Second Grade Update- December 2019

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break!

Here is what we are up to these days: 


Right now, we are working on our unit on nonfiction (informational) reading. The children have been focusing on what they notice, what they learn, and what they wonder in their books.  We are learning how to identify what a book is teaching us and how to use the features of the book to help us understand the content. 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.


The children are currently working on informational expert books.  They are organizing their ideas to write nonfiction books that include headings, introductions, conclusions, expert words, and nonfiction features.  Our goal is to create pieces that teach someone else about something we know a lot about. 


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.

Other Notes of Importance:


  • Mark your calendars – Our Second Grade Celebration will be at 8:30 am on Tuesday, December 17th in our classrooms. Our class parents will be sending out information about signing up for refreshments.  
  • 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, 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, 

Ms. Capehart and Robyn