### Math

• Determining whether a group of objects has an odd or even number of members.
• Using equations to represent doubles facts, while recognizing that the sum is an even number.
• Using knowledge of doubles facts to determine sums of near doubles.
• Using mental strategies such as "making a ten" and decomposing a number "leading to a ten" to build addition and subtraction fluency, within 20.
• Using place value strategies such as base 10 block pictures, number lines and partial sums to add and subtract within 100.
• Using drawings and equations to represent and solve add to, take from, put together/take apart, and compare word problems," with the unknown in all positions.
• Making money amounts within \$100.
• Counting a collection of bills and/or coins within \$100.
• Solving addition and subtraction word problems involving money.

Literature

• Analyzing traditional stories to determine the central message, lesson, or moral and how the main character responds to the challenge.
• Reading different versions of traditional stories, such as folktales, fables, and fairy tales, in order to compare the way that characters in different versions respond to challenges.
• Recounting stories from different cultures and acknowledging differences in point of view of characters.

Informational

• Identifying the main topic of a multi-paragraph informational text.
• Identifying the main idea.
• Using text features to locate key information and facts including photographs, page numbers, maps, pictures, and glossaries.
• Explaining how specific images contribute to and clarify a text.
• Identifying the main purpose of a text.

Vocabulary Development

• Using a variety of strategies to clarify the meaning of unknown words, including root words, prefixes, and context clues.

### Writing

• Writing an informational text about an ecosystem.
• Writing a new version of a fairy tale and altering the setting (time and place), using researched information about an ecosystem.
• Correct use of capitalization, punctuation, and complete sentences.
• Inclusion of reflexive pronouns, irregular verbs, temporal words, irregular verbs, collective nouns, adjectives and adverbs, as needed.

### Spelling

Second graders receive a new word sort every 1-2 weeks.   Each sort compares features of words such as blends, digraphs, long and short vowel-consonant patterns, word endings, or prefixes and suffixes. Students were assessed at the start of the school year to identify which features they need to learn.

### Science

• Classifying and comparing objects based on their observable properties.
• Identifying and describing the parts of an object and how the parts work together.
• Identifying and describing minute objects such as salt crystals, sand particles, and seeds.
• Identifying and describing the minute features of objects such as paper, fabrics, coins, and crystals using magnification.

### Social Studies

• Using geographic tools to locate information about continents, oceans, the equator, the poles, and countries.
• Analyzing natural and human made characteristics of regions to determine how people of different cultures meet human needs and contribute to the community.
• Exploring how geographic characteristics influence choices about food, clothing, and shelter.
• Comparing the Wampanoag and Pilgrim ways of life in the early 1600s.

### Other Important Information

Inview testing of all second graders is scheduled for November 29 and 30.  Please try not to schedule any appointments that would require your child to miss school on those days!