Mrs. McDonald’s Second Grade
Well, our last full month of school! It’s hard to believe. Keeping this in mind, we will make the most of our days together to learn as much as we can!
Our field trip is Wednesday, May 3rd to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. It should be a memorable day for the children. We have selected a chaperone for our classroom through a lottery system so I would like to take this time to thank those of you who offered to chaperone our field trip.
Also, please take a moment to read what the children will be learning for the remainder of the school year and to make note of important dates for the month of May.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email, call, or send in a note to me.
Have a blessed month,
The children will review the Sacrament of Holy Orders as a man’s response to God’s call to serve his people as a priest. In addition, the children will learn some of the ways a priest helps the community. Also, the children are learning about the pope, bishop, and Archdiocese.
The students are continuing cursive writing focusing on lower case letters. They are very excited to learn cursive!
We are in the last unit of our language arts program with a focus on why family celebrations are special. The children will read Realistic fiction and nonfiction material on this topic. Story titles include: Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag; A Birthday Basket for Tia; Cowboys; and Grace for President! We will focus on various comprehension strategies with our primary focus on questioning, inference, and contrast and comparison.
Next, we will continue phonics with a concentration on words with final syllables: -ion, -tion, and -ture. Also, we will learn abbreviations for months, days, titles, and addresses. In addition, the students will learn suffixes, and prefixes.
We finished our unit on an introduction to fractions. The students learned to compare fractional units such as 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2. In addition, the students learned to add and subtract like fractions. For the remaining few weeks of school, the children will learn volume and how to measure in liters, measurement in inches and feet, graphs, lines and surfaces, and shapes and patterns.
The class is showing improvement each week on the Mad Minute exercises so please continue to have your child practice addition and subtraction facts. We have some children who have demonstrated mastery in a particular skill so they have moved on to the next skill. In addition, we have some children who are in multiplication and division Mad Minutes. Congratulations to those children that have demonstrated progress!
The students will learn about the election process and gain an understanding of the roles and influences of leaders at the state and national level. Furthermore, the students will recognize the importance of rules, why we should obey rules in society, and the reasons for behaving in ways that reflect respect for self, others, and basically the principles of good citizenship. Lastly if time allows, we will learn about the 13 colonies, how our country grew by people moving to the west and how the railroad was built to join the East and West Coasts of America, and slavery including the lives of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
Enrichment Class Schedule
Monday- Gym and computer lab
Tuesday- Library, Science
Wednesday- Music and laptops
Thursday- Art, Science, and computer lab
Friday- Spanish and laptops
Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings, including sweatshirts, sweaters, and vests. Also, any money or checks sent in to school should be put in an envelope with your child’s name on it and clearly marked as to who and what it is for.
During these cold winter months, please make sure that your child comes to school with appropriate outerwear including hats and gloves. The children go outside for recess most days.
Students must have an appropriate level book (a “just right” book at their reading level) every day for silent reading.
Please consider volunteering for recess/lunch time if you are available. Your help is greatly appreciated and the children love to see you! Virtus training is required before coming in to volunteer for recess/lunch time. Recess is 11:20-11:40 and lunch is 11:45-12:05. Thank you for your time and help with recess/lunch – it is truly appreciated!
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