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Second Grade Newsletter September
Welcome to 2nd Grade. We look forward in getting to know your child as we begin a new school year.   Here is what is happening in our 2nd grade classrooms.

Math:  Addition and Subtraction Strategies & Place Value.
*Using doubles, doubles plus one; counting on; making 10; numbers can be added in any order; writing a corresponding number sentences.
*Fact families; separating part of a whole; counting back; making 10 to subtract; using the answer to one problem to find the answer to another problem; writing a corresponding   sentence. 
*Repeated addition; arrays; a diagram can be used to solve a problem.        

Writing:
*Write personal narratives, opinions , and informational text in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feeling, use transition words to signal event order, and provide closure.
*Sentence grammar with proper use of capitalization/punctuation, commands and exclamations.
*Create readable documents with legible print.
*Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
*With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on topic and strengthen writing by revising and editing.
*Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
*Students are encouraged to practice their writing skills in a home journal.

Some ideas are: An artic fox lives_________. They learn how to hunt and they will eat_______. Here are some other interesting facts about artic foxes:            . I like learning about foxes beacause__________.

Reading:  Focus on “Friends and Family” and “Animal Discoveries”
*Describe the structure of a story, including how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
*Ask and answer questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
*Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
*Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text.
*Distinguish long and short vowels when reading one-syllable words.
*Comprehension strategies  ~  making predictions and rereading.
*Use information from illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot

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

Journal Writing in a home notebook will also benefit your child with essential writing skills.  2ndgrade 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. Have your child write on a variety of topics, such as:  

“My favorite book is_____   because…”
“An activity I love to do with my family is…”
“If I was an astronaut, I would…”
“My idea of a perfect day would be…”    The ideas are endless. Encourage your child to share their writing in class.

I read an interesting biography about________. This person grew up in__________ and went to school at_________. He/she grew up and___________________. I enjoyed learning about____________.
Journal writing in a home notebook will also 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 Social Studies, students will learn about: Producers & COnsumers, Mapping, Long ago & yesterday history, Famous People, and Government in our Social Studies Unit.

  • Here is a tip regarding your child’s classwork while at home: Have your child read and review their directions 3 times before they come to you for help. 

    If your child needs additional practice in reading comprehension or in math, the local teacher stores are very good resources. They often have an assortment of learning tools with a variety of levels specific for your child.
    Get Out and Play-Limit TV and video games, just as you do during the school year. Physical activity contributes to healthy development. The Temecula Guide to Summer Activities is a great resource for a variety of kid-friendly and family activities.

  • Here are a few web-sites that you may find helpful for your child to continue with their reading and math:
    TVUSD, Clever Badge/username/password - 'Wonders' Reading & Writing curriculum & 'Pearson Math' lessons
    www.bookadventure.com (reading comprehension)     
    www.getepic.com
    www.starfall                      
    www.ca.gr2math.com & 
    www.ca.gr3math.com '3rd grade math'
    www.sesamestreet.org                                            
    www.IXL.com
    www.eduplace/kids.com                                        
    Fuelthebrain.com
                                              
    www.MathABC.com 
    Thank you, Mrs. Gelinas