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2nd Grade

Week of 4/22

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Personal Safety Lesson (Repeat)

Dear 2nd grade Parents and Guardians:

Your child’s class will have a lesson with the school counselor on Friday (May 3: Kuleski and Knowlan; May 10: Coulouris and Stein) about personal safety. They will learn that some touches are wanted, safe, and comfortable while other touches are unwanted, unsafe, or uncomfortable. They will learn to Recognize, Refuse, and Report unwanted, unsafe, or uncomfortable touches to known trusted adults. If you have any questions about this lesson, feel free to contact Ms. Gaeta! She is at Discovery on Fridays.                                                                                  

Debra Gaeta, School Counselor

debra.gaeta@apsva.us

703-228-2691

Upcoming Events

  • 4/28 - Discovery & Barrett Day at the Outdoor Lab (12-3PM)
  • 5/2 - Kindness Assembly
  • 5/2 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)
  • 5/6  - Social Emotional Learning Event 6-8PM
  • 5/13 - SOL Testing Begins for grades 3-5
  • 5/27 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • 6/5 - Early Release 1:26PM
  • 6/10 - Spring Choral Assembly
  • 6/12 - Early Release 1:26PM
  • 6/21 - Last day of school, Early Release 1:26PM

Reading

This week, readers continued to summarize books using a strategy called Somebody wanted but so then. Readers practiced this strategy with books such as Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type; Pinkalicious; The Friendly Giant; and Whistle for Willie. Readers also learned that not every book has a clear problem, so this strategy is helpful but does not work for all books. During nightly reading, ask your explorer to retell one chapter or retell the events in a picture book in sequential order.

Writing

Writers have continued to work on their letters using a checklist as support to ensure they have included the necessary parts of a second grade letter. They used their checklist to make sure they began with a strong lead that states their opinion, gave details and evidence to support their opinion, and ended by restating their opinion. They also used their checklists to encourage them to include transitions words such as also, another, and because. They will be getting ready to wrap up their letters next week!

Science

Explorers have been learning about plant life cycles this week. Students know how to identify each part of the plant and explain what it does to help the plant survive. In the coming weeks, explorers will be learning about the life cycles of white-tailed deer and butterflies.

Math

Explorers solved monetary word problems this week and also demonstrated ways to show a set amount of money in various ways.  Ask your explorer how to show $1.87 two different ways.

Week of 4/15

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Personal Safety Lesson

Dear 2nd grade Parents and Guardians:

Your child’s class will have a lesson with the school counselor on Friday (May 3: Kuleski and Knowlan; May 10: Coulouris and Stein) about personal safety. They will learn that some touches are wanted, safe, and comfortable while other touches are unwanted, unsafe, or uncomfortable. They will learn to Recognize, Refuse, and Report unwanted, unsafe, or uncomfortable touches to known trusted adults. If you have any questions about this lesson, feel free to contact Ms. Gaeta! She is at Discovery on Fridays.                                                                                  

Debra Gaeta, School Counselor

debra.gaeta@apsva.us

703-228-2691

Upcoming Events

  • 4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30PM)
  • 4/22 - Earth Day - Science Night, 6-7:30PM
  • 4/23 - Progress Reports go live
  • 4/28 - Discovery & Barrett Day at the Outdoor Lab (12-3PM)
  • 5/2 - Kindness Assembly
  • 5/2 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)
  • 5/6  - Social Emotional Learning Event 6-8PM
  • 5/13 - SOL Testing Begins
  • 5/27 - Memorial Day Holiday

Reading

This week, readers learned how to summarize a book using a strategy called Somebody wanted but so then. This strategy helps them tell a summary in sequential order by telling who the main character is (somebody), what the character wants or needs, the problem or challenge the character faces (but), the attempts to solve the problem, and then the resolution.

Writing

Writers are beginning to think about their audiences before writing their letters. They are thinking about whether or not their readers have also read the book they are telling about. If they have not, they should retell important and interesting parts, but should not give away the ending!

Math

Explorers gained experience counting and comparing collections of coins through $2.00 this week. They used both physical money and a money app to explore values of collections.

Week of 4/1

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 4/1 - Family Day at the Art Museum—The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden 10:30AM
  • 4/2 - Explorer Club Begins (8-8:45AM, Grades 3-4 Classrooms)
  • 4/5 - Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM, Gym)
  • 4/10 - APS Countywide Art Show Syphax Ed Center 6:30-8PM
  • 4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30PM)
  • 5/2 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)

Reading

I mustache you a question! This week, readers learned that good readers stop and ask questions before, during, and after reading. They used a mustache as a visual reminder that there are different types of questions that readers ask. Readers ask thin questions (questions that begin with words like who, what, when, where, and how) and thick questions (questions that begin with words like why do you think, what do you think, how did, what would happen if...). During nightly reading, ask your reader to stop at the end of a paragraph or a chapter to ask thick or thin questions.

Writing

Students are continuing to organize and write letters to their classmates to share their opinions of their favorite books. This week they learned that they can form opinions about characters, their favorite parts, and the pictures. They talked with classmates to rehearse the big ides of their letters before they got to work!

Science

Second graders started learning about magnetism this week. They learned that each magnet has a north and south pole. They also learned that same poles repel and opposite poles attract.

Math

This week, students continued solving subtraction problems with ungrouping.  They learned how to subtract using Partial Differences and Traditional Algorithm.  Ask your explorer to model 64-28 using both strategies.  

Week of 3/18

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)
  • 3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30, Knights of Columbus)

Reading

This week, readers continued to work with their same book reading partners and focused on summarizing an entire book by retelling just a few sentences in sequential order. They learned to look for the big events in a chapter or book and then pull out the most important details. Readers learned that the beginning of a book tells the characters, setting, and problem (if there is one), the middle tells the big events and the most exciting part, and the end tells the resolution and/or how the character has changed.

