This week in the Wonders program we will study the question; How can we understand nature? We will learn how for centuries people told folk tales to explain the changes in nature that occurred around them. We will compare that to how we use scientific tools to better understand nature today. The spelling pattern this week will continue to be the bossy r spellings, focusing on words with the ir sound. We will continue to practice visualizing as we read, and move onto the skill of identifying the theme or moral of a story.
In math this week we will move beyond traditional number stories, and look more at two step number stories. In these cases, students will first have to add, then complete a second math function (add again, or subtract). I plan to spread this lesson over a few days, as working through the language can be a challenge for many second graders. We will end our week in math making ballpark estimates. In this instance, we will round to the nearest 10. You may have learned a trick for this in elementary school, and I will introduce the children to some shortcuts, but only once I am sure they understand why those shortcuts work. I will use a number line to introduce this skill. Check out this link if you want a preview of how it will be introduced (https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-third-grade-math/cc-3rd-place-value-rounding/cc-3rd-grade-rounding/v/rounding-to-the-nearest-10). I encourage you to give your children as many opportunities to round to the nearest ten as you can. This is a skill that only gets better with practice!
This week the students are moving on with their realistic fiction writing. We had great fun creating our characters, and this week we will select a setting and a problem for our characters to solve. The students are really enjoying this part of the story writing process, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!