Second Grade NewsReading:Our third unit in reading is Informational Text: Reading to Gain Knowledge and Understanding. The goals for the children to work on in this unit are listed below.
RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text
RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
RI.2.5 Know and use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
RI.2.7 Explain how specific images contribute to and clarify a text.
RI.2.8 Identify the reasons an author gives to support ideas in a text.
RI.2.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Each child should read 20 minutes Monday through Thursday. Part of this time will be spent on the Reading Passage. Be sure to time oral reading of that passage each night. (Regardless of your child's reading level, this passage is excellent practice with second grade reading.) On the back of the passage, nightly homework questions are listed addressing the four levels of knowledge. The questions will be checked on Friday. I also encourage reading a variety of books; picture books, chapter books, magazines, online books, poetry, etc... There will also be a Reading Quiz Thursday ~ based on the Reading Warm Ups we've done together as a class during the week.
There is a Spelling Homework sheet to complete each week. If you find that your child learns his/her words a better way than the activity listed one night, please choose a different, preferred activity and record it on the Spelling homework sheet for me. Spelling homework is due on Friday. A Spelling Test will be given on Friday.Writing:The second unit we are working on is Informative Writing: Well Organized and Developed Informational Books on Known Topics. Students will be researching and gathering information from a variety of sources on a topic that interests them. They will then take that information and create a book that includes a table of contents, headings-with well developed information and supporting details, glossary, bold words, pictures, and other text features. We will also focus on handwriting, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.Math:
We are working on Unit 4, Understanding Place Value to Read, Write and Compare Numbers.Students will be able to:
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:A math worksheet will be sent home 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. There will be a Math quiz on Friday based on the homework.Science:In this unit, students learn about air, weather, and space. Our first learning objective is that students will identify weather patterns as they relate to seasons. We will study weather patterns, earth's postion in the solar system, look at the changes of seasons, clouds, the sun and its movement, the moon, and how the sun is a source of heat and light energy.Essential Questions include:How can knowing and tracking weather patterns help us?What causes the weather pattersn?How can we observe patterns in space?What can the patterns in space tell us about life on Earth?Vocabulary:energy, reflect, phases, weather, axis, rotate, revolve, hemisphereSocial Studies:Important Dates for the 2018-19 School Year
- Model numbers to determine the number of hundreds, tens, and ones. (NC.2.NBT.1)
- Compose and decompose numbers using various groupings of hundreds, tens, and ones. (NC.2.NBT.1)
- Compare two three-digit numbers based on the value of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits. (NC.2.NBT.4)
- Skip count by 5s, 10s and 100s to 1,000. (NC.2.NBT.2)
- Read and write numbers, within 1,000, using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. (NC.2.NBT.3)
- Use >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. (NC.2.NBT.4)
- Explain the difference between the place and the value of a digit. (NC.2.NBT.1)
- Determine the value of any given digit within a number as well as determine the value of the whole number. (NC.2.NBT.1)
- Use appropriate mathematical language in discussions: hundreds, tens, ones, base-ten, number names to 999, numeral, digit, value, place value, standard form, word form, expanded form, compose, decompose, greater than (>), less than (<), equal to (=), compare, skip count.
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 homeMonday, December 17th - In House field trip with Parks and Red "Shine On" for all 2nd grade classes.Tuesday, December 18th - POLAR EXPRESS Day! Appropriate pj's are permitted (no slippers for safety), as well as, small blankets/stuffed animals that fit in book bags.Wednesday - 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 homeMonday, March 11th - In House field trip with Parks and Rec "Subliming/States of Matter" for all 2nd grade classesMonday, 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 - In House field trip with Parks and Rec " Can You Hear Me Now?" for all 2nd grade classesFriday, 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.