Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We’re finishing up our last full week before Thanksgiving!  Wow!  We focused our morning time this week on a new anchor text – Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President.  It gets us into learning about innovators in our country’s history.  It’s always a favorite discussion-oriented book of ours.  We’ve been working hard with text features and finding key details and reserach for our writing.

Math continues to go along nicely with our third unit.  It’s an important unit with a main focus on problem solving strategies and place value.  We’ll continue working and practicing with different strategies to solve problems.  Every room has completed a unit on wants & needs within our economics standards.  It has involved some great discussion, read alouds, and activities.

Students enjoyed our artist/author presentation on Thursday.  Thank you PTO for bringing in a guest.  Second graders enjoyed the stories and learning further about origami.

The Week Ahead

We just have two days next week.  Please know that there won’t be a new update before the holiday.  I’ll resume this as we return from Thanksgiving.  We’ll finish our work on Theodore Roosevelt.  We’ll also make way for some fun with the Thanksgiving holiday.

We hope everyone enjoys the holiday week.  It’s crazy to think how fast things are moving along.  Hopefully everyone can enjoy some time together and relax during the holiday ahead.

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, November 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 – No School for Thanksgiving

Have a Great Weekend & Thanksgiving!

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Our week was very busy and eventful, despite having Election Day without school.  We worked very hard on our latest writing PBA – an opinion piece where students wrote a letter to state what they want for Christmas and persuade their audience as to why they deserve it.  It was a lot of fun working on through our process, and I believe everyone will enjoy the reading when they come home.

We ended the week beginning our second end of unit assessment.  We’ll wrap it up on Monday and have results homeward soon after.  We won’t take another until 2018!

Our math unit is moving along.  We finished the firs session of our third unit with a “check-up” assessment on each of the featured problems – strips/singles problem and a missing addend problem.  We’ll continue working and developing problem solving strategies with each.

Amy Frey, a second grader’s aunt (Cohen), visited us on Wednesday to discuss banking and economics with each class.  Everyone received a booklet from 5/3 Bank and participated in a discussion about money and how important it is.  It fits nicely within our unit and discussions.  Thank you Amy!

We concluded this week with our Veteran’s Day Program.  It’s always a favorite day here at BES, and I’ll be sure to post pictures from the celebration soon.

The Week Ahead

Next week is our final full week until after Thanksgiving and into December.  It’s crazy to think how fast things are moving now.  We’ll certainly try to make the most of our five days.  First, we’ll conclude our end of unit assessment with the extended response piece on Monday.  Then, we’ll transition to our next unit and a new anchor text.  It’s a biography of Theodore Roosevelt.  It’s a favorite of ours, and it’ll lead to some great discussion of history and how to use such a text as readers and writers.

Math will continue along with a focus on problem solving strategies.  Students will be faced with a mix of addition and subtraction problems, so knowing strategies to show work and solve will be essential.  A focus continues on place value and money as well.

We also are working on wants and needs with some fun lessons and investigations.  We make a distinction between the two, and with goods and services.  Towards the end of the week, we’ll transition to more work around Thanksgiving and the holiday quickly approaching.

On Thursday, BES will be visited by Christine Kallevig, an origami artist and author.  This is on behalf of our PTO, and the program will offer a hands-on presentation to all on her work and how to create origami art.  She has several books that will be on-hand for sale, as well as some that can be autographed for purchase too.  I know Mrs. Cooper is very excited about this visit, and we love how our PTO brings us special presentations and performances to learn and enjoy within the fine arts.

Important Dates

 

Sunday, November 5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set clocks back!)

Tuesday, November 7 – No School for Students – Inservice Day/Election Day

Friday, November 10 – BES Veteran’s Day Program (2-3 PM)

Tuesday, November 14 – BES Benefit Night @ Skyline Chili (flyers will come home)

Thursday, November 16 – Origami Artist/Author Visit – Christen Kallevig

Tuesday, November 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 – No School for Thanksgiving

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We enjoyed another busy and festive week in the second grade!  I hope everyone enjoyed Halloween and the switch to November.  We worked on a new anchor text this week – I Wanna Iguana.  It’s a cute story, and told through letters between a son and mother.  It’s written in persuasive tones, and it has helped guide discussion and writing practice in here.

We’ve moved into our third unit in math.  It’s a large one focused on place value and problem-solving strategies.  We’ve worked on problems referring to “sticker notation” in here already where a line represents 10 and a dot represent 1.  It’s a helpful way to build sense in place value.

The Week Ahead

We have a different week with Tuesday off for Election Day, and we end the week with our annual Veteran’s Day Program.  It’ll be a great week ahead!

We begin our next writing PBA on Monday.  It’s a persuasive letter where second graders will state what they want for Christmas, and present support on why they should receive it.  We look forward to a creative and persuasive piece of writing!  We’ll end the week with our second end-of-unit assessment.  We’ll share more about this next week.

Our math unit continues along.  It’ll take some time to get through unit 3.  Next week, we’ll continue work with sticker notation and problem-solving strategies.  We’ll also spend time with wants & needs, money work, and of course, focus on Veteran’s Day.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this Sunday morning!

Important Dates

 

Sunday, November 5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set clocks back!)

Tuesday, November 7 – No School for Students – Inservice Day/Election Day

Friday, November 10 – BES Veteran’s Day Program (2-3 PM)

Tuesday, November 14 – BES Benefit Night @ Skyline Chili (flyers will come home)

Tuesday, November 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 – No School for Thanksgiving

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

What a busy week in second grade!  We enjoyed the book fair, had two nights of conferences, and finished with Pumpkin Math.  Wow!  First of all, thank you to all who helped put on the book fair – our second graders had a fantastic time!  Secondly, Pumpkin Math is always a blast – thanks for your time to help us make it a fun event.  It was also nice to meet and conference with many of you this week.  If we haven’t met with you yet, we look forward to it on Monday.

In addition to all of the previously mentioned events, our second graders worked really hard in class!  We began a new anchor text with Money Matters, and it has taken us back to using text features, while introducing how to effectively write opinion pieces.

Our math unit in geometry has concluded this week.  The second graders spent most of their time with fractions this past week, however, and did a really good job working on a difficult concept.  We’ll revisit fractions periodically throughout the year, but the majority of our work with them is introducing and writing them as we’ve done this week.

The Week Ahead

 

We get to settle down with our craziness from last week with . . . Halloween!  It’ll certainly be a fun week for our second graders.  We’ll begin the week with some Halloween themed fun in class for the first couple of days.  Please no dressing up on Halloween – that’s a privilege reserved for our kindergartners at BES.

We’ll press on with opinion writing, and eventually get to I Wanna Iguana.  It’s a very funny book that will allow us to teach and model opinion writing in a persuasive tone.  It’ll eventually lead us to get to our next writing PBA – an opinion, persuasive prompt that will be completed the following week.

We’ll transition to a new math unit next week.  Unit 3 focuses on number sense, problem solving strategies, and money.  It’s a larger unit, and you’ll see a transition to showing all problems with equations to show knowledge with regards to place value.  The money tie-in of the unit will be aided by our anchor text, Money Matters, and a transition in theme to our economics unit.  We’ll be dealing with a lot of money in the weeks ahead!

Important Dates

 

Monday, October 30 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Tuesday, October 31 – Happy Halloween!

Thursday, November 2 – Picture Retakes

Sunday, November 5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set clocks back!)

Tuesday, November 7 – No School for Students – Inservice Day/Election Day

Friday, November 10 – BES Veteran’s Day Program (2-3 PM)

Have a Great Weekend!