2nd grade had another great week of learning and fun! Please read through for all of the important information going on in our classroom.
Math: We are learning many different 3 digit subtraction strategies. We are now getting more fluent at counting up and counting back to subtract on a number line. We also can use place value blocks to model how to regroup when subtracting. As part of our curriculum, we are also learning how to explain our thinking when we choose a subtraction strategy that we like. Finally, we are getting more practice with 2 step word problems. We will be reviewing Topic 11 on Monday and taking our exam on Tuesday.
Reading/Language Arts: We got into book clubs and each group read a different type of traditional literature story. We discussed the story elements and identified the moral in these stories. We also practiced how to discuss the book in our book club groups. We learned how to make eye contact with our book club members and how to respectfully agree or disagree with someone’s opinion. We had a list of sentence frames to look at to guide us in our discussions. Next week, we will have more practice with book clubs. We are getting ready for 3rd grade reading expectations. I am also still doing F&P reading assessments! I will share your child’s reading level when I have completed all assessments.
Next Week Vocabulary Words: grasp, retire, frigid, hustle, alarmed
Author Study- we are beginning an author study on one of my favorite authors, Patricia Palacco. I have many of her books, however, if you have any of her books at home and would like to share them with our class, I would love if you brought some in!
Writing: This week has been all about writing poetry! I am so proud of everyone’s creativity during this unit. We learned the different “tools” that a poet uses when writing poems. We learned about rhyming words and figurative language. We analyzed a few poems and wrote about them in our notebooks. Then, we had practice writing our own poems. We learned that poets use their 5 senses when writing poems to make them more descriptive. We looked back on our poem brainstorming topic list and chose a topic to write about. Then, we filled out a 5 senses graphic organizer on that topic. Finally, we developed a poem from that. We also made a simile poem about ourselves and a rhyming poem. Today, students will be making a color shape poem. All poems are kept in their writing notebooks. Final drafts will be stored in their writing portfolios. All writing will be shared at an end of year publishing party. Final touches are almost done with our Who Would Win book (we’ve been really busy !) I will be mailing the book on Tuesday.
Mark your calendars: End of Year Publishing Party- June 6th 2:00-2:30. Students will present all of their writing from the year!
CONGRATULATIONS- Max, Kadyn, and Cristian for winning the poetry contest in our classroom. Everyone did a wonderful job!
Q4 Essential Questions: How are different cultures accepted in the United States? How can we accept different cultures?
Social Studies: We are loving our new unit on Immigration. We learned the push and pull factors that made people immigrate to the U.S. in the late 1800s. We also learned the countries that immigrated through Ellis Island. We worked with partners and read a book about facts on Ellis Island and began to answer comprehension questions based on the passage. We also took a virtual field trip through Ellis Island. Please discuss your family history with your child at home while we are studying this unit. We have had many discussions about our ancestors immigrating and we would like to know which family member came to the U.S. first. I will be sending home a letter and questionnaire next week for you to fill out with your child that will help with our learning in the classroom.
For our big project this quarter, I will be diving the class up into families from different countries. They will work together to use the knowledge that we learned about immigration to develop their family’s immigration story. They will also be researching about their country that they are from. At the end, the family’s will present their immigration story through a journal and present a poster about their country and it culture. We would love to also incorporate making a food from their country as well!
If you or any relatives would like to come into our classroom to share your immigration story, please let me know! We will be facetiming with my dad, who came to the U.S. from Poland, sometime in the upcoming weeks. We would love to hear any other stories. The students have been fascinated with the details from this unit.
Mark your calendars: Tentative PBL- May 31st 2:00-2:30 pm.
- Grandparents Day- Friday, May 3rd. Minimum Dismissal.
- OTA Gala- Saturday, May 4th. Get your tickets!!
- Saturday, May 11th- Legoland Field Trip. You will be getting your free tickets on Tuesday or Wednesday. I will then email you with information about the times of the ceremony, etc.
- Wild Willow Farm field trip- Thursday, May 16th. We are having lunch on the farm and will return to OTA around 1:30. If you were selected to chaperone, I will email you with your car arrangements next week.
- May 10th- Talent Show. OTA will be watching the performances at 8:30. The night performance for parents will be at 6:00
- May 27th- No School!
- May reading response questions- due May 31st.
Have a great weekend!