Dear Second Grade Families,
What a delight it has been getting to know your children over these past few weeks. We have been busy learning and practicing routines and skills that help build academic success as well as social-emotional balance. The children are showing that they know how to be kind and helpful, safe, do their best work, take care of their school and HAVE FUN!
We have been playing math games that both help build cooperation skills and reinforce number sense. Thus far we have played Place Value House, Chutes and Ladders, and Load the Truck. The skills being practiced include one to one correspondence, trading from ones to groups of ten, building and comparing larger numbers using place value blocks, ordering numbers, accurately building 100 and skip counting by 10’s to 1,000. The children are practicing how to play with a partner while being focused, helpful and having controlled fun.
We have been studying and sharing our passions about our amazing coast. The children did a beach bucket activity sorting trash from treasure which inspired us to ask the children to bring in or share their own personal treasures from the beach. They created beautiful art pieces of beach treasure in either collage or drawing. We also got a visit from the Crab Cab, where our students learned all about crabs, dressed up as a crab and got to hold live crabs. We have also done two other fun science activities that review the scientific process (Hypothesis, Materials, Test, Observe, Record Results and Draw Conclusions). "Does Your Nose Know?" is an activity where the children smell 9 mystery scents and have to decide what the scent is by selecting possibilities from a word back. In "Float or Sink" students predicted which items (popsicle stick, marble, paper clip, rubber band, crayon, pencil, clothespin and penny) they believed would float or sink in a bucket of water. Very exciting times in second grade science!
Our journals have been filled with entries about treasures we have found at the beach and fun facts about sea animals that interest us. We have also been reviewing short vowel sounds we hear in different words.
We have been sharing read alouds about the ocean and the creatures that live there. We are also reviewing how to pick "Just Right Books" that fit our reading levels and interests. Students are doing a good job of reading independently during our "read to self" time.
Ask your child:
- What does Cooperation look like? Sound like? Feel like?
- What is a treasure you have found at the beach? Why is it special to you?
- What is your favorite math game? Why do you like it?