Week of: April 19th

 Upcoming Dates:

May 7 - Remote Learning Planning Day - No School for Students
May 13 - Virtual Author's Visit at 2:00 - Pete Oswald
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School
June 10 - Last Day of School 

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue our current reading unit: "Series Book Clubs". In this unit, students will work together in small groups to read books in a series.  The students have been assigned books at their appropriate reading levels. They will work on comprehension strategies together with their groups. This week the kids will learn that once they come to know the main character in a series, they can draw on their knowledge of the character's behavior to predict their character's next steps. They will also learn that readers get to know the different people in a character's life and compare them to their own relationships. 

Writing: This week we will continue our work with our current writing unit: "Writing About Reading".  In this unit the children will learn to write about their opinions.  They will share their opinions about their favorite books. This week the kids will learn that writers who write about books often need to retell part of the story in order to help their readers better understand their opinion. We will also learn that writers write with a specific audience in mind. Finally, we will learn to use a checklist to set goals for ourselves as writers. 

Math:    We will finish up our work with Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we will learn to draw line plots to represent measurement data. We will also learn to answer questions based off of a line plot.  At the end of the week, we will take a math test covering all that was learned in Module 7. 

Social Studies/Science:  We will review our United States map. This past week we started a new social studies unit: "The World of Work" (Economics). Our first lesson taught the children the difference between "needs" and "wants".  This coming week we will learn about "goods" and "services" as well as "producers" and "consumers". 

Week of: April 12th

 Upcoming Dates:

April 12 - Opera for the Young at 1:00 - Zoom link to come soon!
April 13 - Spelling Bee at 7:00 p.m. - via Zoom
May 7 - Remote Learning Planning Day - No School for Students
May 13 - Virtual Author's Visit at 2:00 - Pete Oswald
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School
June 10 - Last Day of School 

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We have started a new reading unit: "Series Book Clubs". In this unit, students will work together in small groups to read books in a series.  The students have been assigned books at their appropriate reading levels. They will work on comprehension strategies together with their groups. This week the kids will learn that readers think about how their characters respond to problems. They will also learn to look closely at their characters to determine how they "usually" feel and what they "always" do. We will learn to understand our characters even better, like experts!

Writing: This week we will also start a new writing unit: "Writing About Reading".  In this unit the children will learn to write about their opinions.  They will share their opinions about their favorite books. This week the kids will learn that writers are often inspired by their reading and reach out to others to share their ideas about characters. They will also learn to look closely at the the pictures in their books to help them develop opinions. 

Math:    We will continue our work with Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we will learn to measure using rulers and yardsticks. We will learn to measure the same object using different units and to relate our measurements to unit size (for example: centimeters vs. inches). We will learn about the difference between inches, feet, and yards. Finally, we will work on solving measurement word problems.

Social Studies/Science:  We will review or add new states to our United States map. For science, we will continue work with our science unit: "Pebbles, Sand and Silt".  This week will be our last week for this particular science unit.  We will learn about rocks as "earth materials" and study other earth materials (also known as "natural resources"). 

Week of: March 22

  Upcoming Dates:

Mar. 26 - Report Cards Go Home (*This will be in the form of an email attachment.)
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue work with our reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will spend a lot of time working in our Book Clubs.  Your child is working in a small group with other classmates to become stronger on a specific area of their choice.  Your child either chose: Reading Fluency, Literary Language, or Keeping Track of Longer Books.  They came up with a plan together and are working on these in their groups and giving each other feedback. 

Writing: We will continue work with our writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will learn that there is a relationship between structure and meaning in poetry. They will learn to choose structures that best match what they are trying to say. We will also learn that sometime writers write from a point of view other than their own.  Finally, we will also work on revision this week. 

Math:    We will continue our work with Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we will finish up our work with coins and dollars. We will learn to use the fewest number of coins to make a given value.  We will also work on different ways to make $1 and to make change from $1. Finally, we will work on words problems involving coins and dollars in amounts up to $100.

