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                                                May

     
    Second Grade News

    Online yearbook sales will end on May 4th.  The current price is $30.  Yearbooks may be purchased once they are delivered to school, but the price will be higher and quantities will be limited. Here is the link to purchase online...http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1990831/Patriots-Elementary-School/2018-Yearbook/2017091204353623056/CATALOG_SHOP/

    Last Tuesday, April 24th, you received STEM Camp information.  The first payment deadline is May 11th.

    If you have not already signed up for the Duke Energy Kit, please go to and sign up at https://www.myenergykit.org/.  You DO NOT have to be a Duke Energy customer to sign up.  Our school is close to being the top, and we will receive $2,500 for our STEM program if we get the most kits signed up. 

     
     Reading Reading:
    During reading block we will work on the goals listed below, as well as, Word Work (Spelling) practice.  Reading homework will switch back to a reading log 5/14.  Spelling/Word Work homework will change this month.  Students will be given a list of Second Grade Spelling Bee words to practice all month.  You may choose how your child(ren) practice each night.  All children will compete in the first round of the Spelling Bee in their homerooms.  Winners from each class will be given new lists to study, and then compete in a final round for a winner of the entire grade level.   The homeroom teacher will collect and check over homework packets each Friday.
     
     
    Unit 7:  Folk Tales, Fairy Tales and Poetry: Critiquing, Analyzing, Comparing, and Contrasting to Understand Characters and Storylines
     
    Week of 4/30:
    • NonFiction Unit Post Test
    • Fairy Tale, Folk Tale, Poetry Pre Test
    • Elements of a Fairy Tale
    • Moral of the Story
    • How do characters respond to major events/challenges
    • Differing points of view within a story
    • Comparing and Contrasting versions of a tale from various cultures

    Week of 5/7:

    • Comparing and Contrasting versions of a tale from various cultures
    • Versions of The Three Little Pigs
    • Moral of the Story
    • How do characters respond to major events/challenges
    • Differing points of view within a story
    • End of Year MClass testing begins

    Week of 5/14:

    • Comparing and Contrasting versions of a tale from various cultures
    • Versions of Cinderella
    • Moral of the Story
    • How do characters respond to major events/challenges
    • Differing points of view within a story
    • End of Year MClass testing continues

     Week of 5/21:

    • Comparing and Contrasting versions of a tale from various cultures
    • Versions of Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk
    • Moral of the Story
    • How do characters respond to major events/challenges
    • Differing points of view within a story
    • End of Year MClass testing continues through Friday (last day to test 5/25)

    Week of 5/29:

    STEAM activites begin!  Each day your child will participate in a different activity with each teacher on his/her team.  Activities will be based on the day's theme!  This is an excellent review of the second grade skills/goals taught throughout the year.

    Wednesday, 5/30 ~ Science Day

    Thursday, 5/31 ~ Technology Day

    Friday, 6/1 ~ Engineering Day

    Monday, 6/4 ~ Art Day

    Tuesday, 6/5 ~ Math Day

    ***In addition to these goals the children will work on grammar, using context clues, and dictionary skills during our warm-up at the beginning of each Reading Block.

                                  Reading Homework Link Reading Homework Tab Link

     

     
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    Unit 4: Writing About Reading or Opinion Writing
     
    This month is PIE we will be reviewing the previous writing units. We will be reviewing Narrative Writing and Opinion Writing. While reviewing narrative writing students will write about a small moment that happened within a bigger story. They will include details about their setting, actions, and characters. Students will expand on their writing by adding adjectives and adding dialogue. When we review opinion writing students will pick one book to write a book review on. They will include thier opinion about the book, details about the book, and reasons with details to support their opinion. In math and reading we will continue to review strategies taught by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Smith. 
     
    Math Math:
     
     
     
     
    We have started our new unit,  Unit 7 Foundations of Multiplication. In this unit, students will discover how to use rectangular arrays up to five rows and five columns to represent addition. Students are also expected to pair objects up to 20 to determine odd and even values. Students will be able to fluently add and subtract within 20. 
     
    We will continue to work on word problems. 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 or Eliminate - what step to take or what information to eliminate
    S - Solve and check - does my answer make sense, how can I double check
     
    We will continue to work on being able to fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.  
     
    Homework:
    We will be sending home a math worksheet every Monday that is due on Friday. There is one column to do each night or however works for you. We will be checking it on Friday. You can access the homework sheet under the 2nd grade math homework page. Click on the link below.  Your child's homeroom teacher will check the math homework.
     
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    So hard to believe that school is almost ending.  This month we will be having STEM Challenges in conjunction with fairy tales, enjoying genius hour, and tinker time.  We will also see how different surfaces react to the heat of the sun.
     
    Social Studies Social Studies:
     
    This month we will learn about a famous american, George Washington.  At the end of the month we will learn about Memorial Day and make a flag pole out of newspapers.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Important Dates for the 2017-18 School Year
     
     
    Friday, 5/4 Movie Night
    Monday, 5/7 Spelling Homework Changes and the End of Year MCLASS testing begins
    Wednesday, 5/9 ~ Progress Reports Go Home (also a Homeroom Day for MClass testing)
    Thursday, 5/10 ~ Homeroom Day for MClass testing
    Monday, 5/14 Reading Homework Changes and there is NO MORE MATH HOMEWORK
    Thursday, 5/24 End of Year Math Mastery Connect Test
    Friday, 5/25 Homeroom Day/Last Day of MClass testing
    Monday, 5/28 ~ No School/Memorial Day Holiday
    Tuesday, 5/29 ~ Homeroom Day
    Wednesday, 5/30 ~ STEAM Week begins (See note above in Reading Section)
    Wednesday,  6/6 ~ Field Day and End of Year Party
    Friday, 6/8 ~ Half Day/Early Dismissal/Last Day of School/End of the 4th 9 Weeks/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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    Click on the link above to change your child's afternoon transportation.
     
Last Modified on May 24, 2018