Ungrouping in Math

Today we learned strategies for solving two digit subtraction equations. This is a crucial skill in second grade and also something that simply takes practice to develop. The children were amazing today and worked so hard! Here is an explanation of the methods that we will be using (you may want to keep this handy for upcoming homework). 🙂

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STEAM Donations Needed

Mrs. Totten, our STEAM teacher, needs our help! She is looking for some materials for their States of Matter unit. The students will be designing a container to keep a popsicle from melting. The following materials are needed: 
  • Cloth such as old jeans, shirts, jackets, and socks
  • Plastic such as bubble wrap, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags
  • Foam such as packing peanuts or disposable coffee cups
  • Metal such as aluminum foil
  • Other items such as pipe cleaners, paper, or cardboard
If you have these items in your recycle bin at home, please send them in! Donations will be collected until Jan. 29.
Thanks so much!! 

Math Update

This week we started a new unit in math on counting money including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars. Each day our second graders will be handling money through games and activities.

You can provide extra practice for your child at home by identifying coins, identifying their values, sorting groups of similar coins, and counting the total amounts (less than $2.00). Counting and practicing with actual money at home will help your child make a stronger connection between coins and their values.

Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money.


December 2017

We had a great time celebrating the season at our Holiday Party. Many thanks for your help and donations. The children had a wonderful time!

I am humbled by the wonderful gifts, cards, notes, and hugs that the kids shared with me. This class is such a sweet, caring bunch and I am so blessed to be their teacher. I hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

See you in 2018 🙂

Learning Update

Our second grade writers will be continuing to work on their information books by gathering facts, interviewing others and determining which text features best support their chapters.   
This week we will take a math test on Friday. It will cover measuring with inches and centimeters, placing measurements on a line plot, solving for the distance around a 2D shape, and shape identification.   
We have some exciting news! We started nonfiction books clubs this past week, based on each child’s interest. Children in book clubs are noting facts about their topics in order to teach the class. Later this week we will organize the information and create a google slideshow…. SO FUN!