Writing

Explorers learned to identify the five parts of a letter-the date, greeting, body, closing, and signature. They also focused on adding commas after the greeting and closing. Students are beginning to write letters to their classmates to share their opinions about books and characters they love! They will use their knowledge of the “stoplight colors” from previous weeks to organize their letters and to be sure they support their opinions with details from their books.

Science

Second grade scientists continued exploring solids, liquids, and gases this week. Next week, scientists will be studying energy and magnetism. Start asking your explorer if they can determine what objects around your house are magnetic!

Math

This week, students began solving subtraction problems with ungrouping using Base 10 Blocks. Then they learned how to subtract using proof drawings and numberlines. Ask your explorer to model 74-38 using both strategies.

Week of 3/11

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)
  • 3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)
  • 3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)
  • 3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)
  • 3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30, Knights of Columbus)

Reading

Reading partners worked together as a team this week to ask each other questions related to their books. Before they begin reading their own copy of the same book, reading partners are agreeing to a stopping point. Once they both reach the stopping point, they stop and ask each other questions about the big events in their chapters or books. Here are some sample questions:

  • What’s happening so far?
  • What’s this mostly about?
  • How is the character changing (or not)?
  • What is the character learning? What’s the lesson?

Writing

Explorers began using organizers to help them plan an opinion paragraph. They started by stating an opinion and naming their piece. They followed this by writing two reasons to support their opinion and provided details about each reason. This will help prepare them to transfer their ideas into a full organized paragraph with a beginning, middle, and end.

Science

This week explorers started a new science unit about Matter! Students recalled that matter has mass and can be a solid, liquid or a gas. They’ve also learned that water exists in all three states. Water as a solid is ice, as a liquid is water, and gas as water vapor.

Math

Students began this week solving subtraction problems with ungrouping using Base 10 Blocks. Then they learned how to subtract using number lines and proof drawings. Ask your explorer to model 65-24 using both strategies.

Week of 3/4

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15th for author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.
  • You can find out more information about all her books at www.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/7 & 3/8 - P/T Conferences
  • 3/8 - No School for Students
  • 3/13 - Early Release Day
  • 3/14 - Diversity & Inclusion Meeting (4-5PM, Blue Sky Studio)
  • 3/14-3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical
  • 3/15 - Play Before Your Day (8-8:45AM, North Playground)
  • 3/15 - Yearbook Meeting (3:50-4:45PM, Collaboration Common)
  • 3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)
  • 3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)
  • 3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)
  • 3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)
  • 3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30AM, Knights of Columbus)

Reading

Readers worked hard this week! They noticed different ways authors use playful language to get their attention. Readers learned that authors use similes, which are special kinds of comparisons. Authors also use alliterations and even repetitions! Ask your explorer to identify the playful language that authors use during nightly reading.

Writing

This week in writing students began focusing on how adding details can enhance their opinion writing. They talked about how details help writers stretch their piece out like an accordian. Explorers helped the “All Write Club” character Neema Gecko come up with details to support her reasons. The more details you add, the stronger your paragraph!

Social Studies

Explorers continued their unit of study on influential Americans. This week, they learned about Helen Keller and George Washington Carver. Ask your explorer about how these influential Americans made an impact on their communities.

Math

This week explorers were assessed on their knowledge of fractions. They then began learning about subtraction through read alouds and introductory games in the classroom. Ask your explorer to explain the concept of subtraction.

Week of 2/25

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Annual Celebration of Arlington’s World Languages, Diversity & Cultures

Ms. Oronoz, Discovery Spanish teacher, is looking for students to participate in Arlington’s celebration on Wednesday, March 6 from 4 to 6 pm at the Arlington Career Center at 816 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204. The first grade teachers, Ms. Healy, Ms. Upshur and Ms. Wright, are prepared to attend. Second grade students in Ms. Kuleski and Mr. Stein’s classes are also prepared to attend. Interested students in Ms. Stoker ‘s and Mr. Bridges will share experiences about having a pen pal in Spanish class. Attire is the grade color shirt. If you are able to bring your child, please respond to this Google Form and contact Ms. Oronoz with questions.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/1 Vision Team Meeting (8:10-8:45AM, Blue Sky Studio)
  • 3/7 - Early Release Day due to P/T Conferences
  • 3/7 & 3/8 - P/T Conferences
  • 3/8 - No School for Students
  • 3/13 - Early Release Day
  • 3/14 - Diversity & Inclusion Meeting (4-5PM, Blue Sky Studio)
  • 3/14-3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical
  • 3/15 - Play Before Your Day (8-8:45AM, North Playground)
  • 3/15 - Yearbook Meeting (3:50-4:45PM, Collaboration Common)
  • 3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)
  • 3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)
  • 3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)
  • 3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)
  • 3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30AM, Knights of Columbus)

Reading

This week students continued practicing fluent reading and even read with peers from Williamsburg Middle School. Ask your Explorer to demonstrate how they “Scoop Up Words" words while reading with them at night.

Writing

Writers began learning how to organize an opinion paragraph using the character B.Z. Beaver from the “All Write Club”. Using the colors of a traffic light as a model, they learned to begin a paragraph with a topic sentence that they associated with the color green. After introducing their topic or opinion, they wrote reasons to support their opinion in yellow. Each reason should include a detail using the color red. To conclude their paragraph, they used the color green to restate their opinion.

Social Studies

Explorers continued their unit of study on influential Americans. This week, they learned about Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Cesar Chavez. Ask your explorer about how these influential Americans made an impact on their communities.

Math

This week explorers wrapped up their unit of study on fractions as they learned about unit fractions. A unit fraction is any fraction that has a numerator as 1 and represents one equal part of a whole. They also learned how to compare unit fractions with a model (as seen below).

 

Week of 2/19

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

A Note from Our Spanish Teachers

World Heritage Night is scheduled for Thursday 2/21/19 from 6 to 8 pm. 2nd grade classes from Mrs. Kuleski and Mr. Stein will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)
  • 2/28 Read Across Campus Day with WMS

Reading

This week, readers continued to focus on reading fluently and changing their voices to match the mood of the text. During nightly reading, encourage your explorer to read aloud for a few minutes at a time, making sure they pause at punctuation and change their voices to match the text.

