September 28, 2017
We are off to a great start in 2nd grade. Fall has finally arrived which is good news for all of us! The last few days of heat and humidity made learning a little extra challenging. We seem to have made the transition into 2nd grade quite smoothly and I see smiling, enthusiastic learners every day! Here’s what’s happening in the classroom:
We are refreshing our math thinking with oral counting, games, number line activities and reviewing math vocabulary. Students are working with Cuisenaire rods to practice addition and subtraction facts. Our first unit is focused on EXTENDING BASE TEN UNDERSTANDING. Here are some of the things we are working on:
· Understanding that the three digits of a three-digit number represents amounts of hundreds, tens and ones
· 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens – called a “hundred”
· The numbers 100, 200, 300, etc. refer to one, two, three hundreds
· Count within 1000; skip count by 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s
· Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
· Compare numbers using >, =, < symbols
· Draw a picture graph or bar graph to represent a data set.
WHERE IN THE WORLD
We have just 3 more presentations to go…but our learning about the world, geography and maps will continue through the year! It is so interesting to learn about each other and our special places in the world. This unit has a strong literacy component that reinforces many skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing, and asking questions. Additionally, we are learning about geography, both physical and cultural. The beginning of the year is a time that we are getting to know each other and make connections with each other. This unit supports building our classroom community.
READING AND WRITING WORKSHOPS
We are launching both reading and writing workshops by learning the routines and expectations during these special times in our day. Readers are building stamina during independent reading. Writers are practicing writing in complete sentences with upper case letters at the beginning and punctuation at the end.
HOPES AND DREAMS
As a Responsive Classroom school, everyone has set a hope or dream for the year. We’ve read many books to inspire us. Ask your child to tell you about Salt in his Shoes, Miss Rumphius, The Most Magnificent Thing or Amelia Who Could Fly. These books have led to many thoughtful discussions around goal setting and persistence. Your child will share their hope/dream/goal/wish for 2nd grade at Open House.
It truly has been a positive, energizing start to the year. I am looking forward to a year of academic and social growth with these 16 fabulous kids. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Quinn’s ECO Schedule
(Educating Children Outside)
8:30 am – 11:00 am
· September 22 (with Ms. Mears)
· October 13 (with Ms. Mears)
· October 27 – Field Trip to North Branch Nature Center
o FALL HARVEST – All 2nd graders
· November 10 (with Ms. Mears)
· December 1 (with Ms. Mears)
· December 15 – Field Trip to NBNC
o WINTER CELEBRATION – All 2nd graders
Please let me know if you are able to volunteer! We’d love to have you!
The 2018 schedule will be sent out in December or January.