Weekly Update August 19th, 2019
I hope you all have been enjoying this gorgeous weekend!
We had a great week last week in second grade, getting to know the routines and figuring out what second grade will be all about. They appeared more relaxed and confident as each day passed, and I know we are going to have a wonderful year. Thank you to everyone for arriving right on time and allowing the kids to get settled into their new classroom. This week we will kick things up one more notch as we get started full steam into our curriculum. The first spelling list did go home Friday, so please be sure to check those Blue Take Home Binders for the attached homework. Spelling homework will be due on Fridays.
– Parent Orientation Night is Tuesday, August 27th from 7-8PM to go over everything you need to know about second grade! Mrs. Legan and I will be presenting together- we will let you know what classroom as soon as we decide!
– Thank you for those of you who have brought in umbrellas. Please have your child bring in an umbrella next week if they have not already done so.
– Our canvas bags went home Friday. Please be sure to help your child find 3 – 5 small items they can place in their bags to help tell us something about them
Reading: This week we launch into our brand new Journeys Curriculum. Every week we will read a new story in our textbooks and focus on a phonics, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skill. This week, we begin our first story with a family favorite, Henry and Mudge. I will read the story in class on Monday, and Monday night they will read aloud the book to you for homework. We will have activities all week based on our story and a comprehension quiz on Friday.
Reading Skills and Strategies: For our first story we will be learning sequence of events. First, next, and last. We will also be working on inferring and/or predicting using clues within a story to determine what may happen next, or what the author is trying to say.
Grammar: In grammar this week we will be working on identifying parts of a sentence such as the subject and predicate.
Phonics: We will be reviewing short vowel a and i sounds.
Math: We spent our first week reviewing what students had learned in first grade (addition, subtraction, time, money, ten frames, geometry and graphing) and began working on our first entry in our math journals. This week we will begin our first chapter with addition. We will talk about addends, sums, and finding extra information in word problems. We really want to see those math facts memorized and working on flash cards at home will help!
History: We started our first history unit, which will be the study of the Constitution. With our big 50th celebration and Constitution Day this year we will be working hard as a class to understand and MEMORIZE the preamble. Our class did a fantastic job last year and I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year. So far, we have had some very enthusiastic historians! We began our unit with a review of the Revolutionary War and then a discussion of the importance of our 13 states uniting as a country instead of separate entities. We also focused on some key vocabulary words to help prepare us for the unit. Be sure to mention words like compromise, delegates, and government to your children as we will be using these terms often! This week we will learn about the Constitutional Convention and our “Father of the Constitution”, James Madison.
That’s all for now! Please feel free to contact me with any questions as I am always happy to answer them!