Writing/

Social Studies

Explorers have been studying the contributions of many different influential Americans. They continue to learn about Civil Rights and Black History Month. This week, each class focused on one influential African American and completed an interdisciplinary project. Ask your Explorer who their class focused on and check out the projects at World Heritage Night!

Math

Second graders learned how to represent fractions on a numberline. We call this a linear representation of numbers. We used fraction bars (shown in color below) as a way to bridge their knowledge from area/region to linear representations.

   

Week of 2/11

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

A Note from Our Spanish Teachers

World Heritage Night is scheduled for Thursday 2/21/19 from 6 to 8 pm. 2nd grade classes from Mrs. Kuleski and Mr. Stein will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/15 Play Before Your Day (8:00-8:45AM, North Playground)
  • 2/15 Jersey/Sports Team Spirit Day
  • 2/21 Eco-Action Meeting: Bike Arlington & ATP (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)
  • 2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)
  • 2/28 Read Across Campus Day with WMS

Reading

This week, readers began a new unit of study. They are beginning to learn that reading bigger books means that they have to amp up their reading power! To begin the unit, we reviewed reading with fluency by reminding readers to scoop up phrases and not read word-by-word. Readers learned to pay particular attention to characters and how they talk, act, and feel throughout the text.

Writing

This week writers put the finishing touches on their teaching books! Explorers are now beginning a brand new unit on opinion writing. They identified the difference between a fact and opinion. They also listened to a story about the “All Write Club” and shared their favorite character from the story with a reason why.

Social Studies

This week, explorers continued to study Influential Americans. Through this unit, students will learn about Civil Rights and will celebrate Black History Month through read alouds. During our library block Mr. Re read about Georgia Gillmore. Ask your explorer about the book called Pies from Nowhere.

Math

Second graders continued their fraction unit and explored how to read and represent fractions represented by an area or region.

Week of 2/4

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

A Note from Our Spanish Teachers

World Heritage Night is scheduled for Thursday 2/21/19 from 6 to 8 pm. 2nd grade classes from Mrs. Kuleski and Mr. Stein will have a Spanish performance at the show. Please save the date and join us for cultural performances and presentations.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/8 DJ Dance Party (6:30-8PM, Gym)
  • 2/13 Early Release Day
  • 2/14 Diversity & Inclusion (4-5 PM, Blue Sky Studio)
  • 2/15 Play Before Your Day (8:00-8:45AM, North Playground)
  • 2/15 Jersey/Sports Team Spirit Day
  • 2/21 Eco-Action Meeting: Bike Arlington & ATP (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)
  • 2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)
  • 2/28 Read Across Campus Day with WMS

Reading and

Writing

Explorers are putting their final touches on their nonfiction books this week to get them ready for publishing. They also began reading the book Minnie and Moo Go Dancing and are focusing on identifying character traits as well as keeping track of which characters are talking. This will help them prepare for our next reading unit on keeping track of bigger books!

Social Studies

This week, explorers began their unit on Influential Americans. Through this unit, students will learn about civil rights and will celebrate Black History Month through read alouds. During our library block, Mr. Re read about Rosa Parks, encouraging students to make connections across books they are reading in and outside of the classroom.

Math

Second graders began their fraction unit this week by exploring fair shares and then learned how to read and represent fractions represented by a set. Below are a few fractions of a set.

Week of 1/28

(repeat due to weather delays)

General Notes

PE Update! Upcoming Bike Unit (January 18-February 4)

Please check your child’s Friday Folder for information about an upcoming bike unit during PE! Mr. Duffy is looking for parent volunteers...check out the letter to see how you can help during this time. Here is the upcoming schedule:

 2nd Grade PE Schedule for January 18-February 4:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2:35-3:05

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

3:05-3:35

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 1/25 Principal Chat: Learning Responsibility (Blue Sky, 9:15AM)
  • 1/28 Grade Prep Day/Family Day at the Museum/No School for Students
  • 1/28 Kindergarten Information Night (Washington and Lee, 7PM)
  • 1/31 Pyramid Parent Event (7PM, WMS Library)

Reading and

Writing

Explorers are now using the notes they’ve collected during research to write a final nonfiction book to wrap up our unit. They are writing with their readers in mind, ensuring that their book includes a few main ideas and details to explain those ideas. They are also making sure to identify the ‘lingo’ of their topic and provide a glossary identifying keywords for their readers.

Social Studies

Explorers learned about the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through read alouds, videos, and shared reading poems. Below are a few of our favorites, Martin’s Big Words and The Cart that Carried Martin.

     

 

Math

This week students learned how to read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a three digit numeral, with and without models. They also began learning how to compare 3 digit numbers. Ask your Explorer to write the number 637 using boxes, sticks, and circles and also using expanded form.

Week of 1/22

General Notes

PE Update! Upcoming Bike Unit (January 18-February 4)

Please check your child’s Friday Folder for information about an upcoming bike unit during PE! Mr. Duffy is looking for parent volunteers...check out the letter to see how you can help during this time. Here is the upcoming schedule:

 2nd Grade PE Schedule for January 18-February 4:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2:35-3:05

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

3:05-3:35

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 1/25 Principal Chat: Learning Responsibility (Blue Sky, 9:15AM)
  • 1/28 Grade Prep Day/Family Day at the Museum/No School for Students
  • 1/28 Kindergarten Information Night (Washington and Lee, 7PM)
  • 1/31 Pyramid Parent Event (7PM, WMS Library)

Reading and

Writing

Explorers are now using the notes they’ve collected during research to write a final nonfiction book to wrap up our unit. They are writing with their readers in mind, ensuring that their book includes a few main ideas and details to explain those ideas. They are also making sure to identify the ‘lingo’ of their topic and provide a glossary identifying keywords for their readers.

Social Studies

Explorers learned about the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through read alouds, videos, and shared reading poems. Below are a few of our favorites, Martin’s Big Words and The Cart that Carried Martin.

