What are we learning this week?

Weeks of Feb 6th and 12th

No school Feb 19th Presidents Day

READING - In whole group reading, we are now working on our biography unit! This exciting unit ends with our "Wax Museum" on March 15th, in which each child will become a famous and important black American in history. Focus skills will be researching and then writing about a his/her famous person. Continued skills we will build upon: Non-Fiction text features. Using the text to find answers and support our opinions. Using text to determine and support character traits. Summarizing a story or a chapter using a "Five Finger Talk." (First, then, next, also or after, last, etc.) Differentiating the main idea from details. Using context clues to determine new word meaning.

In GUIDED READING each student goes through four stations. 
-IPads (vocabulary, writing, phonics, and comprehension)
-Chromebooks (Raz-Kids and Reading Eggs)
-Mrs. Truog (small group reading by individual levels, based on SRI and F and P results)
-Seatwork (writing, spelling, comprehension, grammar)

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS- We will be reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives before we begin contractions.

In writing we write paragraphs weekly as we learn the characteristics of and discuss what makes a good paragraph (topic sentence, supporting detail sentences with transition words, a closing, complete sentences, showing great vocabulary and conventions). We have been learning about the difference between a narrative, persuasive and informational paragraph. Focus this month will be on informational writing with our biographies. There are also reader responses with writing during the week. Finally, we also write friendly letters with pen pals from another school at least once a month!

PHONICS- We are working on r controlled words. We will also review old phonics rules. (Complex endings, prefixes, suffixes, magic e, doubling the consonant when the vowel is short, vowel teams, soft c/g, complex fronts, syllable rules etc.)

MATH-  We are on measurement currently. Students will be able to measure using both the American Standard and Metric system. We will be reviewing lots of word problems with both measurement and money as well. Also, we continue to practice our the "number of the day" for practice on 1/10/100 more/less of a number, written and expanded form, and skip counting. We create our "t-charts" daily to solve math word problems and "Simple Solutions" to practice of all our math standards.  

Kids can work on "Reading Eggs," "Raz Kids," "Ten Marks," and "Front Row" programs at home on their tablet or computer. The links are on my website. They can also practice addition and subtraction math facts on the facts links. Math facts MUST be memorized. No more finger counting in second grade!

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES-  In Science we will be studying the best intended purpose for different materials, and in social studies we will be comparing and contrasting the past and present.
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