Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We wrapped up our first module in our second unit in our reading/writing curriculum (ReadyGen).  This led us to focus our week on narrative writing and another writing PBA.  Second graders had to create a character of their own, have them make a decision with money, and put together a series of events to tell an exciting story.  We went through the process and will be scoring on a rubric to give all of you, including your second grader, feedback on the work.

Geometry has continued in our math unit.  This week, we went from just shapes and their attributes, into symmetry and fractions.  It’s moving along nicely.  Thank you to all who came out for our Math Night on Wednesday.  It was a huge success – I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

Our science unit in fossils has continued.  It’s been a lot of fun this week!  Students have completed a number of exciting activities.  One day they paired up as “archaeologists” to put together a page of mystery fossils into how they thought it could be when it lived.  They also tested their imaginations, and participated in a “fossil dig” simulation with a chocolate chip cookie!  The chocolate chips acted as the fossils, and they had to remove them safely with toothpicks!

The Week Ahead

We’ll transition into the next part of our second unit in reading and writing.  The anchor text is called Money Matters.  It’s an informational book about making responsible decisions with money.  It’ll change our style of writing, obviously, and will allow us to transition from science to our economics unit.

Our math unit will continue next week with geometry, but we’ll reach a conclusion by Friday.  The focus will continue with fractions, and identifying both plane and solid shapes by their attributes.

Report cards are coming home in Friday Folders today.  Please look for them in an envelope.  Remember, we have standards-based report cards in second grade.  The number is representative of the end of year expectations, not the first quarter.  We look forward to discussing any questions you may have, as well as just getting an opportunity to talk about goals and expectations at our scheduled conferences beginning next week.

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be taking over our library next week.  Every class will shop once in school during the classroom library time.  In addtion, it’ll be open for shopping on Tuesday evening until 7:30 PM.  There will be an information sheet about some of the available titles coming home in Friday Folders.

Important Dates

 

Friday, October 20 – Report Cards go home

Sunday, October 22 – BES Night @ Chiptole (one by Lowes in Milford) – 50% of bill goes to BES!

Week of October 23 – Fall Book Fair

Tuesday, October 24 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Thursday, October 26 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, October 27 – 2nd Grade Pumpkin Math (Morning)

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

Have a Great Weekend!

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Our focused anchor text this week has been A Chair for My Mother.  The story has provided second graders with another example of a first-person narrative where the events of the story are structured differently.  We have continued working on narrative writing, and this book has helped us with some exciting techniques.  We practiced telling a story in first-person, and have worked further with using dialogue.  The organization of dialogue is difficult, but we’re learning the proper way if trying it.

Our math unit has remained the same – geometry.  We shifted from solid shapes back to plane shapes this week.  Our investigations forced us to sort plane shapes by attributes, and then we focused on quadrilaterals.  This led us to determine what a rectangle is, and what a square is.  It made for fun geometry discussions, and then led to some geometry problem solving we call “rectangle riddles.”

We also returned to science and began our unit on fossils.  We began by building our background knowledge on the subject, and then led to some fun experiements.  Students sorted and classified fossils, and then created an impression with modeling clay.

The Week Ahead

We begin the second quarter next week!  Report cards will go home next Friday in Friday Folders. We’ll begin the week with a look at other books in the Alexander series while we continue practicing our narrative writing craft.  Eventually, we’ll lead into our next writing PBA – a narrative short story where second graders will create their own character who has to make some decision with money.

Geometry will continue in math.  The unit continues to build and offers a blend of concepts with plane and solid shapes, as well as probelm solving.  Our fossil unit will continue too.  Students will build on the idea of fossils and spend some time learning a bit about how paleontologists learn from fossils.  It should offer some fun learning experiences in science!

Next Wednesday evening is our BES Math Night.  It runs from 6-7:30 at BES, and it’s a free event.  Our theme this year is around sports in math.  Everyone will be offered a night of sports and fitness, and it should be a fun change.  If you have availability on Wednesday night, please come back to the school for an entertaining evening.

Important Dates

Friday, October 13 – End of 1st Quarter 

Tuesday, October 17 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, October 18 – BES Math Night (6-7:30 PM)

Friday, October 20 – Report Cards go home

Sunday, October 22 – BES Night @ Chiptole (one by Lowes in Milford) – 50% of bill goes to BES!

Week of October 23 – Fall Book Fair

Tuesday, October 24 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Thursday, October 26 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, October 27 – 2nd Grade Pumpkin Math (Morning)

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

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Our first part of the week was spent finishing up our first end of unit assessment.  We complete five end of unit assessments throughout our year together, and they’re connected with our reading/writing curriculum.  The assessments are closely aligned with the state testing (AIR) format which begins for all third graders.  It provides good practice on the format, thinking, and how to take such a test.  They’re difficult, however, so as we finish them the first time, it can be quite a learning process.  As a team, we might handle sharing the results differently, but it’s a great item to discuss further at our upcoming conferences if you have any questions.

On Wednesday, students transitioned to our next unit and anchor text, Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.  It’s a fun read aloud!  We spent the remainder of the week on it, discussing a number of topics.  As readers, the story helps us a lot in being expressive as a reader.  As writers, it helps us learn how we can write stories as a character (first person), and use descriptive language to make it more exciting.

Our math unit has transitioned to the second unit too – geometry!  It’s quite a change of focus, but the first week has gone very well.  Students have reviewed plane shapes and their attributes, and we quickly moved into focusing on solid shapes.  Students are currently working on identifying and describing solid shapes by attributes such as faces, edges, and vertices.

