This week…

Writing: We will continue to classify sentences, as our focus turns to applying the rules of capitalization and punctuation when writing. We will explore the characteristics of Narrative Writing, and we will begin the process of planning and pre-writing. Students will:

ELAGSE2L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.


Reading: This week, we will focus on asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in text. We will continue daily independent practice to build stamina and increase fluency. Please remember that students should always have at least one Media Center book at school every day! Students will:

ELAGSE2RL1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

ELAGSE2RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. (End of the year goal is DRA Level 28M.)


Math: We will continue to practice and apply strategies for addition and subtraction within 20: making a ten; doubles; doubles plus 1; and using a number line. In addition, we will review and practice fact families and skip counting. At home, students can review these adding strategies as they become fluent and automatic with facts 1-20. Students will:

MGSE2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.  By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

MGSE2.NBT.2 Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.


Science Inquiry: We have begun the year with the Transdisciplinary Theme How the World Works: an inquiry into the natural world and its laws. In this unit students will develop an understanding of the Central Idea: Changing physical properties may affect classification. The Key Concepts that go along with this unit are Form, Causation, and Change.


This week, we will explore the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) with a Matter Walk and our Matter Museum. We will sort and classify objects using their physical properties, and we will inquire into how these properties may change. Students will:

S2P1. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the properties of matter & changes that occur in objects. a. Describe & classify different objects according to their physical properties.

Important Information:

Student Numbers: Students use their school ID numbers (written in front of agendas) for the Cafe, Media Center, and logging on computers at school. Thank you for supporting your student in memorizing this number!

Fire Safety Forms: Thank you for sending in permission slips, student waivers, and student homework for the Fire Safety Village! These are all required for our field trip next Tuesday!

Papers Sent Home: On Monday’s, I try to send home classwork with grades and/or feedback. This week, the papers will go home on Tuesday instead. 2nd Grade follows the 3-2-1 grading scale like 1st Grade. The 2nd Grade Report Card Rubric for individual standards will be listed on most assessments as well.

Math Workbooks: Today, students received the 2nd Grade Math Workbook Volume 1. These can stay at home for students to practice math skills and extend their learning at home.