Second Grade Update March 2019

It was so nice seeing many of you at our Publishing Party last week.  We hope you enjoyed reading the children’s realistic fiction pieces. Since the celebration, we have launched all new units of study in every subject area.

Here’s what we’re working on now…

Reading:

We launched our unit on fairy tales.  The children have been enjoying this unique genre.  Our lessons will focus on identifying traits of characters, characters’ motivations, the impact the setting has on the story, playful language, and magical elements.  As the children read, they have been instructed to jot about their noticings and theories. It is important for them to get in the habit of writing down their thoughts while reading.

The children are continuing to use their jots to “write long” about their reading.  Thank you for supporting this work at home with your child.

Writing:

To introduce opinion writing, the children will write persuasive pieces about one of their strong opinions.  We’ll discuss the structure and development of an opinion piece, and how it differs from our previous genres.  Then we’ll use everything we know about opinion writing to write about our reading. The children will create opinion pieces based on the post-its they are writing during Reading Workshop.  

Math:

We’re circling back to a unit on multiplication and division.  We will be focusing on the relationship between multiplication and division, solving word problems, multiplying by multiples of 10, and learning the multiplication facts up to 10×10.

Social Studies:

We launched our unit on New Amsterdam by learning about life during the 1600s and are enjoying making connections with their current life in New York City.  In groups, the children will begin researching various topics about daily life in the colony. The children are looking forward to some exciting field trips about life in New Amsterdam!

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 will go home this week. The March flyer is due by March 20th.  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.)

We look forward to seeing everyone at Parent Teacher Conferences. Don’t forget March 14th is a ½ day for students!

All the best,

Robyn and Mrs. Haimeck