We have had a very productive couple of weeks in second grade. We’ve been producing some amazing writing, and we’ve really been working on our reading skills. We just finished up our unit on persuasive writing. As you can see below, students sent out their persuasive letters, and even practiced addressing envelopes.
We begin to study poetry throughout the whole month of April, which happens to be National Poetry Month. Below, one student plays with magnets and words to write a short poem.
We even manage to find time to relax with a good book.
We also learned more about maps this week through reading the books “There’s a Map on my Lap” and “Mapping Penny’s World”. Students then practiced creating their own maps, and made sure to include a title, a key, and labels. Stay tuned to see how clear and detailed their maps are.
In math, we began working on mental math strategies. Part of working on mental math is learning how to articulate what you are actually doing in your brain. This is a hard skill, and one that has the potential to greatly improve a person’s mental math capacity. Feel free to practice doing mental addition at home with your kids. For example, they should be able to try 346 + 3, or even 55 +8. Some might even be up for more of a challenge.
Have a great weekend!