2017 is off to a great start in second grade! We hope everyone enjoyed the great performance Monday morning at the Winter Concert.

Our new units of study are in full swing and our new Lower Lab Values curriculum has made for some great conversations revolving around respect. The children are working hard, working together, and making new discoveries.

Here’s what we’re working on now…

We have launched our unit on biographies, and since biographies are a hybrid between informational and narrative reading, our work is reflecting this. The children are learning how to infer within a text, providing evidence to support their thinking. To meet our goals of identifying a character’s emotions and character traits we are using what a character says, does, thinks, and the pictures as clues. We will also be practicing other reading skills and strategies that will help support our reading work in this special genre.

Please be aware that 20 minutes of nightly reading homework can involve taking notes while reading information about the person they are researching for their biography project.

The children are currently researching and taking notes about their person of interest. We will be using all the fantastic information we find to create our own biographies. Our focus is on determining importance, as well as organizing our information. The children will build on the skills they learned in our informational and narrative writing units to create their pieces.

Social Studies:
We’re returning to our NYC curriculum through a study of the “Age of Exploration”. Our focus is on Henry Hudson’s life as an explorer and the events of his four voyages. We’re very excited to begin an in-class independent project about Hudson. Please be on the lookout for a packet that will be going home about this soon.

We’re continuing our work in subtraction making sure to solve problems accurately and efficiently. We have been investigating different types of subtraction problems and what it means to find the difference between two numbers. The children have also been using their knowledge of place value to explore numbers into the thousands.

Other Notes of Importance:
*Just a reminder about birthday Snack – We love celebrations! Keep in mind the celebration should be less than 20 minutes, as to not interfere with our academic work. Therefore, the fewer choices the children have, the less time it may take to distribute snack. Feel free to bring along a special read aloud to share, while the children are munching away! Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.

*Mr. Goodman has asked us to remind parents to provide headphones for their child. Please be sure the headphone are in a baggie labeled with your child’s name. They will be stored in the Digital Media Center.

*PLEASE label your child’s sweaters, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, and anything else they might take off during the day! There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day. This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.

All our best,
Allison and Robyn