Mrs. Van Koevering's Class

Beach Day!

We are dreaming of summer today in second grade! :) beach day

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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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Halloween Party

 

Second Grade Families,

We will be having our Halloween Party on Thursday, October 30th at 2:00pm. Parents and other family members are welcome to join in our celebration. In order to have our party run smoothly, I need your help! If you click below, you can sign up to donate or volunteer at our party. (It will ask for your email to confirm your sign up spot.) Thanks in advance for your help! 

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Weekly Update!

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

Writer’s Workshop:

In Writer’s Workshop, we worked a lot with show not tell details this week. Instead of saying, “I was mad”, we can show we are mad by saying “I stomped my feet”. 

We also worked on a good ending to wrap up our stories. We used some sentence starters to help us come up with some good ending ideas.

  • I hope…
  • I wish…
  • I felt…
  • I learned…

We will be getting ready to wrap up our first unit of writing next week!

Math:

While working with story problems, we noticed that sometimes problems have missing information. If that happens, we need to add information to help us solve the problem. Here’s an example.

Sara has 16 cats. Some are orange, and some are grey. How many cats are grey?

Using the information in the story problem alone, we cannot solve this problem. We need to add more information. Since, we need to find out how many cats are grey, we need to know how many orange cats there are. We can add more information to help us solve the problem.

Sara has 16 cats. Some are orange, and some are grey. How many cats are grey? 

Sara has 7 orange cats.

Once we add the information, we can solve the problem.

We also learned that some problems have extra information. This can confuse us when we are trying to set up our equations. Here’s an example.

Jake has 6 apples and 5 bananas. He also has some cherries. He has 6 more cherries than apples. How many cherries does he have?

We need to find out how many cherries Jake has. We don’t need to know how many bananas he has, so we cross out that information. 

Jake has 6 apples and 5 bananas. He also has some cherries. He has 6 more cherries than apples. How many cherries does he have?

Now that we have just the information we need, we can solve the problem.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are starting a new unit about characters. To start, we made predictions about the problems our character might be facing in the book we are reading. We did this by looking at the cover, reading the back, and doing a picture walk if possible. Once we made our prediction, we kept it in mind while we read to see if we were correct or if we needed to change our prediction.

We will continue talking more about the characters in our stories in the weeks to come.

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Social Studies Update

In Social Studies, we have been talking about natural and physical characteristics of different types of towns. Then each student was able to create their own town! They could choose from a desert town, river town, mountain town or prairie town (like Hudsonville!) Check out their AMAZING towns below!  IMG_0079-M IMG_0081-M IMG_0080-MIMG_0078-M

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Weekly Update!

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

Writer’s Workshop:

During our workshop time we have been working on putting a lesson or heart of the story into our writing. Since the heart of the story usually is written near the end of our piece, we want to make sure to leave clues for the reader on our other pages to show them what the heart will be.

We also worked on writing catchy leads. A good lead hooks a reader in, just like a good worm when you are fishing! We tried some leads that talked about the setting, started with action and had dialogue.

We wrapped up this week by working with our writing partners. These amazing partnerships used sticky notes to mark areas to improve and revise. 

Math:

This week was all about story problems! We made sure that after reading a word problem, we picked out the important information. We were on the lookout to find if it was a missing addend (partner) or missing total problem. We then used a drawing, math mountain or equation to solve it.

We also got reintroduced to the comparison bars that we learned about in first grade. 

Reader’s Workshop:

We did a lot with our reading partners this week. First, we talked about how it was important to be prepared when we are meeting with our partner. We need to make sure our book is ready and parts we want to share have a sticky note on them. We also learned good ways to recommend books to our partners. Finally, we made plans with our partners about what they wanted to share the next time they met. 

We also revisited our accuracy strategies to remind us what to do when we came to a tricky word. These strategies are perfect to use if your child comes to a tricky word at home as well!

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