Here is what we are working on in 2nd grade: 

Writing: We continue to explore Narrative Writing, as we work through the writing process to pre-write, draft, revise and edit, publish, and share! We have exploring the characteristics of Narrative Writing, and our focus will be on writing an introduction to “hook” or “lead” the reader. 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.

Students should keep writing notebooks/binders at school in order to keep track of all writing resources and pieces all year!

Reading: As we continue daily independent practice to build stamina and increase fluency, we will concentrate on how a reader uses the pictures to understand the characters, setting, or plot in the story. 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.

ELAGSE2RL7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

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.)

Students should have at least one Media Center book with them at school every day! We will visit the Media Center as a class every other week to check out or renew books. In addition, students may check out books before 7:50 am and during Recess.

Math: We have begun an exploration into the base ten system. We are investigating representing numbers with base ten blocks and understanding that there are different ways of showing the same number (efficient and inefficient). 

Students will:

MGSE2.NBT.1: Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; and understand that 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens, called a “hundred.”

Students should continue to review mental adding and subtracting skills with facts 1-20 at home! We will begin tracking our fact mastery in class very soon!

Science Inquiry: We continue to explore matter and the Key Concepts of FormCausation, and Change, as we develop the Central Idea, “Changing physical properties may affect classification.” Our inquiry learning will include some awesome hands-on activities, as we develop understanding of the changing states of matter.

Students will: 

S2P1: Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the properties of matter & changes that occur in objects.

  1. Describe & classify different objects according to their physical properties.
  2. Explain how structures made from small pieces can be disassembled & then rearranged to make new/different structures 
  3. Observe & construct an explanation that some changes in matter caused by heating & cooling can be reversed & some cannot.

Words of the Week (Spelling) Update: We have decided, as a 2nd grade team, to differentiate our spelling this year. This means that students will be given a spelling list that fits their individual needs.

Students will be given a word card to be glued in agendas that will have either list A or list B highlighted. These are the words that your child will be practicing in class for their assessment. All students will practice the words in the BOTH list. One week, your child may be on list A and the next week they may be on the list B depending on their prior knowledge of the weekly skill. The skill is the same for both lists but the rigor of the words is differentiated.  At the end of the week (Friday), the students will take an assessment on the words. They will be expected to spell their words, spell words with the same patterns, identify and fix incorrectly spelled words, identify correctly spelled words, and use the words correctly in a sentence.

Please let me know if you have any questions about our spelling system or your child’s words.

Field Trip: On Tuesday, our class will go on a field trip to the Fire Safety Village! Students should wear standard attire clothes that allows them to participate in a variety of movements activities, we recommend PE attire. Since we do not have class t-shirts yet, students may wear a collared standard attire shirt or a Teasley t-shirt. If students are bringing lunch from home, it must be completely disposable. It will be a wonderful day learning about safety!

Media Center Checkout: Our class will visit the Media Center this Friday to check out and renew books!

Science Inquiry Donations:  Thank you to the families who have offered to donate supplies for our upcoming experiments!

Target Days Switching This Week: Due to the field trip on Tuesday, the Target students in our class will go to Mrs. Blaylock on Wednesday this week only.

Early Release: This Wednesday, August 28 at 12:30 pm!

PTA Meeting/Ice Cream Social/IB Info Night: This Thursday at 6:15 in the Cafe!