Second Grade Update March 2018

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


Second Grade Update- February 2018

Hello, Families!  We are very excited about what we’ve been working on lately, and can’t wait to share it with you at our next Publishing Party, which will be held on Friday, March 2 at 8:30am.

Here’s what we’re working on now…


We’re continuing our fairy tales unit.  We have been spending time noticing the literary language and vocabulary in this genre.  It’s important that we read like storytellers, and stop to notice and understand the beautiful language the authors include.  We’re going to wrap up the unit by studying the predictable roles of the characters in our fairy tales and the lessons we learn – noticing character types, making predictions, and thinking critically about varying viewpoints.


After the children finished writing there initial opinion pieces, we moved on to writing about our reading.  We’re forming opinions about the books, characters, and settings, of the fairy tales we’ve read (based on the post-its we jotted during Reading Workshop).  The children are using the structure from our previous opinion pieces to help guide this writing.  We’re learning how to stretch out (elaborate on) our reasons this time by including a retell, quote, or description of a picture from the story.


We’ve just launched a unit on early multiplication and understanding equal groups.  This unit focuses on understanding the meaning of multiplication by representing and solving problems in context, using arrays and area as a model, learning multiplication facts, and developing strategies for division, based on the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our study of the “Age of Exploration” and Henry Hudson’s life as an explorer.  The children have begun their in-class independent project, and we can’t wait to share our work with you at the Publishing Party.

We hope everyone enjoys the Winter Break and we look forward to seeing you when we get back.

All the best,

Allison and Robyn

Second Grade Update January 2018

Happy New Year!  2018 is off to a great start in second grade!  

We’ve just begun our new units of study, and the children are working hard and making new discoveries.

Here’s what we’re working on now…


We launched our unit on fairy tales.  The children have been enjoying this unique genre.  Our lessons will focus on identifying traits of characters, characters’ motivations, the impact the setting has on the story, playful language, and magical elements.  As the children read, they have been instructed to jot about their noticings and theories.  It is important for them to get in the habit of writing down their thoughts while reading.


To introduce opinion writing, the children will write persuasive pieces about one of their strong opinions.  We’ll discuss the structure and development of an opinion piece, and how it differs from our previous genres.  Then we’ll use everything we know about opinion writing to write about our reading.  The children will create opinion pieces based on the post-its they are writing during Reading Workshop.  


We’re wrapping up our unit in geometry by studying fractions and equivalence.  We’ll be returning to our study of addition, subtraction, and the number system.  The children will be working on developing efficient strategies for solving problems and recording their work.  Part of this work will include adding on, counting back, and working with missing addend equations using the open number line, and using our knowledge of place value to solve problems.

Social Studies:

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

Zumba Kids at PS 77


Dear families,

We have some exciting news! For the third straight year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in free Zumba classes at recess. The classes will be run by certified Zumba instructors from Training Concepts LLC. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Friday’s in the auditorium from 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM.

Zumba Kids will run on the following dates:

January 8, 12, 26, 29

February 2, 5

If your child is interested in signing up for Zumba, please fill out the school permission slip and Zumba release forms below. Both forms should be turned in to your classroom teacher.

Zumba Kids Waiver

ZUMBA KIDS school permission slip 2017

If you have further questions, please email Mr. Goodman at

Second Grade December Update

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. It was great to hear about all of the fun adventures from the long weekend.

Here is what we are up to these days:


Right now, we are wrapping up our unit on nonfiction reading. The children have been focusing on what they notice, what they learn, and what they wonder in their books.  A lot of time has been spent thinking about the keywords found in nonfiction books, and the ways we can figure out how to say them and what they mean.

After our nonfiction unit, we’ll be working on the skills needed to read bigger and harder books.  It’s important the children learn how to meet the challenges they face when reading longer books, like setting up routines, maintaining stamina, and staying on track when books get tricky.  We’ll also be setting new goals as readers to guide us as our books get harder.


The children are currently working on their Native American research books.  They’ve accumulated a lot of information about their topic and are organizing their ideas into nonfiction books that include headings, introductions, conclusions, expert words, and nonfiction features.  As we wrap up our nonfiction writing, we will be studying different kinds of poems and writing our own, focusing on word choice and descriptive language.


As we wrap up our Equivalence and Exchange unit we are focusing on how we can explain our thinking. We always try to answer the question “How do you know?” when solving a mathematical problem. After this unit we will be moving into geometry to study 2D and 3D shapes, quadrilaterals and rectangles and introducing basic fractions, as they relate to shapes.

