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…

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.

Second Grade Word Study

Hi 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.
Best,
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.

Reading:

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.

Writing:

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.

Math:

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

Second Grade is Off to a Great Start!

Hi  Second Grade Families,

It’s been a great start to the school year!  We’ve been getting to know each other and working hard on our classroom routines and procedures.  We’re so excited to jump into our curriculum, and we want to tell you a little bit about what to expect!

Reading:

Each class is developing routines for “book shopping” and how to choose “Just Right Books”. We all will work hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.

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 as children have not been practicing the same skills we work on at school. 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.

Writing:

The children are really enjoying drafting their book recommendations as part of a mini-writing unit.  After thinking of a book others may enjoy, they used strong adjectives to describe the book.  The children found memorable places in the book that prove the book is hilarious, interesting, spooky… 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 partner feedback.

Math:

As part of our daily math routine, the children are enjoying our Calendar Math work.  This includes components of place value, recognizing patterns, money, and time.  Each month, the routine changes and the work becomes more complex.  

We’re excited about our first math unit that involves addition and subtraction and the number system (place value).  We’ll be focusing on adding numbers in any order, counting by groups of tens and ones, and developing and refining strategies for solving a variety of addition and subtraction problems.  The children will also be enjoying games that will strengthen these skills and strategies.  

 

Social Studies:

We’ve kicked off the school year by discussing what is a community and how all communities need rules to guide their actions.  This helped develop some of the expectations for our own classroom community.  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 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.
  • Scholastic Book Orders will be going home periodically. The September flyer went out and is due by September 27th.  This is a great way for you to replenish your child’s home library based on their reading level.  The bookmarks going home with your child indicate a letter level, which corresponds to the GRL level in the  Scholastic flyer. If you are interested in ordering, please use your child’s class code to order at Scholastic.com/readingclub (Class 203’s code is J86FM.  Class 206’s code is H2LJ7.)

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

 

Preview Night May 25th TONIGHT! 5:00-7:00 See schedule below

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Take a brief view of next year’s curriculum 
across the content/specialty areas.

• Teachers will present work/expectations/goals across the year for next years class/grade.

• Music, Art, Science, PE and Technology will provide a curriculum overview for their specific subject with presentations for Grades 1-2 and 3-5.

• 5th Grade Families will participate in a Workshop with Josh and Gina – Transition to Middle School

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Specific information for 2nd grade students who may ride the bus next year….

school busTransportation eligibility changes as General Education students move from 2nd Grade to 3rd Grade.

Please review the following page to find how the change will affect your child (please note that siblings may have different eligibility).

http://www.optnyc.org/ServicesAndEligibility/getransportation.htm

If you need help, please contact Hugues at the office.

Hugues Recamier, School Aide

The Lower Lab School – PS 77

(212)427-2798

HRecamier@schools.nyc.gov

 

Second Grade Update 1/25/17

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…

Second Grade Update 12/14/16

We are so excited about the many projects and surprises we’re working on with your children!  We look forward to celebrating this work with you next Thursday (12/22) at 8:30am.  Thank you to everyone who is pitching in to make this celebration spectacular! One last request from you: 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.

Here’s what we’re working on now…

Reading:

We’ve started our new fiction unit by discussing all the ways authors play with language, including the use of alliteration, comparisons, and repetition.   We’re also introducing the Summary System, where the children will be using post-its to help guide their retell.  In the coming weeks, the students will be challenged to self-reflect on their personal reading needs, and will be put in reading clubs to work on their goals.