Welcome to 2nd Grade!
I am so excited to start the school year and get to know my students!
In second grade, your child will gain more independence and begin to take on more responsibilities. Your child will actively pursue a variety of learning experiences that require your support and encouragement at home. I am looking forward to having your child in my class.
The first few weeks of school will be dedicated to establishing routines in our classroom. It is important to create an atmosphere of respect, cooperation and accountability. The end result is a greater gain in academic achievement. We will discuss our responsibilities to ourselves and as members of our class and school community.
*Remember to always check your child’s homework and supply bag each school night. They are to have 3 sharpened pencils, an eraser, glue stick, dry erase marker (preferably fine point), scissors, and crayons each day.
Each week we will read a new story with new vocabulary and spelling words.
Each student will receive a user name and password to access the Treasures reading series online. Click here to view our Treasures Book and additional resources. Please ask if you have any questions about accessing this resource.
We are currently working on Unit 1. This unit is all about Friends and Family. We will be discussing what make a good friend. The comprehension skills we will work on are: Characters and Setting, Plot, Main Idea and Details, and Making Predictions.
In GRAMMAR we will be focusing on are writing complete sentences with correct capitalization and ending punctuation.
Chapter 1: Your child will be able to use strategies to add numbers with sums of 20 or less; use strategies to subtract from 20 or less; identify, write, and solve related addition and subtraction facts; choose and operation to solve a problem.
Memorizing addition and subtraction math facts are EXTREMELY important this year. If your child is fluent with their math facts, math will be much easier and enjoyable for them. Please consider using the Xtra Math website at home to practice. The class uses it each each day for 5 minutes of daily math drills. Each student was sent home a paper with how to register. Please ask me if you need this information again.
Some additional math websites I recommend are:
Counting coins game: http://mrnussbaum.com/coin-search-game/
Money Enrichment: This is a fun game of adding money – http://mrnussbaum.com/lunch-lady-ipad.html
Other online math math games to try: http://mrnussbaum.com/mathgames/
Click on the link below to go to our math book online resources.
Please continue working on addition and subtraction math facts at home. *Addition and subtraction math facts up to 12 need to be memorized.
Here are some great websites to practice math facts:
Some addition strategies we use:
Use the double facts. If 3+3=6, then 3+4=7 since 4 is one more than 3.
You can also do this with one less. For example, since 3+3=6, then 3+2=5 since 2 is one less than 3.
Think about all of the combinations for 10. We have spent a lot of time knowing the combinations that add up to 10.
Whenever adding 9 make it a 10 and then take 1 away from the answer. For example, 9+3=___. If 10+3=13, then 9+3 is one less or 12. We call this the 9 trick.
Think the larger number in the equation and then count up for the smaller. For example, 3+6 think 6 and then count up 3 more.
We are learning about rocks, soil, and fossils.
Some main ideas we will be focusing on are: Rocks and soils have different properties that make them useful in different ways; Weathering and erosion change the Earth’s surface; Fossils provide clues about plants and animals that lived in the past.
Unit 1: Where We Live
We will be learning about COMMUNITIES
**First Holy Communion dates:**
(Please stay tuned for upcoming dates and times)
Some additional websites that I recommend: