Ms. Jamie Berman     Ms. Carlyn Wiedecker     Ms. Katherine Roth

Ms. Sarah Jones       Ms. Haley Webb

In December

During the month of December, second grade students will spend some more time reading fables and trying to find the moral, or message of fables. The students will also focus on asking questions in order to understand a story.

In Writing – Students will learn how to write an informational piece by studying lab reports and science books. Students will complete an inquiry project where they will write their own folktale.

In Math – The students will represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line, add and subtract two digit numbers within 100, use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems.

In Science, the students will focus on the changes made to objects, and will identify and describe structures of objects too small to be seen with the unaided eye.

In Social Studies – The students will explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment.

Poetry Live Binder

To see what the children have been making in Art class click here.

 Reading Math Science Theme 1: Silly Stories     Theme 2: Nature Walk     Theme 3: Around Town     Theme 4: Amazing Animals     Theme 5: Family Time     Theme 6: Talent Show Unit 1: a)      Place Value/Number b)      Patterns/Data Analysis   Unit 2:  Geometry   Unit 3: Computation, Addition and Subtraction   Unit 4: Fractions and Measurement   Unit 5: Numbers and operations/ Money Butterflies             Balancing and Weighing             Liquids

In January

We hope you have a very happy holiday and a happy new year!  We cannot wait to see the students in 2015! In January, we will be focusing on:

Reading - During the month of January, the students will read informational texts and focus on asking and answer questions to help them understand key details in the text.  Also, the students will identify text features and the main idea of a text.

Writing The students will finish writing their versions of a folktale, where they take a well-known folktale and change it by selecting their own setting.

Math The students will:

• add and subtract within a 100 to solve one- and two- step word problems
• count within 1000 (skip-count by

#### 5s, 10s, and 100s)

solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies using \$ and ¢ symbols appropriately  Science – The students will identify and describe structures of objects too small to be seen with the unaided eye by using materials such as magnifying glasses.

Social Studies – The students will continue to classify places and regions in an environment using geographic characteristics.  In addition, the students will study the elements of culture: customs, traditions and how they change.

In February

Reading - During the month of February the students will read literary texts and focus on:

• story structure characters’ response to events and challenges characters’ point of view
• asking and answering questions in order to demonstrate understanding of key details in the text
• describing how words and phrases

(e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) give rhythm and meaning to a story, poem, or song.

Writing The students will write an opinion piece in which they introduce a topic, state their opinion about that topic, give reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.  We will continue to work on the “Six Traits of Writing”.

Math The students will:

• measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
• measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit
• estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
• represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, ..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line.
• use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Science - The students will observe and describe changes over time to celestial objects (moon, sun, etc).  Also, the students will explain that there are identifiable stages in the life cycles (growth, reproduction, and death) of plants and animals.  In Social Studies – The students will look at the ways in which technology affects the way people live, work and play, explain the production process, and explain how transportation and communication link place

In March

In March, second grade students will be working on the following:

• make connections between historical events and scientific concepts and ideas
• use context clues to determine the meaning of words/phrases

Writing The students will write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book of their choice. The writing will include: an opinion, reasons that support the opinion, linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and a concluding statement. Students will continue to work on the “Six Traits of Writing”.

# Math –

• tell and write time to the nearest five minutes, quarter hour, and half hour using analog and digital clocks
• determine the appropriate use of a.m. and

p.m.

• divide shapes into halves, thirds, fourths            use fraction vocabulary, i.e., half, halves,

third, thirds, fourth, fourths

• write equations to represent objects in arrays

Science – With parental guidance, the students will identify and record observable properties of the moon over time using a Moon Journal.  In class, we will explore minute living things by describing their appearance, how they live and interact with their environment.  Students will also have an in-school field trip related to their studies on astronomy!

Social Studies – Students will learn about goods, services, and economic choices.  They will identify resources as natural, capital or human made.

In November

During the month of November in reading, the students will study fables and folktales. They will use text features, main idea, and meaning of words/phrases to help them understand informational texts. In writing students will write letters to their teachers while honing the craft of editing, and revising, for precise and specific language usage. They will also start an Inquiry Project about Folktales and Fairy Tales.  In math, students will:

• determine if a group of objects has an odd or even number of members up to 20

• write equations to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends

• add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies

• use place value and properties of operations to explain addition and subtraction strategies

• represent whole numbers as equally spaced points on a number line

• use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems

In science students will classify objects based on attributes.  Additionally, they will investigate how things work by considering different parts of the object(s).  In social studies we will focus on health education concepts and topics.  Then, we will also move from communities to geography.  Our focus will be on tools, classifying regions, and analyzing cultures.  We look forward to a great month!