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What’s Happening in February?

Second Grade Family

We’re almost half way through the 3rd nine weeks of school ALREADY!!!! Time is flying by and it is imperative that the students stay focused so they will continue to thrive in all areas. Parents, the 2nd grade team continues to encourage you to log onto our blog so you will not miss all the fun activities, what your child is learning, and any meetings that are scheduled.  This blog is here for you to help you help your children. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

What’s Happening in February 

Feb. 6th- Class Pictures

Feb. 9th- Progress Report cards go home

Feb. 12th- In house Field Trip “Poison Patrol”

Feb.13th- Muffins with mom

Feb.14th- Valentine’s Day Relay for Life- Students can wear red/pink/white for $2.00

Feb. 16th- School Dance (during school hours)

Feb. 19th-23rd- Winter Break!

Feb. 26th- PTA Event Second grade chorus performance from 6pm-7:30pm

Reading

In reading, students will read literary text to:

  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Please make sure that your child is reading daily and asking and answering questions over what they have read to someone.

Writing

In writing students will:

  • Write opinion pieces related to the standards they are learning using reasons and examples to support their opinion.
  • Write constructed responses using  a strategy to build an answer to a question from a paired text.
  • Revise and edit with guidance from teachers and peer support.
  • Write complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Learn strategies to spell unfamiliar words.
  • Learn to capitalize proper nouns.
  • Use commas in greetings and closings when writing letters.

Math

We will revisit money this 9 weeks, but we will focus on solving word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. We will also use $ and ¢ symbols (MD8).  We will also use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one and two step word problems (OA10).

Here are a few activities you can do at home with your child:

  • Have your child count the change from your pockets or purse.
  • Practice skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, and 100s starting at numbers other than 0.
  • Have your child visit Moby Max 3-5 times a week.

Content

Social Studies:  Students will learn about Juliette Gordon Low, her contributions, and how her actions made a difference in the lives of others. We will discuss the citizenship traits that helped her became a leader and create the Girl Scouts. Students will give examples of how Juliette Gordon Low demonstrated positive citizenship traits such as: honesty, dependability, trustworthiness, honor, civility, good sportsmanship, patience, and compassion.

Science:  We will also compare and contrast our sun (a star) with other stars by using physical attributes. Students will be learning about stars size and brightness.

 

 

 

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What’s Happening in January?

Second Grade Family

Happy New Year 2nd grade!! We accomplished so much in 2017 and now its time to learn more in 2018. As a team, we have continued to prepare together to make sure that all students are receiving the tools they need to succeed. Below are the standards that the students will be learning this month. We have also listed important dates for this month. Please remember that you may contact us with any questions or concerns.

Reading

In reading, students will read literary texts to:

  •  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Please make sure that your child is reading daily and asking and answering question over what they have read to someone.

Writing

In writing students will:

  • Write opinion pieces related to the standards they are learning using reasons and examples to support their opinion.
  • Write constructed responses using a strategy to build an answer to a question .
  • Revise and edit through work with teachers and peer support
  • Identify and use adjectives and adverbs
  • Write complete sentences and paragraphs
  • Use apostrophes to form contractions/irregular plurals
  • Distinguish between meaning of closely related verbs (e.g. toss, throw, and hurl).
  • Distinguish between meaning of closely related adjectives (e.g. thin, slender, skinny, and scrawny).

 

Math

This month, we will review reading and writing numbers in standard and expanded form (NBT3) and compare numbers two three-digit numbers  using >, =, and < symbols (NBT4). Students will also explore addition and subtraction of two and three-digit numbers (NBT 6 and NBT 7) as well as use different strategies based on place value and understanding. Last, students will mentally add and subtract within 100 (NBT8).

Here are a few activities you can do at home with your child:

  • Have your child mentally add up to four 2-digit numbers (20+30+10), gradually increasing the rigor (27+15+10+12).
  • Encourage your child to practice skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s starting at numbers other than 0. For example, skip count by 5’s from 35 to 50 or skip count by 10’s from 78 to 128.
  • Have your child visit Moby Max 3-5 times a week.