Social Studies/Science:  We will review or add new states to our United States map. For science, we will continue work with our science unit: "Pebbles, Sand and Silt".  This week we will be learning about the three different types of rocks.  We will also be learning about the "Story of Rocks" and how erosion affects rocks. We will also studying influential women from history as part of our Women's History Month focus. 

Week of: March 15th

 Upcoming Dates:

Mar. 15 - First Day of Trimester 3
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue work with our reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will learn to set goals and to work with other readers in a "reading club".  We will also learn how to support each other by giving helpful feedback to other club members. We will wrap up this reading unit with an assessment late this week or early next week! 

Writing: We will continue work with our writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will learn to stretch their comparisons across many lines in their poems and to add actions that connect with the comparison.  They will also experiment with different poem structures.  We will study different structures by doing some close reading of mentor poems. 

Math:    We will continue our work with Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we work on solving word problems involving the total value of a group of coins and/or bills. We will also learn to use the fewest number of coins to make a given value. 

Social Studies/Science:  We will review or add new states to our United States map. For science, we will continue work with our science unit: "Pebbles, Sand and Silt".  This week we will be exploring and discovering the properties of rocks. We will also learn about different types of rocks. Our Scholastic News article will be: "Too Dry for a Toad?".  We will also be studying influential women from history as part of our Women's History Month focus. 

Week of: March 8th

 Upcoming Dates:

Mar. 15 - First Day of Trimester 3
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue work with our reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will learn to slow down, reread, and ask questions when we're having trouble understanding what we are reading. We will also learn set goals and to work with other readers in a "reading club". 

Writing: We will continue work with our writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will learn that poets repeat words, line, sounds, and images to give their poems rhythm. They will also learn that poets need to consider the mood they want to convey in their poems. Finally, we will talk about using comparison in our poems as a way to make meaning.

Math:    We will continue with our new module, Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we will learn to draw bar graphs to represent data as well as solve word problems involving data that is presented in a bar graph. We will begin to learn about coins and recognizing the value  of coins and counting to find their total value. 

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map. For science, we are starting a new unit: "Pebbles, Sand and Silt".  This week we will be exploring and discovering the properties of rocks. Our Scholastic News will cover Christian Robinson who is an illustrator for children's books, including: Last Stop on Market Street. 

Week of: March 1

 Upcoming Dates:

Mar. 15 - First Day of Trimester 3
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)
May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue work with our reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will start our "Same Book Partner" routine.  The kids will learn that reading the same book as a partner can help readers talk, clarify, and ask questions to better understand the books they're reading. We will also work on strategies to help us hold onto stories when books are long. 

Writing: We will continue work with our writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will work on editing their poems for spelling.  We will also work on our word choice and try to find precisely the right words to match what we wish to say.  Finally, the kids will learn that poets repeat words, lines, and sounds to give their poems rhythm.

Math:  We will finish up our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100".   We will also start our new module, Module 7: "Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data". This week we will learn to sort and record data into tables, draw and label a picture graph, and draw and label a bar graph. 

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the history of technology. For social studies, we are learning about the history of technology.  Students are also sharing their technology interviews with each other. Our Scholastic News will cover Mae Jemison who became the first black woman in space!

Week of: February 22

 Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 22-26 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week- Thursday/Friday Early Dismissal at 11:00
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We will continue work with our reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will learn that readers must pay attention to literary language -comparisons, invented words, figurative language- asking, "What might the author want me to see, to understand?" We will be paying special attention to the times when an author is playing around with words and try to figure out what the author is really saying.

Writing: We will continue work with our writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will learn that poets choose topics that mean a lot to them, anchoring those topics in small meaningful moments. We will also talk about ways to come up with topics for our poems. 

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will continue to work on subtraction with regrouping. We will also work on solving addition and subtraction word problems.  We will take our end-of-module assessment the following week on Monday, March 1st.

