Topic 8 students will learn about adding 2 digit numbers. Students will learn about regrouping or renaming ones when they add up to more than 9 (ex. if you have 11 ones, you have 1 ten and 1 one). In addition, students will learn how to add on a number line and how to add more than 2 numbers.

Math Centers

Log on to Extra Math to Practice Basic Math Facts

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Writing

Realistic Fiction

The students have been exposed to many Realistic Fiction stories. They have learned about many features of a realistic fiction story. A realistic fiction story is a story about something that could happen in real life. The characters are like us and their problems are like problems that happen to us. In a realistic fiction story the problem is solved after a series of events in which the problem gets worse before it is finally solved leaving the reader satisfied.

Words Their Way

We have re-assessed the students and will make any necessary changes to the groups. Word Study will resume after Thanksgiving.

Social Studies

We ended our last unit by creating our own town. We created our town by putting human characteristics such as streets, homes, businesses. parks, and bridges. Our town also had natural characteristics like rivers and lakes. Check out our town!


We are now focusing our learning on Government.



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Science

In Science we have learned so much about plants. Our Brassica plants have gone home but here at school we have since planted grass and Alfafa. We planted them together so that we could see how they are different. When we cut them down the grass continued to grow, but after cutting down the Alfafa plants leaves the plant could not survive without the food from the leaves. We also planted wheat. We planted them inside a straw and placed the straw in water. This showed us that plants don't need dirt to grow.


Our next unit is on Matter. We will use rocks to learn about the properties of matter: size, color, texture and shape.

Reading

In reading we have been learning about Story Elements. Story Elements are the components of a story. Thinking about these elements helps us infer what is happening in the story.


  • Characterization: What we know about characters based on their actions or words they use
  • Plot: Important events in the story (conflicts and problems and how they are solved
  • Setting: Where and When the story takes place
  • Theme: The message or meaning of the story

Story Elements

Keep Using These Strategies

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Thinking About Story Elements will Help us Comprehend our Story

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Students Who Complete This Will Earn a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza Certificate

Don't forget to complete the December log.
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Building Stamina!

Building Stamina with our Reading Buddy!

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Using The Chrome Books To Take AR Quizzes and Read on Raz Kids is Fun!

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Compliment Friday

The students are getting very good at recognizing the good in one another.

Matthew Thanking Drayden for Being Such a Good Friend

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