March 12-16: Spring Break
March 30: Good Friday holiday (no school for all)
April 3: Spring Pictures
April 4: Field Trip to Austin Zoo (information will come home Monday)
April 20: Spring Carnival
May 29: Last Student Day (*Note change* Due to Bad weather make up)
-Library books are due every Tuesday.
Stallion Key Maker (monthly):
Congratulations to Liam and Kylee for exhibiting great Cooperation this month!
Wish List/Thank you:
-After Spring Break we will begin a money unit. We have found that plastic/school money is not quite as good as the real thing when practicing money counting skills. We would like to use real coins (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters) for math this year. Please gather approximately 20 pennies, 10 dimes, 20 nickels and 4 quarters to send to school. We will use these coins for the rest of the year for money practice and will send them home at the end of the school year. Please send the coins to school by Friday, March 9th. Please send money in a ziploc or container labeled with your child’s name.
The Second Grade Team
A Week of Learning:
Reading: This week we will dive into the dictionary; learning how to find the meaning of unknown words and determining which definition is correct for multiple meaning words.
Writing: Students will choose a topic that they consider themselves an expert, then write a procedural paper based on that topic. They will sequence instructions, use transition words, clear details, and diagrams.
Spelling and Grammar:
Spelling words this week (after spring break): call, far, head, most, red, suddenly, thing, want
This week we will learn about adverbs and how they are used to support a verb.
Science: Our focus will switch from the nighttime sky to the daytime sky. We will observe (without directly looking) the position of the sun in the sky at different times of the day, and how that affects our shadows. We will also notice that the moon can be observed during the day, and how the position of the sun affects the part of the moon we see. Please continue your moon phase homework pages and be ready to turn them in after spring break.
Math: Coming back from Spring Break, students will dive into learning all about money for two weeks. We will review each coins value, learn how to add coin values together, and how to write money correctly 3 different ways. Students’ word problems will involve money value and addition/subtraction of values.
Bits and Pieces:
-Pictures posted in the Google Shared File: Field Day
-Moon Homework: One of our 2nd grade Science TEKS requires students to observe the patterns of the night sky. Since we are unable to do this at school, we are asking the kids to observe and record the patterns of the moon each night. A homework sheet has been stapled in the back of each child’s planner so that you may record it each night. There is also a website that can help in case it is cloudy or a day is missed. www.moongiant.com/phases
-Cursive writing: We will begin cursive writing instruction upon returning from spring break. Our instruction covers 1 letter a day so that the students can learn the proper form and practice each letter many times before stringing words together. I ask that you please help me keep the kids on track with our learning by not moving forward with additional letters on their own time. Several students have already started experimenting with writing names and other words. It is much harder to break bad handwriting habits than to learn it correctly the first time.
-The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information. A few entry packets are also available in the library.