Second Grade Update

Week That Was

This past week has been very strange for us as a second grade team.  Very busy too!  We were asked to help with third grade AIR assessments.  It created a crazy couple of days where we were in the building, but not in our rooms.  It sure was nice to return to them on Friday.  It was also wonderful seeing so many of you over the course of this week with conferences.  It’s hard to believe we’ve already begun the fourth quarter, but we look forward to ending our year strongly with your child.

Students have worked hard on a new anchor text, John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer.  It presents his life story with a mix of fact and legend, and has been an enjoyable and approachable book for everyone.  It has helped return our focus to opinion writing, and we’re very impressed of the developments being made with this type of writing.

In math, we’ve been hard at work on measurement.  Tools and accuracy have been focuses this week.  We also worked on the different measurement systems, and metric was a term we discussed.

The Week to Come

We have one week before a week off for spring break.  I’ll talk about next week and what to look for as we return from break in this post.  I won’t post a new one next Friday!

We get into a new text next week, but it’s also about John Chapman.  The one we focus on next week will present his life in just facts we know and a time line.  It’s also important for us to work with texts that can be compared and contrasted.  We’ll be doing a lot of that to practice a very important, but difficult skill!

Our measurement unit will wrap up and we’ll turn our attention to beginning a unit that will expand our focus on number sense a bit more.  We’ll look closely at relationships with numbers.  Even and odd will be a focus.  We’ll detail patterns found and how to view them in charts and tables.

We’re going to extend our focus on John Chapman beyond reading and writing.  We’d like to deal with him and topics around him more with science and social studies.  We’ll be doing some tasting, but also a STEM project to end the week.  For this, some donations of twigs (just backyard – different sizes) will be very helpful for next Friday.  You can just send them in a paper bag if you have some.  Thank you!

When we return from break, the first day back is Opening Day for the Reds.  We like to make a big deal about this in second grade with a day of fun and surprises.  Please have your child wear red if possible – the February Frolic shirt will work great if no Reds gear!

 

Important Events

Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins
Week of March 27 – No School Spring Break
Monday, April 3 – Reds Opening Day & Back to School!
Week of April 3 – Spring BOGO Book Fair

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Last week we wrapped our fourth unit in our reading and writing curriculum.  This week we fully concluded our unit with a writing PBA and our end of unit assessment.  Students read an appropriate article and fact sheet on tsunamis, and then wrote an informative paragraph in their own words.  The “own words” is still a difficult concept for second graders, but the idea of research and finding facts have been very successful.  Students then took their information and created an article that incorporated a number of text features we’ve studied.  They’ve been hung up in our hallway to connect with our author visit on Thursday – Mary Kay Carson.  The timing was perfect for us to have a nonfiction author visit us and talk to us about reseraching and gathering information.  Thank you PTO.
In beginning a measurement unit in math, our workshop and problem solving has taken a sharp contrasting turn from where we previously were!  The students have enjoyed the beginning of our unit.  Our focus this week was identifying the importance of measuring with standard units when comparing measurements.  To identify this key concept, students were led through some frustrations in measuring and comparing with nonstandard measurements.  As we conclude the week, we’ve worked our way to measuring with a tool, using inches, and how much easier measuring can be with such ideas.

 

The Week to Come

 

We return to normal schedules, in terms of curriculum, with our morning and afternoons.  We begin a new anchor text – John Chapman.  Second graders will be working on extending the support of their opinions in writing, as well as having discussions about different genres of books as we begin to learn about an interesting character in our history books.

Our math unit continues on with a focus on standard measurements with tools.  We’ll continue to review time telling, and go back to the problem solving strategies we focused on last unit throughout this short unit.

We look forward to seeing many of you Monday and Wednesday nights.  Please look for report cards coming home today in Friday Folders.  Also, information about our field trip is going home today.  Please return permission slip and $6.00 as soon as you can.  If interested in chaperoning, please read the letter carefully, and also return with your child that you’re interested.  We’ll plan, organize, and make decisions for our trip before we get to break.  Thanks and have a great weekend – don’t forget to set clocks forward this Sunday!

Important Events

Friday, March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 13 & Wednesday, March 15 – Conferences (sign-ups will be out next week)
Thursday, March 16 – Board of Education Meeting @ BES (6-7 PM)
Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

How about our second graders and the February Frolic?  Thank you so much for making our program a part of your week.  It was a lot of fun for us to see how excited and proud the second graders were throughout their dress rehearsals and final performance.
The program was a lot of fun, but it was nice for us to resume our normal schedule and routine on Wednesday.  We resumed our morning routine with a new text, Danger! Earthquakes, that we’ve worked on throughout the rest of the week.  The text has allowed us to resume our focus on weather and natural disasters, and then using a text to find facts and supporting details.  Everyone has been working on doing their own research too!
Our math unit is winding down.  It has been a long one focused on place value and problem solving strategies.  We’ll close our week and the unit at the same time, so we’ll be on to a new one beginning next week.

 

 

The Week to Come

We’ll be in transition next week with our curriculum.  Second graders are building towards being able to finish up our reading/writing unit by doing their own research on a natural event.  They’re going to present their research in the form of a news article.  We’ll also try to take our end of unit assessment in parts on Chromebooks.

Our next math unit is short, but entirely focused on measurement.  Students will be participating in a number of activities to build understanding and familiarity with different units of measurement.  In the early activities for next week, we try to acknowledge the importance of using standard forms of measurement.

Our third quarter comes to a close next week!  It’s crazy to think that we’re about to get into our final quarter.  Please look over conference signups and plan accordingly for our upcoming nights on March 13 and 15.

 

Important Events

Thursday, March 9 – Author Visit @ BES (Mary Kay Carson)
Friday, March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 13 & Wednesday, March 15 – Conferences (sign-ups will be out next week)
Thursday, March 16 – Board of Education Meeting @ BES (6-7 PM)
Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins

Have a Great Weekend!