Hi Everyone!! There is so much going on in second grade right now and we want to fill you in. It’s an exciting time of the year; not only is the spring coming (please, let it come soon!) but we are in 4 brand new units!

Reading: We have started our Series Book Club Unit. Each child, along with their club, was assigned a series to begin reading. Not only are the children excited about reading their series books, but they also have the opportunity to engage in rich book-talk around the same characters with their group. Individually, they are learning about the characters in their series and then discussing what they have found with their club. In this unit, we will be learning about author’s craft and how to verbally share our opinions about a book.

Writing: Our new writing unit is about realistic fiction. In the classroom, we are reading realistic fiction texts to use as our mentor texts. The children are creating their own characters and working to make them complex (just like real people). While writing realistic fiction pieces, their focus will be on structure by creating a gripping problem. Our goal is to write many stories about the character we created.

Math: As we wrap up our unit on multiplication and division, we are looking forward to beginning our study of graphs and line plots, as well as a more in depth study of addition and subtraction using larger numbers. We will be working on representing story problems with equations and recording strategies accurately. We will be recognizing and comparing different strategies for subtraction.  

Social Studies: We launched our unit on New Amsterdam by visiting the Museum of the City of New York.  The children are learning about life during the 1600s and are enjoying making connections with their current life in New York City.  In groups, they will begin researching various topics about daily life in the colony. The children will be working on many more fun projects about the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Parent Teacher Conferences!

All the best,

Robyn and Mrs. Haimeck