Hello Second Grade Families,
I am excited for this very fun and adventurous week of learning. The Eyes on Owls presentation on Tuesday and our walking field trip on Thursday will make for a fast week!
We will be on a review week in Wonders, as we help students learn the expectations for taking a Wonders Unit Assessment on their own. In first grade, the assessment was read to the students and they were walked through test step by step. Second grade serves as a bridge between lower and upper elementary in this area. We will take the time to talk about test taking strategies, and expose the students to a shortened version of the test. Along the way we will pause and share strategies, provide feedback, and explain the formatting. Students will take their first independent reading assessment later in the year.
Since we are on a review week, spelling will look a bit different. The students will be studying the proper way to write their address and phone number. We will give a pretest on Monday, and compare that to the information we have on file. Additional forms your child can use to practice writing their address and phone number will come home in place of the spelling menu. I you would like to correct any of the information, such as your phone number, please do so in pen and return to us the copy your child has been studying. Simply sign the pretest to acknowledge that your child has been studying at least three times this week. The assessment will be on Friday as normal.
In Math this week we will study the properties of doubles, as well as other fact strategies such as combinations of ten, doubles plus one and doubles plus two. These three fact strategies help students to master most of the facts whose sums are less than 20. It seems like a simple concept to us, but building the understanding that within 8+9 is 8+8 can be a tricky idea. Here is a fun quick video that reviews doubles plus one:
As well, these strategies help students become more flexible in their thinking, improving both their understanding of numbers and their efficiency. We will take time to go back and review exchanges of dollar bills, as this is a fundamental base 10 skill, and one I want to review some more. Homework in this area will be coming home this week.
I appreciate the feedback I received regarding the homework help videos on the class website. I will continue to create them as we move through the unit. Feel free to post any additional questions or suggestion, but do remember that your comments are public!
We are currently working on an introductory letter to our guinea pig which the students have chosen to name Cuddles (Senor Fluffy Pants was a close second choice). I am excited to learn what the students will find to be the most important things for our new pet to know about them. We continue to prepare for his arrival (I am working on an adoption through the NHSPCA) as we integrate a STEAM challenge to design a home for our new pet. The students will be give design requirements (size, materials, needs of the pet) and then will work as a group to decide which design they think would be best for Cuddles. On that note- if anyone has large corrugated plastic (like the ones used for the political election signs) we could use multiple pieces for our pet home challenge.
As a reminder, we will be taking our walking field trip this Thursday. We will be monitoring the weather closely throughout the week, but so far the outlook is clear for the morning. Please do plan to dress your child in multiple layers so they will not be cold. Hats and mittens will be a must!
Check out the photos below to see the map making we are doing with our buddy class. We are mapping the journey of the characters in the book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!
Have a great week,