     

 

Math

This week students learned how to read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a three digit numeral, with and without models. They also began learning how to compare 3 digit numbers. Ask your Explorer to write the number 637 using boxes, sticks, and circles and also using expanded form.

Week of 1/14

General Notes

PE Update! Upcoming Bike Unit (January 18-February 4)

Please check your child’s Friday Folder for information about an upcoming bike unit during PE! Mr. Duffy is looking for parent volunteers...check out the letter to see how you can help during this time. Here is the upcoming schedule:

 2nd Grade PE Schedule for January 18-February 4:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2:35-3:05

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

3:05-3:35

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 1/18 Spirit Day- Hat Day
  • 1/18 Play Before Your Day (North Playground, 8:30)
  • 1/12 MLK Day-No School for Students (Day of Service at Discovery 11AM-1PM)
  • 1/23 CCPTA Reflections Celebration (Washington and Lee, 6:30PM)
  • 1/24 Instrumental Concert (Gym, 7PM)
  • 1/25 Principal Chat: Learning Responsibility (Blue Sky, 9:15AM)
  • 1/28 Grade Prep Day/Family Day at the Museum/No School for Students
  • 1/28 Kindergarten Information Night (Washington and Lee, 7PM)
  • 1/31 Pyramid Parent Event (7PM, WMS Library)

Reading and

Writing

Explorers continued to conduct independent research on their topic, learning how to take notes and identify what information their readers want to learn. Their research work was supported by Mr. Re during library as he helped point students towards relevant books and/or databases.

Social Studies

Due to the short week, explorers continued their studies of primarily the Lakota tribe of the Plains and are starting to learn about the Pueblo tribe of the Southwest.

Separately, explorers will also be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role as an influential American.

Math

This week, explorers spent time identifying, creating, and evaluating lines of symmetry. They learned that symmetry occurs in nature and architecture, and can even be found in the alphabet! Ask your explorer to go on a symmetry hunt at home! Feel free to send your child’s teacher an image of the objects and we will share it with their class!

Week of 1/7

General Notes

PE Update! Upcoming Bike Unit (January 18-February 4)

Please check your child’s Friday Folder for information about an upcoming bike unit during PE! Mr. Duffy is looking for parent volunteers...check out the letter to see how you can help during this time. Here is the upcoming schedule:

 2nd Grade PE Schedule for January 18-February 4:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2:35-3:05

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

Coulouris/Kuleski

Knowlan/Stein

3:05-3:35

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

  • 1/15 PTA Reflections Celebration (Library, 8AM)
  • 1/16 Early Release
  • 1/17 Eco- Action Meeting (Dining Commons, 8:50AM)
  • 1/18 Spirit Day- Hat Day
  • 1/18 Play Before Your Day (North Playground, 8:30)
  • 1/12 MLK Day-No School for Students (Day of Service at Discovery 11AM-1PM)
  • 1/23 CCPTA Reflections Celebration (Washington and Lee, 6:30PM)
  • 1/24 Instrumental Concert (Gym, 7PM)
  • 1/25 Principal Chat: Learning Responsibility (Blue Sky, 9:15AM)
  • 1/28 Grade Prep Day/Family Day at the Museum/No School for Students
  • 1/28 Kindergarten Information Night (Washington and Lee, 7PM)
  • 1/31 Pyramid Parent Event (7PM, WMS Library)

Reading and

Writing

Explorers are building on their previous work of noticing how multiple books on one topic go together. This week they began connecting non-fiction reading and writing by choosing a topic to research and write about. They have been working hard to gather information from books and databases to take notes on their topic. Moving forward, they will write a book to teach their readers about their chosen topic.

Social Studies

Explorers continued their studies of Native American tribes this week, focusing primarily on the Lakota tribe. Explorers were able to compare the nomadic lifestyle of the Lakota to that of the Powhatan, who lived in villages. They also learned that the Lakota relied primarily on buffalo for survival. Next week explorers will learn about the Pueblo, a tribe of the American southwest.

Math

This week students explored 2D shapes on Geoboards and dot paper. They were also introduced to 3D figures (Spheres, Cubes, and Rectangular Prisms) and named how many faces, edges, and vertices each figure has.

Week of 12/17

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

12/20 - Eco Action Meeting

12/21 - Pajama Day

12/21 - Winter Break

Reading

This week, readers learned that they can read more than one book about the same topic. They should notice the parts of both books that go together to build upon what they already know as well as learn new things! Encourage your explorer to check out books on a particular topic of their choosing so that they can become a reading expert on one topic.

Writing

This week writers learned to consider their audience and think “what will they want to learn?”  They also worked to help their readers picture the information by adding description and details as well as comparisons to their writing.

Social Studies

Explorers began their study of Native Americans this week. Second graders will be learning about the Powhatan, Lakota, and Pueblo tribes. Second graders are learning that the land, climate, jobs, art, and forms of transportation of each tribe are unique.

Math

This week students used proof drawings, traditional algorithm, number lines and partial sums to solve double digit addition story problems with and without regrouping. Ask your Explorer about the steps they take when working through story problems.

Week of 12/10

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

12/19- Classroom Celebration

12/21 - Winter Break

Reading

Readers continued to use text features to notice and understand key words. Then, they learned that they can use context to build knowledge of unknown words. For example, if a reader comes across an unknown word, the reader can use the rest of the sentence to figure out what the word means, then think of other words that mean something similar and try that word in its place. During nightly reading, if explorers come across an unknown word, encourage them to stop and use the rest of the sentence to figure out the meaning of the unknown word.

Writing

This week writers began rereading their writing as editors to check their piece for spelling, grammar, and punctuation so their writing easier for their readers to understand. Here is a list of things writers can edit for:

  • End punctuation
  • Commas in lists
  • Capital letters
  • Missing words
  • Word wall words
  • Spelling patterns

Social Studies

Explorers were treated to a presentation on Monday from the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation as a preview to our upcoming Native Americans unit of study. The presentation taught students that Native Americans lived off the land and used all parts of the animals they hunted.

