Hello Wonderful Second Grade Families,

In Writing the students will be working on writing informational paragraphs. The students will read a text and gather facts about a topic. The students will then write a paragraph that includes an introduction, facts, and a closing sentence.

In Reading the students will be working to read informational texts. The students will practice using the text features to gain additional information from the text. The students will also describe how a specific image or diagram contributes to the text. Finally, the students will compare and contrast the important points presented in two texts on the same topic.

We started our first Science unit this week. The students are very excited about starting Science. Unit 1 is called Earth's Processes. The students will be learning about different landforms and bodies of water on Earth. We will then explore changes to Earth's surface. These events can occur slowly or quickly.

Important Dates:

Nov. 15 - Parents invited to lunch - last name A-L

Nov. 15 - Report Cards go home

Nov. 16 - Parents invited to lunch - last name M-Z

Nov. 16 - PTA Fall Book Exchange

Nov. 21 - 2 hr Early Dismissal for Students

Nov. 22 - 23 - School Closed

Nov. 28 - Picture Makeup Day

Dec. 14 - 2 hr Early Dismissal for Students

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sikora

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## Wednesday, November 14, 2018

### Math - Unit 4 Family Resource

Hi Wonderful Second Grade Families,

We are starting Unit 4 in math. Here is some information about the unit.

Unit 4 Family Resource

In unit 4, students will work with numbers up to 1,000 to further extend their understanding of place value and the relationship between the values of the different places within a number. Students will also represent three-digit numbers with concrete models, pictures, numbers, and words. They will record three-digit numbers in standard form, written form, and expanded form. Students will compare three-digit numbers using >, =, and < symbols. They will also count to 1,000, including skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

The students will apply their knowledge of identifying and knowing the value of coins by solving word problems involving quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Students will count mixed sets of currency up to $1 by counting on using skip-counting strategies.

Here are a few websites that the students can visit to practice the skills taught in this unit.

Place the Penguin

Base Ten Fun

Comparing Numbers

Word Problems up to $1.00

Have a great week!

Mrs. Sikora

We are starting Unit 4 in math. Here is some information about the unit.

Unit 4 Family Resource

In unit 4, students will work with numbers up to 1,000 to further extend their understanding of place value and the relationship between the values of the different places within a number. Students will also represent three-digit numbers with concrete models, pictures, numbers, and words. They will record three-digit numbers in standard form, written form, and expanded form. Students will compare three-digit numbers using >, =, and < symbols. They will also count to 1,000, including skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

The students will apply their knowledge of identifying and knowing the value of coins by solving word problems involving quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Students will count mixed sets of currency up to $1 by counting on using skip-counting strategies.

**Finally, the students will work with equal groups of objects to gain a foundation for multiplication. The focus will be to connect multiplication to repeated addition. Students will construct sets of equal groups using concrete manipulatives and use repeated addition to find the number of objects in the set.**

Here are a few websites that the students can visit to practice the skills taught in this unit.

Place the Penguin

Base Ten Fun

Comparing Numbers

Word Problems up to $1.00

Have a great week!

Mrs. Sikora

## Friday, September 28, 2018

### Friday, September 28, 2018

Hi Wonderful Second Grade Families,

It has been a wonderful start to the school year. The students have been working hard in the classroom. Rules and routines have been established and we are learning many new skills.

Important Dates:

- Oct 5 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal

- Oct 18 - Fall Picture Day

- Oct 19 - My Fun Run!

- Oct 25 and 26 - Grandparents Breakfast

Here is some information about the classroom:

In Language Arts, we have been reading informational texts and working on four reading strategies. The students have been making predictions, asking questions, and clarifying their thinking. Next week, we will practice summarizing the text.

In Writing, the students are writing small moment stories. The students have selected a topic and are working to draft the beginning, middle, and end of their story. We will revise our stories to add more detail to describe the events and the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

In Math, we are starting Unit 2. During this unit, the students will be solving one- and two-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 100. Students will use addition and subtraction strategies based on place value. Students will also determine if a group of objects has an odd or even number of members by pairing objects or counting them by 2's and writing an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

Additional information about Unit 2 and ways to help at home can be found in the Family Resource for Unit 2.

Family Resource - Unit 2

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Mrs. Sikora

It has been a wonderful start to the school year. The students have been working hard in the classroom. Rules and routines have been established and we are learning many new skills.

Important Dates:

- Oct 5 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal

- Oct 18 - Fall Picture Day

- Oct 19 - My Fun Run!

- Oct 25 and 26 - Grandparents Breakfast

Here is some information about the classroom:

In Language Arts, we have been reading informational texts and working on four reading strategies. The students have been making predictions, asking questions, and clarifying their thinking. Next week, we will practice summarizing the text.

In Writing, the students are writing small moment stories. The students have selected a topic and are working to draft the beginning, middle, and end of their story. We will revise our stories to add more detail to describe the events and the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

In Math, we are starting Unit 2. During this unit, the students will be solving one- and two-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 100. Students will use addition and subtraction strategies based on place value. Students will also determine if a group of objects has an odd or even number of members by pairing objects or counting them by 2's and writing an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

Additional information about Unit 2 and ways to help at home can be found in the Family Resource for Unit 2.

Family Resource - Unit 2

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Mrs. Sikora

## Tuesday, September 11, 2018

### Math - Unit 1

Math Unit 1 is called Place Value and Number Patterns. The students will work with numbers up to 1,000 to extend their understanding of place value and the relationship between the values of the different places within a number. Students will explore ones, tens, and hundreds; comparing the value of a digit in the hundreds place with that in the tens or ones place. Students will also represent three-digit numbers with concrete models, pictures, numbers, and words. They will record three-digit numbers in standard form, written form, and expanded form. Students will also compare numbers using >, =, and < symbols. Students will also work with number patterns by skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s. They should have the ability to skip count within 100 using the hundreds chart and 1000 using the thousands chart. Students should also be able to skip-count starting from various numbers (e.g., counting by tens starting with 27). In this unit, students will also be working on mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100 within 500.

Additional information about Unit 1 and ways to help at home can be found in the Family Resource for Unit 1.

Family Resource - Unit 1

Here are some links that the students can use at home to practice the skills in Unit 1.

Place the Penguins

Base Ten Fun

Base Ten BINGO

Additional information about Unit 1 and ways to help at home can be found in the Family Resource for Unit 1.

Family Resource - Unit 1

Here are some links that the students can use at home to practice the skills in Unit 1.

Place the Penguins

Base Ten Fun

Base Ten BINGO

## Monday, August 20, 2018

### Welcome!!!

This is the place where I will post information about our classroom. I am guessing that since you found this blog, you have received my letter! If not, you should be getting it soon. I am so excited for the upcoming year!!!!

I hope to meet you on Wednesday, August 29th at our Open House. The school will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 for you to visit the classroom and tour the school. Bring your school supplies and put them in your desk that afternoon so your backpack will be lighter on Tuesday morning! When you're done visiting the classroom, you can enjoy some ice cream from the PTA.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break...see you VERY soon!!!

Mrs. Sikora

I hope to meet you on Wednesday, August 29th at our Open House. The school will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 for you to visit the classroom and tour the school. Bring your school supplies and put them in your desk that afternoon so your backpack will be lighter on Tuesday morning! When you're done visiting the classroom, you can enjoy some ice cream from the PTA.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break...see you VERY soon!!!

Mrs. Sikora

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