Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Welcome to 2018 and our first update in the new year.  It has been an interesting schedule to begin, but we’re getting somewhere through our first few short, interrupted weeks.  Throughout our first few days of the second half, we’ve worked through an informative PBA and end of unit assessment.  The informative PBA required students to design a park of their own.  The goal was for it to be detailed, creative, and benefit the community.  They drew a map, created rules, and had to write a detailed paragraph of some of the features and how it would benefit the community.

The end of unit assessment was spent over 3 days.  It’ll be returned or handed out and shown at conferences.  We’ll complete just two more on our year.  We ended our week beginning our next unit and anchor text.  It’s always a popular one!  It’s a historical fiction novel named The Earth Dragon Awakes.  It details events around and after the great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Math has been all about data and graphing since we’ve returned.  Students have learned about pictographs, bar graphs, and line plot graphs.  We spend a lot of time on each – practicing, discussing, and improving.  It’s not a long unit, but a very full one that includes mostly new information for second graders.

The Week Ahead

Next week will hopefully be a full week for us at BES!  We’ll be focused on reading through The Earth Dragon Awakes.  With this new anchor text, our writing focus shifts to narrative writing.  It’s the trickiest of the three styles we focus on, but we’ll hopefully make big gains in the weeks ahead.

We’ll be working towards a conclusion of our unit on graphing.  The focus throughout next week will be on line plot graphs.  Students will also get practice with trying to collect and organize data on their own to be graphed.  Science becomes a focus next week, as we get into a detailed unit on weather.

Good luck to any and all participants in the BES Talent Show.  It’s scheduled for next Friday, January 26.  Conference signups will be sent out on Friday, January 19.  We look forward to having another opportunity to meet with many of you to discuss and go over second half goals.

Important Dates

Friday, January 19 – Conference Signups are emailed/sent out

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!

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Our final full week of 2017 was an absolute blast in the second grade!  I’ll say that again . . . we’ve finished our final full week of 2017!  We wrapped up our anchor text titled Change Makers.  It provided very meaningful discussion of how young individuals can help make positive change in their community and our world.

We also wrapped up our third unit in Math Investigations.  It was a long one, but provided a lot of practice and development with regards to problem solving strategies and place value.  We finished with a quick assessment on a couple specific problems with an unknown start or change.  We assessed and observed on all concepts throughout the unit, and are giving all students opportunities with time and money before the quarter ends and we assess for the report card.

Thursday was a fantastic day in the second grade!  The pajamas, literature, reading accessories, and afternoon of snacks and a movie was a great time for students and teachers alike.  Thank you for supporting a fun day and allowing us to hopefully assist in creating a fun, memorable day at school for your child(ren)!

 

The Week Ahead

We have just 3 days ahead next week.  As a result, we won’t be updating this next week, other than a picture post of some of the fun we’ll enjoy next week.  We hope everyone has a fantastic winter break and holiday season.  School resumes on Wednesday, January 3.

Monday, December 18:  Game Day!  Second graders may bring in a game to school.  It shouldn’t have a lot of pieces, and have your permission to come in and be shared with others.  We have the cafeteria reserved, and all of us will be together to play games and share fun together.  As a dress theme, students are encouraged to wear red and green.

Tuesday, December 19:  Reindeer Day!  We’re going to have a theme around reindeer where we’re going to construct crafts and have some fun.  This day doesn’t need any involvement from outside of school, just a fun day!  Students are encouraged to dress in the style or with a t-shirt of their favorite holiday movie and/or character.

Wednesday, December 20:  Last Day and Party Day!  Our holiday party in second grade is from 9:30 to approximately 10:30.  It should be a great time!  It’s also our final day of school before break.  As a staff, we’ll be participating in a Christmas (maybe tacky?!) sweater day.

If possible, please donate a single stamp for your child if you haven’t already done so.  In a bag or envelope, please have their name on the front.  Thank you!

Important Dates

 

Monday, December 18 – 2nd Grade Game Day in the morning (more info. to come)

Tuesday, December 19 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, December 20 – 2nd Grade Parties (9:30 – 10:30 AM) & Last Day for students

Wednesday, January 3 – School Resumes

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

A big focus throughout our week was our final writing PBA in 2017.  Second graders have learned how to how to research a topic and then use the information to write an informative paragraph about the topic.  Everyone was given a person in history – George Washington – and they were given a resource to research, and then given time to put an informational paragraph through the writing process.  Many even finished through the process, and then were able to complete a report on Google Docs.  They’re working hard and beginning to learn how to apply their hard work with technology.

