Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dear Families,

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         I hope you're all enjoying this "warm" weekend after all the cold temps we've had. Here's a quick update to let you know what's been happening in Room 5.

Science:
On Friday, we had the Acton Discovery Museum come to Loker School thanks to the PTO. This presentation supported our unit on solids, liquids and gases. We have been learning how these three states of matter change. On Friday, we had the opportunity to see liquid nitrogen change a banana into a hammer (or make it hard enough to hammer a nail into wood). We saw some dry ice but couldn't touch it. Ask your child what happens to a balloon when a piece of dry ice is put into it or what happens when a piece of dry ice is placed in a container with a lid on it.  These are only a few of the fun and exciting things we saw.
Here are a few pictures from our day.
How is the dry ice changing?







Sunday, January 7, 2018



Dear Families,

         I hope you're all dug out from the winter storm and staying warm! Here's a quick update to let you know what we are up to in room 5.

Reading

          This week we will begin our comprehension unit on Asking Questions. We all ask questions to learn more about a topic or idea. As we read, we will ask questions to learn more about the stories or text we read. 

Writing:

          We will continue writing opinion pieces. Our purpose as writers will be to persuade our reader(s). We have written opinion pieces about a favorite month and favorite P.E. game. We are working on providing at least three reasons to support our opinion. The students are doing a great job and seem to enjoy this unit. 

Math: 

            Last week we started our unit on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers. One tool that students can use when adding and subtracting is the open number line. You will see examples of these coming home for homework. 



                            
Math Facts: We have also been focusing on math facts 0-20. Our focus this past week was on plus 9                            facts such as 9 + 6 and 3 + 9. We used the "make ten" strategy to solve these facts.  
                     
                             
Our goal is to identify the facts we have mastered (or know automatically) and the facts we need to focus on to learn.

Hopefully this week it will be warm enough to go outside during recess and have fun in the snow! Students need a coat, snow pants, boots, gloves/mittens and a hat to play in the snow. 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017





Dear Room Families,

Here's a quick update to let you know what we're working on in class.



Science
We recently started our unit on solids, liquids and gases. We defined solids, liquids and gases and identified properties of each. We're looking to see how solids, liquids and gases change. We're writing about our observations.
How will the tablet change when mixed with water?








Math: 

We are almost finished with our unit on time. Our goal has been to:

  • Learn how to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • Know the relationship of time, including seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, a month, and a year; and weeks in a month and year.


Writing:

We started our opinion writing by reading the book I Wanna Iguana.






Students will write a topic sentence that clearly states an opinion, support their opinion with three reasons, and write a closing sentence. Students will identify their audiece when writing.













Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear Families,

I was great to see so many of you at our open house last Friday. The children were happy to share their hard work with you!

Here's a quick update to let you know what we're working on in class.

Reading

We continue to talk about schema (background knowledge). We've been reading fiction stories and making text-to-self connections as we read. We think about how something in the book we're reading reminds us from something from our own life. Making a connection can help us better understand the stories we read.

Math

We've started our unit on fractions. Students have been partitioning shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths and describing the parts.


Writing

Students continue to write personal narratives with a beginning, middle and end. We have noticed that writers add details such as thoughts, feelings and dialogue. Students continue to work to add these to their own writing. We notice how these details make stories more interesting for the reader.




Sunday, November 12, 2017


Dear Families,

       Here's what we have been up to in Room 5. We can't wait to share some of our work with you this Friday, November 17th at our 2nd Grade Open House. It is being held from 8:00am to 8:30am. Hope to see you there!

Reading: We have been learning about schema. We know that schema is 'everything we know about a topic or idea.' We can add to our schema. We use is to help us better understand the stories we read.
We read Fish if Fish by Lio Lionni to help us understand shema.

Fish's schema for birds.

Writing: Students have been doing a great job writing personal narratives. We have been focusing on describing a small moment and stretching the moment out to include interesting details. We have noticed that writers often add dialogue  and feelings to their stories. Students tried adding these to their own writing. They are often eager to share their writing with their classmates.


Math: We have finished our place value unit and assessment. Our next unit is on fractions and time. Any opportunity your child has to use time at home will be helpful. 


Social Studies: Students have started their timelines! Thank you for your help at home with this project. It has been fun to read their timelines.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Room 5 Update

It's hard to believe it's almost November! I've enjoyed seeing many of you at conferences over the past couple of weeks. Conferences continue this week.

Here's what we've been up to in Room 5.

Reading: We have been studying non-fiction text features such as labels, bold print, captions and many more. We talked about how these non-fiction text features help us better understand what we are reading. This week we will focus on how our schema (background knowledge) can help us during reading.


one of my favorite stories
Writing: We have been writing personal narratives. We know our stories need to have a beginning, middle and end. We have focused on different ways writers start their stories and how they end them. During writing we have been doing some reading to study how writers write.












Math: Our place value unit is well under way. We are working with 3 digit number. We know that the 3 digits represent hundreds, tens and ones. We have been looking a different ways to represent the same number. For example:  14 tens 12 ones is the same as 1 hundred 5 tens 2 ones.

Social Studies: Second graders have been making calendars. We know the number of months in a year, and days in a week. We will begin our timeline project soon.

Reminder: Our first open house will be on Friday, November 17th from 8:00am-8:30am.  
We hope to see you!

Sunday, September 10, 2017





Dear Families,

Our school year is off to a great start! We are getting to know one another and our new classroom routines. Here is some information about second grade that you might find helpful!

Snack: Students have an opportunity to eat a snack every morning. Please do not send in peanut/tree nut or related products for snack. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lunch:
Second graders will have recess at 11:15 followed by lunch at 11:45. 

Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 14th from 7:00pm-7:30pm. 
I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me at: Janet_Powers@wayland.k12.ma.us

I’m looking forward to working with all of you!

                                                    Janet