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the history of technology. This week we reviewed the northeastern states. We did not learn any new states this week.  For social studies, we are learning about the history of technology.  Students are also sharing their technology interviews with each other. 

Week of: February 16th

 Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School
Feb. 22-26 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week- Thursday/Friday Early Dismissal at 11:00
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We have started work with our new reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will learn about dialogue tags and how those can give us clues about how our voices should sound while reading. (Dialogue tags are the part that comes after a characters quote, for example: he shouted or she said in a soft voice.) We will also learn about how to use meaning to read fluently and the importance of reading at a "just-right" reading pace. 

Writing: We will start an exciting new writing unit: "Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages". This unit is all about writing poetry and focusing on line breaks, rhythm, and meaningful phrases. Making sure our words rhyme is completely optional (poetry is so much more than that!).This week the kids will learn that poets see the world through special lenses.  They will see with both their hearts and minds, writing about the world in fresh, unusual ways. We will also work on listening for line breaks.

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will learn to look for ways to make 10 or 100 when adding multiple numbers together.  We will also start working on how to subtract with regrouping without using the place value chart. 

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the history of technology. Ask your child about these states: DE and PA.  DeLaware is in the shape of an "L". If you look closely, you can see two "pencils" in the state of Pennsylvania.  For social studies, we are learning about the history of technology.  Students are also sharing their technology interviews with each other. 

Week of: February 8th

 Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 12 - Institute Day - No School for Students
Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School
Feb. 22-26 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week- Thursday/Friday Early Dismissal at 11:00
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School
Apr. 6 - No School (Election Day)

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We are wrapping up our reading unit: "Characters and their Stories".  This unit is all about studying fictional stories and digging deeper into comprehension strategies. This week we will take an assessment to wrap up this unit.  We will then start our new reading unit: "Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power". This unit is all about increasing reading fluency, understanding literary language, keeping track of longer books, and setting reading goals. This week we will learn that reading aloud can help our "in-you-head" reading voice. We will also learn that readers scoop up words into phrases instead of reading word by word. 

Writing: We will be wrapping up our writing unit: "Writing Gripping Fictional Stories". This unit is all about character and plot development.  The kids have so much fun making up their own characters and stories! This week the kids will "publish" one of the stories that the have written for this unit.  They will be given a chance to share and celebrate their work with each other too!

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will work on adding two and three-digit numbers with regrouping ("carrying").  We will work in using this strategy with and without the help of a place value chart.

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases). Ask your child about these states: VA, WV, and MD.  Who is "Virginia" and what state makes her "WaVee" hair? She is dreaming of getting married. What state is her flowy wedding vail?  For social studies, we are learning about the history of technology.  Students are also sharing their technology interviews with each other. 

Week of: January 25th

 Upcoming Dates:

Jan. 25&26 - Teacher Planning Days - No School for Students
Feb. 12 - Institute Day - No School for Students
Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School
Feb. 22-26 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week- Thursday/Friday Early Dismissal at 11:00
Mar. 29-Apr.2 - Spring Break - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We are continuing our reading unit: "Characters and their Stories".  This unit is all about studying fictional stories and digging deeper into comprehension strategies. This week we will work on comparing two ficional texts on the same topic. We will be practicing this skill with folktales and fairytales this week. 

Writing: We will be continuing with our writing unit: "Writing Gripping Fictional Stories". This unit is all about character and plot development.  The kids have so much fun making up their own characters and stories! This week the kids will learn how to add "transition words" to their writing.  Examples of transition words include: first, next, afterwards, finally...

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will continue to work on subtracting two and three digit numbers with regrouping.  Many of us learned this method as "borrowing".  We will be spending multiple weeks on this skill as it is a very challenging concept for many second graders. Please practice this skill at home, outside of class, whenever possible. Thank you!

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases). Ask your child about these states: MA and CT.  What tiny state is "cut" from ConnectiCUT? Chef Mimal has a "Massive" hook sticking out into the ocean to catch fish. For science, we are going to continue to learn about the properties of liquids.

