Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 18th

Dear Families,
Your children have been working so hard during this exciting time of year! We celebrated the end of our polar animals unit with "Polar Night" last week. Thank you to all who attended... I know the second graders were thrilled to show off their hard work!

Our new learning goal in reading is to identify the author's purpose. Specifically, students are determining whether an author is trying to Persuade, Inform or Entertain the reader. We use the acronym P.I.E. to help us remember the three purposes. Students are expected to provide evidence that supports their determination.

We learned the "how-to" of writing friendly letters. Students learned about the parts of a friendly letter which include the date, greeting, body and closing. Students wrote friendly letters to the teacher and to one another. Next week, we will open the classroom "post office" so students can mail their letters. Here is a fun link you can access from home - your children can create and print their own friendly letters online.

We began a new math unit this week titled "How Many Tens? How Many Ones?" Students are working on adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. They must have a solid understanding of place value to be able to demonstrate proficiency with this target. If you show your child a two-digit number such as 57, he or she should be able to tell you that there are 5 tens and 7 ones. Furthermore, they should understand that the 5 represents 50 in this number. The students completed several story problems in which they had to write an equation, add or subtract two-digit numbers and explain their strategies in writing or pictures.

We began a new science unit this week on Insects & Ecosystems. We will explore the relationships between plants and animals within various ecosystems by looking at symbiosis and food chains. They will enjoy reading many nonfiction books and learning some fascinating new science words!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Bradstreet

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March 3rd

Dear Families,
We have many exciting events happening during the month of March. Here's a list of what's coming:

Million Page Challenge
Beginning March 1st and continuing through the end of May, Skillin students and staff have been challenged to read a total of one million pages! This is a hefty goal but one that is attainable if each person reads about 200 pages per week. We are keeping track of all our pages read in class and we need you to help your child keep track of their pages read at home. If we reach our 1,000,000 page goal, we will celebrate with a PARADE in June! Can you imagine how fun that will be?!

Read Across America
We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd by reading his beloved books and participating in Seuss-related activities. The students always love revisiting these classic books. We welcomed a guest reader in the afternoon from the Maine Wild Youth Hockey League. Matt read us a funny story titled Dragons Love Tacos. The students loved the book and they enjoyed asking Matt questions after the reading.

Polar Night
Please reserve the evening of Thursday, March 10th from 5:30-6:30. All second grade families are invited to Skillin for Polar Night. Each child will showcase their Polar Animal projects which include a nonfiction book, life cycle technology project and a visual display! They are very eager to show off their hard work. We hope you can all join us for this special event.

Math/Literacy Night
All families are invited to join us on Thursday, March 17th from 5:30-6:30 for Math and Literacy Night. Your children will lead you through fun math and reading activities. There will be some freebies to bring home, too.  It is guaranteed to be a fun night! The second grade team will be set up in Mrs. Coombs' and Mrs. King's classroom. We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Bradstreet