We begin our week with our fire safety program tomorrow morning. Please ensure that your child has warm clothing on, as we will be outdoors for the demonstration for about 45 minutes.
This week in the Wonder’s Program we will learn what happens when families work together. Through our reading, students will continue to practice asking questions as they read. They will identify important details in paragraphs, and look for text evidence to answer questions. We have spent quite a bit of time on thick and thin questions over the past few weeks, and I am excited to see their progress. This is a developing skill that will take many months of practice, but we are on the right track! I have included a link to a bookmark you can print out at home and keep with your child as you read together at night.
We will focus on the long and short i sound this week. Again, the long i sound will be made with “magic e” or mean king ed as we like to call him. Here is a quick video link about mean king ed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShalW_eb2lI
As well, we will focus on combining sentences, using the word and. This is a great lesson for second graders, as it helps them to understand when they can join sentences together and when they are creating a run-on sentence.
In Math this week, we are finishing our Unit One math assessment. As well, we will work on money exchanges with one, ten, and hundred dollar bills. Having a foundation in understanding ten will be an important topic this week. For additional practice with base 10, check out the games at the following link: http://www.abcya.com/second_grade_computers.htm#numbers-cat
We will revisit coins throughout our year, and this is a great activity to have your child continue to practice. Simply lay out a handful of coins each morning or evening, and help your child sort and count the coins. They should begin with the largest coin first and count up from there.
Our author’s celebration has been moved to Tuesday of this week, as the student have so many wonderful details they are rewriting and illustrating. There is a great amount of pride in their work, and I have already noticed a shift in our classroom. Many of the students are upset when writing time is over, even when it means it is time for recess!
There was a great amount of excitement this week as we selected our class pet. The student’s have voted to get a guinea pig! The coming two weeks will focus on learning more about pet care, writing introductory letters to our class pet, and setting up a habitat for the pet to live in. This is a fun way to wrap up our getting to know you portion of the year (introducing ourselves and our classroom to our new pet), and bridge our learning about class pets to learning about animal habitats.
We are kicking off our animal adaptations and habitat unit next week with a focus on woodland animals and their habitats. We will begin the unit with a broad overview, before zooming in specifically on owls. On October 25th students will have a special presentation come to our school called Eyes on Owls. This is often one of the favorite second grade memories, as Marcia and Mark Wilson bring several permanently disabled Owls for an up-close discovery. Here is a link to their website if you would like more information: http://www.eyesonowls.com/ It is through the fundraising efforts of parents and the NBCS PTA that we are able to bring this amazing program to our school!
That leads me to our walking field trip on Thursday, October 27th, with a rain date of Thursday, November 3rd. We are so fortunate to live in a town with a rich history and easy access to nature. Two overarching themes in Second Grade science and social studies are animals and their habitats and community. This field trip will serve to kick off these two themes!
We have worked hard with volunteers from the New Boston Historical Society to plan a trip for the students that takes them on a journey of New Boston: Then and Now. Student will learn about the history of our town Library, Nan’s House, Parker Mill, the Northeast Café (which was once a meat supplier and a general store), and the Ice House. They will begin with a short presentation, and then take a walking tour from the Historical Society down to Parker Mill, and to the location of the old ice house. From there, they will enjoy a snack in the open field of the Parker’s land and head down the trail to explore the woodland habitat. They will cross the new footbridge and end at the Library. Along the way students will not only explore plant life and animals, but they will also notice the way that weather and people have changed the habitat.
Look for permission forms to come home this week. I will contact you further about chaperone information. We will leave the school at around 8:30am and return at lunch time (about 11:00). Students will need to have a packed snack, appropriate footwear, and warm clothing!
October 19-PTA Meeting 7:00pm
October 21-Michaelmas Fair
October 24th-Picture Retake Day
October 25th- Eyes on Owl Presentation
October 27-Walking Field Trip