Week of March 5th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have sure had another very busy week! Touring the gallery of doors decorated for African-American history was quite interesting and informational for the children. On Friday, our second graders enjoyed celebrating Read Across America Day. Their stamina for reading longer and more complex texts has increased dramatically. They certainly loved bringing a special book and blanket to school for today’s celebration. Our students are practicing their reading in small groups. It is great to see their collaboration as they present different readers’ theater stories to the whole second grade. All of these experiences lead to greater comfort when we perform in front of a larger audience for the Time Machine. Many families have enjoyed sharing in global awareness and fellowship on Friday. Thank you to all that participated!

Please remember that a copy of this week’s poem is due to the teacher on Tuesday, March 6th. The theme for this week’s poem is Music/Sound.  An important step this week is that the poem line length will increase to 12 lines. Students should practice poems each night to ensure greater confidence when reciting the poem on Friday, March 9th.

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 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.

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Monday March 12-Wednesday March 14: SAFEChild “Funny Tummy Feelings” presentations for 1st and 2nd graders

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Paying attention to the small details in books in order to grow new ideas and generate more writing for our persuasive letters about our reading
  • Recognizing and understanding why authors use literary language (comparisons, invented words, and figurative language) in their books
  • Understanding the use of comparisons in our books by combining our knowledge of both things being compared and how they’re alike
  • Attending to the use of conventions in mentor texts
  • Using conventions to revise and edit their own letters
  • Noticing when authors use language in creative ways and understanding what the author is really saying as they play around with words.
  • Establishing routines for reading the same book with a partner
  • Finding strategies to remember details from longer stories and books
  • Understanding homographs (I can wind the clock. The wind is blowing)
  • Reviewing and practicing spelling patterns and principles. New spelling sorts will be given this week.

Math

  • Drawing picture graphs and bar graphs to represent a data set (information that is gathered by counting, measuring, questioning, or observing)
  • Solving number stories with a new diagram, comparison diagram (organizing information from number stories that involve comparing two different quantities)
  • Selecting the correct diagram (parts and total, change, comparison) to solve 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

P.E. Update:

2nd graders have been working hard and having fun in PE during Quarter 3.  They continue to work on improving their movement patterns and individual sports skills, and are applying these skills to a variety of fun games and activities.   2nd graders have done a great job so far raising funds for the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease through the Jump Rope for Heart campaign.  Fundraising will continue through March 30th.

Science Update from Mr. Knox:
In science lab this past week second graders have talked about musical instruments and the different ways they make their sounds.  They are making straw toots that work like a reed instrument- clarinet or sax.  We flatten the end of the straw and trim the flattened corners off.  It takes a bit of practice to make the tips of the straw vibrate just right to produce the sound.  Not everyone was able to do this in class.  Encourage them to persevere.  !  I wonder how one of the larger smoothie straws would work!?

 

 

 

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1 thought on “Week of March 5th

  1. Always enjoy this very detailed blog about what our kids are learning in the class room. It sure makes for some great conversations at home!

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