Week of February 5th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We were incredibly proud of the tremendous work the second graders completed to present a Career Day Gallery Walk to the first and third graders! It was quite impressive to hear our students share their knowledge of the career they researched. The posters were impressive and the STEM+ tools creative!

This week’s poetry theme will be a Valentine/friendship theme. The minimum line requirement this week is 8 lines. Students should turn in a copy of the poem to their teacher on Tuesday, February 6th. Students will recite their poems on Friday, February 9th.

Our Science is Fun Commotion in Motion on campus field trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 13th. Each class will have an opportunity to explore force and motion concepts through a variety of experiments with a scientist from the Science is Fun organization. Since this is an on campus experience, no special lunches will be required. The students will participate in everything here on campus in our Lower School MakerSpace.

Calling all STEM+ Innovators! Please continue to send in any of the items listed on the letter that went home in the Tuesday folder. While the career tool project is finished, all classes will still need a plethora of supplies in order to create our next project for the sound unit. Take a look around the house for any of the items on this list. Please send them to school with your child.

**A note about Valentine’s Day- Each 2nd grade class will participate in a valentine card exchange. If your child chooses to participate in this exchange (participation is optional), please be sure that he/she brings a valentine for every child in the class. Class lists can be found at this link (be sure to select the 2nd grade tab at the bottom of the Google Sheet to view the lists).

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Tuesday, February 13th- Science is Fun Commotion in Motion on campus field trip
  • Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties images (1)
  • Monday, February 19th-Friday, February 23rd – WINTER BREAK – classes resume on Monday, February 26th

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Launching into a new writing unit – writing opinion letters about books and using evidence from the text to support those ideas
  • Reviewing the structure of a friendly letter
  • Sharing ideas about characters through writing letters to friends
  • Developing writing energy by using conversation as rehearsal for writing-talk about books within partnerships
  • Looking closely at pictures as a means to develop opinions
  • Reading aloud for improved fluency
  • Understanding the importance of rereading
  • Envisioning a story and matching the voice to what is happening in a text
  • Scooping words into longer phrases and noticing punctuation to make reading smooth
  • Reviewing, practicing, and writing with spelling patterns–new spelling sorts will be distributed on Monday, February 5th

Math

  • Mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100
  • Making arrays and using skip counting of equal addends to quickly identify a total
  • Matching analog clocks with digital notation for continued practice with telling time
  • Using open number lines as a tool for solving number stories

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore sound and hearing
  • Investigating what makes sound and how sound waves travel

Social Studies

  • Reflecting on our role as citizen-leaders and considering what our role is in preserving the environment
  • Studying ways that we can protect our physical environment

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Science Update from Mr. Knox:

Our Q3 science unit  is about sound.  Students will experience vibrations in all kinds of materials, starting with tuning forks.  We’ll use water to make the vibrations visible, and compare different tuning forks an octave apart, to connect science to music. A great toy/tool to have at home for this unit would be a tuning fork.

Music Update from Mrs. O’Neill:

Musical Update! Practice on the blog!
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