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Starting tomorrow students will be starting a new topic in math, place value to 100. In second grade, we focus on ones, tens, and hundreds. In this unit students are expected to learn the following:
1. use base ten block manipulatives to model 2-digit numbers
2. read and write numbers to 100
3. use symbols to compare numbers
4. count to 100
5. tell the number that is 10 more or 10 less
6. identify even and odd numbers
Check out the persuasive introductory lesson we did! The students had a chance to persuade us which super hero power is the best! The last two photos are of our final products. The students really enjoyed this activity. In our next lessons, we will focus on strengthening the reasons and examples.
Try this at home... Have your child persuade you when:
- they want a toy
- they want you to buy a special food at the grocery store
- they think they should watch a special movie/show
- they think they should stay up later
- they want to go to a friend's house
This week your child will be learning how to write a persuasive paragraph. We are using OREO to help students organize their writing. They will be following the following checklist to complete their paragraphs:
1. Indent the first line.
2. O - Write a topic sentence that tells your opinion.
3. R-E - Write sentences that support your opinion. State your reasons and give examples.
4. O -Write a closing sentence that restates your opinion.
Read these stories at home that contain persuasion:
1. I Wanna Iguana
2. Dear Mrs. LaRue
3. Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type
4. I Wanna New Room
Reading: This week in reading we will be starting a new unit called “Good Talkers are Good Listeners Too.” In this unit, students are learning how to have a discussion with a partner about a book. They learn the difference between a thin and think question, how to respond to a person when they have a question or comment, how to problem solve when reading, and how to retell a story. We have also just started switching reading groups. So, your child may be in another second grade classroom during our reading block. The kids seem very excited about this new change!
Writing: In writing, we are using our senses to add details to our writing. Over the course of a couple weeks students will have had the opportunity to write with all 5 senses; sense of touch, taste, smell, hear, and see.
Math: Students started a topic on repeated addition. This topic is the foundation for multiplication in years to come. It demonstrates how multiplication is simply repeated addition.
Home School Connections:
1. Try having a discussion with you child while reading a book together. Practice asking thick questions (questions that are not just one word answers; questions that require some thinking.
2. Choose a topic to write about with your child. Model how to use your senses when writing. You might say "I couldn't help but notice...", "The scent of ___ reminded me of ___", WHen I touched the ___, it felt ___", or "As I listened closely I could hear ___."
3. Practice addition sentences with repeated addition. For example, 2 + 2 + 2 = ___. Talk about strategies to help solve a problem like this. They may have to draw a picture, count by two's, or use
Today we worked on how to write a paragraph. Students had a chance to collaborate together as a whole group and write a paragraph. They learned that paragraphs have a topic sentence, supporting details, and a closing sentence. After, each child built his/her own paragraph using our shared writing. Check it out below or in your child's take home folder!
1. Go to Portland's Home Connect Site
2. Username - Username - first letter of first name, first 4 letters of last name
(for example mine would be "arain")
3. Password - "k12"
Reading: This week will complete our first unit reading unit called "Building a Community of Readers." The students will be creating a poster showing what good readers do. I will be posting them here once they are complete.
Writing: Recently in writing we have focused on nouns, verbs, adjectives, and similes. Students were taught what each kind of word means and had some hands on experience using these parts of speech.
Math: This week we are starting topic 3, Subtraction Strategies. In this unit students will learn strategies to help them with their speed and accuracy when subtracting.
1. Reading/Writing - While students are reading for homework each night, have them find a list of nouns, verbs, or adjectives in their book. A paper to record your words is included in your homework packet.
2. Math - Keep practicing your math facts at home. Try out Math Facts in a Flash, a computer-based program, that students use at school. Check it out here: Portland Home School Connect
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