With two partial weeks behind us, we are ready to take on the first 5 day week of school!
I hope your children shared their learning wheel notebooks with you this weekend; the STEAM activity spaghetti challenge was a big hit! Throughout the year the children will learn about scientific concepts, and then explore their learning through these types of challenges. STEAM challenges come in all shapes and sizes, with some involving more intricacies than others. The most important take away from these activities in second grade, is perseverance. We want the children to understand that science is a process of inquiry, redesign, and collaboration. By the end of the year we will become better versed in these areas.
Our big idea for literacy this week is, “How do friends depend on each other?” Students will discover character traits of friends, and how real friends stick together to solve problems. We will look for key details while reading, and cite evidence from the book. This is a great time to share how you manage your personal friendships;
· How do your help your friends?
· What do you do when you have a disagreement with a friend?
· How do you include others?
These are important social themes in second grade. We will continue to focus on these themes during our class community work.
The spelling pattern this week is focused on the short a sound (as in apple) and the short i sound (as in ink). There will be a pretest of words on Monday, and then a spelling menu sent home for homework. Based off preassessment results, students will either complete list A words, or list B words. Students should choose three squares (choices) from the spelling menu to complete. Please sign off on the squares your child did for homework this week, and return the spelling menu on Friday. We will have our post assessment on Friday afternoon.
*Note: students will only have spelling homework this week- additional math homework will begin the following week.
We will continue our mathematical focus on counting and number sequences this week. Your child will bring home papers that serve as a family resource for the concept. Look for this in your child’s backpack tomorrow afternoon. We will work to solve number problems, continue exploring addition and subtraction, and complete our first number story challenge. During these challenges, we will explore mathematical strategies-comparing how different groups approached the problem. We will spend the second day redesigning our answers, similar to a STEAM challenge.
Ideas to continue practice at home:
1) Have students count values of mixed coins-switching between counts of 10’s, 5’s, and 1’s.
a. Challenge: Have students count the coins out of order (10, 20, 25, 26, 36, 41, etc) or after finding the total, remove one coin at a time furthering their ability to count backwards.
b. Support: If this is a difficult task, have your child first line up the coins by value (dimes, nickels, pennies) then have them count the coins in order. After a few repetitions with the same coins, try mixing the order of the same coins.
Important Dates this week:
Monday- Picture day (8:50 am) and Gym day
Please send in your child’s order form with payment, or a printout of your online order
Please send in sneakers and a change of clothes if your picture outfit is not suitable for gym
Tuesday-Back to school night: 6:05-6:35; The book fair will be open afterwards J
Wednesday- Popcorn is available at snack time for 50 cents
Friday- Please send in your spelling menu only with three squares signed.
Ice cream is available in the gym during lunch time for 50 cents