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Week 8 in Second Grade

October 6, 2019 by Anne Bloomfield

October 7, 2019

Dear Parents,
Fall days are here along with cooler weather.  I know we are beginning to sound like a broken record but please be sure to label your child’s belongings and check that the labeling doesn’t wash away.
Math
In math we have been working on adding and subtracting 2 and 3-digit numbers.  Thus far students have worked on the branching strategy (many students remembered this strategy from 1st grade) and the standard algorithm.  All this has been worked on without renaming.
This week we will be working on adding 2 and 3-digit numbers with renaming.  We will start with renaming in only the ones place, then only in the tens place, and finally in the ones and tens place.  As students learn about renaming, they will be using base ten blocks or place value discs to help with visualization of what renaming entails.  While it is very different from the way that Miss Garcia, Mrs. Wiessmer, and myself (and possibly you too!) learned to add multi-digit numbers, it will deepen your child’s understanding of adding larger numbers.
Language
In Language, we continue to learn about verbs.  We created a circle map that included many verbs.  We also discussed the present and past tense of verbs, and used these tenses to interactively write a Tree Map.  They used present and past tense verbs in their writing.  Second graders are learning that there are irregular verbs that in order to form the past tense you may not just add “ed” but change the spelling of the word.
Present Tense                            Past Tense
We catch the fly ball.                We caught the fly ball.

Students will assess on verbs this Wednesday.

Writing
Opinion writing continues to be the focus in writing.  All students have completed their rough drafts of their opinion of the best candy.  Editing and revising will be completed this week so, final copies will be ready to post soon.
Projects
Our 2nd Graders did a fantastic job presenting their Tribes Posters to members of the Fallon/business community. Some of the community members/businesses receiving posters were Sheriff Hickox, Mayor Tedford, Mrs. Davis of Tumbleweed Garbage Disposal, Linda Hammond of Farmer’s Insurance, Mr. Nichols of Pizza Barn, Mr. Tolman of H&R Block, Mrs. Snooks of Wells Fargo, Mr. Lane of Lane and Associates, Telegraph Coffee, and Mrs. Elder and Mr. Irving of Banner Hospital. We are thankful for so much support from the community of Fallon!!
Our new project is focused on the subject of Science.  Students will spend the next few weeks exploring the topic of matter.  This past week students learned about the properties of matter that include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility.  On Thursday, students observed 7 different substances focusing on their properties.  We will continue exploring the three types of matter this week.

Have a wonderful week!
Sincerely,
Anne Bloomfield, Miss Garcia, and Mrs. Wiessmer