Welcome to Second Grade 2019- 2020
    Mrs. DeStefano
    We are all part of our classroom community of learning. We all contribute with kindness, understanding and support so we can enjoy our growth as learners. 
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    This website is to inform you of what the goals of the classroom curriculum are, in the various subjects for the weeks to come.  Along with communicating the classroom goals I will give you advise on how to extend this learning at home with your child. Latest update was 12/2/19

    READING:We are spending the next few weeks exploring the features of non fiction books. We will use these features to find information to answer questions or to gather information on a topic. The skills we will be learning in Reading will be used in our January writing unit.  The text features we will learn to use are: headings, subheadings, table of contents, indexes, glossary, captions, diagrams, photos and labels. 

    Many of the children are needing practice in school and at home inferring information from their reading. What that means is that they are using what they are reading to figure out answers to questions that are based on opinion and the reader's view point.  Ask your child when they read fiction: Who the hero in the story is and why they think that;  Who is the bad guy in the story and why?; What other way could the author have solved the problem in the story?; How did the setting make the story interesting?  (you get the idea)

    Writing: We finished our Small Moment stories. We will be spending the month of December writing fictional narratives using all the elements of small moment writing plus adding in a problem/solution.  The challenge will be to include an elf or elves as one of the important characters. Students will still have to describe what is happening, put in feelings by description and add dialogue.    

    You can support your child's learning at home by having them make up stories for you while you drive in the car or wait at an appointment.  Make sure they describe the feelings not just say the character is sad. What made the character sad?; How does the character act when he is sad?  Also have your child stretch the solution over 3 tries.  

     Spelling: We are in unit 4 of spelling. In this unit we work on adding suffixes to closed and closed exception words. We work on the  meaning of each suffix we learn. We also work on the suffix e-d having 3 sounds: /t/ /d/ and /id/.  
    Support: Do the spelling homework.  Hold your child accountable when they have any writing for school to use what you have seen in their spelling homework in their other writing.  Remember to practice the words  your child has come home with  on their blue  list by playing spelling games at home or while waiting for an older sibling at a soccer practice. Remember to send Blue list of words back to me once you copy the words they need to practice onto your own paper. 

    Math:We are learning to subtract with and without regrouping (carrying to the next place value) We will learn to subtract three digit numbers from three digit numbers when we are done.  We will even be able to subtract when the larger number has 2 zeros: 500- 227. We will also learn how to visualize a word problem to determine if it is adding or subtracting.  I stress  to the children they need to see the subtracting and the adding in the words told in the problem 

    Science:  We are beginning our next science unit. It is all about the different land and water forms found in New Jersey. We will look at photos and determine what descriptions go with each land form. We will use our new mapping skills we learned in social studies to create maps of landforms we create with sand as well as a landform map of New Jersey we will make with clay.
    Home Support: Point out landforms/bodies of water as you travel in your car or while watching TV or a movie.  Also looking at landforms/bodies of water in books.

    Social Studies: We will not be doing SS until January. 

     Open Circle: Second Grade continues to help each child learn how to handle social interactions with peers through a series of lessons in Open Circle. I then support the lessons as true situations arise among the students by addressing problems using the Open Circle methodology and terminology.  I will send home form letters that come with the program so you know what skills we are working on and what skills you can reinforce using at home when difficult situations arise.