We’ve worked very hard all week on our continents and geography unit.  Students continued “visiting” each of the continents and completing a field guide for each that they’ve organized in their science/social studies journals.  Each room also finished our unit by creating a flat map of our earth with the seven continents.  We’re sending it home rubber banded together and might make a great item to hang up if there’s a work/desk area set up at home.

At the end of the day on Friday, students are being introduced to our fall fundraiser.  It’s an annual fall event that typically features cookie dough and other items to offer.  Of course, it’s completely voluntary, and all information will be coming home.  There’s information on how students can receive prizes and incentives, and when orders are due.  Thanks in advance to any participants!

The Week Ahead

Next week is the final week of the first quarter.  I almost need to type it again to believe it!  Wow!  It sure does go by quickly.  We’ll continue with our same focus in reading, writing, and math.  Ideas and work will, of course, build upon what we began this past week.  We’ll combine our work on Alexander with another story, I Wanna Iguana, and the other Alexander stories.  Students will resume work on narrative writing, with the hope our stories will become more exciting with our work and focus on descriptive language.

Our geometry unit will continue on next week.  Please know we continue to review problem solving strategies, time, and money.  Those concepts are a constant within our math curriculum.  The geometry focus in our discussions and workshops are a nice change of pace for everyone.

We transition next week back to science.  Our next focus will be on fossils.  It’s a unit that’ll take some time in October.  We’ll have a number of read alouds, experiments, and investigations planned in the coming weeks.  It should be a unit that provides some exciting days for our second graders!

Conference signups are active as of Friday, October 6.  Please look over the available time slots and signup.  We like to meet with everyone in the fall!  Please know that the quarter ends Friday, October 13, and report cards will be sent home on Friday, October 20.

Important Dates

Friday, October 6 – Fall Fundraiser Kicks Off (Assembly at end of day)

Friday, October 13 – End of 1st Quarter 

Tuesday, October 17 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, October 18 – BES Math Night (6-7:30 PM)

Friday, October 20 – Report Cards go home

Sunday, October 22 – BES Night @ Chiptole (one by Lowes in Milford) – 50% of bill goes to BES!

Week of October 23 – Fall Book Fair

Tuesday, October 24 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Thursday, October 26 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, October 27 – 2nd Grade Pumpkin Math (Morning)

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

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Happenings

Take a peek at some of the items from the week. Outside, Mrs. Wolf and Mr. Holden have classes observing and drawing our BES grounds for a then and now assignment we worked on. Second graders learned of BES beginnings and, of course, saw some pictures of the good “old BES!” Inside, Mrs. Wirth took some shots of a math workshop day. Her class can be seen playing a game with money.

 

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We spent the first portion of the week focused on a new text, The House on Maple Street.  It’s a good text for us to discuss and look at closely for how structures of stories can be different, and how setting needs to be described by a writer.  This story looks at a plot of land (could be any spot in Milford) and we meet a family who lives in a house on a neighborhood street now.  Then the story goes back 300 hundred years and details how it once was, who and what settled on it, and how it eventually developed into a home and then part of a neighborhood.  It’s a fun book with a lot of good details for us to focus on.

Writing has been focused on building informative ideas through finding facts.  We’ve also worked on comparing and contrasting two topics, and using conjunctions to form complex sentences.  On Thursday, students worked on our second writing PBA – an informative paragraph comparing and contrasting two cities/communities from Friends Around the World.  We worked through the writing process, but we were able to accomplish this in one day this time.  Please look for the latest scored rubrics and the writing work to come home sometime next week.  We spent Friday beginning our first end of unit assessment.  We’ll detail how these are taken and what to look at further next week as second graders finish this one and we begin scoring it.

Thank you to the PTO, students enjoyed Firefighter Phil on Tuesday.  It’s always a nice show every fall to remind us of fire safety while having some fun!  Math has continued on with story problems.  Students spent time this week learning how to solve and show work on addition and subtraction story problems.  We’ve also continued on with our continent unit throughout this week.  Students have been “receiving letters” from people on different continents and they’ve sent us field guides to help us learn more about what can be found on each continent.  We’ve added discussions, books, and videos to complement our learning of each!

The Week Ahead

 

We transition into October next week, and believe it or not, have just a couple weeks remaining in our first quarter.  We’ll be sending home information regarding an end of October tradition in second grade – Pumpkin Math.  Please look for this form in folders (Friday or Take Home) and return any interest in donating/volunteering to us as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance!  We’ll also be sending out schedules and signups for conferences very soon.  Keep it on the calendar, and we plan on sending these out in sync with all other grades and teachers at BES this year for scheduling ease.

In class, we’ll finish our end of unit assessment early in the week.  Then we’ll transition to our next anchor text – Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.  This will move us into our second unit, and will lead us to new focused skills and writing ideas.  All second grade rooms have finished reading Charlotte’s Web, and will be finishing up a viewing/discussion of the movie version.

We also look to wrap up our first unit in math and take the end of unit assessment.  This will focus on story problems, problem solving strategies, and some review of money and time.  It also looks like we’ll work through and finish our continent unit next week.  A lot of focused subject areas will wrap up and transition on!

Important Dates

 

Friday, October 6 – Fall Fundraiser Kicks Off (Assembly at end of day)

Friday, October 13 – End of 1st Quarter 

Tuesday, October 17 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, October 18 – BES Math Night (6-7:30 PM)

Friday, October 20 – Report Cards go home

Week of October 23 – Fall Book Fair

Tuesday, October 24 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Thursday, October 26 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, October 27 – 2nd Grade Pumpkin Math (Morning)

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

Have a Great Weekend!