Welcome to Second Grade 2018-2019
    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 3-17-19.

    READING: We are working on the reading comprehension strategy of inference.  Currently the way we are workign with inference is by thinking about the lesson in the story.  Not all stories have lessons but to learn to infer lessons we are using a selection of books that do have lessons. Finding clues to support one's opinion is expected and doing it in writing is an added skill required as well.  Once we infer lessons we will compare fairy tales. Comparisons will be made on lessons but also with characters, settings, problem and solution.

    In addition to working on predictions we will be taking time each week to learn how to answer questions, in writing with words from question in the answer.  That means putting in the important words from the question into the answer.  The students will learn how to do this first with questions about themselves and their friends but eventually they will be having to do this with their reading.  On top of using the words from question in answers they will have to remember to capitalize and put in punctuation.  

    Home Support:  Continue to read aloud to your child in addition to their 15 minute of independent reading. While reading with your child stop and discuss with your child their predictions and ask them to justify their prediction with events that have already occurred or connections they have to the events in the story from their own lives or other books they read. Share your thinking as well. Children learn a lot from our own examples and role modeling. 


    Writing: We are now writing poems. We are working on including poetic eye(imagination), visualization and creating a feeling in our poem. We are learning to use metaphors, similes and synonyms to better enhance our poems.  We will end this unit by performing for you at our Poetry Presentation on Tuesday, April 16th at 9:15.

    Our homeroom has penpals in California.  Every 6-8 weeks we write to a group of second graders who live on the other side of our country while sharing interests, events and things we love to do in our communities. Do not worry your child will only sign their first name. I have been penpals with the teacher in California for 2 years now.  This will be my third. Its fun and the students get so excited to receive the mail from their penpals when the letters arrive. 

    Spelling: We are learning new syllable types, all of which have long vowel sounds: v-e (silent e as in line); open syllable (go, no). We are learning to spell longer words that have both short sounds and long sounds by tapping out each syllable seperately.  Students are applying these strategies even in their story writing.
    Home 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.  IF your child has come home with a list of words they need to practice then play spelling games at home or while waiting for an older sibling at a soccer practice.

    Math: We are doing our measuring unit. We are learning to measure with inches, feet, yards, centimeters, meters. We will work on determining the difference between two or three things, estimate measurements, and determine which tool to use to measure which things. Once this unit is done we will do our fraction unit.

    Home Support: Besides doing the nightly homework each night, and reviewing your child's errors with them so they know how to improve their math skills ASAP, you need to make sure your child gets onto Reflex Math  I expect your child to get on Reflex website a minimum of 2x per week. This will be a huge help for your child. Once they know their facts the math becomes easier for them. 

    Science:  Our newest science unit is plants. We will be investigating what makes a plant healthy. We will explore what happens when a plant gets too much of a good thing as well as too little. We will do some planting and caring for those plants until they produce fruit.
    Home Support: When you read your child's form "What I learned in school today" and you see that we did Science ask them to explain what they did and discussed in class. Add your own knowledge on that topic. If your child is really interested, find a book in the library to have them read to extend their own desire to know more.

    Social Studies: We will be learning where in the world our things we use at school and in our home are made and why. This incorporates mapping skills and economics. 


     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 amongst 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.