Second-Grade Update October 2019

Hi Second-Grade Families,

It’s been really exciting to get to know your children!  We hope that they are sharing with you all of the great things happening at school.

Reading:

As we continue developing our routines for Reading Workshop, the children are learning how to use post-its to show their thinking while reading a text.  Some things you may see your child jotting on post-its are events that are important to remember, something they’ve learned about a character, and a spot they have a question about. Our goal is to have the children push their thinking while reading and eventually be able to provide evidence to support their jots.  We have all been working hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.

As a reminder, over the next few weeks, we will be conferring and reading with your child to learn more about him/her as a reader. We’d appreciate it if you can help your child stay patient while waiting for his/her assessment (we have lots of reading to do) and also by being supportive of his/her new reading level. Once we’ve read with your child, he/she will be using a bookmark indicating his/her current reading level, book shopping day, and how many books to bring home each night.

Writing:

The children have been drafting their personal narratives.  We’re inspired by the books we read and have been using them as a mentor text to strengthen our own writing skills. Our goal is to create well-crafted pieces that include interesting leads and endings, dialogue and details.  A huge component of second-grade writing is learning to edit and revise your own piece, so we will be spending a lot of time using checklists and hearing partner feedback.

Math:

We’re continuing our work in our first math unit; Travel Stories and Collections.  The children are enjoying learning more math routines and are already playing fun math games. In this unit, the children are being challenged to explain their thinking and answer our favorite mathematical question, “How do you know?” This has been proven to be challenging for everyone. We are grappling with hundreds, tens and ones and recognizing the patterns that result from repeatedly adding or subtracting ten and making groups of ten. We are working towards showing our work in an organized way in order to help others understand our mathematical 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 at the beginning of the week or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and anything else he/she 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.
  • Please remind your child that any toys brought to school must remain in his/her backpack and are not to be taken out during classroom or lunch and recess time.  

Thanks so much for your support!  We can’t wait to share with you all the fantastic work the children have been doing!  

All our best,

Ms.Capehart and Robyn