Mrs. Gelinas



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. and M.A.

Mrs. Gelinas

Second Grade Newsletter                                                                                                            

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a pleasant winter break!

Let’s start the New Year off right! Make sure your child comes to school on time, has a nutritious snack, water bottle, is rested, and ready to learn!

Students go to the library each Monday, please have them return their weekly library book by each Friday/Monday.
In Writing, students will: Write informative/explanatory texts.

  • Write informative/explanatory texts. Introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement.
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation spelling, and when writing and speaking
  • Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.

Your child is encouraged to complete weekly journal writing in a home notebook. This will benefit your child with essential writing skills. 2nd grade students should be writing 5, or more, complete sentences. As your child writes at home, they should be using a child-friendly dictionary to assist them with their spelling.

In Math, students will be working on: Addition & Subtraction of 2 & 3 digit numbers, with regrouping and learn to count Money

  • Add and subtract within 1000, using models, drawings, and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, with regrouping.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 (using regrouping) and fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • Students will identify names of coins and learn the value of coins, solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.

To better help your child, set up a variety of math problems to ensure that your child is understanding what they are learning in class. A few examples are:

    60             51               48                  76                 22         
  -29            -  5            + 16               +  9              + 14 

     46              93            58                 70  
  +  3           + 28         -    5                -25

Also,  your child will benefit from practicing their addition & subtraction math facts with flash cards or using the xtramath website.  Additional practice with money & telling time will help your child learn these quick facts.

Reading: Students will continue with Wonders Reading Unit 3 – Live & Learn and soon begin   Unit 4 Our Life, Our World

  • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text.

Your child should be reading a variety of subjects each week to keep their interest high, such as: Sports, animals, space, nature, seasons, holidays, hobbies, fiction, and non-fiction stories.

We will be focusing on Biographies, Famous People, and Heroes in Social Studies
 Thank you, Mrs. Gelinas