Second Grade Update- February 2019

We’re wrapping up some of our units of study and are very excited to share with you what’s been going on in second grade!

Here’s what we’re working on now…

Reading: We are continuing our work in our Series Book Clubs. At this point, each child, along with his/her partner, has cycled through a couple of series becoming experts about the characters and the author’s craft.  We have also discussed ways to engage in rich book-talk including ways to provide examples for the various books we’ve read across the series. We will be wrapping up the unit by sharing opinions about the books we’ve been reading and by debating about our opinions.  

Writing: The children are working hard revising their realistic fiction stories. The children wrote multiple drafts and chose their best pieces to revise.  We spent a lot of time making sure we had “gripping” problems by including failed attempts, small actions, and back and forth dialogue. We’re now working on alluding to lessons the reader can learn throughout our piece, and how we can tie it together at the end.  In the final weeks of the unit, we’ll be carefully editing our best work and publishing. We can’t wait to share these stories with you on Wednesday, February 27th from 8:30am-9:00am.

Math: We just launched a new unit on geometry and measurement.  The children will develop ideas about the attributes of 2 and 3-dimensional shapes.  We will also be thinking about covering space and measuring area in square units. This unit will also focus on describing and classifying triangles and quadrilaterals by discussing their angles, vertices, and sides.

Social Studies: We have been researching and discussing Henry Hudson as part of our unit on the “Age of Exploration”.  The children read multiple texts about Hudson’s life and voyages. After becoming experts, the children then decided if Hudson should be considered a success or failure based on the positive and negative consequences of his voyages.  The children are enjoying debating about his life, and are including many examples to prove their thinking.

Other Notes of Importance:

  • 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.
  • Scholastic Book Orders went home earlier this week. The February flyer is due by February 11th.  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.)

All the best,

Robyn and Mrs. Haimeck