Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct. 23rd

  • We are in full swing with our spelling program. Your child will bring home a list of 10 words (plus 5 second grade "core" words) each Friday in their Homework Folders. Please help them practice their spelling words at home. You will find lots of ideas to practice spelling on the back of the "100 Minute Reading Club" sheet.
  • Readers have been busy at work reviewing decoding strategies, retelling stories and reading aloud in groups. Students use their leveled reading books for word work and repeated reading to build fluency.
  • Our shared readings this week focused on telling the "who, what, where, when and why" of a story. We worked together to identify these important key details of two books and then students created a story flag based on one of the books. 
  • Students continued to practice Combinations of 10 facts. 
  • They described, drew and sorted 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • They were introduced to quadrilaterals (any shape with 4 sides and 4 angles) and a more formal definition of rectangles (a quadrilateral with 4 right angles). They also learned that a square was a special kind of rectangle and they found that very surprising!

Community Meeting
  • Second grade shared insect and spider facts at our Skillin community meeting on Tuesday.

  • We learned facts about spiders and compared/contrasted spiders and insects.
  • A beekeeper will visit second grade next week!

Thank you for reading,
Mrs. Bradstreet

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 8th

Hello Families,
We are really into the swing of second grade now! Here are a few of the important things we've covered these past couple of weeks...

  • We explored nonfiction text features in insect-themed books.
  • We practiced identifying story elements including main character, problem, solution and sequence of major events.
  • We continued our spelling program with -all/-ell/-ill word sorting and other related spelling activities.
  • We continued to get ideas for writing by making lists. We also used "sound" words in our writing to make it more interesting and fun to read.
  • We practiced combinations of ten with card games such as Tens Go Fish and Make 10.
  •  Students cut their own sets of addition combination cards to keep for practice with fact fluency.
  •  We learned how to find important information in story problems and how to solve them.
  •  We reviewed doubles facts (2+2=4, 4+4=8, etc.) and played card games to practice these facts.
Several butterflies have emerged from chrysalises these past couple of weeks! The students were so excited to see a life cycle in action. We created a Butterfly Life Cycle book to go along with our observations. Students were able to feel the chrysalis once the butterfly emerged. We will wrap up our insect study soon and move on to spiders (your child should be able to tell you why a spider is not an insect!)

Special Events
Kindergarten Book Buddies - we will meet with Miss Anton's Kindergarten class on Friday afternoons this school year. This is an important time for the students to build peer relationships within the school community as well as encourage the second graders to set positive examples for the younger students. I know they will look forward to this time each week!

Peace Assembly - the school gathered together on Tuesday to celebrate International Peace Day. Each student decorated a peace flag and placed it outside. We reflected on ways we can show peaceful behavior at school and home.

Chewonki - The students were treated to a special presentation on Mammals. They helped classify Maine mammals in a few different ways. We even got to see a living brown bat! Ask your child to tell you all about it.

  • No School for students on Friday, October 9th (staff in-service)
  • No School on Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day)
  • Parent-Teacher conferences have been scheduled and confirmation notices have been sent home. I look forward to sitting down with you to set goals for your child's second grade year.

Mrs. Bradstreet