January News for Second Grade

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AJA second graders pose with a statue of Lyndon B. Johnson during the field trip to the LBJ Library.



We hit the ground running after winter break with many new learning topics! Second graders have been busy preparing for their upcoming Presidents’ Play which is taking place on Friday, February 13th in the MPR. Parents are asked to arrive by 1:50 and be seated and ready no later than 1:55. Below you will find a recap of January.

In reading, second graders learned a new and complex skill. Students learned to make inferences, which means to use prior knowledge and clues from the text in order to draw conclusions. They then applied this skill in a partner project. The pairs chose and read a chapter book. After reading, students came up with both regular comprehension questions and inferential questions for their partner. After creating a quiz, they also created an answer sheet using their skills of answering in complete sentences. Once they were done, each pair exchanged papers and took the other person’s quiz. The class did an excellent job on this activity. Second grade also practiced fluency during the “Reading Ruckus.” Second graders chose three picture books. They selected one to read to a partner, one to read to their reading group, and one to read to me. They had so much fun reading in their blankets with their snacks! This was a great opportunity for me to assess fluency progress one-on-one also!

Math was fun and interesting as we introduced multiplication. Students learned and gained a firm grasp on the concept of multiplication. While students are not expected to memorize all facts yet, students became very familiar with most facts 0-10. They learned how to uses arrays (an arrangement of rows and columns which form a multiplication problem), as well as how to display their own. Below you will see photos of students creating arrays out of everyday classroom objects. They also got to make yummy arrays out of M&Ms! Students learned other tricks and strategies to help them remember facts such as putting items into groups, rules for multiplying by zero and one, skip counting, songs, chants, and much more. Ask your child if he/she remembers the nines trick. Coming up, division will be briefly introduced with an emphasis on deeply understanding the concept.

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Creative writing has been very fun! Students are working on writing fantasy fiction stories. The class learned a “Story Formula,” for a good story. The steps are:

  1. Write an inviting lead…Grab your audience!
  2. Set the scene…Show, don’t tell!
  3. Create interesting conflict
  4. Write a satisfying solution…Make your audience happy!

Currently, second graders are going through the writing process for their stories. We will be continuing this in February.

In language arts, students are learning about homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same, but they are not spelled the same and do not have the same meanings. Students have made up clever ways to remember common homophones and created a “Homophone Wall,” in the classroom to help them remember these tricky words. During the first week in February, we will continue this by having these words as spelling words.

Social studies, of course, has been extra exciting. The children are very enthusiastic about learning about the U. S. Presidents. After briefly learning about each president, each child chose his/her favorite. They then conducted research both in class and during technology in order to learn about their chosen president. After that, they wrote their own speeches, which were edited and strung together in the play you will soon be enjoying. Second graders also learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as general United States history. Be sure to arrive early to the Presidents’ Play so that you can view projects done both in class and across the curriculum. Below you will find some more pictures of the class at the LBJ Library.

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The class took a break from social studies to conduct an experiment called “Dancing Raisins,” in order to  review the Scientific Method.

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