Thanks for coming to see us at our Publishing Party and Storybook Character Day!  It was great to be able to give you a glimpse into the wonderful work your children have been doing in second grade!

Here’s what we’re working on now…

Reading:

We’ll be launching into the exciting world of nonfiction where we will be focusing on growing knowledge, and learning how to use context to understand and read keywords.  We are planning to read nonfiction books on various topics.  Soon, we will be moving into our Native American study, which focuses on groups indigenous to New York City.  The children will become experts on a specific aspect of Native American life as they read information across texts.

In school, we will be reading nonfiction texts, but their book baggies will still be filled with fiction.  Please continue to make sure they are jotting post-its during their daily reading.

Writing:

We will be using the nonfiction books we read to inspire our writing, the children will write their own “expert” books.  In these books, we will focus on including nonfiction features to engage and teach the reader all about our topic. We will then write books using the information we gathered about Native Americans indigenous to NYC.

Math:

In addition to our daily Calendar Math routine, we are learning how to tell time on an analog clock.  We recently launched a new math investigation called Equivalence and Exchange. This early algebra mini-unit on focuses on equivalence, organizing our work, providing proof of reasoning, and unitizing (ex. 50 cents = 5 groups of 10s).

Social Studies:

We’ve kicked off our NYC curriculum by beginning our study of the five boroughs.  The students are working cooperatively to become experts on one specific borough, and will teach the other groups about what they’ve learned.  As part of this, the children are becoming strong researchers, learning to determine importance and share relevant information with their group members.

Other Notes of Importance:

  • Birthday Snack – We love celebrations!  Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes  as to not interfere with our academic work.  For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join to our class and share a special book of your family’s choice.  Please note, we will not be celebrating with food.  Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing.  Please send a note either weekly or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • 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.

We hope your children have been enjoying second grade as much as we have!  We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

All our best,

Allison and Robyn