We had a wonderful week in our classroom. We completed our first STEAM challenge, the nameplate design and participated in a cardboard challenge in the library.
Next week in our reading program, Wonders, we will explore the question-What happens when families work together? While reading, we will review the spelling pattern of long i. We will wrap up our questioning work this week, and will look again at characters, setting, and important details.
Next week in math we will begin our second unit in Math. I will spend some time conferencing with students about their first unit assessment. I will congratulate them on what they did well (there is so much to celebrate) and will work to make a plan with them around the parts that are still tricky. Please give your child plenty of positive feedback when you receive their Math assessment at home, they worked so hard! This is a great time to practice growth mindset language, reminding them that our mistakes help us learn.
In this second unit, students will learn addition strategies that will help them solve math problems quickly. I can't emphasize enough how important these strategies are for mental math and flexible math thinking. While we are working with smaller numbers, the upcoming strategies can be used with any number. The first two strategies we are working on are doubles, and doubles plus one. This is the idea that doubling a number quickly can lead to fluent mental math... we are laying the foundation for this skill. For instance- if you were to add 47 and 45 mentally- would you double 40 and then add the 7 and 5? Share your strategies with your child at home, as it can only make them a more flexible thinker!
Our writing pieces have come together and the stories have beautiful illustrations and covers. We will have an author's celebration next week where the students can read aloud their stories in small groups. As we write our next personal narrative, we will focus on adding details and making our characters think, feel, and act.
I am looking forward to an amazing presentation on October 24th- Eyes on Owls. This is a tradition for second grade students, and a wonderful curriculum tie as we learn about our community environment and history. The presentation will take place in our Art room, and we will be spending the next few weeks learning about our community habitat, alongside our community history.
Our walking field trip is scheduled for October 25th. It will be in the early morning, but I do not yet have definite times. I will keep you posted.
As a reminder, if you would like to chaperone any of our field trips you will need to follow our district policy as outlined below:
Beginning this year, all volunteers must be fingerprinted (this includes field trip volunteers) in addition to watching the Bullying Video on the SAU19 website (under the special projects tab). Additionally, you will need to sign the Verification of Bullying Training Form that is also found on the SAU 19 website. Fingerprinting is available at the SAU office, for a cost of $20.75.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
October 7th- PTA Fall Frolic 5K
October 11th- School Board Meeting in the Library, 6:30
October 18th – PTA meeting in the Art Room, 7:00
October 20th – Michaelmas Fair, Gym
October 24th- Eyes on Owls
October 25th - School Board Meeting in the Library, 6:30
Walking Field Trip