This week is an assessment week in our ‘Wonders’ language arts program. As a result we will be studying high frequency words for spelling. Beginning in second grade, Wonders unit assessments are quite extensive. The second grade team has decided to complete the first unit assessment as a teaching tool. We will be reading the stories together and then discussing the questions related to the story. As we work on each story we will be exposed to the following strategies: *Preview questions (not the answers) before reading the text *While reading, highlight text you think may be important *Read all answer choices for multiple choice questions *Cross out choices that don't make sense *For short answer questions, break the question down. How many steps need to be done? *Use words from the question in your answer *Look back in the text if you are unsure *Reread and check your work As we work our way through the Wonders program, we will have many more opportunities to practice these skills. (Many high schoolers are still working on some of these!)
We talked today about an increase in handwriting expectations. Spacing between words is improving, and will continue to be a focus. In addition, I will now be expecting: *Letters should stay within the lines *Letters should sit on the baseline *The middle dotted line should be used to guide placement of lowercase letters *Tall letters should be tall, short letters should be short, underground letters should go underground *reversals will be identified and fixed *’Clock letters’ should begin at the one o’clock spot
In math we are working on addition number stories, recognizing tens and ones in numbers, and comparing numbers using relational symbols (<,>,=). We have spent a few days now talking about expressing addition with words, with pictures, and with numbers. Place value is still new and tricky. We will practice and practice with this throughout the year! Anytime you can help your child notice groups of tens would be great!
This Friday we will be going to third grade’s Michaelmas Fair. This is an old English autumn tradition that dates back many hundred years! The NBCS third graders have been busy creating crafts and treats to sell. There will also be raffle items to take chances on! Prices will range from 25 cents to $3.00. With parental permission, students are allowed to bring money to school to purchase crafts, treats, and/or raffle tickets. (Five dollars or less is appropriate.). Our class will be going at ten o’clock. Feel free to come join us!
Next week will be very busy with special things! We have fire safety with the New Boston Fire Department. We will also have a walking field trip to the Whipple Free Library and New Boston Historical Society. Permission slips for both have been sent home. Both permission slips are orange! Please return both ASAP! Thank you!
Later in November, closer to Thanksgiving, we will be having a ‘class colors’ school spirit day. Second grade’s color is red. Thought an advanced notice might be helpful!
The next fingerprinting session at NBCS will be Wednesday,11/15 from 5:30-6:45. If you want to volunteer or chaperone you need to be fingerprinted.