Second Grade Update- May 2019

Happy MAY!! It’s hard to believe this year is almost over, but there is still so much fun ahead of us. You received a packet about our Neighborhood Project the week before vacation. In the past, students have loved their family visit to the neighborhood they are studying, so pick some exciting places if you have not done so already! Please remember, neighborhood choices are due on Friday, May 3.

Reading: We wrapped up our study of reading fairy tales and have moved into a new read aloud that the children are really enjoying, Gooseberry Park.  While reading the story, the children are practicing thinking deeply about the characters, their relationships, and how to keep track of the big problem in the story. Then they go off and do this work in their own books.

Soon, we will be launching our next unit – nonfiction book clubs.

Writing: The children are wrapping up their opinion pieces about the fairy tales they read.  They’re working on elaborating to include the illustrations, quotes from the text, and comparisons to other fairy tales as ways to stretch out their evidence.  For the next part of this unit, the children will be carefully revising and editing their pieces along with their writing partners. We can’t wait to share our opinion pieces with you at our next publishing party which will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 8:30 am.

Math: We are currently in a unit on fractions that focuses on understanding the meaning of fractions as numbers and as equal parts of a whole, reasoning about equivalent fractions, and computing with fractions.

Social Studies: The children are working on presenting the information they learned about their New Amsterdam topic by creating posters that include many nonfiction features.  The children are thinking of ways that their group can creatively showcase all of the interesting facts about their topic.

We are also excited that our enrichment program has begun!  The children are enjoying learning about bridges with our instructor, Mary Lib, including different types of bridges and the forces that help them function.

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.

All the best,

Allison and Robyn