Explorers have also studied some of the water and land features of the United States. They learned about the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, the Great Lakes, and the Rio Grande, James, and Mississippi River.

Math

This week students used proof drawings, traditional algorithm, number lines and partial sums to solve double digit addition problems with regrouping. Try creating double digit problems for your explorer and have them explain how to solve them using at least two different methods.

Week of 12/3

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

12/7 - Battle of the Books (9:00-10:30AM, Gym)

12/10 - 12/14 - Book Fair

12/10 - In-house field trip from Jamestown Yorktown Foundation

12/12 - Early Release - Teacher Professional Development

12/12 - Book Fair Joke-o-Rama Extravaganza (6-8:00PM, Library)

12/21 - Winter Break

Reading

This week, explorers learned that readers of nonfiction find keywords and work to learn what those keywords mean. They located keywords by looking for and reading bolded words, text boxes, labels, and glossaries. We call these nonfiction text features.

Writing

Our expert writers have been writing away to teach others about their topics! This week they continued to study expert authors to get new ideas to try in their writing, and even created their own “About the Author” page for their books. They also learned to elaborate by squeezing their brains to think up more information to add to their writing in order to teach their reader all they know about their topic.

Social Studies

Explorers worked to identify and label all seven continents and five oceans. They learned that oceans are named based on weather and land features, which is why the Southern Ocean was named much later than the other oceans. Ask your explorer to name the continent we live on and which ocean Virginia is closest to.

Math

This week students learned to use proof drawings to solve double digit addition problems with regrouping. Ask your explorer to model this strategy while solving the following problems:

36 + 25=             48 + 14=               67 + 29

Week of November 26

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

12/4 - Chorus Concert (6:30-7PM, Gym)

12/4 - PTA Meeting (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

12/7 - Battle of the Books (9:00-10:30AM, Gym)

12/10 - 12/14 - Book Fair

12/10 - In-house field trip from Jamestown Yorktown Foundation

12/12 - Early Release - Teacher Professional Development

12/12 - Book Fair Joke-o-Rama Extravaganza (6-8:00PM, Library)

12/21 - Winter Break

Reading

Readers began an exciting unit of study this week! They learned how to read nonfiction texts and learned that ‘nonfiction’ doesn’t only apply to a book or passage. Nonfiction includes maps, globes, pictures, and other resources that teach explorers about the world around them. Readers also learned to locate the table of contents in a nonfiction book. Ask your explorers what they can learn about a book just by reading the table of contents.

Writing

Writers began writing teaching books that show their expertise on non-fiction topics!  They have been brainstorming ideas and have recorded them in their tiny topic notebooks. Writers are studying the moves of non-fiction authors and are trying out features of non-fiction texts in their own books. This week they worked to include a table of contents and headers!

Social Studies

Explorers are becoming cartographers! They have explored maps and globes, identifying and describing features of each of the Earth’s seven continents and five oceans. Ask your explorer about the difference between maps and globes!

Math

This week students learned to use an open number line to model addition. Ask your child to demonstrate their knowledge by solving the following problems:     23 + 45,    32 + 18,   56 + 13

Week of November 13

General Notes

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Are Still Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

11/16 - Play Before Your Day

11/16   Principal Chat (9:15AM, Blue Sky Studio) Topic: Teaching Responsibility

11/20 - Scrabble Spirit Day

11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

12/10 - Book Fair Starts

Reading

Readers were introduced to nonfiction this week in order to prepare them for our next unit of study. After Thanksgiving, explorers will delve into nonfiction books and learn about text features (i.e. table of contents). Readers previewed Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons and learned that not all nonfiction books have real photographs!

Social Studies

Explorers began to explore maps this week! Mr. Re has also supported the study of cardinal and intermediate directions during this week’s library classes. Students will use the knowledge of north, south, east, and west to help them identify locations of continents on maps and globes.

Math

Explorers started the week reviewing Base 10 representations to use this as a strategy for double digit addition. They were introduced the proof drawing strategy where they drew sticks and circles to represent tens and ones. They transferred these drawings into addition equations.

 

Week of November 5

General Notes

Field Trips!

Ms. Coulouris and Mrs. Knowlan’s second grade classes will visit Potomac Overlook tomorrow 11/9! Encourage your explorer to wear the second grade Discovery T-shirt or a blue shirt.

Mr. Stein’s and Mrs. Kuleski’s classes will attend on 11/14.

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

11/12 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/13 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

11/15 - Individual Photos-Make Ups

11/15 - Eco Action Meeting @ 8:50 am

11/16 - Play Before Your Day

12/10 - Book Fair Starts

Reading

Explorers were introduced to their new word study routine! This week they learned how to cut, label, and sort their new sorts. They also practiced how to “lay and say” each word as they sort. Throughout this week and next, they will be introduced to new word study activities each day.

Writing

This week writers chose the small moment story they are the most proud of to fancy up and publish. They used checklists and relied on all they learned this unit to make their writing the best it could be. Writers will celebrate by sharing their finished pieces with classmates during an in-class publishing party at the end of the week. Be on the lookout for awesome writing coming home soon!

Social Studies

Explorers spent the week understanding how civic duty includes voting in local and state elections as well as presidential elections. We participated in a schoolwide vote for a yearbook cover and students received ‘I Voted in Arlington’ stickers. Explorers also discussed Veterans Day and will continue their learning on its importance next week.

Math

This week explorers used strategies to find unknowns in addition and subtraction and to determine if equations are equal or unequal. Ask your explorer if the following are true or false:

  1. 4+4 = 6+2
  2. 3+6 = 10
  3. 9+5 = 8+6

Week of October 29

General Notes

Field Trips!

All second grade classes will visit the APS Planetarium tomorrow! Encourage your explorer to wear the second grade Discovery T-shirt or a blue shirt.

All second grade classes will also visit the Potomac Overlook in the near future. Ms. Coulouris’ and Mrs. Knowlan’s classes will attend on 11/9. Mr. Stein’s and Mrs. Kuleski’s classes will attend on 11/14. If you are interested in chaperones, please contact your child’s teacher.

