Learning Update

Writing
This week we will begin our final unit as we learn how to write a research report. We will study how informational authors gather facts, keep track of their learning and restate information in their own words.  
Math
We have begun a study of equal parts and fractions… YAY! Children will be dividing shapes into equal parts and using language such as “2 out of 4 shaded parts”. We will also explore arrays (rows and columns of objects) to prepare for repeated addition (the foundation of multiplication!).
Reading
Our readers will be studying nonfiction texts and leaving thinking tracks as they read. Being able to restate learning in their own words has a huge impact on students’ comprehension. We will also discuss how authors teach readers about their topics, using text features and other special text elements. 

Save Rapunzel!

The class had such a great time engineering a safe way for Rapunzel to escape her tower. Check out these creative ideas!

Learning Update

Writing
This week we will be wrapping up our final unit on personal narrative writing by focusing on the key components of great stories. We will be looking at different pieces and identifying the trait that is lacking and offer suggestions for improvement. This will prepare us for our assessment of narrative writing next Monday.
Math
Solving word problems using 3 digit addition and subtraction will be a focus for us this week. We will practice our critical thinking by deciding when to ungroup or make new tens/hundreds/thousands.
Reading
This week we will be comparing different fairy tales and also identifying the lesson or the moral of the story. We will be looking at fractured fairy tales and predicting what events may happen next.

Math Update

Our second graders will be using various strategies including proof drawings, show all totals and new groups above/below to solve three digit equations. Kids will experiment with the strategies and discover which strategy works best for them. Our main focus is on explaining the steps that we take to solve an equation. 

Art Show & Culver’s Night

Mark your calendars because on April 24th we will have two special events. The Georgetown Art Show will be 5:30-7:00 pm at the Hudsonville City Council and we will have a special school night at Culver’s (Jenison location) from 5-8:00 pm. I will be there as a Culver’s food runner from 5-5:30 pm. I also plan on stopping by the art show that evening to see our wonderful student artwork. I would love to see my amazing 2nd graders so I hope that your family can come to these fun events! 🙂