Math Update

Our second graders are exploring different ways to write and think about numbers using 100’s, 10’s and 1’s. Place value and number sense concepts will prepare our students for two digit addition in the upcoming weeks. Here is a copy of the most recent parent letter.

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Reading Counts

Today your child will be coming home with a Reading Counts book (similar to first grade Take Home books). Each child has selected a good fit book within their independent reading level to take home and read and they are SO EXCITED!!! Reading Counts is a reading incentive program (separate from our curriculum) that promotes good reading habits and rewards children for their hard work as readers. 

Important information on how we use Reading Counts at Georgetown

1.  Each child’s independent reading level is determined through recent teacher assessments. This may be slightly different from end of first grade levels due to summer slide.

2.  Each child is given a point goal to achieve during the semester based on their reading level. Each book has an assigned point value which can be found on the inside cover of the book.

3.  Students select a book at their reading level and then they read it at home and/or at school.  Books are labeled with reading levels A – Z on the spine of the book. 

4.  When children are finished with the book, they sign up to take a RC comprehension quiz. These quizzes are taken at school. Students can keep the book at home until they are ready for the quiz. This may take a few days and that’s okay!

5.  If the quiz is passed (at least 8/10 questions answered correctly), then another book is checked out. If the quiz is not passed, students can take the book home again to reread or they can select a new book from the library.

6. At the end of the semester (mid January), students who have met their goal receive a prize and a ticket into our end of the year BIG prize drawing. Last year prizes included an ipad Mini and Target gift cards….YEAH!

Please see your child’s book bag today for more specific information. If you have any questions or concerns, just send me an email.

Happy reading!

Mrs. Bast 🙂

Writing Celebration

On Friday we celebrated our writing with Ms. Suttorp’s class. Our second graders have worked hard to be mindful writers by adding details to their seed stories, using show not tell, adding a strong lead/ending and using dialogue. They were able to move through the writing process, even revising and editing their pieces.

The highlight of our celebration was having a “toast”. Our writers had an opportunity to share a toast and say kind words to other friends in the classroom for everyone to hear. This was so sweet to hear! I am very proud of these second grade writers!

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.