Chimenti Crew News!
The students have been working really hard to improve their fluency and comprehension. We have been studying characters and settings in stories we read. We are also working on cause and effect. Continue reading the Family Times newsletter that comes home weekly for suggestions and ways to support your child with reading at home. Remember, students are to read for 20 minutes 5 days a week. Some are reading 5 books in one night and thinking they are done...Yikes!
We are now finishing Unit 3 and being tested on these skills. Unit 4 is a HUGE unit as far as importance in the second grade curriculum. The students will be learning how to add two digit numbers. The strategy they will be using to add is called The Partial Sum Algorithm. This is very different than the way we were taught to add as kids. Please take some time to review the Family Letter and all the Home Link Parent pieces so that you are familiar with this strategy. A demonstration on how to use this strategy is online. If your child logs on to the Everyday Math website, you can search for it in My Reference Book. Science:
Water travels in a cycle, yes it does! Ask your child to sing the water cycle song to you as we have been singing daily to help us remember all the parts of the water cycle. We will continue to learn about and observe several aspects of weather over the coming weeks.
We are learning about all the uses of maps. We are making maps of our classroom and bedrooms, as well as learning new vocabulary. We will continue our study of maps for several weeks.