Hello second grade families,
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and an excellent start to the week. As you may have noticed a lot of student work went home in the blue communication folder today. Along with the work, a pink form was also brought home for signing up for parent conferences.
On Thursday, November 1st there will be a half day of school and on Friday November 2nd there is no school for students due to parent conferences taking place. I know that it is hard for families to work around two days, so I made time available throughout the last week in October for families to sign up to meet with me. I am hoping that this allows more flexibility for families. I will schedule conferences based on when I get the forms returned to me, and I will send a confirmation note back to you. The students have been working extremely hard and I am looking forward to discussing your child’s progress in the coming weeks.
The spelling words for this week are:
Within Word Pattern: Short and Long e
Letter Name: Short e
Emergent: Short e
The class has been diligently working on their letter and word formation in their journals. They are excited to have their writing shared at parent conferences. The students have been working on five finger paragraphs like you see in this image, to guide their organization.
Reading groups will be starting in two weeks for all students, now that everyone has been placed at their level. The students will be divided into small groups between the second and third grade teachers, as well as special education teachers and other staff who are trained and knowledgeable in leveled literacy instruction.
In Math the students have been practicing:
-writing the time in digital form and drawing hour and minute hands on clocks.
-writing and solving addition sentences
-writing and solving subtraction sentences
-skip counting by 5’s
-skip counting by 10’s
-skip counting by 100’s
-identifying even and odd numbers
-identifying nickels, pennies, dimes, and quarter and knowing each value
-identifying hundred’s, ten’s, and one’s place value
-writing numbers in expanded form: ex: 286 is 200+80+6
In social studies, (Micah our traveler, who is in India) has been showing us what daily life is like in the bustling streets of India through pictures, videos, and email posts. He will be photographing landscapes, animals, buildings, schools, clothes, food and transportation to give the students a visual of the similarities and differences of people in the US and India. The class has greatly enjoyed this partnership.
The class started designing their butterfly designs that would protect or save the butterflies from threats during their journey to California and Mexico. Their designs look amazing and they are going to have one more day this week to finalize their projects.
Tomorrow, Mrs. Shimko from the Ava Gallery is going to come to our class to teach an “Art Detective” lesson in the afternoon. Many grades in DBS has participated in this program and have created outstanding work that is later displayed at the Ava Gallery for one of their showings. This has been a fantastic experience in past years.
Students from Dartmouth College who are known as “Growing Change” will be coming in on Fridays to teach our class about gardening, eating a balanced diet, and identifying popular foods in different places around the world. We are very happy and thankful to have them join our classroom during the week.
We have been active learners and are excited for the number of projects, guests, and opportunities that our class has scheduled. It has been wonderful sharing these learning experiences with your hard working, kind, and enthusiastic children.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me at: Maccallumt@hartfordschools.net
Have a great night.