This week in the Wonders Program we are exploring the question, What do myths help us understand? The students will be reading myths about nature, and exploring the idea that long ago people created stories to explain phenomenon they did not understand. We are working through open and closed syllable patterns this week for spelling. This is a tricky concept for many second graders. We will continue to practice this skill throughout the week in class, and will revisit the concept at the very end of the year.
More information about the 6 syllable types, including open and closed syllables, can be found here:
In Math, we are wrapping up our geometry unit and preparing to take our end of unit assessment. We will finish the year introducing fractions and multi-digit subtraction. As well, the students will take their timed tests for computation and math concepts (AIMSweb).
We have begun a unit on poetry this week. This will be the focus for the remainder of the year. We are brainstorming ideas before I introduce the multiple types of poems. This is a great time to pull out your favorite poems to share with your child. Remember to continue to read aloud with them each evening for 20 minutes!
On a final note, we have a packed end of the year. Here are this week’s special activities:
Tomorrow the entire school will be walking to celebrate our school-wide reading goal. All students will leave the school and walk the trail connecting the footbridge to the Library before returning back. Please ensure your child has proper foot ware and I encourage bug spray J
On Thursday, the students will attend a special event with storyteller Lee Cabral. Mr. Cabral is an amazing story teller who continues the tradition of passing stories down through generations, and is a perfect tie into our study of myths this week!
Also on Thursday, field trip permission slips will be coming home. Please note that they are due the following Thursday. If you would like to chaperone, please note that on the permission form and send in the additional $8.00 fee. All chaperones are welcome to join us.
Finally, next Tuesday (the day after Memorial Day) we will have a Memorial Celebration. Please have your child wear red, white, and blue as we remember the many who have served our country.