Math Update

We have a classroom full of detectives! Our second graders are learning how to solve word problems using strategies that encourage them to think through questions, draw pictures, write equations and check their answers. This will be our focus for the next few weeks. We will investigate add to, take from, collective, missing/extra information, comparison and two step word problems. Below find the most recent parent letter.

Reading Update

Our second grade readers have been doing an amazing job of building reading stamina. Stamina is being able to “stick” with a task for a long period of time. Today they reached an incredible milestone, being a REAL reader for 20 minutes. YAY!

We have learned that a real reader gets started quickly, stays quiet, chooses their own space, keeps eyes on their book, does their reading assignment, leaves thinking tracks about their reading, and stays in one place.

We have also learned how to put the pieces of the reading puzzle together by thinking about the book before we read and during our reading. Focusing  on the characters of a fiction text along with the problem and the solution to the story helps us “put it all together”. This week we will be focusing on meeting with our reading partners and setting goals. Keep up the great reading at home!

Writing Update

After rehearsing our stories in different ways, we finally let our pencils tell the story. We focused on using our storyteller’s voice and on including thoughts, emotions and good details.

Being able to move through the Writing Process (brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing) independently will be our focus for September, using visuals and strategies to keep our Writer’s Workshop moving along. This allows time for children to practice skills in their own writing and for me to conference with small groups of children about specific concepts and set goals for their writing. Look at these cute writers!

Books!

Please make sure that your second grader returns his/her library books by Wednesday. This year students can check out up to 2 books. If more time is needed to enjoy the books, that’s fine. Just have your child return them when he/she is finished.

Also, our first book order of the year is due by Thursday, Sept. 14. For easy online ordering, follow this link: Scholastic Book Order. These book orders have great deals on books that are just right for your second grader. When you submit an order, our class earns free books for our classroom library!