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Mrs. Gelinas

Welcome to 1st & 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 classrooms.

Math: Addition, Subtraction, Measurement/Data, Place Value, Mental Strategies for 2-digit Addition & Subtraction,
*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: Visulaize, Key Details, Prediction, Character, Setting, Details, Main Topic, Point of View, 
*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.

In addition, you child should be re-reading their weekly stories in Wonders (McGraw/Hill) in their 'To-do' list & Resources tabs; continuing with their daily iReady Math & Reading lessons.

Visiting the Temecula public library is a great way to keep your child motivated with their reading.

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.

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 is a great resource for a variety of kid-friendly and family activities.