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

11/2 - Reflection's Submissions Due Date

11/5 - Hydroponic Garden Build @ 4 PM - 6 PM

11/6 - No School - Grade Prep

11/12 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/13 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

11/15 - Individual Photos-Make Ups

11/15 - Eco Action Meeting @ 8:50 am

11/16 - Play Before Your Day

12/10 - Book Fair Starts

Reading

Explorers wrapped up their fiction unit of study by choosing one or two areas of growth and reflecting on ways they grew as readers. Throughout the first quarter, readers learned that second graders grow as fast as beanstalks during reading time. They learned to decide how a book is meant to be read, use stop and jots to remember ideas, stop, think, and retell, read in bigger scoops, read more and more, and give books a sneak peak. Ask your explorer how they grew as a reader this quarter.

Parent Reading Academy presentation .

Writing

This week writers studied the craft moves used by master authors in the books they read, and worked to apply them to their own writing pieces. As we near the end of the unit, writers are beginning to fix up and fancy up their writing to prepare them for publishing. They learned to reread their work to check for complete sentences and to look for places to enhance their writing by adding details.

Science

Scientists continued to observe the world around them this week using their senses and science tools. On Halloween explorers learned a little about anatomy. They were guided through making a model of the bones in their hands and wrists and were able to use it to make an ‘x-ray.’

Math

This week explorers practiced addition and subtraction using making ten, doubles plus 1, counting back, and one less than. They also learned about fact families and applied their knowledge to create scary Haunted Houses.

Week of October 22

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted! (Updated)

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

10/25 Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences

10/26 No School for Students-Parent Teacher Conferences

11/6 No School for Students- Teacher Grade Prep Day

11/12 No School for Students- Veterans Day

Reading

Explorers learned that authors have intentions and often write books so that readers react in a big way. Authors use craft moves, and readers learned to notice those craft moves and then apply them to their own reading and writing. For example, an author might write something silly in a book so that the reader will laugh. Readers learned to notice intentional dialogue and then go back to their own writing pieces and add dialogue.

Writing

This week writers were introduced to checklists to revise and strengthen their small moment stories. They are using checklists to make sure their writing is organized and includes a strong beginning and ending. They also use the checklists to encourage them to bring their stories to life by making the characters talk, move, and think, as well as choose strong words to help their readers picture their story.

Science

This week explorers were exposed to the science tools they will be using throughout the year, and understand that each tool has a specific purpose. Here are a few of the tools second graders will use this year:

Math

This week Explorers learned how to use Make Ten and Doubling strategies to solve addition problems. Ask your student to use both strategies to solve the following problems:

  1. 6 + 7 + 4        
  2. 8 + 9

Week of October 15

General Notes

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please sign up for a conference if you haven’t done so already.

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted! (Repeat)

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

10/24 Unity Day

10/25 Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences

10/26 No School for Students-Parent Teacher Conferences

11/6 No School for Students- Teacher Grade Prep Day

11/12 No School for Students- Veterans Day

Reading

Explorers continued to implement different word solving strategies during independent reading time. They learned that vowel teams are two vowels that sit next to each other in the middle of a word but only make one sound. The same vowel team can make sound different (head and beach) depending on the word so readers should try saying the word both ways to see which one sounds correct. Readers were also introduced to suffixes and prefixes such as re-, un-, -ing, and -ed.

Writing

Many writers are getting close to finishing some of the books they have been writing. This week writers focused on adding tiny details to enhance their writing. They also began rereading their writing like detectives to make sure their writing includes ending punctuation and makes sense, and worked on creating a strong ending.

Science

Explorers began learning about what it means to be a scientist. They learned just how many fields of study there are in science, and the tools needed to observe, experiment, measure, and record their findings. They will be putting this knowledge to use in the coming weeks.

 

Math

This week Explorers learned to count and identify the ordinal positions first through twentieth, using an ordered set of objects.

Second grade mathematicians are over the moon for Dreambox! During explorer time they are stretching their brains and demonstrating a growth mindset by tackling challenges within this new app. Ask your student about their favorite activity!

Week of October 9

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted! (Repeat)

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

10/10 - Walk and Bike to School Celebration

10/10 - Early Release @ 1:28 PM

10/19 - Play Before Your Day @ 8 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

Reading

This week explorers learned that second grade readers stop, think, and retell while reading! Readers should not wait until the end of a book to do the hard work of a second grade reader. Instead, they should be mindful of times when their minds may drift during independent reading time, mindful of interesting or exciting parts of a book, and mindful of retelling a book or story in sequential order. Readers also learned to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and figure out tricky words by drawing on everything they already know. Ask your explorer about strategies such as looking through the whole word part-by-part to figure out tricky words.

Writing

This week writers worked on planning their small moment stories by telling their story across their fingers. They also learned that they can use key words at the top of each page or a graphic organizer to hold onto the parts of their story and write the beginning, middle, and end. Writers looked closely at objects such as shells and pennies to practice describing tiny details. They can use the same descriptive words in their own writing!

Social Studies

Explorers are wrapping up their study of citizenship this week. Classes used Image Analysis, a “History Alive!” teaching strategy, to build empathy and expose students to what it was like to immigrate to the United States at the turn of the century via Ellis Island. Ask your student about the image they observed.

In the coming week we will begin our first Science unit. Stay tuned to find out how explorers start to work and think like scientists!

Math

This week Explorers are learning a new way to compare numbers in addition to reviewing the alligator method used in previous years. Ask your child to explain the picture below.

Week of October 1

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

9/27- Family Bingo Night @ 6:45 PM

10/2 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

10/8 - No School - Columbus Day

10/10 - Walk and Bike to School Celebration

10/10 - Early Release @ 1:28 PM

10/19 - Play Before Your Day @ 8 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

Reading

Second grade readers are getting stronger by reading a lot! They began setting goals during independent workshop time. Readers set goals by determining how many books they believe they can reading during the reading block, then working hard to meet that goal. Readers also learned that second grade readers don’t read one word at a time. Rather, they read in longer phrases, scooping up snap words. Encourage your reader to read in bigger scoops during nightly reading.