We’ve also continued our work in our math unit.  We’ve revisited time, and moved forward with different types of subtraction problems.  Second graders are now working with equations that have either an unknown change or start.  Science has continued with habitats and the animals we can find in each.  Students had to conduct research on an assigned habitat with a group and then create a poster to present their habitat.  Our week concludes with a visit from a naturalist.  Look for pictures posted soon!

The Week Ahead

We’ll begin the week with our final anchor text of 2017, and getting second graders through our planned lessons around it.  The book is called Change Makers and is another informative text that will keep students working on using text features and finding key details.

We’ll transition to holiday-themed activities to conclude our week.  We’re going to have some fun next Thursday.  On Thursday, December 14, second graders are invited to come to school in their pajamas!    We’re going to have some fun with Christmas literature, and participate in some fun events throughout the day.  If wearing slippers, please have your child come with a change of shoes.

Second graders will participating in a holiday card exchange where they’ll write a letter to someone in class, and learn how to address an envelope to be mailed.  We’ll send it out in the mail for them as we leave for break.  It’s a nice annual project we do where every second grader will be sure to receive mail from a classmate during winter break!  If possible, please donate a single stamp for your child by December 15.  In a bag or envelope, please have their name on the front.  Thank you!

Important Dates

Friday, December 8 – Holiday Bash (6-8 PM)

Thursday, December 14 – Pajama Day in second grade!  

Monday, December 18 – 2nd Grade Game Day in the morning (more info. to come)

Tuesday, December 19 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, December 20 – 2nd Grade Parties (9:30 – 10:30 AM) & Last Day for students

 

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break and holiday.  It was nice to return and have a full week.  We worked on a new anchor text – Marching With Aunt Susan.  It introduces second graders to the historical fiction genre, and everyone seemed to enjoy the mix of history with fiction.  Students have been working hard on being able to write an informative paragraph, complete with a topic sentence and supporting facts and information.  As we reached the end of the week, second graders even began doing their own research with provided sources (Brainpop on Chromebooks), taking notes, and then composing a paragraph.  Impressive work!

Our math unit is moving along and close to reaching a conclusion.  Place value and money continue to be key focus points, as well as practicing problem solving strategies.  Students played “Collect $1.00” and “Spend $1.00” this week to connect addition and subtraction to money.

We returned with a focus on science.  Specifically, we began a unit on habitats.  Throughout this week, we worked with our prior knowledge, learned new vocabulary, and explored freshwater and woodlands habitats.  The latter provided a hands-on opportunity with a hike through our BES Nature Trail!

The Week Ahead

We’ll be getting to our next writing PBA – an informative piece where students will have to research and compose a detailed, well supported paragraph.  The second graders will be provided with the topic – George Washington – and a resource (Brainpop video).  They’ll have to research by watching, replaying, and taking notes. Then they’ll compose a draft and get into the writing process with an informative paragraph on George Washington.  We’ll end by putting this into a Google Doc and learning some extensions within the program to apply for doing such projects.  It should be a lot of fun in our week ahead!

In math, we’ll continue our same focus with expanded work with regards to money, place value, and problem solving.  It’s a long unit, but an important one.  Our science unit will continue with habitats.  We’ll explore several more, complete some engaging and fun activities, and conclude with a visit from a Naturalist (with animals) on Friday!

Please look over PTO and Mr. Savage’s communications for a number of holiday events throughout this month.  This Friday is the Holiday Express, and next Friday is the Holiday Bash.  Second graders will participating in a holiday card exchange where they’ll write a letter to someone in class, and learn how to address an envelope to be mailed.  We’ll send it out in the mail for them as we leave for break.  It’s a nice annual project we do where every second grader will be sure to receive mail from a classmate during winter break!  If possible, please donate a single stamp for your child by December 15.  In a bag or envelope, please have their name on the front.  Thank you!

Important Dates

Friday, December 1 – Holiday Express (4-6 PM – afterschool)

Friday, December 8 – Holiday Bash (6-8 PM)

Monday, December 18 – 2nd Grade Game Day in the morning (more info. to come)

Tuesday, December 19 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, December 20 – 2nd Grade Parties (9:30 – 10:30 AM) & Last Day for students

 

Have a Great Weekend!