Writing: Our current writing unit is a persuasive writing unit in which students write their opinions about books. We have begun by writing opinions in the form of letters. Each letter is written to the reader, contains an opinion and three supporting reasons. The letters are then placed in envelopes and into the corresponding book in our classroom library. During reading time, second graders have enjoyed finding letters in the books they choose and finding recommendations from their classmates.
Math: Second graders have learned the strategy of breaking apart numbers to add and subtract. We have begun to work on adding two digit numbers using the strategy of breaking numbers apart into tens and ones by using a cross number puzzle. This is a strategy that will be used for three digit addition as well as subtraction problems with large numbers. I will teach other strategies as well, but this strategy is a main focus as it connects well with the traditional algorithm that is taught in later years.
Science and Social Studies: We have wrapped up our study of magnets with our Maglev Train engineering design activity. Here are some pictures of the final products.
Second Step: We have learned about the strategy of using positive self talk to calm down. This is saying things to yourself like “I can do this” or “This is not a big deal”. We talked about how negative self talk can make the problem worse and can make us angrier or more upset.
What book did you write a letter about this week? What was your opinion about the book?
How can you use a cross number puzzle to add 27 + 39?
Dates to Remember:
Monday, March 5th: Natick Organic Farm Field Trip
Wednesday, March 7th: Early Release