How do the weeks
go by so quickly? I can’t believe October is nearing an end!
We had another
wonderful week of learning together.
In Math, we
continued in Unit 2 learning about shapes and geometry. We read The Greedy Triangle and learned
about different 2-D shapes around us and how many sides and angles they have. We
also did some fun 3-D shape activities using geo blocks to find the faces of
3-D shapes and we drew shape structures. We also did a fun activity using
pattern blocks called Ways to Fill. *Check fun photos!
In Science, we
learned about the special inside parts of a tree. We made a tree book to help
us remember. We also read A Tree Is
Nice and wrote 3 different reasons why trees are nice or important. We
watched a short video about terrific trees and we even had one student dress up
as a tree to help us review the parts. It was so fun!*Check fun photos!
*The tree test
will be on Tuesday, October 30th. The study guide went home on
Thursday. Please help your child study.The family tree project is also due Tuesday as
In Writing, we
read a story by Donald Crews called Big
Mama’s. It is about the author visiting his grandmother in the summer.
Next, we wrote about places or people we like to visit in the summer too. They
did a nice job!
In Fundations, we
have started Unit 4, which teaches the students about plurals and suffixes. They
are practicing and remembering the rules, which is awesome!
On Wednesday 10/31,
we will have our vocabulary parade, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. Parents are welcome to come to school and
cheer on your favorite verb word! Students can bring their costumes in a bag to
school. Let me know if you have any questions!
October is one of
my favorite months. I love to watch the changing colors of the leaves and the
kids have been enjoying the mild weather.
In Math, we have
finished Unit 1 and have started Unit 2 called Shapes, Blocks, and Symmetry. We began by working on fact families
and how we can build addition and subtraction equations using just 3 numbers.
We also started learning about 2-D shapes. We will look more at 2D and 3D
shapes next week and as we continue in Unit 2.
In Science, we
read about different kinds of trees around the world. We also made a cool
pop-up paper and read information comparing deciduous and evergreen trees. It
was fun! We also read a poem about the changing season of an apple tree. We
will go over the special tree parts next week.
*Remember to help
your child with their Family Tree Project due on Tuesday, October 30th.
In Writing, we
learned about 4 different types of sentences. We talked about statements,
questions, commands, and exclamatory sentences.
We watched a cool
Brain Pop Jr. video to help us learn more too!
Today the students
wrote narrative stories about their best friends. They had to include details
about what their best friend looks like, what they like to do together, and why
they are best friends. They also created a picture of their best friend. They
did a great job.
In FUNdations, we
finished Unit 3 on closed syllable exceptions and have started Unit 4 which
reviews plural words and explains rules for when to use different suffix
endings such as s, es, ing, ed, er, and est.
The class is doing
a great job earning “spots” on their dogs in order to get rewarded for great
behavior. We also are continuing to earn class compliments to earn another
class reward when we reach 50! I’m so proud!
The kids were so
excited to begin reading buddies. We met with our 5th grade reading
buddies today. The 5th graders interviewed their buddy or buddies
and then they read books together. *Check out the pictures of our new buddies in fun photos!
had a shorter week, but we were still learning a lot!
Math, we worked on story problems using TIPS. We learned about how to show our
work using different strategies such as pictures, tally marks, the bumpy road,
tens and ones, and keeping the number whole. They are doing a nice job.
also read a story called Two of
Everything. In the story, there is a magic pot that
whatever gets put in, doubles. We wrote our own magic pot problems too! We also
learned 2 new games to help with our doubles facts called Double It and Double
Fundations, we are learning and practicing closed syllable exceptions. We will
continue to work on this next week too.
Writing, we practiced writing stories. We also wrote a friendly letter to our
parents about our week in school. They did a nice job.
*Look for your child's letter in
the backpack folder.
Social Studies, we learned about Christopher Columbus. We read about him, watched
a short video, and learned a fun song.
Science, we have started learning about trees. The two types we are learning about are deciduous
and evergreen. I hope you saw the special notice about the family tree project.
It is one of my favorite projects in second grade. They are due on October 30th.
we are participating in a school wide vocabulary parade on October 31st.
Your child will be dressing up as a special verb word.
look for the notice in your child’s backpack folder for more information. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Our class has been working hard at collecting compliments. We earned 25 baseballs. We took a vote and we decided to have a stuffed animal day tomorrow. The students can bring in a small stuffed animal to share. They are showing great teamwork! I am proud of them! :)
I sent home a special Family Tree project for our class today. Please check the green paper in your child's folder. I am attaching the letter below, as well as some picture examples of other family trees for ideas.
Creativity is encouraged! :)
study of trees will branch out into the realm of FAMILY TREES.Please help your child create a family tree
of his or her own.We will also use this
project to begin discussing different cultures found in our community and
project is due on Tuesday, October 30th.*
a tree on a piece of thin poster board or large sturdy paper.The poster or paper needs to be no larger
than 16X20 inches.They will be displayed
in the classroom and wall space is very limited.You can use any medium you would like.
Suggestions: crayons, markers, paint, fabric, wallpaper etc.
actual photos or create illustrations of family members to
branches or leaves.
each person’s name below his or her picture.
members must include: your child, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, and
uncles.Cousins are optional.
October!We had another great week of
In Math, we played
More Than 2 to Make 10 with a partner. It was hard, but fun. We also practiced
our math facts and learned about different addition and subtraction strategies
to use when solving story problems. Also, we had another Pocket Day. It is
always exciting to count all of our pockets! *Don't forget to have your child practice their math facts on Xtra Math.
In Science, we had
a special visit from Mr. Muscleman from the ScienceCenter.
He taught our class about pumpkins, fire, and did a really cool experiment.
*See some pictures
in the fun photos. We also wrapped up
our unit on amphibians by watching a movie and taking our test. All of the
students did a wonderful job! Thank you for helping them study!
In Social Studies,
we talked and read about “Classroom Manners” and how important they are at home
and at school. The students are working hard earning class compliments as well.
We have almost reached our goal of 25 baseballs. I am proud of their effort.
In Literacy, we
began switching classrooms for Fundations and Reading. The students have been learning new
routines and getting to know each other and their new teachers. It has been nice
getting to know more second graders. We have been practicing our centers and learning
about “Lucky Books.”My homeroom class
also learned about different types of sentences and how to stretch a sentence
to make it super.
I hope you all have a super long weekend.
Remember there is no school on Monday 10/8 for Columbus Day.