Thank you for all the Valentine’s treats and surprises! Also, thank you to those of you that donated items from our Book Fair wish box.
Report cards will be sent home this month. Please sign the envelope and return to school.
At the beginning of this month, we will continue to read and compare different versions of fairy tales. We are enjoying looking at the way each story is presented. We are looking at the story structure- characters, setting, and plot. This month, we will also write our own versions of these popular tales. I can’t wait to read these! After this, we will read and compare fiction and nonfiction passages. We will discuss and write about how these stories are alike and different. We continue to also work on opinion writing. We are combining it with letter writing. Second graders should be able to write a friendly letter and use commas in the heading, greeting, and closing of a letter. We will write opinions about space and leprechauns in the coming weeks. In spelling and phonics, we are exploring suffixes. We have covered the rules of s, es, ed, and ing. However, this month we will also use –er and –est and ly that is used in adverbs.
We are working on solving word problems with money. Most students are doing a good job of skip counting money. However, I notice some students are having trouble identifying coins. Many students mix up quarters and nickels. Have them hold and look at coins at home. We will also continue adding and subtracting using our place value strategies. Many students are still developing subtraction with regrouping skills. We will also explore shapes this month. Students will recognize and draw 2d figures and determine the number of sides and angles in a shape.
This month, we are looking at changes in our environment. We will explore fast changes like mudslides and volcanoes and slow changes such as erosion. We will look at invasive plant and animal species. After this, we will learn about Jimmy Carter. We will learn about his life and contributions to our country’s democracy. We will also explore saving and spending with our economics unit. We will learn about scarcity and opportunity cost.