Upcoming Halloween Festivities and Information:
Tuesday, 10/31 is our Halloween Parade and Celebration. Children are welcome to come to the class wearing their costumes to school. We will parade to the commons at 8:15. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay for the all-school meeting. Please refrain from scary costumes and any weapons. Your child can wear other clothes under their costume or bring a change of clothes for after the parade. We will have a small class celebration with crafts and snacks in the second grade classrooms following the parade. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you to the room parents for coordinating this event. We are all looking forward to it!
Brigid and I are asking that you please not send in sweet treats for students unless you're signed on for providing a snack (for ex. small goodie bags/candy bars are not to be given). Some families have rules about candy/sugar and some students have allergies, so we would prefer this to be a home conversation and don't want to be sending candy from school to homes. Thank you for understanding!
Spelling: Children had a review week in spelling. We practiced rules, did buddy spelling practice, and talked about spelling in our writing. We discussed the importance of applying the spelling skills and rules that we are learning to our writing.
Some approaches to encoding a challenging word are to sound out the word, use the classroom resources and sound cards, write it out and see how it looks, apply spelling rules.
Language Arts: Children worked on completing the writing process for their peer interviews. The process started with conducting an interview, then transferring answers into complete sentences and adding a topic and closing sentence. The children then wrote their first draft and finally are finishing up final drafts. On Friday, the children met with partners and completed the activity by drawing a picture of their interviewee. You can be on the look out for these interviews soon. We will post them outside of the second grade classrooms.
Children also spent time on the writing process for a fiction story that they have begun to plan and write.
Other Language activities included reading groups, spelling practice, and Language Arts Menu
Math: Subtraction with Regrouping:
This week we have been working on subtraction with regrouping. We are regrouping in the 1s, 10s, and 100s. Children are working on carrying out all the steps necessary to solve the math problem accurately such as subtracting from the number on the top, regrouping, and careful computation. It can be challenging and confusing that you can't take 7 away from 5 in the number above and that you must regroup taking from the 4 in the tens column and then regroup from the hundreds place when dealing with subtracting in the tens place. Children are also working on careful computation going step by step from the ones to the hundreds place.
We have also spent some time practicing our subtraction and addition facts, counting by 5s, and applying the inverse operations of addition and subtraction to check answers. Ex: 453 - 200 = 253 So, 253 + 200 = 453
Other things we've been up to...Handwriting, Editing practice, and shared reading and practice using comprehension strategies. Children also completed a P-T Conference reflection sheet.