In writing the second graders have just begun their next unit of study. We are now focusing on the genre of informational writing. In this unit the students will be asked to think, act and write like a scientist. We have begun our work by learning how to engage in the scientific process. Our focus includes the physical science of force and motion.

We have learned that scientist study the world around them, pose questions and hypothesis, conduct experiments and write about their results in lab reports. As the students write we will be asking them to interpret their data in clear thoughtful writing as they become scientific experts. As we assume the role of experts at the end of the unit we will invite the students to apply all they’ve learned and ask them to construct their own informational book.

We have just ended our unit in Fundations that has taught the r-controlled syllable. When a vowel is directly followed by the letter r, the r changes the sound of the vowel. An example of the r-controlled syllable is the word bark, the vowel has neither the short nor the long vowel sound. New keywords have been added to help your child remember the new sounds. They are: ar-car-/ar/ and or-horn-/or/.

The Fundations program introduces the 6 syllable types to students. So far, we have worked on closed, vowel-consonant-e, open and "r "controlled syllables. In our next unit, we will focus on the fifth syllable type the double vowel syllable.

In math, we continue to focus on subtracting 2-digit numbers and have extended our work with money to include quarters and dollars. We have also begun to use place value concepts to subtract numbers within 200 and are working towards fluency of subtraction with 100.  In this unit we have also begun to practice word problems with addition and subtraction. 

In the first few lessons we have focused on money equivalents. Working with money amounts is both a practical and mathematical skill. Finding and learning coin combinations that are equivalent to a nickel, a dime, a quarter and a dollar gives children much practice in adding within 100. At home, we may ask you to review dollar and cent notation. It will allow the students extra practice on how to write and say money amounts over 100 cents as dollars and cents. An example of this notation is: 167C = $1.67. Together, say one hundred sixty-seven cents equals one dollar and sixty-seven cents.

A quick link to practice counting quarters is Mega Math Numberopolis: Lulu’s Lunch Counter, Level H   https://wwwk6.thinkcentral.com

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our email addresses are:

Mrs. DeMauro - edemauro@groton.k12.ct.us

Mrs. Montgomery - pmontgomery@groton.k12.ct.us