• 2nd Grade
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    Second Grade News

     

     Reading Reading:
         Our first unit in reading is Reading Routines and Habits:  Goals, Strategies, and Fluency.  The children will set personal goals for reading stamina and reading higher levels of text.  The will also review strategies for determining unknown words, practice how to talk about and retell what they've read, properly use sticky notes to gather information for sharing about reading, and focus on indentifying how characters respond to major events and challenges.
     
    Talking points with your child:
    How do you choose a "Good Fit" book?                           What is the Meatball Strategy?
    What is the three finger strategy?                                  What Tricky Word strategies do you know?
    What problem is your character facing?                          
    What is your character saying?  Feeling?  Doing?
    What are your goals in reading right now?
     

                                  Reading Homework Link

         During the months of August and September students will keep a log of their nightly reading.  Each child should read 20 minutes Monday through Thursday.  We encourage reading a variety of books; picture books, chapter books, magazines, online books, poetry, etc...  Please be sure to note what was read and how long your chlld read on the Reading Log in your child's folder.

     

    Spelling homework began Monday, September 10th.  There is a homework sheet to complete each week.  If you find that your child learns their words a better way than one that is listed, please let us know and we can accommodate that in the homework.

     
                                                                                            Writing: Writing
         The first unit of Writing this year is Launching into Writing Workshop: Improving Narrative Writing Using Mentor Texts.  Students will be learning about the Writer's Workshop routines, why authors write, how to choose a topic, how to make a plan for writing, and work on writing a personal story.  We will also focus on handwriting, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.
     
    Math Math:
    Our first unit is Unit 1 Building a Mathematical Community While Working with Numbers within 20.

    Students will be able to add and subtract within 20 fluently, using mental strategies. They will be able to work with equal groups and determine whether a group of objects, within 20, has an odd or even number of members using strategies like:

    • Pairing objects, then counting them by 2s
    • Determining whether objects can be placed into two equal groups
    • Writing an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends

    Students will be able to relate addition and subtraction to length. They will represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points and represent whole-number sums and differences, up to 20 at this point, on a number line diagram.

    We will use the CUBES strategy to help students solve the word problems.
     
    C - Circle the key numbers
    U - Underline the question
    B - Box any math action words
    E - Evaluate and Eliminate - what step to take or what information to eliminate
    S - Solve and check - does my answer make sense, how can I double check
     
     
    Homework:
    We will be sending home a math worksheet every Monday that is due each day. There is one column to do each night and we will be checking it each day to start math class. Also, each week the kids will take a quiz on Friday based on the homework. We will put a number grade at the top so you can see how they did.
                                                                                                                    Science:Science
     
        Our first Science unit will begin at the end of the first nine weeks.  Students will be learning about how organisms are similar to and different from their parents.  This will include learning that plants and animals have unique characteristics and resemble their parents.  Additionally, the children will learn that there is variation among related plants and animals.
    Vocabulary:
    organism, characteristic, resemble, variation, unique, apperarance, related, similarities, and differences.
     
    Social Studies Social Studies:
     
        Over the next several weeks our "Big Idea" will be for students to read and constuct maps to develop a general understanding of world geography.  Our weekly theme will be on Geography.  Our focus wil be on our world and more specifically North America.  At home you can start by helping your child to know the continent they live on, what country they live in, what is their state, city and county.  Some key vocabulary words you can ask your child are:  gergraphy, continent, equator, longitude, latitude, coast, boader, capitol, and community.  Also ask about the oceans of the world.  There are five of them.  Ask what are the physical characteristics of North Carolina?  What features are important to include on a map? 
     
     
     
     
    Important Dates for the 2018-19 School Year
     
     ****Curriculum Night and the Arts Council field trip will be rescheduled.  Dates TBA
     
    Monday, September 17th - Friday, September 21st - Book Fair
    Monday, September 24th - MCLass assessments end
    Wednesday, September 26th - Ident-a-Kid photos taken if requested
    Thursday, September 27th - Red Hawk Run Pep Rally
    Friday, September 28th - Regular school day
    Monday, October 2nd - 1st Qtr Progress Reports go home
    Friday, October 12th - Red Hawk Run during Specials (10-10:50am) AND Movie Night
    Monday, October 15th - Tuesday, November 6th - Parent Teacher Conferences
    Friday, October 26th - Last day of the 1st quarter
    Monday, October 29th - No School/Teacher Workday
    Monday, November 5th - STEM Night 5:30-7:00pm
    Tuesday, November 6th - No School/Required Teacher Workday
    Wednesday, November 7th - 1st Qtr. Report Cards go home
    Thursday, November 8th - Vererans Breakfast - be sure to RSVP/Veterans Chorus Concert 6:30pm
    Monday, November 12th - No School/Observance of Veteran's Day
    Wednesday - Friday, November 21st-23rd - No School/Thanksgiving Break
    Thursday, December 6th - Staff Luncheon - Volunteers Needed to help cover classes.
    Friday, December 7th - 2nd Grade Teachers help with Movie Night/2nd Qtr Progress Reports go home
    Wednesday - Thursday, December 19th-20th - No school/Teacher Workdays
    Friday - Tuesday, December 21st-January 1st - No School/Winter Break
    Wednesday, January 2nd - No School/Teacher Workday
    Friday, January 4th - MClass assessments begin
    Friday, January 18th - Last day of the 2nd quarter
    Monday, January 21st - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Tuesday, January 22nd - No School/Teacher Workday
    Monday, January 28th - Last day for MClass assessments
    Friday, February 1st - Movie Night
    Thursday, February 7th - 2nd Qtr Report Cards go home
    Monday, February 18th - No School/Teacher Workday/President's Day
    Friday, March 1st - 3rd Qtr Progress Reports go home
    Half 2nd Grade Chorus Concert 6:30pm in the Gym (classes to be announced at a later date)
    Other Half 2nd Grade Chorus Concert 6:30pm in the Gym(classes to be announced at a later date)
    Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 15th - Book Fair
    Tuesday, March 12th - No School/Required Teacher Workday
    Thursday, March 28th - Last day of the 3rd quarter
    Friday, March 29th - No School/Teacher Workday
    Tuesday, April 9th - 3rd Qtr Report Cards go home
    Friday, April 12th - Mother/Son Dance
    Saturday, April 13th - Sweetheart Dance
    Friday, April 19th - No School/Holiday
    Monday - Friday, April 22-26th - No School/Spring Break
    Friday, May 3rd - Spring Fling (free) 5:00-7:00pm
    Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 24th - MClass Assessments
    Thursday, May 9th - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (volunteers needed to cover classes)
    Friday, May 10th - Movie Night 
    Monday, May 13th - 5th Grade Talent Show
    Tuesday, May 14th - 4th Qtr Progress Reports go home
    Monday, May 20th - Friday, June 7th - K-2 Math Assessments
    Thursday, May 23rd - Field Day (more info coming later)
    Monday, May 27th - No School/Memorial Day
    Thursday, June 13th - Half Day/Early Dismissal/Last Day of School/Report Cards go Home
     
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    If you plan to attend any school events (volunteering with small groups, making copies, attending field trips, etc...), you must complete a Cabarrus County Schools Background check.  Think about any extended family members that may plan to come to these events as well, as they will need to complete this check also.Click the Volunteer Link above to start the process (which may take more than 3 weeks to complete). 
     
     
       
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