Field Trip Update/Weekly Update

Field Trip Update:

Our field trip for 2nd grade is schedule for Monday, May 18. We will be touring the Holland Water Filtration Plant on Lakeshore Drive and then heading over to Tunnel Park for lunch/games. We will leave the school around 9:15 and return by 2:00. More details to come!

These are the parent chaperones I have so far…

Riding the Bus

Kristen Pfeffer, Larry Matzen, Kate Rinks, Troy Rinks, Kim Greer, Nicole DeHaan, and Allison Parm

Meeting Us There

Shannon VanderPloeg, Karen Mead, Linda Fuzi, Kelly Burri, Heather VanderVeen and Tony Koeman

If I missed anyone, please let me know! If you are interested in helping out on this field trip and aren’t on the list, please call/email me to let me know! We’d love to have you :)

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Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We are back to Small Moment stories – stories that are true about you! We are focusing on edge of your seat stories. These stories are ones that are usually connected to a strong emotion or feeling, and they get the reader excited to turn the page and keep reading.

We have talked about using show not tell details and leaving heart clues throughout our stories so the reader can tell the lesson we learned or the heart of our story.

Math:

Fractions and arrays are the focus this week! We learned that arrays can represent a number using rows (side to side) and columns (up and down). These arrays show how we can use repeated addition to represent a total.

We also have been practicing finding halves, thirds, and fourths of different shapes like squares, rectangles, and circles.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are continuing our folktale/fairytale unit this week, and our emphasis is on bring our characters to life when we read. We can use our voices, facial expressions, and gestures to show what our characters are like. We can imagine what they are like by thinking about their point of view, how they feeling, and where the story takes place.

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We wrapped up our opinion writing unit by sharing one of our favorite reviews. Each student got a chance to share their review in front of the class and hear two compliments about themselves as a writer.

We will be jumping back into Small Moment stories again soon!

Math:

We are also wrapping up this math unit as well! We have been working hard on our three-digit addition and subtraction work. Thank you for all of your hard work with homework at home!

We will start to look at arrays and equal parts (fractions) in our next unit.

Reader’s Workshop:

We started our folktale unit this week, and we have learned about folktales and fairytales.

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We are continuing to add as many details we can to our reviews. I am also noticing a trend of “Frozen” reviews in our classroom, and they might  not be what you’d expect! :)

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Math:

We have been learning lots of different ways to add three digit numbers. Below are a few of the ways we have learned. Your child is welcome to use whichever strategy they like best when they are working on homework! If you ever have any questions about how exactly to do a strategy, please let me know! I’d love to help explain it more clearly.

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Reader’s Workshop:

We wrapped up our non-fiction unit by teaching others the things we have learned. We had some cool posters, skits, and even a museum to teach our classmates!

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

Our second graders have begun expressing their opinions in reviews. They have had a lot to say about things that they love and some things they don’t care for :)

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Math:

We have started working with 3-digit numbers in our new math unit. We know that 3-digit numbers are made of one hundreds, tens, and ones.

We can use pictures to represent the three digit numbers. We also can show the hundreds, tens, and ones in a number by stretching the number apart and writing it in expanded form.

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We can compare two 3-digit numbers by first looking at the hundreds place. If one number has more hundreds, it is greater. If the hundreds are the same, we can look to the tens place to help us decide which number is greater. If the tens are the same, we can look to the ones place to help us decide. If the hundreds, tens and ones are the same, the numbers are equal!

234 > 156          234 > 213            234 < 239       234 = 234

Reader’s Workshop:

We are continuing with our non-fiction book clubs! We switched topics recently, and we have been making connections to the things we are reading and learning. Sometimes when we read our books, it leaves us with questions. We marked these spots in our books with a ? on a sticky note. We talked with our book club to see if they could help us answer our questions. If we still needed to do more research, we used another book, a different friend, or our good friend Google to help us answer our questions.

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Typing Time!

Last week we wrapped up our three weeks of typing lessons for 2nd grade. Even though we are finished in class, all students could benefit from additional practice at home. Remind your child to use “home row keys” when working on the computer at home. Typing with only your pointer fingers will not help cement the concepts that we have spent the last few weeks practicing! :)

In the sidebar to the left you will find a link to the typing program we used – All the Right Type. Your child’s login information is the same as what they use to log on to their computer at school.

Happy typing!

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Weekly Update/Conference Schedule

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We wrapped up poetry this week and celebrated by having a class poetry reading! We typed up our favorite poems, used fun fonts, and snapped for our great poetry readers!

Next week we will introduce opinion/review writing – should be fun!

Math:

We have been working on reading graphs. We have learned about picture graphs and bar graphs. We also learned that graphs can be horizontal or vertical. We have been using these graphs to compare numbers and solve story problems.

Earlier in this unit we spent a few days on telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Encourage your child to tell you what time it is at different points in the day, especially if you own an analog clock/watch.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are in non-fiction book clubs to learn more about some fun topics! We have clubs for reptiles, space, dogs, cars, weather, and dinosaurs. We have been using sticky notes to track our thinking, and we’ve been working on keeping the conversation going with our group members.

Supplies Wanted!

We are in need of some more white board markers for our classroom! Our supply is almost gone, and our markers are beginning to run dry after all of our spelling and math practice :) If you are willing to donate any dry erase markers, send them along to school anytime. Thanks!

Conference Schedule

Here’s a list of the conferences times for next week! If you have a conference on Monday, you will receive a report card at the conference. If you have a conference on Tuesday or Wednesday, a report card will be sent home in your child’s folder Tuesday.

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

Punctuation and capitals have been the theme this week! We know that every sentence starts with a capital and ends with punctuation, but we reminded ourselves of some other special times we use these things. Names, dates, and places need capital letters – especially the names of our characters! We also talked about quotation marks and how they help our character speak. They can’t say anything out loud unless we “trap” their words inside those quotation marks.

Math:

Word problems have taken over our math time, and we are getting better at solving them as we continue practicing them. The word problems that are the trickiest are the two-step problems. These problems make you go, “huh??” the first time you read them. So, if you are confused the first time you read it, it’s probably a two-step problem!

Example:

Tom, Sue and Kay have beans. Tom has 33 beans. Sue has 12 more beans than Tom. Kay has 14 fewer beans than Sue. How many beans does Kay have?

To solve this problem, we first need to figure out how many beans Sue has. Since we know she has 12 more than 33, we can add those two numbers together to find out that Sue has 45 beans. We know Kay has 14 fewer beans than Sue, so if we subtract 14 from 45, we find out that Kay has 31 beans.

Reader’s Workshop:

We started poetry this week, and it has been a fun change of pace! We have learned that poet’s write with poet’s eyes  by looking at an everyday thing with our 5 senses and comparing it to something else we know.

We also noticed that poems have line breaks that we need to pause after when we are reading poetry.

Valentine Party:

Here are some pictures from our party! Thank you to everyone who donated things and volunteered their time! The kids had so much fun! 

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