Winter is here!
I hope you all enjoyed the blizzard of 2016, or as some second grade friends have dubbed it, SnowZILLA! It has created endless recess fun and great inspiration for our reading and writing focus of imagery and sensory details.
Here’s a look at some of what we’ll be exploring in February.
This month we will continue focusing on place values as we near our 100th day of school! Working with graphs, charts, and manipulatives we’ll continue to look at strategies for adding two digit numbers. We will also continue practicing addition and subtraction with money, time, and measurements. We’ll also be working on writing number sentences and stories about joining, separating, and comparing numbers. This month we’ will continue working on mental addition of larger values. Practicing adding and estimation facts at home, at the grocery store, or out at a restaurant are all great ways to help practice mental facts and see real-world applications!
As we crawl out of the water we’ll study amphibians; how they live, adapt, and survive in and out of water compared to some of the other animals we met in the rainforest or ocean. We’ll also begin to compare how animals survive and adapt to their habitats compared to humans.
Second Graders will continue working on reading in small groups and reading with expression as well as understanding. We are working on identifying plot, characters, conflicts, and the main idea inside the reading. We’ll also be taking opportunities to read some magazines and e-readers. We will continue to read for information and understand nonfiction texts as we learn about animals on land and in the seas.
Second graders will also participate in Readers Theater and read aloud sessions to practice expression and accuracy when reading aloud. If you and your child have a favorite book with a great message you think the class might enjoy, please let me know!
We will continue with our study of multisyllabic words, combining open syllables with closed and vowel-consonant-e syllables, and y as a vowel or vowel suffix –y, -ly, and -ty. We’ll also be familiarizing ourselves with r-controlled syllables
In our writing we will continue working on creating short stories and pieces with basic plot elements. Next, we will focus on creating creative pieces and taking them through the writing process showing brainstorming, drafting, and editing strategies.
2/3 - Lower School Visiting Day 2/11 - Class Valentines Party 2/12-15 - Presidents’ Weekend Holiday –No School 2/17 - Kids Care/After School Service Club 2/26 - Concert @ Frederick Douglass Christian School
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