Social Studies:

We’ll be taking a break from our NYC curriculum, and taking time to discover more about ourselves and our families.  Our focus will be on the things that make us who we are.  We’ll use literature to help us understand what identity means.  Thank you for all your hard work in helping your child complete the family homework packet!  This information you provided will be instrumental in teaching this unit, and helping to create some beautiful projects.

Other Notes of Importance:

  • Mark your calendars – our holiday celebration will be at 8:30am on Thursday, December 21st.  For the celebration, we would greatly appreciate donations of winter themed wrapping paper or bows (for a special surprise).  No need to buy anything, only if you have extra around.  Please send in donations by 12/18.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Scholastic Book Orders went home. The December flyer is due by December 8th.  If you are interested in ordering, please use your child’s class code to order at (Class 203’s code is J86FM.  Class 206’s code is H2LJ7.)


Second Grade Update 11/2/17


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…


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.

Second Grade Word Study

abc-border-clipart-kidHi Families,

I hope you had a great weekend!
This week we are beginning our Word Study work.  Each of the children have been placed in a differentiated group to practice words appropriate for them.  Your child will be working with either Robyn or Allison.  
The children will practice 10 pattern words and 3 sight words over two weeks.  Our pattern this week is the long A sound.  Sight words are difficult to sound out, so we learn them and then place them on a word wall.  
The children will be practicing the same words over a two week period, and then an assessment on the words will be given the Friday of the second week.  So, our first assessment will be onFriday, October 13th.  Word study homework will typically be given out weekly.  Please note, word study homework is completed inside of their word study notebooks which go back and forth from home to school.  Also, when completing the homework, it is important for the children to use proper punctuation and capitalization, and to write on the lines. Children who are working on letter formation, or have larger handwriting, can use two lines in the notebooks as a guide.
Allison and Robyn

Second Grade Update 10/2/17

Hi Families,

It’s been really exciting to get to know your children!  We hope that they are sharing with you all of the great things happening at school, like NDI, our new reading partners, and their new Calendar Math routine, including Joke of the Day.


As we continue developing our routines for Reading Workshop, the children are learning how to use post-its to show their thinking while reading a text.  Some things you may see your child jotting on post-its are: events that are important to remember, something they’ve learned about a character, and a spot they have a question about. Our goal is to have the children push their thinking while reading and eventually be able to provide evidence to support their jots.  We have all been working hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.

As a reminder, over the next few weeks, we will be conferring and reading with your child to learn more about him/her as a reader.  Please note, it is very common for reading levels to go down over the summer months, often children have not been practicing the same skills we work on at school while they read. We’d appreciate if you can help your child stay patient while waiting for his/her assessment (we have lots of reading to do) and also by being supportive of his/her new reading level.  Once we’ve read with your child, he/she will be using a bookmark indicating his/her current reading level, book shopping day, and how many books to bring home each night.


The children are really enjoying drafting their personal narratives.  We’re inspired by the books we read and we’ve started creating well-crafted pieces that include interesting leads and endings, dialogue, powerful words, internal monologue, and beautiful illustrations.  A huge component of second grade writing is learning to edit and revise your own piece, so we will be spending a lot of time using checklists and hearing partner feedback.


In addition to our daily Calendar Math routine, we’re continuing our work in our first math unit.  The children are enjoying learning more math routines and are looking forward to playing fun math games.  We’ve been exploring various math tools, such as the number line, calendar, and 100s chart, and discussing ways they help us to understand numbers.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our discussion of communities and working together as a class.  We’re looking forward to launching our NYC study soon!

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 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 at the beginning of the week or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and anything else he/she 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.
  • Please remind your child that any toys brought to school may not be taken out during classroom time.  

Thanks so much for your support!  We can’t wait to share with you all the fantastic work the children have been doing!  

All our best,

Allison and Robyn


Slight Change in NDI performance start times! Friday Morning Grades 2/5

Dear Second and Fifth Grade Families,

You should have received an invitation and entry pass for our BIG National Dance Institute SHOW this Friday.

We are asking that you adjust the start time for our morning assembly and enter the building at 9:15!

The Teaching Artists have requested this slight adjustment and we want the kids to be as successful as possible and they need that morning time for a final rehearsal.

Please wait on the sidewalk or in the lobby area prior to 9:15 as the auditorium doors will be closed until 9:15AM

Thanks for your continued support