A Super Second Grade!!

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Upcoming Events:

March 17-18 – Spring Break

April 1- Second Grade Shabbat (starts at 1:30)

April 6- Field Trip to Crowe’s Nest Farm (bring a packed lunch and car seat)

In reading, students have focused a lot on reading for information. After reading several nonfiction books, students began practicing answering comprehension questions both orally and written. Students learned strategies such as rereading, using headings, noticing vocabulary words in bold or italics, and reading captions. Reading and writing were very closely integrated this month as we began our fairytale unit. As a class, we read several fairytales and folktales. We read, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, and much more! We also read several alternate versions of the originals. We discussed what made up the fairytale genre and came up with ways to alter fairytales. Students then chose a story that inspired them and are beginning to  alter it in their own way.  These stories are eventually being written into books that will be printed and hardbound by a publishing company. Second graders are excited to give this keepsake as a special gift to parents. I believe parents will be delighted when they see how much their child’s writing abilities have progressed. This is a work in progress, but the books will be featured at Portfolio Day!  In reading, the second graders also practiced their fluency by having a part in a small skit. The children look forward to performing, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff,  Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Gingerbread Man for kindergarten.

In math, second grade practiced refining their multiplication skills. Students used strategies such as skip counting, drawing arrays, and grouping to find answers. See the pictures below of the children building arrays out of classroom items. The unit ended with the Multiplication Final test, however, we will continue to review this concept through the end of the school year. Students also learned how to identify the correct operation when reading word problems. Students looked for words like “in all,” or, “altogether” to add. They looked for phrases like, “how many left,” or, “how many more,” to identify subtraction problems. They also reviewed ways to identify a multiplication word problem such as use of the word “each” or if the problem has multiple items in containers. Currently, second graders are learning the basics of division. Students learned that division is the opposite operation of multiplication. They learned to start with the largest number (just like in subtraction) and to divide the items into groups. This will be a short unit intended to teach the basic concept of division and to introduce students to the basic facts of division. Below you can see the pictures of the students playing the board games they made as part of a homework assignment. They had a great time playing the games!

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For language arts, second grade focused on homophones. The class learned that homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Students learned several of the most common homophones, along with their spellings and meanings. Second graders also created lists of as many homophones as they could think of, and came to realize how prevalent homophones really are in the English language. In the next few weeks, second graders will also learn about synonyms and antonyms.

In science, second grade began a new unit on life cycles. This unit was introduced by discussing the human life cycle. The class studied the life cycles of many animals, such as frogs, butterflies, spiders, and more! They learned about how some animals go through complete metamorphosis, which is when an animal goes through a “complete change of body.” Each child chose an animal of interest and is in the early stages of research in order to complete a project. Each child will complete a life cycle poster displaying the entire life cycle of that animal with labeled illustrations. Each child will also research the habitat of their animal and then design a model habitat suited to its needs. They will also find interesting facts about the animal and create a fact book. The class currently has “pet” butterflies. The children watched as they went from eggs, to caterpillars, to pupas inside a chrysalis, and finally butterflies.  The butterflies recently emerged and we will be releasing them on Wednesday before Spring Break.  Below you will see photos of students conducting an experiment in which they see how many drops will fit on a penny. This was a fun way to review the scientific method!

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