Second Grade NewsReading: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?
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: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: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 numbersU - Underline the questionB - Box any math action wordsE - Evaluate and Eliminate - what step to take or what information to eliminateS - Solve and check - does my answer make sense, how can I double checkHomework: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: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: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 TBAMonday, September 17th - Friday, September 21st - Book FairMonday, September 24th - MCLass assessments endWednesday, September 26th - Ident-a-Kid photos taken if requestedThursday, September 27th - Red Hawk Run Pep RallyFriday, September 28th - Regular school dayMonday, October 2nd - 1st Qtr Progress Reports go homeFriday, October 12th - Red Hawk Run during Specials (10-10:50am) AND Movie NightMonday, October 15th - Tuesday, November 6th - Parent Teacher ConferencesFriday, October 26th - Last day of the 1st quarterMonday, October 29th - No School/Teacher WorkdayMonday, November 5th - STEM Night 5:30-7:00pmTuesday, November 6th - No School/Required Teacher WorkdayWednesday, November 7th - 1st Qtr. Report Cards go homeThursday, November 8th - Vererans Breakfast - be sure to RSVP/Veterans Chorus Concert 6:30pmMonday, November 12th - No School/Observance of Veteran's DayWednesday - Friday, November 21st-23rd - No School/Thanksgiving BreakThursday, 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 homeWednesday - Thursday, December 19th-20th - No school/Teacher WorkdaysFriday - Tuesday, December 21st-January 1st - No School/Winter BreakWednesday, January 2nd - No School/Teacher WorkdayFriday, January 4th - MClass assessments beginFriday, January 18th - Last day of the 2nd quarterMonday, January 21st - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. DayTuesday, January 22nd - No School/Teacher WorkdayMonday, January 28th - Last day for MClass assessmentsFriday, February 1st - Movie NightThursday, February 7th - 2nd Qtr Report Cards go homeMonday, February 18th - No School/Teacher Workday/President's DayFriday, March 1st - 3rd Qtr Progress Reports go homeHalf 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 FairTuesday, March 12th - No School/Required Teacher WorkdayThursday, March 28th - Last day of the 3rd quarterFriday, March 29th - No School/Teacher WorkdayTuesday, April 9th - 3rd Qtr Report Cards go homeFriday, April 12th - Mother/Son DanceSaturday, April 13th - Sweetheart DanceFriday, April 19th - No School/HolidayMonday - Friday, April 22-26th - No School/Spring BreakFriday, May 3rd - Spring Fling (free) 5:00-7:00pmMonday, May 6th - Friday, May 24th - MClass AssessmentsThursday, May 9th - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (volunteers needed to cover classes)Friday, May 10th - Movie NightMonday, May 13th - 5th Grade Talent ShowTuesday, May 14th - 4th Qtr Progress Reports go homeMonday, May 20th - Friday, June 7th - K-2 Math AssessmentsThursday, May 23rd - Field Day (more info coming later)Monday, May 27th - No School/Memorial DayThursday, June 13th - Half Day/Early Dismissal/Last Day of School/Report Cards go HomeImportant Links: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).Order Books from Scholastic Book Club. It is a great resource for parents, students and teachers! Parents can use our class code ( JZG3R ) when purchasing their child books and earn our class points. With those points, our class can earn FREE books.Lunch Menu CCS Child Nutrition ProgramAFTERNOON TRANSPORTATION CHANGEClick on the link above to change your child's afternoon transportation.