Hello Second Grade Families,
What a wonderful week we had in second grade. We had an amazing Eyes on Owls presentation on Tuesday, viewing many different types of owls this year. The students were able to get an up close look at these amazing creatures, ask burning questions, and even see owl pellets. We will dissect one of the pellets next week! I have included some amazing pictures from the presentation at the end of this post.
As well, we braved the cold and enjoyed our walking field trip. The students (and I) learned so much about the history of this amazing town. The Parkers, the Rothmans, Mrs. Woodbury, and other senior members of our town invested a great amount of time to make this a meaningful and exciting trip for the kiddos. I have also included some pictures from our trip below.
Additionally, Mrs. Kane came in to teach us some self-regulations techniques. The students learned that sometimes their motors are running high, while other times their motors are running low. We learned techniques to bring us back into the green zone, which is ready to learn.
This week in Wonders we will study the question, “How do animals survive?” Students will review identifying the character, setting, and main events in stories. As well they will work to make and adjust predictions. This can be tricky for second graders, as they struggle with changing their predictions as they read. We will focus on both the author’s words and the pictures in the story to make meaningful predictions. This is something you can continue to do at home as you read with your child.
Students will be studying the long and short o sound this week, with the long o sound made by bossy e, or king ed. We will also learn how to use a comma in a series or list when writing.
In Math this week we will continue to learn about math strategies. We will also explore the turn-around rule, which was introduced in first grade. The turn-around rule in math is simply that 2+3=5 is the same as 3+2=5. This helps kiddos see that mastering one fact is actually mastering two facts. As well, we will learn that the turn-around rule does not work for subtraction!
As a reminder, our Halloween celebration will be on Monday. Students should bring their costume with them, and they will change into it before the parade. Our class party will begin at 12:00, with the parade beginning at 1:00. We will stop to dress at about 12:45. We can always use extra hands to monitor the bathroom use as changing occurs, and any parent who would like to is welcome to walk with us during the parade. After the parade we will come back to the classroom to complete a fun STEAM challenge.
Please remember to use discretion when sending in your child’s costume. Please do not send in any toy weapons, or masks that contain any violence or gore. All other masks are okay.
Have a great week,