Week of September 25th


The students are off to a great start in second grade! One special time that we all enjoy is our Morning Meeting. This is a time where each class meets as a community and we participate in activities that meet our social and emotional needs. In addition, this time gets the students excited about learning experiences they will be engaging in throughout the day. Therefore, it is important for your child to be in his/her classroom by 8:00. Students may start entering the classrooms at 7:45.


  • Tuesday, September 26: Lower School Parent Grade Level Representatives Meeting (8:00-9:30 a.m., Richards Hall) and Fine Arts Photo Day
  • Wednesday, September 27: Fine Arts Photo Day
  • Thursday, September 28: GoPlaySave Dress Down Day for students who sold 3 books or more
  • Friday, September 29: Yom Kippur
  • September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month


Language Arts

  • Using strategies to tackle “tricky” words
  • Applying more than one strategy at a time to figure out what makes sense and checking the first letters
  • Being flexible when encountering vowel teams in tricky words
  • Studying the craft of mentor authors in order to write meaningful narrative stories
  • Revising with intent
  • Learning writing moves from a mentor text through close reading
  • Trying out craft moves learned from mentor authors
  • Mining mentor texts for word choice: studying and revising for precise and specific language
  • Using a capital letter at the beginning of every sentence and a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence


  • Grouping by 10’s using $1, $10, $100 bills
  • Writing and solving addition number stories
  • Exploring doubles and combinations of 10 to build fact fluency
  • Using the Making-10 Strategy based on place value to add within 20


  • Identifying the six different types of simple machines (wheel and axle, lever, screw, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane)

Social Studies

  • Lead From Here lessons (citizen-leaders and being ethical)


Second graders have started off their new year in science lab with an exploration of simple machines, the basic building blocks of all complex tools and machinery.  Most students are very familiar with LEGOs and we use them to create models of levers, wheels & axles, and pulleys.  Starting with levers, students learn to follow simple plans to build models- pry bar, pliers, and wheel barrow, and we compare the model to the real items. Students also have the opportunity to create works of their own design.  Where can your student find more examples of levers around home?

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