Social Studies

We will be studying Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson. Both were born in Georgia and were influential in the Civil Rights Movement:  We will explore why each of these men was significant and the changes that they helped to make in society. We will learn examples of how Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated positive citizenship traits.

We will discuss and understand the cultural changes that occurred because of the Civil Rights Movement and the actions of Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We will also describe how the region in which each historic figure lived affected their lives and compare the region with the regions in which students live.

What Happening in January?

Jan. 5th- Report cards go home

Jan. 11th- Science Fair

Jan. 12th- Chick-fil-a Biscuit sale

Jan. 15th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL

Jan. 18th- Terrific Kids

Jan. 19th- Relay for Life- Super Bowl attire

Jan. 22nd- Chick-fil-a Night @ 5:00pm

Jan. 23rd- Fire Safety Village Pre-visit

Jan. 28th- Trilogy Hoops Field Trip

Jan. 30th- Fire Safety Field Trip

 

 

 

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What is Happening in December?

Second Grade Family

It’s December already!!! We are almost half way through the school year and what an awesome school year it has been so far! Our students are learning and progressing everyday. There has been several field trips, in house and out, that’s been a success. Thank you for all the continuous support. In, “What is Happening in December”, you will find out about the curriculum, important events, and all other important information. Please continue to log on and view what the students are learning and PLEASE remember that you are always welcome to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Reading

In reading, students will read informational and literary texts to:

  •  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

Writing

In writing students will: 

  • Write informative/explanatory pieces related to scientific concepts and  processes
  • Write opinion pieces with reasons and examples of reasons why.
  • Revise and edit their work with teacher and peer support
  • Identify and use reflexive pronouns
  • Capitalize proper nouns
  • Use apostrophes to form contractions and possessives
  • Use phonemic spelling, room resources and learned spelling patterns when writing
  • Use root words to find the meaning of unknown words
  • Tell/recount stories with facts and details

Math

Students will tell time to the nearest five minutes using analog and digital clocks. Students will also understand the relationship of hours and days (MD.7).

We will revisit graphs and students will began drawing  picture graph and bar graphs, using single unit scales, to represent a data set up to four categories (MD. 10). Furthermore, students will learn how to represent the length of several objects by making a line plot (MD9).

Here are a few activities you can do at home with your child:

  • Have your child tell you what time it is to the nearest five minutes.
  • Start discussing how long it takes to do things like brushing teeth, getting ready in morning, or how long their sports practice might be.

Science

We will continue to watch our adopted tree as it changes thru the month as we move towards winter.

We will study push/pull. We will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the effect of a force (a push or a pull) in the movement of an object (changes in speed and direction).

We will plan and carry out an investigation to demonstrate how pushing and pulling on an object affects the motion of the object. We will design a device to change the speed or direction of an object.  We will record and analyze data to decide if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a force (a push or a pull).   Ask your child about experiments with marbles, toy cars, and other objects.

We will discuss environmental changes. We will watch changes to a fresh fruit when it has been picked and stays out in the environment. We will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how weather, plants, animals, and humans cause changes to the environment.  Ask your child about the changes the environment made to our fruit.

What’s Happening in December

December 4th- Second Grade Write Score

December 8th- Chick-fil-A biscuit sale at 7:15am

December 11th- Candy Cane Holiday Shop Fun

December 14th- Second Grade Holiday Party @ 11am-12pm

December 15th- Relay for Life Winter Wear Day cost $2.00

December 18th- Second Grade IN HOUSE Field Trip “Get Fit”

December 19th-20th Early Release

December 21st-Jan 3rd- Winter Break No School

 

 

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What’s Happening in November

Second Grade Family

We are half way into the 2nd nine weeks of school!!! There have been many activities and field trips that have been successful due to all the hard work and dedication from families, students, teachers, and staff. The 2nd grade team wants to thank you all! As we continue into this nine weeks, the 2nd grade team has been working hard on making sure that all second graders have the necessary tools to continue to progress. The information that we provide on this blog will give you insight on what is going on in the classrooms. Please continue to log on and view what the students are learning. This information will also help you guide your children at home. Please remember that you are always free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Reading

In reading students will read informational and literary texts to:

