November is a short, but very busy month in second grade. Please join us in the classroom to celebrate American Education Week on Wednesday, November 14th from 9:00-9:45 am. We will be doing a Thanksgiving writing activity together.
In reading we are beginning a unit on reading for inquiry. The focus of this unit is reading and comprehending informational text and writing an informational report. We will discuss the difference between fiction and nonfiction, and how to use text features to better understand a nonfiction text. Students will learn to take notes on a topic, organize the notes, and write an animal report.
In math we are working on Topic 3, Add Within 100 Using Strategies. We will learn different strategies such as open number line, breaking apart numbers, and using compensation to add. We will then move on to Topic 4, Fluently Add Within 100. Students will learn to add two-digit numbers using the more traditional methods of column addition. These can be very challenging concepts for second graders, and practicing addition math facts, with single digit partners, will be helpful to students.
In social studies we will begin the first portion of our year long study of geography and map skills. A great deal of time will be spent this year on learning about the earth using maps and globes. Students will be asked to locate the seven continents and major oceans. We will work on map skills throughout the year and will integrate these concepts with many other units.
There is no school on Friday, November 10th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Wednesday, November 22nd is an early release day with dismissal at 12:00 pm. No lunch will be served. School will be closed on November 23rd and 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving.