Hello new 2nd graders! I am so happy to be almost starting the new 2017-2018 school year. I hope you all are as well. Fist off I would love to invite you to TAKE A PEEK DAY AUGUST 4 FROM 8-10AM in room 2. Please make sure to bring your child’s school supplies so they do not have to carry them in the 1st day of school 🙂
Remember that this year, 2nd grade will be much more challenging than 1st grade and we will be moving at a much faster pace. But relax do not worry, if we all work together (teacher, parent, and student) it will all be okay!
How can you support your child at home
Teachers need your help as we implement our curriculum and hold students to the highest standards of academic performance. Through a strong partnership with you, we will ensure that your child is fully prepared for success in school, work, and life.
A Sample of What Your Child Will Learn
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
• Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with
• Ask and answer questions about key details in text.
• Retell stories and determine the message or lesson.
• Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm
and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
• Compare and contrast two or more versions of the
same story by different authors or from different
• Describe the connection between a series of events,
ideas, or concepts in a text.
• Write opinion pieces that introduce the topic, state
an opinion, supply reasons, and provide a
• Write informative texts that introduce a topic, use
facts and definitions to develop points, and provide
a concluding statement.
• Write narratives that recount a well-elaborated
event, include details to describe actions, thoughts,
and feelings, use transition words, and provide
• Recount or describe key ideas or details from text
read aloud, or information presented orally, or
through other media.
• Ask and answer questions about what a speaker
says in order to clarify something that is not
understood, gather information, or deepen
understanding of a topic or issue.
• Use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and
adjectives effectively in writing.
• Produce simple and compound sentences.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
• Add and subtract within 100 to solve one- and
two-step word problems.
• Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental
strategies. Determine odd or even numbers, and
write an equation to express an even number.
Number and Operations in Base Ten
• Understand that the three digits in a three-digit
number represent hundreds, tens, and ones.
• Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and
• Read and write numbers to 1000 with numerals,
number names, and expanded form.
• Add up to four two-digit numbers.
Measurement and Data
• Estimate using inches, feet, centimeters, or meters.
• Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes.
• Solve word problems involving dollar bills,
quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.
• Gather measurement data and show it on a line
plot, picture graph, or bar graph.
• Recognize and draw shapes with specified
attributes such as number of sides, angles, or
• Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or
four equal shares.
• Make sense of and persevere in solving problems.
• Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
• Construct viable arguments and critique the
reasoning of others.
• Model with mathematics, use appropriate tools
strategically, and attend to precision.
• Look for and make use of structure as well as
express regularity in repeated reasoning.
I invite you to read this short introduction to “Knowing 2nd Graders” Click Here to access the PDF 🙂 I really encourage you to read it.
- Get Serious About Series: Find a series that interests your child and begin to read it together. You can read to your child, your child can read to you, and he can read a chapter independently. You and your child can interview each other as you read — ask about main ideas, events, and thoughts you each have about the books and characters.
- Look It Up: When your child encounters a word she or he doesn’t know the meaning of, look up the meaning together. You can even begin to keep your own family dictionary, recording words and their definitions. Your child can create illustrations that show definitions of the words, as well. Use the word yourself, or encourage your child to use that word in a sentence sometime during the day.
- Learn About an Author: As your child develops favorite authors, look online for that author’s website. Your child can email or write a letter to the author (under your supervision).
- Write About Your Lives: When your child experiences an enjoyable or important family moment, you and your child can write about it together as a narrative piece. Describe the events that occurred using details and emotion. You can then send the piece to family members or friends to share the event and the writing.
- Get Technical: Under your supervision, begin to help your child use a computer to research a topic or communicate with friends and family. Your child can also use the computer to write his own pieces or pieces you write together.
- Learn How to do Something New: Pick something you and your child want to learn about or learn how to do, for example, planting a garden. Research the topic online or in a book together and then create an informative piece, explaining a topic or how to do something. You can then do the project yourselves or teach another family member or friend using the piece you and your child wrote.
- Make Your Own Magazine: Read magazines for children, such as Scholastic News, to familiarize your child with the format of magazines. Then work together to create your own magazine about your family, topics of interest, or anything you’d like!
- Create a Multiplication Collage: Your child can look through magazines and newspapers to find multiple pictures (around 20) of one type of thing (for example, animals with 4 legs, cars and trucks, or pairs of things). Then help your child practice her multiplication skills by asking her to group the objects to solve a multiplication problem. She can use the collage to solve the problem and explain how she solved it.
- Take a Poll: Ask family members a question and create a graph of the answers using numbers and pictures. Ask your child questions about the different “data” you collected and create a graph based on the data. Your child can then “report” the findings to the family like a news reporter.
- Cook with Fractions: Make foods such as parfaits, sandwiches, or pizzas using fractions. For example, ask your child to help you make a pizza with 1/4 of a topping. Or when serving food such as pizza or a pie, your child can help you slice it into parts and serve it.
- Time It: Towards the middle and end of the school year, when your child has become more familiar with multiplication, begin to time how long it takes it for her to do multiplication tables by heart for one number at a time. For example, work on 2, then 3, then 4. Record how long it takes as well as her progress, encouraging her to break her previous records.
I hope you all are having a great and wonderful summer break! Seeing you all on Peek Day! Remember! BRING YOUR CHILD’S SUPPLIES TO PEEK DAY.