In reading workshop, we have begun non-fiction unit of study. Students will use non-fiction text features (table of contents, index, bold words, glossary, captions, etc.) to further develop their comprehension on the topic they are reading.
Please continue to encourage your child to read the books in the reading baggie every night for 30 minutes! To support your child at home, please encourage them to read non-fiction texts and share the facts they are learning. You can also ask them questions they still have on the topic and come up with more questions together.
In writing workshop, students will be working on informational writing. Students will gather and organize information on a topic. They will then use the information to writ e an informational piece organized using nonfiction text features.
Helpful Tips for Parents:
Encourage your child to reread his/her writing.
Ask your child if they checked for capitalization at the beginning of their sentences and ended in punctuation.
We will be studying NYC over time. We will also begin our Lenape study and learn about the Dutch settlers. We will be researching how they lived, what they ate, and what jobs they had.
In math workshop, students will continue to work on telling time to the nearest half hour and solving single and multi-step word problems.
We will be moving into our geometry unit. We will be working on:
Describing and comparing 2D and 3 D shapes.
The structure of rectangles.
Identifying the attributes of shapes
Please continue to encourage your child to practice their fact fluency within twenty for both addition and subtraction.
Second graders will be starting a new unit of study in November called, Pebbles, Sand and Silt. Students will observe how rocks are different by looking at various properties of rocks. Students will also sort rocks and observe rocks interacting with each other and with water. This unit provides experiences that heighten student’s awareness of rocks as earth materials and natural resources.
This would be a great time to start a rock collection at home! Help your child explore the different properties of rocks from your backyard.
English as a New Language (ENL):
Ms. Weinstein will continue to work with our English Language Learners to build their reading, writing, and language skills.
Students are learning about the Northwest tribes, the Tlinglit and the Haida who make totem poles. They are creating their own totem poles telling their family history. Totem means "clan" and clan means Family. Northwest Haida tribes. They made totem poles.
In November, we will be learning about qualities of music (how loud and at what speed we play instruments or sing songs). We will also learn all the symbols and other indications that tell musicians exactly how loud and fast to play.
In gym, we will be continuing our Coordination & Movement Activities and Fitnessgram: Flexibility and Strength Testing.