This week in Superkids, we will be really working on our spelling patterns. We have found that we are really good readers but we really need to transfer that to our writing. Our spelling patterns this week are words that end in zz and ss. We will also be looking at what plural words that end in (s) and (es). We will also be breaking words back down into syllables and remembering that every syllable has a vowel. If a word has 8 syllables (I know right, that’s a long word), it will have at least 8 vowels. Ask your child to tell you the vowels in su*per*cal*i*frag*i*lis*tic. I bet if you ask your child to break this word down into syllables they will be pretty darn close to spelling it correctly. In guided reading, we have already finished two chapter books and will spend the next two weeks reading Issue 2 of our Super Magazine. The theme is all about things that trick us. Ask your child about some of their favorite articles they read this week. What was something new they learned?
In writing, your child has publish their autobiography. They will be hung in our classroom this week. Come and check them out! We are starting unit two of writing this week. We will be studying poetry and write and publish our own poem. We will first study nouns, verb, adverbs and adjectives so that we can be descriptive in our writing. Later int he week we will move into using nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to write a poem. Ask your child to tell you what a adverb, verb and adjective is.
In math, we are diving deep into story problems, two party story problems, part part whole story problems and problems with missing addends. We are thinking about different strategies and pulling out the important information in each problem. The children are learning a new strategy called “pencil boxes” or I get to call them “marker boxes” because I draw on the table with a dry erase marker. Ask your child to use the “box” strategy when solving a math story homework problem at home. Also our BIG strategy in our classroom is, “If I can teach it, then I know it.” Do not be alarmed if you visit our classroom during math time and the children are busy writing on the desks with dry erase markers. The children are teaching each other how to do math problems on the tables AND explaining their thinking. This is huge. Math talk, math talk, math talk!! Ask your child: Barret has 9 celery sticks. Fred has 32 celery sticks. How many fewer celery sticks does Barret have than Fred?
Our math unit post test is this Friday. It is heavy on story problems!
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Thank you for all your support so far this year. I feel incredibly lucky to be your child's teacher. I am impressed everyday by your children, their creativity and their excitement for school!
This week in in Superkids skills we will be talking about CV, CVC and CVCe words. We will also review short and long vowels as well as words ending in y that sound like I and E and words that end in /ay/. We are also working hard on learning all our memory words. Don’t forget to practice you weekly spelling list and spelling patters. Ask your child: When a vowel is at the end of a word, does it make the short or long sound. In literacy groups, we have finished reading Frog and Toad and will begin reading our second chapter book: Nate the Great. Ask your child to retell the chapters they read this week. What is Nate’s big case? Your child should bring home their first Book Talk journal this week.
This week in Writing, we are continuing to work on our Autobiographies. Your child will be working on their second and final drafts. They are busy learning the editing process. Ask your child what the “edit” process looks like (they had to fix spelling and punctuation errors).
This week in math, your child will be learning strategies for solving story problems. We are finishing up unit one and will have our unit one post-test next week. Our biggest struggle in our pre-test was two step story problems and pulling out important information. Please make sure your child is doing their math story problem homework and please be sure to check it with them. Ask your child to explain their thinking on this week’s homework. We are learning that, “if we can teach it to someone, then I can prove I know it”.
Technology: Your child will begin going to Mrs. Titus on Tuesday for Technology. They will have technology for 4 weeks and then they will have science with Mrs. Whiz.
Thank you to those who have participated in our post card project. We have received about 10 so far. Please keep them coming and share with friends and family. Here is a recap of our postcard project:
My second graders need your help! We are trying to see how many countries and places we can get post cards from all over the United States and world. The second graders will be studying different parts of the world, the people, art, music, culture and how people share family traditions through different forms of story telling. We will be marking off the places on our map and the children will use the post cards they receive to drive a future project based learning unit. Please share this with your friends and family. If you have a fun fact to share, please add that to the card, or a ways that part of the world is making the world beautiful and sharing kindness. Even just a simple, “Hello from___”. Please address them to: Mrs. Brady’s Second Grade Southmoor Elementary 3755 S Magnolia Way Denver, Co 80237
We will take the NNAT HGT test on Monday Sept 18th. This is a puzzle based test. More information went home in folders last week.
We will have a sib on Wednesday Sept 20 because the second grade team will be in building for math planning.
This week in Superkids, we will learn about homonyms and nouns and verbs. We will also discuss what nouns can also be verbs. Our spelling pattern for the week are words that end with –le and-ng. Please make sure your child is practicing the spelling words several times a week. The spelling lists contains words that have the spelling pattern for the week as well as memory words. Ask your child: what is silent at the end of a words when the words ends in –le.
This week in literacy, your child will start their first book club. We have finished reading our non fiction Super Magazine. Your child will begin reading Frog and Toad and start participating in their daily “book talks” Book Talk Journals are a place for children to explore their thoughts and opinions. Ask your child, what did you write about in your book talk journal?
This week in writing, we are discussing run on sentences and how to fix them. Your child will also begin the drafting process of writing their autobiography. Ask your child to give you and example of a run on sentence. How would they make it shorter?
This week in math, we will really dive into story problems and analyze the vocabulary needed to solve them. We will start with comparison problems. Ask your child: Mrs. Brady has 25 pencils. There are 18 students in the class. Are there enough for the class? Are there extra pencils? Does Mrs. Brady need more pencils?
Don’t forget picture day is this Thursday
Polka Dot Day is Friday
HGT parent information night is this Wednesday from 6-7
Happy Third Week of School. Can you believe we have made it this far already? I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.
We need: donations of those plastic containers with lids that you may get when buying lunch meat or small size Tupperware to store individual math work kits.
Please make sure your child is practicing their weekly spelling words with you throughout the week. Homework is due on Thursday. Spelling Tests are on (most) Fridays. Please look for last week spelling test to go home in the following week Thursday folder. We are finishing up i-ready testing. Look for the report to go home this week in Thursday Folders.
Curriculum Night is this Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm. Please meet in Mrs. Whiz’ room for the Second Grade Team presentation for the first half of the presentation and then we will head to our classroom for questions and a classroom tour.
Session 1: 6:00-6:15 (Team presentation in Mrs. Whiz’ room) 6:15-6:30 in OUR room 107 for questions, classroom tour and a portrait guess who.
Session 2: 6:30-6:45 (Team presentation in Mrs. Whiz’ room) 6:45-7:00 in OUR room 107 for questions, classroom tour and a portrait guess who.
In Superkids, we are reviewing th, wh and question words: who, what, when, where and why and homonyms. We will also discuss the difference between types of sentences such as: statements and questions. We will also be learning the contractions are not, is not, will not and are not.
Some of us are still struggling with when to you –ch or –tch at the end of a word. Ask your child when they should use –tch at the end of a word. (–tch follows a vowel and –ch follows a consonant.)
In Math, we continue to represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction and discusss if order really does matter when solving addition and subtraction problems. Ask your child, Does 8+2 have the same answer as 5+5? How do you know?
In writing, we will focus on writing complete sentences and how to avoid writing run on sentences.
In Social Studies, we will be drawing self portraits and setting learning goals for the year. We will also be discussing Habits of Mind.
Here is our classroom Sly Reply sign up link. If you can help sign up to bring snacks for our classroom, please click the link below. You would sign up to bring snacks for the week. Please no sugary snacks. We have 20 children in our classroom!
Welcome to Second Grade. Together we will learn, wonder, grow, explore, make mistakes, play, laugh and inspire each other to be the best that we can be.