Weekly Update!

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

Writer’s Workshop:

We continued to work on our informational writing this week. We thought about what we wanted our readers to think or feel when they read our story. Then we made sure that there was evidence of our lesson throughout the book. If we wanted people to help keep snakes safe, we had to make sure we wrote it on the pages of our book!

Math:

We did lots of reviewing in math this week because we took our Unit 3 test! I was very impressed their hard work on the test showing what they have learned in our math switch time. We will be starting Unit 4 next week.

Reader’s Workshop:

After focusing on one topic in our non-fiction book clubs for one week, we decided it was time to show what we know and what we have learned in our clubs. Each group was able to choose how they wanted to present what they learned. After gathering lots of good ideas to share, they decided as a group if they wanted to use a poster, write a song, act, write something to read, or a mixture of those options. They are very excited to present on Monday!

 

Social Studies: 

We had a special guest this week! Mrs. Brenda Raterink, a dairy farmer in Zeeland, helped us understand and experience what economics is and how it works. We followed the path of how food goes from the farm to us! Each of the students had a special job– we had farmers, truckersprocessors, and grocers. Once we “made” our product, we all got to be consumers! We had a lot of fun learning about economics with our special guest.

 

Christmas Party:

We are still in need of parents to help with the game for our party. We need at least one person to help at each station, but the more the merrier! If you are willing to help, sign up using the Volunteer Spot button in the Christmas Party post below or send me an email. I promise it will be a very easy job! :)

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Weekly Update!

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

Writer’s Workshop:

We have been working on our informational writing! This writing is about true people, places or things. We picked a topic that we are an expert on – from gymnastics to Minecraft! :) These kids are experts on so many great things!

We created our table of contents and have started on our teaching chapters. We want to make our information interesting and easy to understand by adding diagrams and illustrations to our books.

Math:

We have taken a break from equations and story problems to practice shapes and measurement! Here’s some of the shapes we know…

  • Triangle (3 sides, 3 angles)
  • Quadtrilateral (4 sides, 4 angles)
  • Rectangle (4 sides, opposite sides are equal, 4 right angles)
  • Square (4 equal sides, 4 right angles)
  • Pentagon (5 sides, 5 angles)
  • Hexagon (6 sides, 6 angles)

The hardest to remember are the pentagon and hexagon, so if you see these shapes  around the house – point them out!

We also learned that we can measure with centimeters (cm), inches (in), meters (m), feet (ft), and yards (ft). We know we need to start at the zero when measuring – NOT at the one! 

Reader’s Workshop:

We’ve been immersed in some great non-fiction books for the past few weeks! This week we formed book clubs around a topic we were interested in. We read lots of good books on our topic, kept track of our thinking with sticky notes, and talked with our book clubs about what we were learning.

Christmas Party:

We are still in need of parents to help with the game and the craft for our party. We need at least one person to help at each station, but the more the merrier! If you are willing to help, sign up using the Volunteer Spot button in the Christmas Party post below or send me an email. I promise it will be a very easy job! :)

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Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 19 from 11 to noon. (note the time change from previous parties) We will need some help making our party a success! If you are able to donate items or your time, please sign up by clicking below! If you have any questions, please let me know!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

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Writing Research

Today your child is coming home with a letter to you asking for help to research a topic. They will be writing an informational book here at school, and they have chosen a topic that they know a lot about. They listed some possible chapter ideas that they might use in their book, and they need your help researching these things! It doesn’t have to be a lot – just something to help them expand their knowledge of the topic.

I know that the Thanksgiving holiday is busy, but thanks for taking the time to help your child with this project. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please bring in your research after break on Monday, December 1st.

 

 

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Quick Update

Just a quick photo update :)

Look for weekly updates starting again next week!

Here are pictures from our Halloween Party and the writer’s celebration we had today!

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Weekly Update

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

Writer’s Workshop:

We have been finding lots of ways to make our writing like Kevin Henkes.

The kids also wrote a story this week that showcases their best writing. I will be sharing this story with you at conferences – they can’t wait for you to see it!

