Second Grade Update

This week has been focused on our completion of our two standardized tests that all second graders take.  We completed both the IOWA and CogAT assessments throughout the week.  It can be tiresome, but we’ve tried our best to mix in some fun, engaging activities throughout the remainder of our days.

In Science, we completed a “walking water” activity that was a lot of fun, and a shelter survival STEM activity to connect with weather and natural disasters.  Our math unit is in the review stages, as we go over thoroughly the multiple strategies to solve and show work in addition problems.

Both our Box Tops Collection & Cereal Drive concluded this week.  Thanks to all who participated and/or donated.

The Week Ahead

We transition from February to March with a full week ahead.  We move on from the standardized testing, and wrap up our fourth unit in our reading and writing curriculum.  Students will be doing research and writing an informative paper on a natural disaster throughout next week for our writing PBA.  It’s been going well, and it should be a fun process.  In addition, we’ll also wrap-up the fourth unit with our next end of unit assessment.  The math unit we’ve been working on will come to a conclusion too.  It’ll be the theme of the week – concluding a month and multiple units!

To break up the week, and to have a lot of fun with connecting all of our work, researching, and reading on natural disasters – students will be creating a volcano.  This is an involved, messy, but entertaining activity!  We’re looking to do this throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, and we’re even going to look to get some assistance with fifth grade science students!  On Wednesday, students will mix, build, and sculpt their very own volcano.  We’ll wrap up the week on Friday by using the volcanoes to house a simple chemical reaction to simulate an erupting volcano.  It should be a fun, memorable week of science!

 

Important Dates

 

Wednesday, February 28 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Tuesday, March 6 – Spring Picture Day (Class Picture is taken!)

Friday, March 9 – End of 3rd Quarter (Can you believe it?)

Sunday, March 11 – Daylight Saving Time Begins (set clocks forward)

Thursday, March 15 – COSI on Wheels @ BES!

Friday, March 16 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, March 21 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Thursday, March 22 – Calendar Concert (Evening Performance @ BES!)

Friday, March 23 – Last day of school before Spring Break (Classes resume April 2)

Have a great weekend!

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

It was a shortened, four day week, but we kept it busy!  It’s been nice for all of us to again get an opportunity to meet with everyone and discuss progress and goals.  Thanks for making our conference schedule this past week an important part of your schedule.  We also enjoyed our Valentine’s party on Wednesday.  Thank you to all who volunteered time and/or resources for it to be a memorable day for our second graders.

In class, a big focus has been with nonfiction, informative texts in reading.  The topics have been around natural disasters from our anchor texts.  As we’ve worked through discussions and reading on natural disasters, we’ve also learned how to research other sources to help us write about a topic.  Second graders have improved a lot in being able to research and organize an informative paragraph for their own.

Our math unit continues to build on problem solving strategies with building skills around place value.  Students are working hard on solving multi-step problems where the value of the numbers continues to quickly grow.

The Week Ahead

We have no school on Monday, so our week is again shortened.  Second graders will be taking our required standardized tests next week.  The tests we take are the IOWA and CogAT.  We have a testing schedule for the week, and will spend some time during each of the four days next week.  Results for these take some time, as they’re in a booklet.  As we find out information later in the year, we’ll share with everyone.

In addition to the testing, we’ll progress forward to finish our math unit and practice/work through our next writing PBA.  We’ll also surround our time with some fun breathers to motivate us through each of our days with testing sessions!

 

Important Dates

 

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Wednesday, February 28 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Have a great long weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We moved into a new anchor text this week – Disaster Alert!.  It’s a nonfiction text featuring several natural disasters by defining what they are, how they happen, and how dangerous they are.  It’s a very interesting read, and interest has certainly been high.  With an informational text, we’ve returned to informational writing.  Second graders are receiving practice on how to best write a topic sentence, and to use research to support a topic with facts and supporting details.

Our math unit is quickly moving into big problems!  We’re moving forward with place value into the hundreds place, and numbers through 1,000.  We’re teaching it within our strategy of sticker notation, and with it, how it relates to place value.  Students have been introduced to games and activities where they practice quickly adding/subtracting 10 and/or 100 with numbers.

Science has continued this week with a focus on the water cycle.  The weather unit has been a lot of fun!   A big thanks to the many second grade families who were able to attend our Science Night this past Tuesday.  It was another fantastic turnout, and we enjoyed leading all on a marshmallow catapult challenge in second grade.  We hope all had a wonderful time throughout all of the great stations, and we truly appreciate you making BES a family destination for evening learning and fun.

