What are we learning this week?

Rest of May!

Important Dates:
May 22 - Second Grade 4th quarter awards
May 23 - Second Grade Spelling Bee
May 24 - Zoo Field Trip
May 25 - Field Day
May 26 - Last day

READING - We are on our FINAL ELA unit! We will be applying all our reading strategies from this year as we read the wonderful novel ​Because of Winn Dixie.​ We will be focusing on: Character traits and using evidence to support our trait choice, compare and contrast, cause and effect, using context clues with new vocabulary, summarizing, and differentiating main idea and details.

In guided reading each student goes through four stations. One station is typically independent reading, one station is with me getting small group instruction at their reading level, one station is independent seatwork (working independently on the focus skills, grammar, comprehension, spelling, writing), and one is iPads (one day for phonics/decoding, reading comprehension, vocab, and writing.)

ENGLISH- We will be writing a LOT with this unit, and we will be writing persuasive, narrative, and expository paragraphs. (We are continuing to master and perfect our knowing a paragraph contains a topic sentence, supporting details with transition words, a closing, complete sentences, and shows great vocabulary and conventions).

In grammar we are reviewing and applying all our grammar skills (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, apostrophe, contractions) as well as continuing to make sure our sentences have proper conventions and agreement. Figurative language will also be discussed this last quarter(Similes, Metaphors, Alliteration, Onomatopeia) as we "hunt" for examples in our novel!

PHONICS-We are reviewing for our spelling bee and going over commonly misspelled words. We will also do word work in which we review our consonant-vowel-consonant rule, vowel tags, magic e, r controlled, rules etc. as well as the long vowel sounds a (ai, ay, eigh)  e (ee, ea, ey, ei)  i (igh, y, ie), o (oa, oe, ow) and u (ew, ue, oo, ui).

MATH-  We are covering our last few standards: fractions, graphs and data, line plots, and geometry. We continue working with "t-charts" to solve math word problems (highlighting measurement problems now) and "Simple Solutions" to practice of all our math standards. We will also be mastering telling time to the hour and minute.

Kids can practice math with "Ten Marks" for math practice at home. The link is on my website. There are assignments they can complete each week. They can also practice math facts on the facts links. Math facts MUST be memorized by now. Some still do not know their facts, and it has been affecting their speed and accuracy in their computation.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES-  In Social Studies we are comparing different communities over time periods from past to present. In Science we will be investigating a problem and trying to solve it with a new tool or object we create. 
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