- May 2 - Field Trip to Castlewood Canyon (Meier and Andersen)
- May 11 - Last Day to Register Online for Field Trip
- May 15 - Field Trip to Castlewood Canyon (Steinher, Graham, Woolums)
- May 18 - Aladdin Performance
- May 23 - Field Day
- May 24 - End of Year Picnic (Steinher and Woolums)
- May 25 - Last Day of School
- May 29 - Progress Reports (EPRs) Released
THE END IS NEAR!
It is so hard for me to believe that this is the last blog for the school year! I can’t believe how quick this year has gone! It has been a year filled with new friendships, new learning, and now it is time to move on to the third grade. I truly enjoyed getting to work with your child each and every day, and know they will flourish in third grade.
Please make sure all library books are returned to school. This week will be our last visit to the library to check-out books.
We will be taking a class picture on Friday, May 11th and hope to have our entire class present for this special keepsake. The picture will be taken first thing in the morning.
Castlewood Canyon Field Trip
We are very excited for our field trip to Castlewood Canyon State Park. Please be sure to register your child online by Friday, May 11. Specific field trip details for parent volunteers will be sent out on Friday.
Poetry is now our focus in reading. Students have read been reading poetry thinking about what the poem is about and finding evidence to support their thinking.
In writing, we have finished our Informational Writing Unit and moved on to poetry. Students are not only reading poetry but noticing the of poetry. They are exploring the difference between ordinary and “poets’ eyes” to see world and write poetry. As students explore this genre they with be learning:
To choose topics which elicit strong emotion
To make intentional choices with word choice
To write poems that look and sound different than stories
To use whitespace to get the reader to pause between sections
To use repetitive language
To use figurative language
To use rhyme
To experiment with line breaks
I am always amazed at how second graders are natural poets and love the creative challenge of writing poems about the things they love!
It is so exciting to see the progress students have made in spelling. We appreciate your support with weekly spelling homework throughout the school year. Students have made strong progress in their understanding and application of spelling patterns. We have two more weeks of spelling homework and the words have become increasingly more difficult and require extra practice. Please continue to support your child with the last few weeks of homework.
Students continue to focus on place value as students decompose, compare, add, and subtract 3 digit numbers. They are also refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers.
These are some of our focus points:
- Identifying the value of each number in a 3 digit number - in 354, the 3=300, 5=50, 4=4 ones
- Representing 3 digit numbers in expanded form - 354 is written as 300+50+4
- Comparing 3 digit numbers (>, <, =)
- Adding 10 or 100 and subtracting 10 or 100 from a given number and noticing the pattern / changes
- Noticing how the digit in the tens place changes when the addends in the ones place sum to greater than 10
- Relating single digit combinations (8+2=10) to multiple digit combinations (80+20=100)
- Solving 1 and 2 step story problems by visualizing and representing the problem
- Using different coins to find equivalent values
- Finding combinations of coins that equal $1.00
We will finish the school year with Unit 7 Partners, Teams, and Other Groups, which will lay the foundation for future work with multiplication. Students will investigate the concept of odd and even numbers and work with equal groups. We continue to build on their understanding of time to the quarter hour, money, and fact fluency.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to explore how plants and animals use the resources in their habitats to survive. We will discuss the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat. Students are in the process of selecting a habitat of interest to research and present their information in a culminating project.