Our Second Grade Classroom
Here are some of the things we have been up to.
In spelling children focused on the concept "when I see a consonant y, I drop the y and add an i es, or ed.
Next week is a review week so we will work on it in the classroom. Children will not have a spelling list for homework.
In Math, we finished up the chapter on Money. We did a chapter review to go over concepts, and children had their assessment on the unit. Children are bringing home their assessments from this week in Friday Files. We worked on math games for money. This included Coin Memory and "Who Has." Children enjoyed playing these games which give them practice with coin values and adding change together. We also worked in partnerships with play coins to show different amounts.
Chapter 12: This week we also began talking about fractions. Children are enthusiastic about working with fractions. Some of the vocabulary that we have discussed are: equal, unequal, whole, fraction, one-half, one-third, one-fourth, unit fraction, numerator, and denominator. Working with fractions and showing equal parts is a great way to exercise this concept at home.
Next week we will be working on comparing fractions.
We have worked on using KWL charts and global topics to write nonfiction writing. Children have been gathering information, listing what they have learned and some children have begun writing a draft report or poster to share what they have learned. We discussed options for opening sentences for such writing as well as educating the audience. When children complete one inquiry learning, they will be encouraged to start a new one.
publishing personal stories
Children wrote thank you letters to Grandfriends, and we will be mailing them out next week.
As we read "Trouble According to Humphrey" we have noticed several connections with the second grade class in the book including the focus on learning about communities. After brainstorming a list of buildings and things a community might have or need, children put themselves into groups which they will work with to build a model of a community out of recycled materials. I have started a collection of small boxes about the size of a cereal box or smaller. If you'd like to send some in from home, that would help children to build their town. Each group will create about 8 buildings. I look forward to seeing them work as a partnership and use their planning and creativity.
A Note from Library:
Next week will be the last week for children to check books out at the library.
If you have any checked out books please have your child return them by the week of May 20th. As a bonus, Ms. McCullough is offering a small "prize" (in addition to the satisfying feeling of responsible behavior) for students who return all of their library materials by the time that summer vacation starts! :) Thank you
On Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m., we will be presenting our annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by students in early childhood through grade five, plus our Band of Friends. The concert should last for about an hour and a quarter.
Students should arrive at school by 5:45 and go directly to their classrooms. This is a "dress event" for students. Dress pants and shirts with collars (no coat and tie required), dresses, skirts, and blouses, or comparable dress attire are required for this special performance. Students who may be sitting on the stage to play instruments should wear slacks or leggings.
Enjoy the weekend, and Happy Mother's Day!