Week of: January 19th

 Upcoming Dates:

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
Feb. 1-5 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week (Sign-up will be sent out soon!)
Feb. 4-5 - Early Dismissal at 11:00 (Due to Conference Week)
Feb. 12 - Institute Day - No School for Students
Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We are continuing our reading unit: "Characters and their Stories".  This unit is all about studying fictional stories and digging deeper into comprehension strategies. This past week we studied character traits and how to find text evidence in our stories.  Next week we will learn about discovering the "central message" or "moral" of a story. 

Writing: We will be continuing with our writing unit: "Writing Gripping Fictional Stories". This unit is all about character and plot development.  The kids have so much fun making up their own characters and stories! This past week we learned how to add dialogue with the proper punctuation.  We also learned how to keep our story organized.  Next week we will do some editing and add transition words to our stories.

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will continue to work on adding using the place value chart to bundle and make a new 10 or a new 100 (carrying the one).  Then we will start to work on subtraction using the place value chart.  This will lead us into the traditional method of "borrowing" to subtract.

Social Studies/Science:  We will add new states to our United States map practice and continue to learn about the states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases). Ask your child about these states: VT and NH.  Can your child tell you about Chef Mimal's "v-shaped cooking knife" and his "new pet hamster"? For science, we are going to continue to learn about the properties of liquids.

Week of: December 21st

 Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 23 (PM)-Jan. 8 - Winter Break - No School - School Resumes Jan. 11
Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
Feb. 1-5 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week
Feb. 12 - Institute Day - No School for Students
Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We are continuing our reading unit: "Characters and their Stories".  This unit is all about studying fictional stories and digging deeper into comprehension strategies. Last week we learned about the importance of retelling while reading.  We also learned that it is important to pay attention to the feelings of our characters in stories.  Characters can even have two or more feelings at once!

Writing: We will be continuing with our writing unit: "Writing Gripping Fictional Stories". This unit is all about character and plot development.  The kids have so much fun making up their own characters and stories! This week we will spend time revising the first drafts of our stories. We will also learn how to add more details to make our stories more interesting. 

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will learn a new addition strategy called: "Partial Sums". This is a great strategy that involves taking numbers apart, adding the parts, and then putting it all back together. 

Social Studies:  We will add new states to our United States map practice. Ask your child about these states: NY and NJ.  Can your child tell you about Chef Mimal's new dog? What is his new dog wearing?  

Week of: December 14th

 Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 11 - Report Cards Emailed Home
Dec. 23 (PM)-Jan. 8 - Winter Break - No School - School Resumes Jan. 11
Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School
Feb. 1-5 - Parent/Teacher Conference Week

*Italics are repeated from last week.
Reading: We are continuing our reading unit: "Characters and their Stories".  This unit is all about studying fictional stories and digging deeper into comprehension strategies. Last week we learned about how to stop and jot to make predictions.  We also learned that you need to think about everything you know about a character in order to make a great prediction. Predictions help readers to think about the stories that they are reading!

Writing: We will be continuing with our writing unit: "Writing Gripping Fictional Stories". This unit is all about character and plot development.  The kids have so much fun making up their own characters and stories! This week we will learn about making sure our stories have a problem and solution.  We will also spend lots of time putting all of the parts together and actually writing our stories!  The kids will also work on writing a great lead for their stories. 

Math:  We will continue our work with Module 4: "Addition and Subtraction within 200 with Word Problems to 100". This week we will be continue working with adding and subtracting using the "Arrow Way". We will also review expanded form (ex. 600+40+7=647) in order to prepare for our next addition strategy....Partial Sums!

Social Studies:  We will add new states to our United States map practice. Ask your child about these states: CO and UT.  Which state is in the "Center of the West"? Why did they need to raise the roof in UT?  We will also read our Scholastic News together.  This week's issue is titled: "Holiday Economics".