I hope you had a chance to get out and explore the beautiful weather on Saturday! This week we will explore the concept of Rights and Rules. We will work to answer the question, “Why are rules important?” We will continue to develop our ability to make, confirm, and revise our predictions as we read. In second grade, the students are expected to use the title of the story, the introduction, and the illustrations (fiction) or headings, charts, and diagrams (non-fiction) to make predictions about the book. This is a great strategy to practice with your child as you read aloud together. We will also work on pronoun-verb agreement, and study the spelling pattern of short vowel digraphs (words that don’t seems to play fair) such as short e spelled ea, short u spelled ou, and short I spelled y.
In Math we continue our work with partitioning objects. Overall, the students did well with this. It takes time and a lot of practice for students to eyeball where the halfway mark is on an object. They can practice by cutting a pan of brownies into equal parts, cutting their sandwich in half before it goes in their lunchbox, or using a rule to divide shapes. This naturally leads us into our study of introducing fractions!
The kiddos are quite proud of their writing work. Many have submitted their writing for the community meeting in June, and all students will put in a piece for the Young Author’s Award. We will wrap up our year working on a personal narrative that gives the kiddos a chance to reflect on the year, and apply their new writing skills. It is wonderful for them to end the year with the same style of writing we began with, as it gives them a good comparison of how far they have come.