Our first full week was busy! I am so proud of all of the hard work the kiddos are doing, and how nicely the classroom community is coming together. Back to School Night is this Tuesday, September 19th from 6:35-7:05. Please note that this is a parent only evening this year.This will give you an overview of your child’s day, and give you time to ask any questions.
Next week in our reading program, Wonders, we will explore the question- How are families around the world the same and different? While reading, we will review the spelling pattern short e, short o, and short u. As well, we will work to review common high frequency words and learn new vocabulary words. Our strategy focus will be visualizing (or making a movie in our minds as we read), a skill you can practice while reading with your child at home. We will also work on pulling out important details, and identifying the characters and setting of the story.
Your students will take a spelling pre-test tomorrow morning, and I will give them spelling words to practice for the week. Their spelling list will be tailored to their needs. A spelling menu will come home. Please do three spelling activities from the menu (throughout the week) and turn in the spelling menu only on Friday. Your initials on the items your child did let me know that they completed their spelling homework for the week.
Next week in math we will explore equivalent names for numbers (10 can be 5+5 or 6+4 or 3+3+4 and so on). We will play games, practice work pages, and spend time discussing equivalent coin combinations. Money can be tricky in 2nd grade, as this is their first formal introduction. I encourage you to have your child count a small handful of coins each night. Counting money is a skill that takes a lot of practice! If your child struggles at first, have them count only one type of coin at a time (only pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters) before they count mixed coins. Students should be able to quickly name coins and tell their value by the middle of 2nd grade. They should be able to easily count mixed coins by the end of the year.
We continue to work on our first full story this week. As we write, students are learning the second grade process for writing a story. So far, we have:
Told the story across our fingers (one finger = one big event = one page of the story)
Leaned how to sketch our story as a way to hold our ideas
Turned our sketches into detailed drawings
Written about the details we have drawn
This week, the students will learn about partner feedback and revisions when writing.
As well, we will learn about editing tools such as editing checklists, dictionaries, and thesauruses.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday, September 19th – 6:35 – Back to School Night (School Classroom)
Wednesday, September 20th – 6:30 – 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle (Goffstown High School)
Monday, September 25th – Picture Day