Writing

This week writers created Tiny-Topic notebooks to gather small moment ideas for stories. They also learned how to add details by “Magnifying” those small moments in time and zooming in on the important details. Ask what they’re learning about master writers like Jane Yolen.

 

Social Studies

This week explorers continued to learn about important US symbols and the meanings they hold for people in and outside of our country. Students learned about the Statue of Liberty, a landmark that has welcomed generations of immigrants. This learning sparked the interest of many explorers about their own ancestry. We would love to hear any family histories!

Math

This week mathematicians continued to represent tens and ones with sticks and circles. They also learned to use a hundred chart to help them identify 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less than a given number. To practice this concept, students used windows on the hundreds chart to hide the numbers around a given number and quiz themselves or a partner. They also filled in missing pieces of the hundreds chart. Below is an example of some of this week’s work:

                 

Week of September 24

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

9/27- Family Bingo Night @ 6:45 PM

10/2 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

10/8 - No School - Columbus Day

10/10 - Early Release @ 1:28 PM

10/19 - Play Before Your Day @ 8 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

Reading

Second grade readers learned that reading changes as they get older. Readers get to read longer books and they get to be in charge of their own reading. One way to take charge is to choose not only what they are reading, but how they are going to read. For example, if reading the poem There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, they would read the silly parts in a sillier voice and the sad part in a sadder voice. Encourage your reader to change their voice during nightly reading.

Writing

This week Explorers continued to practice proper letter formation and legibility. They also began discussing the elements of a sentence. Sentences should be a complete idea and include a “who” and a “what”. They should all begin with an uppercase letter and end with punctuation. Ask your second grader to explain the different types of punctuation marks and when they are used.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we began learning about the American Flag and other symbols of our country. Ask your explorer to recite The Pledge of Allegiance and explain to you what they know about it.

Math

This week in math, second graders were exposed to multiple ways to represent tens and ones. Second graders will use and can recognize base 10 blocks, numerals, or sticks and circles to represent numbers. Below is a representation of the number 38 with sticks and circles:    

Week of September 17

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

9/9-9/21 Fall Enrichment Registration

9/26 Gifted Services Information Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 PTA Bingo Night (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

9/27 Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)                                

Reading

Readers continued to build stamina during the reading block by reading independently and without interruption. Teachers worked one-on-one with students and began individual reading assessments. Although some of these assessments will not be coming home, the results will be shared with you during October conferences so that you will know your explorer’s level of reading. Please continue to encourage nightly reading at home.

Writing

This week we continued our mini-unit on handwriting reviewing proper letter formation and pencil grip techniques. We also worked to create our Hopes and Dreams for the school year using these to form our classroom rules and expectations.

Social Studies

Explorers continued to discuss ways to be active citizens in our community. These discussions led into talks about digital citizenship. Explorers learned that they leave a digital footprint when they use technology, and that it is not advised to share personal information (name, email, birthday, etc.) with people you do not know and trust.

After learning about digital citizenship, Keith Reeves, our Technology Coach, introduced iPads this week and students ‘signed’ our Acceptable Use Policy by signing their names on the Discovery promenade wall. Students will be learning how to care for and use iPads responsibly in the coming weeks.

Math

In Math this week students differentiated between math manipulatives such as counters and cubes, and math tools like hundreds charts and number lines. After reading the book Even Steven and Odd Todd,  Explorers used math manipulatives to demonstrate how they know a number is even or odd. When given a number of counters, student put them into pairs. If every counter has a pair, the number is even. If there is one left over, the number is odd. Ask your second grader to identify even and odd objects around the house!

Week of October 1

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Upcoming Events

9/27- Family Bingo Night @ 6:45 PM

10/2 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

10/8 - No School - Columbus Day

10/10 - Walk and Bike to School Celebration

10/10 - Early Release @ 1:28 PM

10/19 - Play Before Your Day @ 8 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

Reading

Second grade readers are getting stronger by reading a lot! They began setting goals during independent workshop time. Readers set goals by determining how many books they believe they can reading during the reading block, then working hard to meet that goal. Readers also learned that second grade readers don’t read one word at a time. Rather, they read in longer phrases, scooping up snap words. Encourage your reader to read in bigger scoops during nightly reading.

Writing

This week writers created Tiny-Topic notebooks to gather small moment ideas for stories. They also learned how to add details by “Magnifying” those small moments in time and zooming in on the important details. Ask what they’re learning about master writers like Jane Yolen.

 

Social Studies

This week explorers continued to learn about important US symbols and the meanings they hold for people in and outside of our country. Students learned about the Statue of Liberty, a landmark that has welcomed generations of immigrants. This learning sparked the interest of many explorers about their own ancestry. We would love to hear any family histories!

Math

This week mathematicians continued to represent tens and ones with sticks and circles. They also learned to use a hundred chart to help them identify 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less than a given number. To practice this concept, students used windows on the hundreds chart to hide the numbers around a given number and quiz themselves or a partner. They also filled in missing pieces of the hundreds chart. Below is an example of some of this week’s work:

                 

Week of September 24

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Math Helpers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom. You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us. Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done. Please click here to volunteer. Many thanks in advance for helping us!

9/27- Family Bingo Night @ 6:45 PM

10/2 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

10/8 - No School - Columbus Day

10/10 - Early Release @ 1:28 PM

10/19 - Play Before Your Day @ 8 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest Parade @11:30 AM

10/21- PumpkinFest @ 12 PM to 3 PM

Reading

Second grade readers learned that reading changes as they get older. Readers get to read longer books and they get to be in charge of their own reading. One way to take charge is to choose not only what they are reading, but how they are going to read. For example, if reading the poem There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, they would read the silly parts in a sillier voice and the sad part in a sadder voice. Encourage your reader to change their voice during nightly reading.

