Saturday, May 21, 2016

Most FUN and not so fun news

Hello Second Grade Families! 

I am posting recent pics of more measurement fun. We've practiced measuring with various units, discussed why it's important to measure accurately, and even compared various measurements. As your child which unit they prefer to measure with and what is one important thing they need to remember when measuring. Very fun! 
With only weeks remaining, we will complete our measurement unit then, spend time reviewing problem solving with the use of money, solving problems with time, and have fun applying all of our second grade knowledge through the use of games. I cannot believe all we've done. I can but just can't believe the time is near. 
In literacy, we have engaged in rich conversation working on character development, plot, and even some climax and resolution. We've completed some very cool projects in class sharing what we know and have learned from the books we are reading. We've come back around to writing summaries and identifying the main idea in fiction as well as nonfiction. Pics to be posted later. 
It has been awesome to read your child's opinion writing. We have looked at strong opinion writing, identified what made them strong, and applied our own skills to state our own opinion. These are strong! Watch out mom and dad! Once you read these, you might change your mind about a few things. They will be coming home in their writer's portfolio very soon. 
Upcoming: writing with a point of view
We'll be taking a look at various author's point of view, comparing, and practicing to write our own stories with a distinct point of view. 
Science/social studies:
We will be wrapping up our year together with studies around neighborhood and touching community some. We will review goods and services and wants versus needs. We have had many guest come into our classroom throughout the year to engage us but haven't been able to get out much. We currently have two trips lined up that we are hoping will be approved. Stay tuned. 
Somber news:
I could not decide whether or not to include this last message in a separate post or within. I am sure many or most of you have heard by now that I am out with a pretty bad back injury at the moment. It became severe enough that I needed to be seen quickly and the Dr. has put me on a moderate bed rest for a couple of weeks in hopes that it will heal itself. My response was tears instantly. When the Dr. asked me if this would be a problem I said no...I just love them. And  I do. I share this with you all because we are fortunate enough to have Miss Ernst step in for these next couple of weeks. She works in our classroom already and we communicate daily. She knows exactly what I expect and these awesome kiddos know her too. Content, rigor, fun, challenges, special moments-all of that will not stop and I will be working from my couch to continue the very best I know how. I am so sorry this has happened and am hopeful that I'll be fine very soon. Thank you for your support and thank you for understanding. I'll be back very soon. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out via email for anything. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Another fantastic week

Happy Mother's Day! I hope all of you moms have a beautiful day today. Your sweet child was hard at work painting, writing, cutting, coloring, and thinking about all that they know about their mom. It was precious to hear them talk so proudly of how great their mom is. 

This past week we've completed unit 8 in math highlighting addition number stories and we've even practiced checking our work using the opposite operation. Some of these problems even led us to early multiplication. Second grade just loves that! 
At this point, you should notice your second grader telling you what time it is, even to the nearest five minutes, using an analog clock. Just ask them! Challenge your second grader with money too. They're also recording money counted and recording it using dollars and cent notation. These are just a couple of the many skills your second grader has mastered. With all the new skills we are practicing every day, it is important to continue to practice basic addition facts also. The automaticity of addition facts is very important as they go onto third grade. 

A peek at what we were introduced to this past week: 

In other news, we've spent the last few weeks reading, analyzing, and writing poetry. The poems your second grader has written are amazing! Come check out our authors' board. 
Now, we're heading into opinion writing. We're looking closely at the difference between a fact and opinion and how to write to persuade. This is our final pice of the pie. We've written to entertain, written to inform, and now writing to persuade. Stay tuned as you will be receiving persuasive letters real soon. I apologize in advance for what they might be persuading you for. Haha. 

Of course at the end of each writing piece, their favorite part is sharing them. They are so proud! As they should be! Here are a few of my friends who shared this week. 

Stay tuned to hear about our reading culminating projects. 
Also, remember that Wednesday is an early release. Dismissal will be at 12:30 on this day. 

Have a wonderful week!