Math:

We continued to learn strategies for solving 2-digit addition problems. These are still tricky for a few kids, so make sure that you are double checking your child’s homework at home. A lot of homework has been returned to school with incorrect answers – feel free to help your child fix their homework! :)

The biggest mistake that is being made is forgetting to add in the extra ten group. Remind your child to add ALL the tens when they are doing these kinds of problems. If you need help figuring out the strategies your child is using, see the blog post below this one – the math update.

Reader’s Workshop:

This week we focused on noticing when our characters changed in our stories. We looked to see how they changed and what caused it.

We also worked on using a character voice when there is dialogue. We can look at the character’s actions and feelings to know how to make our voice sound.

Finally, we learned that we can not only learn about our characters, but we can learn from our characters. We looked for lessons we could learn as we read.

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Math Update

Hi Second Grade Parents,

Please look carefully at the examples below to see the strategies that your second grader is learning in math this week. We are working on adding two 2-digit numbers, and how your child is learning might be a little different than how you and I learned.

The strategies we have learned are clap and count onproof drawings, groups below, and show all totals.

For clap and count on, you clap as you say the larger number in the addition problem. Then you count by the 10s in the smaller number. Finally you count by the 1s in the smaller number.

Example: 

54 + 28

 ((Clap)) 54…. 64, 74.   75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82.  82 is our total.

See the picture below for examples of the other strategies your child is learning.

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Thank you for your continued support at home to help our growing mathematicians! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call or send an email. 

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Weekly Update

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

Writer’s Workshop:

We have begun our next unit of writing, looking at authors as writing mentors. We are looking at Kevin Henkes as our mentor in our classroom. We’ve read a few of his books, and we visited his website to learn more about him. As we are reading his books, we are noticing things he does to make his stories interesting. As our list grows, we are trying to try to add some of those cool things to our stories as well.

Kevin Henkes

Math:

We have started our first Math Switch groups, and the second graders are loving it! We are all learning about three digit numbers right now.

We started learning about how to make a proof drawing of a three digit number. We draw them with one hundred boxes, ten sticks, and one circles. 

Next, we learned how to show a three digit number in expanded form. We do this by pulling apart the number, showing the hundreds, tens and the ones.

drawing

Reader’s Workshop:

This week we focused on partner talk during our reading time. We noticed our character’s actions, and we asked each other, “Why would…“, “Would you…“, and “What do you think about that?

As the students read their books, they put a sticky note on the parts they wanted to discuss with their partners. Then, when we met back together, we used those sentences starters to help us have a conversation about the characters in our books. These are great questions that you can ask your second grader as they read, and they can ask you, too!

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Weekly Update

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

Writer’s Workshop:

In Writer’s Workshop, we were busy getting a story ready for our first writing celebration! We revised our story to made sure that our story had all the parts a small moment story has – a catchy lead, show not tell details, details in the words and pictures, a heart of our story, and a good wrapping up ending. Once we had those things, we edited our story using the acronym CUPS. These are the things we checked for…

C = Capital letters

U = Usage and grammar

P = Punctuation

S = Spelling

Once our pictures were colored, we were ready to share our story with Mrs. Smith’s first grade class! The students had a blast sharing their stories with other kids!

writer's celebration

Math:

We wrapped up our first math unit with a test on Thursday. It covered addition, subtraction, and lots of good story problems! The story problems had missing partners, missing totals, extra information and there was even a two-step problem. These second graders worked really hard and did an amazing job showing what they know.

We wrapped up the week with a pre-test for Unit 2. This tells me what your child already knows and what they still need to learn in the following unit. All of the second graders will be combined next week to start our first math switch. This is something your child did in first grade as well, so it should be familiar to them. Keep up the good work, second graders!

Reader’s Workshop:

We continued our work with characters by predicting what problems they might face. Once we checked our predictions with what actually happened in the story, we thought about a solution to the problem – how would we solve it? We then compared our ideas to how the problem was really solved. 

We also worked on retelling our story using our check for understanding checkmark. This tool is found in your child’s Reading Counts bag as well (don’t forget to use it after they read!).

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