• Reading: The children are beginning to learn the elements of fiction such as: characters, setting, problem, solution, and theme. We are also working on reading strategies, with an emphasis on comprehension. When you read with your child, make sure they understand what they are reading. Ask them to retell the story or to make connections to their lives or other stories. We have also spent a great deal of time working on how to choose a "just right" book. Please encourage your children to continue reading books that are at their ability level. Challenging books are best shared together or during read alouds!

    Writing: We are working on our "small moment" story unit. The children are learning how to write a small moment story based on their own personal experiences. We have also started talking about how to write letters in the proper letter format. The children are still learning how to write a complete sentence with correct punctuation. Please continue to encourage and reinforce these skills at home.

    Spelling: Our spelling program is based on the high frequency words that are used in our everyday reading and writing. Although they may seem easy, they are the most frequently misread and misspelled words in our English language because they do not follow the conventional phonic rules. The children are encouraged to practice these words nightly so that they are used correctly in their everyday writing.

    Math: Please practice math facts with your child daily. We have already covered adding doubles and number strings together, as well as place value up to the hundreds place, and greater than and less than equations. All addition facts up to 10+10 are required to be mastered by the end of the second marking period. Coming up we will be working on money skills, such as identifying coins and bills, naming their values, and adding them together up to $1.00. Students will also be asked to make change using money story problems up to $1.00. During the second quarter, we will go up to 700 with place value and comparing and ordering numbers, we will get more in depth with story problems, children will identify, describe, and classify 2-D and 3-D shapes, and read and interpret pictographs.

    Social Studies/Health: During the first marking period we focused on Core Democratic Values in Social Studies. Next, we are beginning our unit on Communities. We will talk about community helpers, or the roles people play in the community, local government, the types of communities (urban, rural, and suburban), and how communities are formed. For health, we will be focusing on nutrition. To help at home, you can encourage your child to bring a healthy snack to school! The children will be learning about the different food groups and how each group helps different parts of the human body. We will also discuss the role that physical activity plays in helping us stay healthy and fit on an everyday basis.

    The Second Grade Team