Writing

This week Explorers continued to practice proper letter formation and legibility. They also began discussing the elements of a sentence. Sentences should be a complete idea and include a “who” and a “what”. They should all begin with an uppercase letter and end with punctuation. Ask your second grader to explain the different types of punctuation marks and when they are used.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we began learning about the American Flag and other symbols of our country. Ask your explorer to recite The Pledge of Allegiance and explain to you what they know about it.

Math

This week in math, second graders were exposed to multiple ways to represent tens and ones. Second graders will use and can recognize base 10 blocks, numerals, or sticks and circles to represent numbers. Below is a representation of the number 38 with sticks and circles:    

Week of September 17

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet the end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

9/9-9/21 Fall Enrichment Registration

9/26 Gifted Services Information Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 PTA Bingo Night (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

9/27 Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)                                

Reading

Readers continued to build stamina during the reading block by reading independently and without interruption. Teachers worked one-on-one with students and began individual reading assessments. Although some of these assessments will not be coming home, the results will be shared with you during October conferences so that you will know your explorer’s level of reading. Please continue to encourage nightly reading at home.

Writing

This week we continued our mini-unit on handwriting reviewing proper letter formation and pencil grip techniques. We also worked to create our Hopes and Dreams for the school year using these to form our classroom rules and expectations.

Social Studies

Explorers continued to discuss ways to be active citizens in our community. These discussions led into talks about digital citizenship. Explorers learned that they leave a digital footprint when they use technology, and that it is not advised to share personal information (name, email, birthday, etc.) with people you do not know and trust.

After learning about digital citizenship, Keith Reeves, our Technology Coach, introduced iPads this week and students ‘signed’ our Acceptable Use Policy by signing their names on the Discovery promenade wall. Students will be learning how to care for and use iPads responsibly in the coming weeks.

Math

In Math this week students differentiated between math manipulatives such as counters and cubes, and math tools like hundreds charts and number lines. After reading the book Even Steven and Odd Todd,  Explorers used math manipulatives to demonstrate how they know a number is even or odd. When given a number of counters, student put them into pairs. If every counter has a pair, the number is even. If there is one left over, the number is odd. Ask your second grader to identify even and odd objects around the house!

Week of September 10

General Notes

Headphones (Repeat)

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Morning Snack (Repeat)

Second graders have snack around 10:20, as our lunchtime is at 12:25. Here are some guidelines to consider in packing a snack:

  • Snacks should not require any utensils, as they may be eaten during work time.
  • Snacks should be nut-free.
  • Water is the only acceptable beverage in the classroom.
  • Some examples of acceptable snacks include: a banana, apple slices, pretzels, crackers, carrot sticks, popcorn, etc.

Homework Expectations (Repeat)

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet end of year expectation of 100% fluency.

Upcoming Events

9/9-9/21 Fall Enrichment Registration

9/14 Dot Day (Discovery)

9/26 Gifted Services Information Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 PTA Bingo Night (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

9/27 Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)        

Reading

This week, readers practiced procedures for turning and talking with their peers. They learned that polite listeners look at the speaker and wait their turn to share. Readers focused on making predictions both before and during reading time. Second grade readers learned to use their background knowledge, the cover of the book, and the pictures inside the book to make a reasonable prediction. Readers continued to build stamina during reading time by independently reading without interruption for a sustained amount of time.

Writing

This week writers continued to add topics they are passionate about to their heart maps. Students will refer to their heart maps throughout the year to spark ideas for their writing pieces. Before we kick off our first unit on narrative writing, second grade writers will participate in a mini-unit on handwriting to review proper letter formation and pencil grip.

Social Studies

This week second graders learned about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of our classroom, school, and country. Students created classroom rules and what jobs may be necessary in order to take care of our classroom spaces. In the coming days, students will be learning the importance of having rules in our communities.

Math

In Math this week we’ve continued working on number sense routines, completed more guided discoveries, and began a teacher rotation in which students partake in fun learning experiences. Ask your child about the activity they completed with their guest teacher.

Week of September 4

General Notes

Morning Snack

Second graders have snack around 10:20, as our lunchtime is at 12:25. Here are some guidelines to consider in packing a snack:

  • Snacks should not require any utensils, as they may be eaten during work time.
  • Snacks should be nut-free.
  • Water is the only acceptable beverage in the classroom.
  • Some examples of acceptable snacks include: a banana, apple slices, pretzels, crackers, carrot sticks, popcorn, etc.

Homework Expectations

  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
  • Math fact practice is encouraged nightly to meet end of year expectation of 100% fluency

Headphones

Headphones/earbuds were listed on the second grade supply list but are not included in the Sprout supply kits. Please send in headphones or earbuds labeled for your explorer so that they may be used for iPad instruction in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events

9/6 Ice Cream Social (6:30-7PM, Veranda)

9/6 PTA Meeting (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

9/7 First Cares Assembly (9:15, gym)

9/12 Back To School Night (6:30-8PM, Discovery)
9/9-9/21 Fall Enrichment Registration
9/12 Back to School Night (6:30-8PM, Discovery)

9/14 Dot Day (Discovery)

9/26 Gifted Services Information Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 PTA Bingo Night (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

9/27 Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)        

                       

Reading

Explorers focused on building classroom community through diverse read alouds. They also worked towards growing their reading stamina and choosing just right books for independent reading time. Ask your explorer about the books they read or heard in class this week as we built community and learned the routines for Reading Workshop.

Writing

Writer’s Workshop

This week we introduced the structure of writer’s workshop. We read “The Best Story” by Eileen Spinelli and learned that writers write about what matters most to them. Writers created heart maps to create a visual representation of what they care about. They will use these heart maps to assist in idea generation for future writing units.

Social Studies

Building Classroom Community

This week we have focused on building a safe, welcoming classroom community. We have formed class promises/rules, and learned expectations for the many spaces in our building, as well as expectations for 2nd grade academic procedures.

Math

This week in Math we’ve been working on number sense routines including Which One Doesn’t Belong. We’ve also completed several guided discoveries of manipulatives in our classroom and began discussing ways to think and talk like Mathematicians.