Welcome To Second Grade! 

This year will be a wonderful time of growing and learning for your child. Please explore the pages, posts, pictures, and links on our blog to learn more about second grade. As a member of our classroom family, you are invited to sign up for updates by adding your email in the Subscribe box. Our blog is a great way to learn about what we do all day! This is also the place to check for news about special classroom events.

Enjoy your summer and treasure up those small moments to write about in the fall. I will post a classroom supply list at the beginning of July.

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Mrs. Bast 🙂

Wrapping up First Grade

What a great year this has been! These first graders have grown so much and have truly become a family. I am proud of each and every one. Thank you for encouraging your child and for making this a terrific year. Have a great summer and I’ll see you in the 2/3 hallway next fall!

Summer Reading Goals

It is extremely important that your first grader (soon to be second grader) reads consistently over the summer. There are 95 days of summer vacation before school starts again. (Yes, I did count the days.) Research has found that children who do not read can lose up to three months of reading achievement! The solution to this problem is simple… have your child set a goal of reading 20 minutes a day. This reading can be on Raz-Kids (this will still be available!), library books, books in your house, or even books online (Storyline Online is a great site). Establish this on the very first day of summer and be consistent. 

To help your child stick to his/her goal, use the two sided reading goal paper that will come home this week. Save this paper and attach it to your refrigerator or important message place. Use the chart side for keeping track of reading minutes (20 minutes/day). The other side has some great second grade books that your child will love reading. You can find these books at most libraries and bookstores. Just in case your paper gets lost, you can download another copy here (Summer Reading Goal, Summer Reading List).

Happy reading!!

Bubbles and Chalk Day

Every year, we celebrate the end of the year together outside with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and popsicles! We are all stocked up on chalk and popsicles, but we still need bubbles and LARGE bubble wands. We hold our celebration on Thursday, June 8, so please send in any donations before that day. Thank you!

Learning Update

Math: We continued to study shapes during math this week. We learned that shapes can be divided into halves or fourths. It’s important to know how to make equal shares when we are sharing an object like pizza, a cookie or a granola bar with a friend. We also combined triangles, rectangles and squares to form new shapes. Later in the week, we learned the attributes of 3-dimensional shapes and how to combine them to make new shapes. 

Writing: This week, we chose our favorite nonfiction book to fix and fancy. We made sure that this book had all of the important elements, checked for capitals and periods, and colored our pictures. On Friday, we celebrated our nonfiction writing with an All About Book Museum. We took turns being visitors and experts, learning about one another’s topics. Afterwards, we read our favorite page to the whole class, made speeches about our growth as writers, and cheered our successes with a fruit punch toast. 

Reading: During reading workshop, we are working with our partners to learn about characters in a series. We’ve practiced reading with expression, especially when our characters show big feelings. Next week we will look for important moments when our characters change. We will wrap up our take home book program soon so make sure that your first grader continues to read at home!