Week of January 7, 2019

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy New Year and welcome back for our first full week of school! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some well-deserved rest and relaxation with your family. It was delightful to be back with our students on January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to hear all about their vacations. We are ready to kick off 2019 in second grade!!

We will be start back with poetry this week. The theme for the week of January 7th is New Year.  Students should turn in a copy of their poem to their teacher on Tuesday, January 8th. Students will recite their poem on Thursday, January 10th. Practicing each night will be very important since it is a short week.

CALENDAR REMINDERS.

  • Friday, January 11th:  No School/Teacher Workday (end of second quarter)
  • Friday, January 18th X Day (non-numbered)
    • We will also have our Day of Service on Friday. All students in all grade levels will be collaborating on a service project that will have an impact on the surrounding community. Second grade students will be making valentines that will be delivered to citizens residing in assisted living facilities. Lower School students will have two community “Tree Talks” during the day.
  • Monday, January 21st: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Partnering with Winston Library to investigate research methods and resources used for writing nonfiction
  • Taking notes using nonfiction books and online databases and citing our sources
  • Using graphic organizers to collect and store notes
  • Learning about the “Super 3” and engaging in the planning phase of our research projects
  • Rereading and revising our drafts to increase the amount of specific information (facts) to help others learn more about our topics
  • Reviewing and practicing learned spelling patterns and writing/using contractions appropriately (ie: I will=I’ll)
  • New spelling sorts will be sent home for practice
  • Noticing and utilizing text features in our reading in order to help us figure out key words
  • Understanding subject specific keywords to enhance our knowledge of a topic

Math

  • Continued practice with U.S. Customary and Metric systems, place value using base 10 blocks, solving number stories
  • Reviewing coin equivalencies and making different coin combinations to represent the same amount of money
  • Finding coin combinations to pay for items
  • Making change by counting up

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore force (a push or pull) and the role friction plays on the force of an object
  • Conducting experiments to explore how much force is needed to change the speed with which an object is moving
  • Developing specific vocabulary used in discussing force and motion

Social Studies

  • Reviewing concepts about communities, goods, and services
  • Exploring the characteristics of various community jobs and careers
  • Researching various community helpers and careers
  • Collaborating in teams of 3 or 4 students with the purpose of acquiring knowledge about a specific job or career

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Please review emails sent from Mrs. O’Neill for some important information regarding the 2nd grade musical. Musical preparations are underway and once speaking parts are assigned, it will be important for your children to practice his/her speaking part and the songs at home. Please check Mrs. O’Neill’s music blog posts.

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