Second Grade

This week in language arts, we wrapped up our mini-unit on making inferences and will move on to studying sequencing next week. Students will learn to retell stories using sequencing and transition words, such as first, next, then, before, after, last, etc. This unit will help students become stronger readers and writers. Good writers use transition words effectively in order to communicate clearly and effectively with their target audience. Additionally, good readers hone in on sequence and transition words to help them understand the plot of a story and succinctly summarize and retell a story. Sequencing skills will be learned and practiced in half groups and in our small reading groups. We are mixing up our reading groups once again next week.

Our time unit in math will come to a close on Tuesday. We will review telling time, writing time, AM/PM and elapsed time on Monday and Tuesday before taking an assessment on the unit. Our next math unit will be on data and graphing. Next week we will introduce picture graphs and we will discuss a new math project. Children will be identifying a research question (What animals do students in our class like? What ice cream flavors do students in our class like? etc), collect data, determine an effective way to display the data (picture graph, line plot, bar graph), summarize the data using mean, median and mode and lastly, will present their graph and summary data to the class. The data collection portion of the project will be completed in school, but the rest of the project will be homework. Mr. Straus and I are willing and able to offer extra support during the school day if your child needs assistance with this project.

In writing we will introduce our Student Treasures class book project. Each child will write one page of our class book, which will then be available for you to purchase. The theme of our class book will ‘Changemakers’ and each child will identify and write about one way they will change the world either now or in the future. We will also continue to stress the importance of using complete sentences in our writing, since we worked on identifying the subject and predicate in sentences this week.

In social studies, we will continue to learn about maps and the important features of maps. Students will work in groups to create maps of a fictional town given a set of directions (the lake is north west of the library,…). We will also prepare for the International Festival by using the culture kits from UNC. Today and tomorrow we are learning about Kryzgstan and next week we will learn a bit about Kazakhstan.

Although it’s still over a month away, on Wednesday, May 17th we will be traveling to the Nasher and Duke Gardens once again. We will leave TDS at 11:20 and will be at the Nasher from 11:45- 12:45 and then will walk to the gardens and have a picnic lunch at 1. If you would like to join us for all or part of the trip, please let me know. We will stay at the gardens until 2:30 PM.

Tomorrow’s spelling test will be on list 5.3. Next week we will work on list 5.4.

Ideas to keep the conversation going…

  1. Have your kids write a how-to essay using sequencing and transition words.
  2. Have your child order a series of tasks that they do during the day. You can even have them draw clocks showing the time they do each task.
  3. Look at a map of Durham or any location of interest. The kids loved looking at places using Google Earth in class this week. The timelapse feature is especially cool because you can see how a place changed over time (we looked at TDS).
  4. Write and cook a recipe with your child. Stress the sequential nature of cooking and the words that clue you in to the order of the steps.