October 29, 2018
Dear Second Grade Parents,
On Monday, October 29th we will be beginning the 9th week of school. This will mark the end of the 1st quarter (November 1st), but this only means that our specials will change. On November 5th Ms. Garcia’s class will start Kibo (robotics) with Miss Heidi and Mrs. Bloomfield’s class will start Community Service with Mr. Lenon.
Here’s the happenings of 2nd grade in a “nutshell”…
Part of the 2nd grade math standards include adding and subtracting within 1,000 using strategies base on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. With that said, students practiced branching in both addition and subtraction and are beginning to work on the open number line strategy.
We realize that these strategies are very different from the traditional algorithm that we all learned but knowing these strategies helps to deepen the mathematical understanding of adding and subtracting.
We finished up our work with irregular past tense verbs last week. Second graders will be working on adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Students will be identifying adjectives and using adjectives to describe a noun.
Opinions, opinions, opinions are dominating our writing. Second grade students have been practicing with some simple “Would you rather…” statements. We have been working hard on not only giving reasons for our opinions, but explaining those reasons. Our new opinion piece will be on the best holiday.
Second grade Scientists have been testing salt, cornstarch, baking soda, and sand. Through their testing they are learning about some of the properties of these solids. This week, students will take their knowledge and use it to determine which of these solids are in a mixture.
Our Halloween Party will be on Wednesday, October 31st. It will take place at 2:45 pm in the 2nd grade classrooms. Remember, students are allowed to wear their costumes on Wednesday!! Also 2nd Graders will not have math or reading homework on Halloween!
Wishing all of our 2nd grade families a safe, fun-filled Halloween!