January 11, 2019

Happy Friday!

We have been hard at work in second grade this week! Today we walked through a practice reading on the Chromebooks in the PowerTest program. I also sent home a paper explaining readtheory with your child’s login on it. This is also great practice for students to get used to answering questions and proving answers in passage.

**Students were able to type their animal research writing on our new Chromebooks they were so excited and worked really hard researching, and composing their writing! Check out I added a few photos of them working hard.

I also added a few photos from making churros with Ms. Broudy for learning about singing happy birthday in Spanish!

*We sent next homework home in case we are out next week for snow!

*February 7th – Parent Conferences – Be on the lookout for an online sign up soon! 

*Jan. 21st and Jan 28th – Student holidays – No School

Academic Focus for next week:

Reading: We will continue the standard of asking and answering questions with both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as a poem. Students are encouraged to use their Read Theory account or Moby Max reading stories for their 15-20 minutes of reading per night. Read Theory Clever

Writing/Spelling: Next week’s words are: us, ate, around, fly, night, right, bright, sigh, sign, high, blind. Long I vowel patterns are our phonics focus. We’ll begin the transition to cursive writing next week as well as reviewing parts of a friendly letter. Students will write an online friendly letter.

Math: Adding two digit numbers, problem solving, and estimating sums are all skills to sharpen next week. Adding 2 Digit Numbers 2nd Grade Addition Games      IXL 2nd grade math – Focus on Section G

Social Studies: Compare the lives and contributions as well as locate and describe the relationship between the environment and culture of the Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands, the Lakota of the Plains, and the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. A study guide is attached to next week’s hw packet. Click here to read about some interesting Native Americans!

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year Tiger Families!

We have had a great start in second grade to 2019. It was wonderful to hear all of the exciting stories of their winter break!! Everyone has quickly gotten back into our routine!

Homework will be given on Monday, January 7th. 

Reading: Using both fiction and non-fiction texts, students will use the text and features of a book to help with understanding and comprehension. Students will ask and answer questions using the text for support. Read & Understand Informational Passages Use Text Features  Use nearby words to help understand the meaning of an unknown word in text

Writing/Spelling: new, blue, glue, chew, flew, been, sleep, their, wish, him (words we didn’t do due to the snow days) Students will work on their rough draft, editing, and final copies of their animal informational paragraph they began this week.

Math: We move into double digit addition/subtraction with regrouping in the new year. Students will work on estimating sums and differences, trying different strategies to solve 2 digit computation problems as well as word problems. * PLEASE WORK ON FACT FLUENCY AT HOME, THIS IS VERY HELPFUL ! Students can get on mobymax to practice or use flashcards.We’ll start with addition first, then move to subtraction. Add 2 digit numbers with regrouping  Ways to Make a Number Using Addition  SONG: Addition with regrouping

Science: Our focus on habitats shifts to animal adaptations next week. Please be on the lookout for the study guide that’ll be attached to the homework. Students will learn about camouflage, hibernation, & migration as ways animals adapt to their environments. We’ll also learn that plants and trees go into a dormant state during winter, much like a hibernating animal. Hibernation/Migration Quiz Wild Animals Animal Behavior Articles  Camouflage You Tube Video by a 2nd Grader

Have a super weekend!

December 19, 2018

What a fun last school day of the year we have had together! We had a fun winter party thank all of you for contributing, and helping out! We had a great day starting out watching a basketball game, played on our new chromebooks, went out for recess, and made fun reindeer or snowman ornaments! Click here to check out pictures from our class!

Homework will be given on Monday, January 7th. 

Reading: Using both fiction and non-fiction texts, students will use the text and features of a book to help with understanding and comprehension. Students will ask and answer questions using the text for support. Read & Understand Informational Passages Use Text Features  Use nearby words to help understand the meaning of an unknown word in text

Writing/Spelling: new, blue, glue, chew, flew, been, sleep, their, wish, him (words we didn’t do due to the snow days) Students will work on their rough draft, editing, and final copies of their animal informational paragraph they began this week.

Math: We move into double digit addition/subtraction with regrouping in the new year. Students will work on estimating sums and differences, trying different strategies to solve 2 digit computation problems as well as word problems. We’ll start with addition first, then move to subtraction. Add 2 digit numbers with regrouping  Ways to Make a Number Using Addition  SONG: Addition with regrouping

Science: Our focus on habitats shifts to animal adaptations next week. Please be on the lookout for the study guide that’ll be attached to the homework. Students will learn about camouflage, hibernation, & migration as ways animals adapt to their environments. We’ll also learn that plants and trees go into a dormant state during winter, much like a hibernating animal. Hibernation/Migration Quiz Wild Animals Animal Behavior Articles  Camouflage You Tube Video by a 2nd Grader

I hope you all have a relaxing and fantastic winter break! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!!