The Week Ahead

We have a shortened week with students not coming on Friday.  We also have Valentine’s Day on Wednesday with afternoon classroom parties in all our rooms.  It’ll make for a fun, but very eventful week.  We also look forward to seeing everyone at conferences.  Busy week ahead!

 

In the classrooms, we’ll continue our work on Disaster Alert!  Second graders will be contiuing their work on researching and piecing together strong informative paragraphs.  We’ll be getting towards 3-digit addition in math, and we’ll wrap up our weather unit in science.

Around the school, please be aware that Box Tops collections continue throughout next week.  Additionally, we’re beginning a cereal drive next week.  Please consider donating a favorite cereal to local families in need.   Our plan is to create a display in the front lobby of all collected cereal boxes throughout our drive.

 

Important Dates

 

Monday, February 12 – Box Tops Competition Continues/Cereal Drive

Tuesday, February 13 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Parties (1:45 – 2:45 in 2nd Grade)

Thursday, February 15 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Another full week is winding down, and we’ve stayed busy and accomplished a lot.  We began the week with a short story about how characters responded to challenges in a Japanese tale called “Seek the Sun.”  It helped us work with some more narrative techniques as we wrapped up our first part of Unit 4.

The remainder of the week in our mornings was spent working on a narrative where students continued on to the ending of The Earth Dragon Awakes.  In the narrative, students were asked to write in first person as one of the two main characters.  We worked through the writing process, and wrapped up the narratives on Friday.

We began our new unit in math this week.  It has taken us back to problem solving strategies, but the numbers are getting larger and the problems more complicated.  We’re working through them, and have gotten much better at multi-step problems.  Science has continued this week too, as we’ve worked on weather instruments and how they help us.

 

The Week Ahead

On our first full week in February, we’ll begin a new anchor text.  It’ll be about natural disasters, and it’ll take us further into using text features, researching a topic, and informative writing.  It should be an exciting text, and it’ll give us great practice with a nonfiction text.

Science and math will continue as we’ve been working on.  Science will be very focused on the water cycle.  Math will build quickly, as we continue to introduce new games and problems that get larger.

We hope you’ll plan on joining us at BES for Science Night.  Science Night is on Tuesday from 6-8 PM.  It’s always a wonderful event and a lot of fun for the entire family.

 

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, February 6 – Science Night

Monday, February 12 – Box Tops Competition Begins (2/12 – 2/23)

Tuesday, February 13 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Parties (1:45 – 2:45 in 2nd Grade)

Thursday, February 15 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

We’re seeing our schedule and routines come back together. . . finally!  We read a lot this week, and finished The Earth Dragon Awakes.  It’s a favorite in our reading curriculum, and this group seemed to really enjoy the historical fiction adventure too.  It’s a book that details events surrounding the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and The Great Fire that followed.  The book helps us with understanding how character development is so important in a good book.  We’ve used this understanding to apply it in our own narrative writing.

We concluded our fourth Investigations unit this week too.  Students learned, in detail, the features, uses, and application of three graphs:  bar graphs, pictographs, and line plot graphs.  Our final assessment featured reading data and representing it in a line plot graph.  The results of this will be ready soon.  Students have worked very hard throughout this short unit, as it all contains a lot of new information for all!

Science has picked back up in a big way with us getting involved with a weather unit.  This week we’ve worked with concepts of how a cloud is formed, how thunder and lightning form, and types of weather we can receive.

The Week Ahead

We’ll work very hard on narrative writing next week.  We’ll continue practicing most of the week, using The Earth Dragon Awakes as an influence to help us with using narrative elements.  We’ll add to our knowledge built on earthquakes in that book to help us with our next text about other natural disasters.  It’s an interesting subject that crosses the curriculum line into science!

Our next math unit will have us work on measurement techniques and units of measure.  It’s another unit that goes quickly, but is packed with a lot of new lessons and material.  Science will continue with weather.  A big focus for our time ahead is the water cycle, and conducting several experiments involving the weather we receive.

 

Important Dates

Friday, January 26 – BES Talent Show (7 P.M. @ BES)

Wednesday, January 31 – BESAzon Shoping Day

Tuesday, February 6 – Science Night

Monday, February 12 – Box Tops Competition Begins (2/12 – 2/23)

Tuesday, February 13 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Parties (1:45 – 2:45 in 2nd Grade)

Thursday, February 15 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Have a great weekend!