2nd Grade Update 11/9/16

Hi Second Grade Families,

Thanks for coming to see us so many times last week at our Publishing Party and Parent Teacher Conferences!  It was great to be able to give you a glimpse into the wonderful work your child has been doing in second grade so far!

Here’s what we’re working on now…


We’ve launched into the exciting world of nonfiction where we will be focusing on growing knowledge, and learning how to use context to understand and read keywords.  Currently, we are reading nonfiction books on various topics.  Soon, we will be moving into our Native American study, which focuses on groups indigenous to New York City.  The children will become experts on a specific aspect of Native American life as they read information across texts.

In school, we will be reading nonfiction texts, but their book baggies will still be filled with fiction.  Please continue to make sure they are jotting during their daily reading.


As we are becoming inspired by the nonfiction books we’ve been reading, the children are writing their own “expert” books.  In these books, we are focusing on including nonfiction features to engage and teach the reader all about our topic.  After we wrap up our expert books, we will be using all of the information we learned from reading about Native Americans to write information books on our specific topic.


In addition to our daily Calendar Math routine, we are reviewing combinations of 10 in order to add and subtract larger numbers accurately and efficiently.  We continue to use the Addition Toolbox to reinforce common language when discussing our strategies.

Please work with your children at home on reading analog clocks, as this is a part of our Calendar Math routine.

Social Studies:

As discussed in our reading and writing curriculum, we are learning all about Native American groups indigenous to New York City.  The children really enjoy learning about what life was like in Manahatta long ago!

Other Notes of Importance:

  • Just a reminder about birthday Snack – We love celebrations!  Keep in mind the celebration should be less than 20 minutes, as to not interfere with our academic work.  Therefore, the fewer choices the children have, the less time it may take to distribute snack.  Feel free to bring along a special read aloud to share, while the children are munching away!  Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Scholastic Book Orders will be going home periodically. The November flyer will be going home before the end of the week, and the order is due by November 23rd.  This is a great way for you to replenish your child’s home library based on his/her reading level.  The bookmarks going home with your child indicate a letter level, which corresponds to the GRL level in the Scholastic flyer. If you are interested in ordering, please use your child’s class code to order at Scholastic.com/readingclub (Class 203’s code is J86FM.  Class 206’s code is H2LJ7.)
  • CML went home this week as part of our weekly homework packet.  Please remember that these problems are considered enrichment.  So, there’s no need for tears if something is difficult!  We’re just looking for effort and willingness to try some new problem solving strategies.
  • PLEASE label your child’s sweaters, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, and anything else they might take off during the day! There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day.  This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.

We hope your children have been enjoying second grade as much as we have!  We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

All our best,

Allison and Robyn