12/14/18

What a quick week we have had, I hope everyone had a fun few days in the snow!

Our Winter Party is Dec. 19th at 1pm wear PAJAMAS OR TACKY HOLIDAY CLOTHES! Please send in the goodies on the 19th if you volunteered to bring something!

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 18.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Academics:

Reading: We will continue our focus on Main Idea with a focus on Nonfiction texts. And how the details come together to help determine what the text is mostly about.  As well, we will keep working with Nonfiction text features (Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, photographs, captions and headings).

Writing / Spelling: Spelling words for the week are: New, blue, glue, chew, flew, been, sleep, their, wish, him (with a focus on “ew” and “ue”). We will transition back to expository writing this week. To go along with our unit on Habitats and nonfiction text, the students will write about their favorite animal and give facts about the animal and its habitat.

Math: We will continue working with Place Value and hundreds, tens and ones. We will keep focusing on the value of digits in whole numbers as well as how we can use place value to help with 2 digit addition and subtraction problems. We will also begin working on story problems with 2 digit computation.      Place Value Games  Place Value to Hundreds    Expanded Form to Hundreds

Science: We will continue working in science with animal’s and their habitats. We will extend this to how seasonal changes impact animals and plants and how they adapt to their environments. Key focus will be on (hibernation, migration, camouflage, and dormancy). :  Hibernation Facts  How Camouflage Works  Animal Migrations

Enjoy your weekend!!  🙂

December 7, 2018

We have had a busy week!

Updates & Reminders

Fall Pictures are being sent home today!

We will have our Winter party on on Dec. 19th at 1 pm

Papers from the week were sent home today. Please sign the blue tiger check in your child’s folder, and review the papers that were sent home specifically the Math Summative Assessment !!

Academics:

Reading: We will continue our focus on Main Idea with a focus on Nonfiction texts. And how the details come together to help determine what the text is mostly about.  As well, we will keep working with Nonfiction text features (Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, photographs, captions and headings).

Writing / Spelling: Spelling words for the week are: New, blue, glue, chew, flew, been, sleep, their, wish, him (with a focus on “ew” and “ue”). We will transition back to expository writing this week. To go along with our unit on Habitats and nonfiction text, the students will write about their favorite animal and give facts about the animal and its habitat.

Math: We will continue working with Place Value and hundreds, tens and ones. We will keep focusing on the value of digits in whole numbers as well as how we can use place value to help with 2 digit addition and subtraction problems. We will also begin working on story problems with 2 digit computation.      Place Value Games  Place Value to Hundreds    Expanded Form to Hundreds

Science: We will continue working in science with animal’s and their habitats. We will extend this to how seasonal changes impact animals and plants and how they adapt to their environments. Key focus will be on (hibernation, migration, camouflage, and dormancy). :  Hibernation Facts  How Camouflage Works  Animal Migrations

Have a great weekend! A little snow might be in the forecast  🙂

November 30th

Happy Friday Families! It is hard to believe November has come and gone already!

Academics Next Week:

Reading: We’ll use non-fiction texts to determine the main idea of a book. We’ll use the table of contents, glossaries, pictures, maps, and the index to help us understand more about a book we’re reading. Students will learn the word antonym, and have practice finding words with opposite meanings. Antonym Video      Antonym/Synonym Games

Writing/Spelling: 

Spelling Words: walk, were, every, give, open, road, snow, float, throw, toast 

We will continue to learn about writing friendly letters: the various parts of a letter, with using complete sentences, proper punctuation, capitalization, and proper spelling of sight and spelling words within our writing. Type a Friendly Letter Activity

Math: Our unit on 3 digit place value continues! Students will work on identifying, writing, comparing, writing expanded form of 3 digit numbers. We’ll work on ordering 3 digit numbers, telling what 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less of a number is. Place Value Games

Science: Next week, students will fill out a report sheet based on information they learned doing research on a specific habitat. We’ll discuss how fossils teach us about plants and animals in the past. Students will also discover how habitats can change with man-made or natural influences. Great Habitat Match Up Game  What is A Habitat? Video

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Ms. Fletcher

Nov. 16th

Happy Friday!

We have had a great week in second grade! I am proud of how hard all of my friends have been working in class!

Upcoming reminders!

Monday 11/19 is picture day, if you would like to buy pictures please send in the envelope with money and the package you choose.

