December News in TR. Ginger’s 2nd Grade Class at GFS!!!
I hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Break and have been getting ready for the holidays that are quickly approaching! Wow, Time is flying by in 2nd grade and we have been keeping busy learning so many different
Social Studies We have finished up our Science unit on leaves and trees and will be learning about world cultures and family traditions in Social Studies this month. We have so many special ethnic children in our class and I am very excited to hear about all of the family traditions that your family celebrates during the holiday season.
This month we will continue focusing on subtraction and addition facts, regrouping tens and ones and also mental math strategies. We’ll continue to learn how we can “Trade” and/or Carry when adding two digit numbers that are greater in the tens place. We will use Touch Math to add Larger numbers and the base ten blocks to show place value with regrouping and break apart 10 strategies. We will also take our Benchmark Assessment for Topics 1-4.
We’ll continue writing number sentences and stories about joining, separating, and comparing numbers. On “Fact Friday” we’ll practice our mental addition facts with timed tests and chart our progress. Please don’t forget to use Math every day! It’s helpful to frequently go over and quiz your children on their addition and subtraction facts.
We begin our unit of study learning about Light with our first grade friends in Science this month. We will study the lights that appear around the holidays. We’ll learn about the 7 nights of Kwanzaa, 8 nights of Hanukkah, and also Diwali in India.
The 2nd grade will continue guided reading in pairs. The next chapter books we’ll read will be chapter books in groups of two. We will also read holiday classics like Polar Express and The Legend of the Poinsettia. We will focus on reading with expression, character analysis, setting and plot. We will continue to read for information and understand nonfiction texts as we learn about light, cultures, and religion.
We will continue with our study of recognizing nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences. We will also be learning about Homophones (Homonyms and Homographs) These words sound the same but are spelled differently. We will play Homophone Memory and have a Homophone Hunt! We will also be introduced to the contractions with ‘ll and ‘re. A very busy 2 weeks ahead of us!
In writer’s workshop this month we will learn how to write a descriptive essay titled “If I were a Gift.” It will describe a present that may or may not want for Christmas. We’ll also discuss the importance of giving with your heart rather than your wallet during the holidays. A lesson on learning to be humble and appreciative of the gifts you already have.