Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29th

Dear Families,
As we prepare for the "home stretch" of second grade, students will be busy at work demonstrating proficiency in their essential learning targets. We'll revisit these ELTs one final time to ensure students are well prepared for third grade.

We began a poetry unit this week which encompassed reading and writing workshop. Students are learning that poetry is a type of art in which the poet expresses an emotion or idea through words. Students realized that poets love to play with words by using rhyme, repetition and made up words. We spent lots of time reading and visualizing poems written by Shel Silverstein and Douglas Florian. I am sending home some of the poems we read in their homework folders today. I hope you can read them together, act them out, look at the word play or anything else you can think of to enjoy them! In addition, students wrote two poems and chose one to take through the writing process which included editing, rewriting, illustrating and sharing.

Children spent time counting coins to add up to $1.00 and spending money to subtract from $1.00. We played out scenarios of having a certain amount of change and figuring out if we could buy items from the class store or if we needed more money. Not only was this great practice with counting coins, it was also a great opportunity to add and subtract 2-digit numbers.
We revisited place value by looking at three digit numbers. Students practiced building numbers in the hundreds using base ten blocks, dice and white boards. We used expanded form to show our understanding of place value. This means children had to write a number to show the value of each digit on its own. For example, the expanded form for 137 looks like: 100 + 30 + 7 = 137.

We have continued to learn about the various roles and relationships plants and animals have in their particular ecosystems. Students have discovered why honeybees and sea otters are considered "keystone species." Next week, students will design a unique insect that is beneficial in some way to its ecosystem.

Mrs. Bradstreet

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