  • Develop Comprehension Strategies: Identify sequence of events, story elements, and making inferences
  • Develop Metacognitive Strategies: Determine text importance, summarize and synthesize and making connections
  • Develop oral reading fluency, accuracy, rate and expression
  • Participate in collaborative conversations and build oral and academic vocabulary with diverse partners about Grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups
  • Recount or describe key ideas or details from written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Writing

In writing students will: 

  • Write informative/explanatory pieces related to scientific concepts and  processes
  • Revise and edit their work with teacher and peer support
  • Identify and use reflexive pronouns
  • Capitalize proper nouns
  • Use apostrophes to form contractions and possessives
  • Use phonemic spelling, room resources and learned spelling patterns when writing
  • Use root words to find the meaning of unknown words
  • Tell/recount stories with facts and details

Math

This month in math, students will add and subtract within 100 to solve one and two step word problems using drawings and equations (MGSE2.0A. 1). Students will work with various types of problems that have unknowns in all positions (result unknown, change unknown, and start unknown). Please refer back to the parent guide we sent home during conference week for examples.

Students will also measure to determine how much longer one object is than another object (MG SE2.MD.4). With this standard, students will determine the difference in length between two objects by choosing two objects, identifying appropriate tools and units, measuring both objects, and then determining the difference in lengths.

Please make sure your child is visiting Moby Max (mobymax.com) a few times a week. This website is aligned with our state’s standard and is a great resource for reinforcing and extending math concepts!

Social Studies 

How did Georgia become a successful colony?  We are studying Georgia’s beginnings. We are discussing Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove. Each lived during the colonial period. Ask your child about each of these people.

Science

How do I represent data for the length of day to recognize the change in seasons?  We are continuing data collection of sunrise and sunset to determine the change in the length of daylight. We are noticing that our day light is getting shorter every day. We will continue watching as our tree changes. We are beginning to see some fall colors.

Watch the weather with your child and dress them with the appropriate jacket, sweater, or coat. We go outside daily for recess and other activities.

Important Dates

Nov. 2nd- Ident-a-Kid

Nov. 5th- Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov. 6th- International Night starts at 6pm

Nov. 7th- No School for Students

Nov. 10th-11th- Veterans Day

Nov. 14th- Second Grade Holiday Lunch

Nov. 17th- Progress Reports go home

Nov. 20th-24th- Thanksgiving Break

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What’s Happening in October

What’s happening in Second Grade?

Oct. 4th- SOAR DAY

Oct. 5th -SOAR DAY

Oct. 9th -Columbus day

Oct. 10th- Donuts for Dad

Oct. 12th -Early Release

Oct. 13th -Field Trip to Still Family Farm

Oct. 16th through Oct 20th

·       Early Release

·       Conference week

·       Book fair

·       Report cards go home

Oct. 23rd– Oct. 27th

·       Red Ribbon Week

·       Author Andrew Chaikin visiting

Oct.25th– Dental Van

Oct.31st– Relay for life Halloween dress-up

Second Grade Teachers Comments

The first nine weeks of school is over and the 2nd grade team is excited about what’s to come. The second grade team continues to work hard for the students to provide them with all the necessary tools to succeed. This blog will give you information and the standards that your children will be learning every nine weeks. We welcome you to visit our blog for updates and to stay informed on what your child is learning. Please remember that you are always free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Reading

This month in reading, students will learn how to ask and answer questions about  non-fiction text, describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text., and describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

Writing

In writing, students will be focusing on informational writing. They also will focus on revising and editing their writing.

Please make sure your student is reading and writing daily.  After they are done reading have them tell you what the text was mostly about and supporting details that were in the text.

 

Math

We will continue fluently adding and subtracting within 20 using mental strategies (MGSE2.OA.2). Fluency means accuracy (correct answer), efficiency (within 4-5 seconds), and flexibility. Strategies include counting on (using a number line), decomposing a number to make a ten, fact family, and creating an easier problem

Students will also fluently add and subtract within 100 while solving one and two step word problems (MGSE2.OA1). Students will solve result unknown, change unknown, and start unknown word problems.  Please visit the link below to gain more insight into 2nd grade unit 2

http://academics.cobbk12.org/index.php/ad/tl/iandi/math/#1499289186896-ee0fb794-00d9

  • Continue to use the green flash cards we sent home in August
  • Have students visit Moby Max (mobymax.com) a few times a week

 

Science

 Standard:  Seasonal Changes.

