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After finishing our science unit on animal habitats,we had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Science and History. We spent the morning learning about animal adaptations and how they live in different parts of the world. The students got to interact with real animals which they thoroughly enjoyed! Our class was also able to explore the second floor exhibits that centered around our lives in the future.

The 2nd graders had loads of fun on Tuesday to mark the 100th day of school. We began the afternoon by sampling 10 different snacks and counting out 10 of each snack in order to fill up our "snack wall". Students were able to read and share different books that take characters through their own 100th day. We ended the day with "pom pom" art. They all counted out 100 pom poms and were able to design a picture of their choosing using the materials that were given. All in all it was a fun day and they were most excited to be allowed to stray from the regular classroom schedule!

 

      Second grade has been very busy with learning exciting and creative ways to add and subtract. We are using the Singapore Math curriculum which is new to me this year. I spent two days in math training and learned all about strategies that help all students compute and really understand math concepts. Singapore Math focuses on mastery instead of memorization. The small island country of Singapore ranked in the top three in fourth and eighth grade math scores, while the United States ranked ninth and eleventh respectively. The goal is for children to perform well because they have a deeper understanding of the concept instead of studying to pass a test. 

      In our second grade class, the students are playing with different types of manipulatives each day in order to strengthen their math skills. For instance, this past week they used "VersaTiles" which involve solving problems with puzzle pieces. If their answers are not correct, then the puzzle pieces will not fit and the answers need to be recalculated. They have really enjoyed the challenge and some look for more difficult puzzles immediately after finishing their classwork. 

 
     As for homework, I usually send two pages of math or grammar home each night. Your children should be reading out loud to an adult or to themselves for at least 20 minutes each night. I encourage you to listen to them read every night and ask a few comprehension questions. 
 
     Please email me with any concerns about your child and I look forward to seeing you at Open House at 7:00 pm on Oct. 24 and also at parent-teacher conferences on November 1st. I will email you that schedule as soon as it is available.

It was so wonderful to meet everyone today! For anyone that could not make it today, we will be sending home information packets with your child on Monday. This year second graders will have "planners" that will go home nightly. Mrs. Paul and I will be writing a note in the planner to parents each afternoon concerning homework and about the day in general. Please sign your child's planner nightly  and respond to one of us if you have a question. We will be having snack each morning and I do ask that you consider sending healthy snacks with your child.

We are so excited for this school year! Thank you for sharing your children with us this year! If you have any questions, please email me at suzanne.nessler@mjgds.org.

See you on Monday!

In order to honor the holiday of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, the Martin J. Gottlieb School is issuing cartier jewelry replica our Ten Commandment challenge to all students in Kitah Bet The challenge is to memorize all Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Students will first recite them to their Hebrew teacher in class the week of May 22.

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The following is a video of the Ten Commandments in Hebrew to help with practicing and memorizing:

Hello!  I apologize for missing so many posts.  All of a sudden time completely flew by.  We have been so incredibly busy here in 2nd grade as we close our year.

We are finishing up our last unit in math, Geometry.  It has been fun looking hard at our 3 dimensional solids.  We have learned about the faces, edges, and vertices of each shape.  We even attempted to make them with straws and clay.  The pyramid was the most successful while the cube kept flopping over.

We also finished up our Responding to Reading unit in writer’s workshop.  We have started our unit on learning to write like a scientist.  The children are learning how to write up a well written and precise lab report about an experiment.  So far, we have written our question, hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusion. Now, we are fine cartier bracelets tuning the experiments and our writing.

Our literature circles have ended and we embarked on our final unit of Fairy Tales.  We have been exploring many types fairy tales.  Did you know there are different versions of one story?  We have learned the components that help us identify a fairy tale and have searched for these in a Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt.  We are exploring the many different kinds of characters that make these stories come alive.  Soon we will be assigned to a play and the children will act out a fairy tale themselves.  This gives them the opportunity to really work on fluency and expression.

