There is no school today because it is a teacher workday. Please remember to send in a note/email when your child returns to school from an absence. Without a parent note/email, your child’s absence will be automatically entered in our attendance system as “unexcused.”
Map projects are due on Tuesday. We will have a U.S. features quiz on Wednesday and our end of unit test on Friday. Please refer to the parent letter/maps provided in the beginning of the unit to help your child study. Last week we made salt dough maps of the U.S.A. On Wednesday, we will paint on the features including the Rocky Mountains, Rio Grande, Mississippi River, Appalachian Mountains, James River, and the Great Lakes.
In math this week, your child will learn and practice how to solve double-digit addition and subtraction problems WITHOUT counting by just ones. We have come to a point in the second grade curriculum where counting by ones is not an efficient strategy. Your child will be taught how to add and subtract using what they know about 10’s and 1’s. Below is an example of how your child could solve a problem:
In both examples, we keep the first number whole and break the second number into 10’s and 1’s. We have been working on place value so your child should know that the 22 in problem one is made up of 2 tens and 2 ones. They should know how to count by tens from any number in order to do this. Students will learn how to solve these types of problems using a number line and by writing number sentences. You can give your child examples of these double digit addition and subtraction problems at home to help them. We are also working on counting coins to $1.00 in school. Please have your child practice counting a variety of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. I always have my students count the quarters first, then dimes, then nickels, and then pennies. Please encourage your child to count the coins with the highest value first.
In writing students are finishing their All About Me stories. Next week we will begin working on persuasive writing
Our next reading unit is on inferencing but we will not start it until February 6. This week we will work on skills such as antonyms (two words that have opposite meanings), synonyms (two words that have the same meaning), and contractions (example: she’s= she is).
January 30th Teacher work day. No school for students.
January 31st Map project due.
February 8th Report cards go home.
Book Order Information
You can place your Scholastic Book Club orders online. Just follow these steps:
1. Go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs
2. On the parent page, click "Register" in the "First Time Here?" section.
3. Register for your own user name and password.
4. When prompted, enter the Class Activation Code: J3HFY
3. Browse the book club flyers and select the books you would like. The payment goes directly to Scholastic's secure server and the book order will be delivered to our classroom.