We are watching our adopted trees to see if there are any changes due to the season. We have predicted the leaves will change colors. We are watching to see if we are correct. We drew and wrote about our summer tree. If there are changes, we will draw and write about our fall tree.

Social Studies

We will be studying the Creek & Cherokee this month.  Essential question asked:  How are the Creek & Cherokee cultures of the past similar to and different from our lives today?  Students will learn how they adapted to and were influenced by their environment.  Students will be asked to describe the region, in which such historical figures as Sequoyah, lived and compare these regions to the region in which students live.

How can you help your child?  Talk with your child about what they are learning each day.  Help your child research the topic of study.  Here are some great websites to get you started.  Both can be accessed through Mackinvia.com.  Username:  Russell       Password:  read

Brainpop, Jr.  Social Studies  –  Native Americans   –  Cherokee

 PebbleGo   Social Studies  –  Biographies  –  American Indians  – Sequoyah

 

 

 

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What’s Happening in September

What’s happening in Second Grade?

September 5th– In house field trip called “Just Eat It” hosted by WellStar

Heart and Home Fundraiser- Starting September through October 16

September 14th– G.A.B.I.E agriculture field trip. This will be an in house field trip.

September 18th– PE night at Russell Elementary

September 19th– Muffins for Moms from 7:15 to 7:45am

September 25-29- Fall Break!!

Reading

This month in reading, students will learn how to ask and answer questions about fiction and non-fiction text, describing how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges, and describe the overall structure of a story (beginning, middle, and end). 

Writing

In writing, students will be writing narrative stories about small moments in their lives.  They also will focus on revising and editing their writing.

Please make sure your student is reading and writing daily.  When they are reading they also need to be retelling the story too.

Math

This month in math, students will learn how to fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. Mastering this skill will help aid students with learning the sums of two one-digit numbers from memory (MGSE2.OA.2). Please be sure to use the math facts printed on the green paper we sent home with students in their red binder.

In addition to learning how to add and subtract fluently, students will also learn to use addition and subtraction to solve one- and two-step word problems within 100 (MGSE2.OA.1).

Please make sure your student is visiting Moby Max (mobymax.com) a few times a week. This website is aligned with our state’s standard and is a great resource  for reinforcing and extending math concepts!

Science

We will be studying Matter (solid, liquid, gas). We will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the properties that occur in objects (2nd grade Science Standard S2P1). We will describe and classify objects by their physical properties. A few ways we may classify objects could be by color, length, hardness, maybe even flexibility.

We will do experiments to change the matter state of objects. Ask your child if they did an experiment that changed a liquid to a solid. Or did a liquid become a gas? Ask them to tell you all about the science of the experiment. Have your child explain, not just tell you they made ____ and ate it or it changed. Ask them how, what happened to make it change.

FUN FACTS ABOUT MATTER:

  • All matter can change. Even a rock can be changed over time.
  • Water does change from a liquid to gas when it reaches boiling temperature. It can also evaporate at room temperature or even when it is cold outside.
  • Matter freezes (becomes a solid) at different temperatures. Glue and wax freeze at room temperature. Water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius.
  • Some changes to matter can be reversed (usually physical changes, although, not all [i.e. cutting paper]), and some changes are irreversible (chemical changes like cooking).

Social Studies

We will be studying the Creek & Cherokee this month.  Essential question asked:  How are the Creek & Cherokee cultures of the past similar to and different from our lives today?  Students will learn how they adapted to and were influenced by their environment.  Students will be asked to describe the region, in which such historical figures as Sequoyah, lived and compare these regions to the region in which students live.

How can you help your child?  Talk with your child about what they are learning each day.  Help your child research the topic of study.  Here are some great websites to get you started.  Both can be accessed through Mackinvia.com.  Username:  Russell       Password:  read

Brainpop, Jr.  Social Studies  –  Native Americans   –  Cherokee

 PebbleGo   Social Studies  –  Biographies  –  American Indians  – Sequoyah

 

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