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Week 33 in Second Grade

May 12, 2019 by Anne Bloomfield

May 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

It’s week 33! We are down to the last 4 weeks of school! Thank you for making Teacher Appreciation week a great success. We enjoyed the doughnut bar, popcorn bar, and hand written notes! You all take such great care of us! Thank you!

This week the student will finish up fractions. The second graders will take a fraction assessment on Tuesday and beginning Wednesday we will move onto multiplication strategies. We begin teaching multiplication by modeling equal groups (by teaching a game called “Circles and Stars”) and repeated addition. Then, we move onto making arrays and writing and equations to match the arrays that are created.

Equal Groups Array
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This picture shows 3 groups of 2.  It could be written as repeated addition, 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 or a multiplication equation 3 X 2 = 6.

This array shows 2 rows and 4 columns.  It can be called 2 rows of 4, which can be written as 2 X 4 = 8.

In language students will continue to use a known root word to determine the meaning of other words with the same root word. If students understand the meaning of the word addition, they can use that information to understand the meaning of the word additional. They will take an assessment on root words with prefixes and suffixes this week. We will move onto using a glossary, thesaurus or dictionary to clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

We will revisit writing narratives. Students will choose a “small moment” to write about. They will organize their ideas by using a Bubble Map then moving onto using a quick sketch organizer for their pre-write.
Student Botanists have been busy taking care of their 6 growing seeds. Students have been observing and keeping plant logs. The logs include dates, time in the sun, and watering information. Students have also worked on typing their tri-fold board information. Student Botanists have been learning about the parts of a flower. They have drawn a flower and it’s parts and will label and learn about the job of each part of a flower. This week students will be creating pollinators. We will focus on the pollination process this week.

Happy Mother’s Day,
Anne Bloomfield
Shannon Garcia