My sincere apologies for letting time get the bet of me and not updating you on your child's learning! Here we are mid-February, and there has been so much fun occurring in our classroom and school. At the beginning of the month, our school celebrated the Superbowl and boy did 2nd grade have a ball preparing for the big game! Look below for some awesome pictures!
Just before we transitioned to February, our class participated in an Artist in Residence with Mr. Rich! It was a totally awesome experience and the kids learned so much. Students learned about rhythm and practiced their individual creativity. Many of you came to our final presentation for parents. Incase you missed it, below are some photos :)
2nd Grade Academic Update:
Throughout this month, your second grader has been working hard on applying previous spelling concepts and vowel teams to both their reading and writing. The following have been taught and we are working on reinforcing:
-2nd grade trick words (being able to spell, write and recognize automatically)
-Closed V-E Pairs such as duck/duke, luck, Luke, sham/shame
-Glued Sounds such as: all, am, an, ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk, ild, ind, old, olt, ost, ive
-Z Between 2 Vowels
-Reading multisyllabic words
-Words with -ic such as: static, sonic, clinic, panic etc.
-Reading Words ending with ed --> making 3 sounds /d/, /t/, /id/
-Reading Words with s, es, ing, er and est
Over the last month in math, our class has wrapped up unit 3 and is just about to finish unit 4 as well. Throughout unit 3, your child learned a variety of addition and subtraction strategies to use when solving word problems, reinforced their fact family skills, used doubles facts and doubles plus/minus 1 facts to answer math equations. All students completed an end of unit test at the very beginning of February. If your child struggled with some of these math concepts, he/she is being pulled to have reinforcement of these skills in RTI on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30 PM.
In our most recent math unit (Unit 4: Place Value and Measurement), students have been exposed to telling time (to the nearest 5 min, 15 minutes and half hour), knowing the difference between AM and PM, numeration, place value and exposure to base ten blocks. Students have done a great job being able to represent a number with base ten blocks, exchanging base ten blocks and writing a number when given base ten blocks on a page.
With just a few days before February Break, our class (pending we have most students back...we had 8 students out today! YIKES) will be working on measurement. Our class is going to be measuring objects to the nearest foot, inch and centimeter. Students will be measuring various paths that are jagged to add some difficulty.
Lately, our class has been patiently waiting for Dr. Froleiks to fly to America and complete our next two experiments. At the start of February, (thanks to many donations from parents in our class) we worked on "melting snowmen". Below are some photos: