Sunday, September 9, 2018

Off to a great start!

Welcome Back! Hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of a wonderful new school year! We are really off to a great start! We are still working on daily routines and getting to know each other better. In math, we have been practicing using the number lines, learning some great adding and subtraction games, and getting started with some digital math learning sites. We are already beginning to write some great pieces. We have focused on using upper case letters at the beginning of a sentence. We will be working on thinking about small moments and what makes a good narrative writing piece. We have some very important dates for you to remember! Picture day is Wednesday, September 19. Open House at Porters Point is Thursday, September 27. Hope to see you there! We have a bit of confusion about our homework. I am sorry! The expectation of homework is that your child is engaged somehow in reading for 20 min each day. This includes using one of our reading websites, you reading to them, them sharing a book with you, reading independently, or reading to someone else. For the math fact practice (addition and subtraction to 20) is only about 5 min. This can be a game you make up, one we have played at school, or using one of our sites. Please keep it fun. Please initial the calendars when your child reads and practices math facts. Send them in at the end of each month so we can celebrates. About 1 or 2 days a week, I may send home our Math Homelinks to provide extra practice and to share with parents what we are doing in math.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

End of the Year!

I can't believe the end of the year is here already! We had such a great year together.  I want to thank all of you for your support this year that really made our year successful!

Here are some clips from this year from our wonderful second grade!

Fall 2017

Winter 2017-2018

Spring 2018

Last Day of School Celebration!

Monday, April 2, 2018

We are thinking Spring!

Hope this finds you all well and enjoying this warm weather!  We will be starting a unit on Plants soon.  We would like each child to be able to grow a plant of their own.  Can you send in 1 liter bottles for us to put over the top of our plants to make a mini greenhouse?

We have been very busy learning about shapes. We are learning about polygons, angles, sides, right angles, and parallel lines! We will continue to compare 2D and 3D shapes this week.

Is it a polygon or is not a polygon?

We had a fun visit from Champ, the Union Memorial Mascot! Champ did some writing with us and our Kinder Buddies!

Spring fever seems to hit all of us! It is still very important to keep your child reading each day! Encourage them to read to you as well as other family members.  Have conversations about what your child is reading. 

We are moving into learning about Important Americans. We will be reading books and working on a class project to show what we learn about some very important people. If you have any good books or stories to share with your child about important people, please get them started!   There are many famous people who do good deeds for various causes.  However, we are looking to learn about people that have made a huge impact on either our country or the world. This can be either in history or current. 

Please continue to work on math facts adding and subtracting to 20. This seems to be a place that no matter how much we practice, we still need more time.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Update!

Happy Valentine's Day from us to you!!

Thank you to all the parents that have supplied us with treats for our Valentine's Day breakfast!

In math we are working on adding larger numbers! We have been using place value as a way of looking at numbers to make it easier to add. 

We have using  "partial sums" by taking our numbers apart by place value to add really big numbers!

Here is an example:  28 + 34 =    20 + 30 = 50    and  8+4= 12  then: 50 + 12 = 62

Keep practicing math facts subtraction and addition to 20! This builds such a great foundation to move forward in math!

We have been working hard on informational writing. This shares what we know and have learned about a topic.  We will be working on opinion writing as we move forward.

Make sure to keep reading at home.  Please help your child track their reading and be proud of how much they initiate reading on their own! Let them read the same books over a few times! It builds fluency.  Introduce them to something new, but allow them to go back to the favorites. Don't forget, you reading to them is very important too! You are showing great reading habits with your fluency, self correction, expression, and commenting to show you are paying attention as you read!

Some important dates:  Concert Tuesday, 2/20/18 at the High School!
                                      Report Cards come home Friday, 2/ 23/18

                                     Last day of school before February break is Friday, 2/23/18
                                     Parent conference dates: Monday, March 5, and Tuesday March 6. Please go                                         the school website to sign up!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

It's has been a very busy couple of weeks! We had to say good by to Miss Lacey. She is pursuing a career in Education that is very specific.  Her new job will give her the training she needs to get the experience required for her to fulfill her dreams! We wish her luck and will miss her!

Please remember we are collecting food for the food shelf to celebrate our 100 Day of School!
Yes! Can you believe it? 100 Days! I have tried to attach the flyer here but Blogger won't let me! I'll try to send home another paper copy on Monday.

We have been using Open Number lines in math. This is one strategy the children have been using to add larger numbers together!

We will be doing a lot with data and number stories these next 2 weeks!

Balance and Motion has been a lot of fun! Can you balance a pencil on the end of your finger?

Our indoor recess! Wow! Watching strategies is so much fun!

Keep reading every day! Ask your child a lot of questions that they need to go back and find the evidence to answer in their books!

We will be getting ready for report cards soon! We are doing a lot of work with informational writing.  We are learning how to use information from a few resources and be able to share the important things we learn in our writing!

We will have a small gathering for Valentine's Day.  We hope to have a short breakfast in the morning to share our kindness to each other.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hope this finds you all enjoying a wonderful and Happy New Year!

We had such a busy week just before vacation! We topped it off with a camp out that we were thrilled to share with our Kinder Buddies! We wrote some great stories about people that make us melt and played some great math games!

Some of our math games practiced our math facts! We are really working on getting faster and using our additions strategies!

Keep practicing at home, it really makes a big difference!
 We played a store game which is a great introduction to us talking more about money next week! Please pull out some coins and start counting!  We will also be talking about making change and counting up!

I hope everyone has been reading over vacation! We are excited to continue with Non-fiction. We will continue looking at conventions of Non-fiction and how it helps us read and understand Non-fiction better.

Have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

This week we...

What a busy week!

In math we have been working with base 10 blocks and learning about place value.  We also have been learning how to add bigger numbers using our base 10 blocks. This week we have played Race for the Flat and Target.  Ask your child how to play or go to the Everyday Math website on the right side of our blog to learn how to play.

Here we are playing Target and Race for the flat!

We have been working on Scratch Jr. to illustrate our writing! Here are a few examples!

We have been learning about other customs and traditions that many people in our own community may be doing at this time of year! Here we are enjoying the traditional game of Dreidle!

We also had a Mystery Skype with a classroom in Canton, Illinois!

Off to a great start!

Welcome Back! Hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of a wonderful new school year! We are really off to a great start! We ar...