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!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

We enjoyed another four day week at BES!  This was a strange week, but it included a lot of fun opportunities.  On Tuesday, we administered the CogAT assessment to all second graders.  It was our focus for the entire day with scheduled breaks for play and rest.  The students worked hard.  Results aren’t immediate with the CogAT – we typically receive them back sometime in April.

We also spent time this week finishing up our MAP requirements for the year.  Students took the reading MAP on Wednesday and the math MAP on Thursday.  We were very impressed with the effort and the growth in scores.  When our third quarter report cards are ready, we’ll again provide a print-out with the updated MAP data.

To help us with the MAP testing, we spent the afternoons focused on learning about volcanoes.  It led to some fun science where every second grader mixed, and scultped their own volcano.  They also painted it, and then we simulated an eruption with a baking soda-vinegar reaction.  The students enjoyed the hands-on nature of the project, and it led to a fun moment with all erupted!  Please take a look at the pictures.

In addition to testing and fun with volcanoes, students have been hard at work practicing for their “February Frolic!”

 

The Week to Come

 

We’ll be very focused on our music performance for Monday and Tuesday.  Students will be practicing, and then performing dress rehearsals each day.  Our red shirts are in.  Mrs. Bolender prefers them to stay here through our Tuesday evening performance.  Please remember that our show is at 7 PM on Tuesday, and students are asked to report to our rooms at 6:30 PM.

Once we get through our show and stage successes, we’ll get back to our routine on Wednesday!  We’ll resume where we’ve paused in our current units in math, reading, and writing.  Our focused text will be about earthquakes, and we’ll continue our practice on informative writing.  We’ll be able to resume and wrap-up our unit in math on place value and number sense.  Please look for homework coming home today.  We’ll return to the homework and word study work for next week.

Important Events

Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES, Arrive at 6:30 PM)
Thursday, March 9 – Auther 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)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Our four day week went by very quickly!  Tuesday morning was a  lot of fun!  Thank you to all who volunteered time to help allow our second graders to enjoy a themed party around Valentine’s Day.  It was a nice break from our normal schedule and routine.
Throughout the rest of the mornings this week, students worked with and finished Disaster Alert!  The second graders really enjoyed the reading, and it allowed for great discussions and practice with informative writing topics.  We connected our work with natural disasters with a fascinating STEM project in science.  Students worked in partners or small groups to plan and build a shelter out of available materials that had to house a fictional paper family in a tornado.  We tested the tornado with a hair dryer on the high setting!  The shelter needed to be built strong enough to not give in or move during the testing with the hair dryer.  The project offered students a problem that they had to collaborate and compromise to solve.
In math, we continued to practice with our knowledge with place value to solve a number of multi-step problems.  Students continue to build their skills in having multiple strategies to solve problems with.  We’re closing in on the conclusion of our fifth math unit.

 

 

The Week to Come

We hope everyone enjoys the extended weekend.  This gives us a shortened week ahead again.  We have some testing that we’re scheduled to take on next week.  On Tuesday, second graders will be taking the CoGat.  The CoGat will be administered all in one day – it’s in a testing booklet, and results will be sent to us later in the spring.  Then on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, students will be taking the reading and math MAP assessments in class.  It’ll be the final time we do the MAP for second grade.

To go along with the testing, we’re going to be having some science fun connected to our focus right now in the afternoons.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be creating and erupting volcanoes in class!  This is a very involved activity, but so much fun.  For this, we’re asking for some help.  Throughout second grade, if all girls could bring/donate a container of iodized salt, and all boys a package of flour, we’d greatly appreciate it.  We want each second grader to create their own volcano!

Important Events

February 13 -24 –  Box Top Collection at BES (2 weeks!)
Friday, February 17 – No School for Students (Inservice Day)
Monday, February 20 – No School (President’s Day) & BES Bowling Night (6-8 @ Eastgate Lanes)
Tuesday, February 21 – PTO Meeting (7 PM @ BES)
Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Our week was centered around some great science events.  Thank you PTO!  Science Night was an amazing turnout this year – it was great seeing so many second grade families coming back to school in the evening to enjoy a night of science fun.  COSI on Wheels was at our school on Thursday.  These two big science events were brought to us by the PTO, and gave us a fun, eventful week.
In the classroom, students wrote a narrative PBA at the beginning of the week.  They were given the task of continuing on from the ending of The Earth Dragon Awakes by choosing to write in first person as either Henry or Chin (two of the main characters).  It was a tough prompt, but one that involved a lot of practice.  We’re impressed in the growth in writing being shown.
In math, we’re really building on our knowledge with place value, and with it, we’re working with greater numbers.  We introduced new workshop games, and have been doing some practice problems, all around place value.  We’ve introduced expanded form to go along with sticker notation as well.  This is tough, and we’ll continue to practice and build on the concepts.

 

 

The Week to Come

 

We have a shortened week ahead with Friday being an inservice day for teachers.  Tuesday morning at 9:30 will be our time for a Valentine’s Party.  In addition to these items, second graders will be working hard with Mrs. Bolender on their performance.

In class, we’ll continue our work with Disaster Alert! and practice with informative writing.  The book is one of high interest, so we’ll surround our study of it around natural disasters and weather with science.  Students will receive practice in researching and working with a piece of writing over time.

Our math unit continues with place value, number sense, and problem solving.  As stated above, we’ll continue to have workshops and problems to help build skills with the place value concepts we’re working on.

Important Events

Monday, February 6 – Adopt-a-Book Drive Begins (Information in Friday Folder) 
Tuesday, February 7 – BES Science Night (6-8 PM @ BES!)
Thursday, February 9 – COSI Day @ BES
February 13 -24 –  Box Top Collection at BES (2 weeks!)
Tuesday, February 14 – 2nd Grade Valentine’s Day Parties (9:30 AM)
Friday, February 17 – No School for Students (Inservice Day)
Monday, February 20 – No School (President’s Day) & BES Bowling Night (6-8 @ Eastgate Lanes)
Tuesday, February 21 – PTO Meeting (7 PM @ BES)
Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES)

Have a Great Weekend!