Tuesday 11/ 20 Report cards will be sent home! We will have a very brief awards ceremony for K-2 will begin at 1:00! I will post pictures on the blog after the ceremony of your student! This is our last day before Thanksgiving break!!

Academically next week: 

Reading: We are continuing to work on retelling stories. Students should understand the theme (main idea) of the reading, the characters (who), setting (where), conflict (problem), events (beginning, middle, end), and resolution (ending). We will continue to work with our graphic organizers where students will write these aspects of their reading. Order Events in a Story  Analyze Stories  Choose the picture that matches the setting or character

Writing: No spelling words this week! We are going to be writing about how to cook a turkey. We will discuss how to sequence a story or put events in order. Students will write their final copies and illustrate on Tuesday.

Social studies: We will talk about Thanksgiving! Students will create an artful turkey!!

Math: We are going back to place value this week, however we will begin working with hundreds. Students should be able to identify the place and value of each digit in a three digit number. Students will also learn how to compare three digit numbers using vocabulary: greater than, less than, equal to. They will also practice writing a three digit number is expanded form. For example, 125 in expanded form is (100+20+5). They will also be expected to be able to tell what 100 more than a number is and 100 less than a number is. We will review rounding to the nearest tens place, and ten more than a number, and ten less than a number. Base Ten Fun

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  🙂

 

11/9/18

Happy Friday Tiger Families!

What a close to the end of the first 9 weeks! Thank you all who took time to conference with me about your child! I am proud of all of the hard work these students have put in for their first 9 weeks in second grade!

Upcoming Events!:

Monday 11/12 is PAW Achievement students earned this trip by displaying PAW behaviors and good citizenship! They will be going to see Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook at Hermitage High School.

Tuesday 11/13 is our 2nd grade field trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Please dress for the weather it looks like it might be a rainy day so raincoats are encouraged, and comfortable shoes for walking!

Monday 11/19 is picture day, please check your child’s folder for the order form that was sent home yesterday!

11/20 is our classroom awards ceremony, this is a really brief time to celebrate our students, report cards will be coming home this day!

11/12-11/16 Trevvett will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the Henrico Christmas Mother. Some examples of food that would be helpful to donate are canned foods, crackers, cereal, pasta, and peanut butter!

Thanksgiving Holiday is November 21-23!!  No School!!

Academically Next Week…

Reading: We are continuing to learn about theme (a lesson a fiction story is trying to teach us). We are also working on 5 finger retell of characters, setting, conflict (problem), events (Beginning, Middle, End), and resolution (ending to the story). We’ll work on filling out a Retelling Chart with stories we read together, then students will be expected to fill one out independently on a story they read. Order Events in a Story  Analyze Stories  Choose the picture that matches the setting or character

Writing: Our phonics focus for the week is long a! Our spelling words will be: stain, drain, weigh, eight, play, goes, of, know, why, any. We will complete the final copies and illustrate our creative stories.  Phonics Resources/Games for home!   2nd Grade Phonics Games

Math: The unit on graphing will continue – we will review bar graphs, and important parts of a graph learn how to understand and interpret data from tables and graphs. Daily practice with addition, subtraction, and problem solving continue during our calendar time and math stations.  Extra Practice Graphing  Pictograph Practice   Interpret Tally Marks & Charts Interpret Pictographs

Social Studies: We will focus on Veteran’s Day! Students will learn why we celebrate this holiday, we’ll attend a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Tuesday. We’ll also discover a little bit more about the different branches of the military.

I hope you have a fabulous fall weekend! 😀

Friday 11/2/18

Happy Friday! We had a great start to November!

Important info for next week:

  • CogAT testing is next week – (Wed/Thu/Fri) please be on the lookout for your parent letter explaining this test in your child’s folder today
  • NO SCHOOL on Tuesday November 6th – Election Day
  • Sign Up for a Parent-Teacher Conference Here! Available days are November 6 morning or November 8 evening. I want to meet with all of you parents! Please sign up or contact me to schedule a day/time that works best for you.
  • Due to no school on Tuesday and CogAT testing, there will be no formal homework assigned next week – we do encourage students to read nightly and use the links to math games to practice their skills

Academics for next week:

Reading: We’ll begin our unit on “Theme”. Students will describe characters, setting, and plot events in fiction and poetry. Students will identify the conflict and resolution, and identify the theme.

Writing/Spelling: We’ll review all previous spelling and sight words, and use previously read text to help us write a retelling of a story. Students will use the idea that a story has a beginning, middle and an end to write their own stories.

Our math and social studies time will be used to practice and complete the CogAT testing next week. If time allows, we will continue with daily calendar skills, number sense, adding & subtracting, and problem solving.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! See you Monday!