Welcome to Second Grade
Welcome to the Second Grade!
We are off to an amazing start and the students seem very happy to be back in the classroom! Thank you so much for sending your children with masks, helping explain our new procedures, and getting them here on time each day. We greatly appreciate your support!
What’s Going on in Second Grade?
The students are learning the rituals and routines of their day. For example: What should the classroom look and sound like during literacy centers? How do they get help? etc. The students are doing an excellent job practicing these routines and this will help us have a smooth and fun school year!
We have started our beginning of the year assessments in math, reading, writing, and spelling. These “pre-tests” show the teachers how each student is currently performing and what they are ready to learn next.
What Should My Child Bring to School?
A small Kosher Snack
A Water bottle
A Jacket or sweater for our chilly rooms
His or her “Bag of Books” with books, planner, and folder inside (each student may hold onto books until he or she finishes them and switch out books whenever needed)
It is important that the students begin their 20 minutes of daily reading (if they have not started already!) 🙂
What’s Happening Next Week?
The students will begin their first math unit on counting coins, clocks, calendars, and number sense! This unit focuses on telling time to the closest minute which is a tricky skill that students can practice anytime they see a clock! One fun part of this unit is solving number grid puzzles. These puzzles ask students to think of the number that is one less or one more than a given number, as well as what is ten more or ten less than that number. For example: What is one more than 55? One less? Now, what number is ten more than 55? Ten less? This is another skill you can practice with your child by giving them a one, two, or three-digit number and asking them the questions.
The students have already been reading a lot and next week we will focus on how to pick out “just right books”, reread books to build our fluency, and stick with chapter books from cover to cover!
Next week, is our first week of spelling words! Each week the words will follow a pattern. Our first set of words will all contain the long and short “a” sound, like in the words skate and class. The students will bring the words home in their planners each Monday and their test will be on Friday.
We hope you have a great weekend! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.