Second Grade Update- December 2018

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break!

Here is what we are up to these days:


Right now, we are wrapping up our unit on nonfiction reading. The children have been focusing on what they notice, what they learn, and what they wonder in their books.  A lot of time has been spent thinking about the keywords found in nonfiction books, and the ways we can figure out how to say them and what they mean.

After our nonfiction unit, we’ll be working on the skills needed to read bigger and harder books.  It’s important the children learn how to meet the challenges they face when reading longer books, like setting up routines, maintaining stamina, and staying on track when books get tricky.  We’ll also be setting new goals as readers to guide us as our books get harder.


The children are currently wrapping up their informational expert books.  They are organizing their ideas to write nonfiction books that include headings, introductions, conclusions, expert words, and nonfiction features.  When we finish our nonfiction writing, we will be studying different kinds of poems and writing our own, focusing on word choice and descriptive language.


We are continuing our work in early multiplication by launching a brand new unit called Muffles Truffles.  The focus in this unit is the development of the open array as a model for multiplication.  The unit uses the context of a truffles shop to think about how many boxes can be made with a given quantity of truffles.  After this unit, the children will be exploring the relationship between multiplication and division.

Social Studies:

The children have been studying Native Americans indigenous to New York City.  We compared and contrasted how the land looks today versus how it did when it was called Manahatta, and have been exploring how Native Americans used the land and the natural resources to live.  The children are currently working in groups to study various topics about Native American life and then will present their topic to the larger class.

In the month of December, we’ll be taking time to discover more about ourselves and our families.  Our focus will be on the things that make us who we are. We’ll use literature to help us understand what identity means. Thank you for all your hard work in helping your child complete the family homework packet!  This information you provided will be instrumental in teaching this unit and helping to create some beautiful projects.

Other Notes of Importance:


  • Mark your calendars – our holiday celebration will be at 8:30 am on Friday, December 21st.  For the celebration, we would greatly appreciate donations of winter-themed wrapping paper or bows (for a special surprise).  No need to buy anything, only if you have extra around. Please send in donations by 12/17.


  • Birthday Snack – We love celebrations!  Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes as to not interfere with our academic work.  For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join our class and share a special book of your family’s choice.  Please note, we will not be celebrating with food. Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing.  Please send a note either weekly or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • 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 they 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.

All our Best,

Allison and Robyn