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topic of conversation will be saving money.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Please don’t forget that conferences are on March 23rd and 24th.  I am looking forward to meeting with you about your child’s progress.  I sent cartier double bracelet
out conference emails with your scheduled time.  Please let me know if you need to reschedule.

We have started our unit mens cartier bracelets
on time.  We learned/reviewed how to tell time to the nearest five minutes, how many minutes past, how many minutes to/until, and half past.  Please help us out by practicing at home.  Have them randomly tell you the time on a clock or watch.

We are continuing with our unit on opinion letters.  The children were able to choose a part of the book where they replica cartier had an opinion;  favorite part, characters, pictures, title, author.  They then need to retell the part of the story that supports their opinion to give the reader a solid mental image.

The students are wrapping up another literacy circle.  I love seeing their growth and maturity with reading.  They are learning to discuss cartier love bracelet replica the books and complete their individual jobs.  Our spelling skill for the week is having er, ir, ur make the errrrrrr sound.

We almost have all of our posters for our research projects.  If you have some extra time, please print out some pictures of their famous inventor and the inventions.  This will help us with our projects here at school.

Thank you to Eli D’s mom for being the mystery reader!

It’s March!!!!  How did that happen?!!  Time is going by so quickly and we are learning so much.

We are finishing up our unit on fractions.  The very last lesson will be learning about fractions of sets and using fractions in word cartier replica problems.  Our next unit will be telling mens cartier bracelets
time.  It would be helpful if you start talking about how analogue clocks work with hours and minutes.

I am so proud of their opinion letter writing.  It’s amazing how far they cartier double bracelet
have come as writers.  We will share our letters and then place them in the books that inspired us.  Hopefully a reader next year will find them and enjoy their opinions.

We have started a new round of literature cartier love bracelet circles.  The children are able to bring their books and assignments home with them if they choose.  It is definitely not a requirement, it’s a choice.  Feel free to ask them what it’s all about.

Our research is almost complete.  Some of us have even started putting our facts into some graphic organizers.  They can’t wait to create their posters.  Please send them on into the classroom.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss with some fun Seuss inspired STEM activities.  They used different, simple, resources to see how tall they could build a tower.  What a fun time!  They worked together and problem solved until they were successful.  It was a great way to end the week.

Thank you to Vivi’s dad for being our mystery reader this week!

Please mark March 24th on your calendars.  This is the date cartier love bracelet for our parent/teacher conferences.  Please also consider coming to our Purim Carnival next weekend.  The PTA has worked very hard and it’s a super fun experience.  Please sign up to help out with our second grade booth if you haven’t done so already.

We started a new unit in Writer’s Workshop.  We are writing letters to future readers in our class about our opinions.  We are learning letter format, the difference between fact and opinion, and backing our opinion up with evidence from the text.

We are having a blast with our fractions.  We learned what a fraction is, how to make a whole, and how to order cartier love necklace fractions.  Ask us about it!

Our class has started literature circles.  We have learned how to use the various comprehension strategies and we are applying them during this time.  The children have a selection of books they can choose from and groups replica cartier are formed.  They read and do a literacy job.  Then we meet and discuss the book.  It’s a great opportunity to apply our skills and teach each other.

We started our unit on Famous Inventors.  Each child was assigned an inventor that they have to research.  This is the first step to creating mens cartier bracelets
our projects.

Thank you to our guest reader Skyler Kaplan!  A very happy birthday to Mason and Joey.

Here are some dates to mark down on your calendars:

January 30th:  Inservice Day/No School

January 27th:  Report cards will come home

February 20th:  President's Day

March 24th:  Conference Day

We continued to work on multiplication and division this week.  We learned our times tables up to 4 and noticed the skip counting pattern.  This will help us find the products of our problems quickly.

We have finally finished up our Small Moments.  Our publishing party will be on Tuesday, January 26th.  We will share our writing with each other and then celebrate with a little treat.  Writing should be a sweet experience!  We have also learned about possessive nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns.  Learning about the parts of speech helps make us more aware of the sentences we write.  Next week we will learn about plural nouns and then onto verbs!

Our comprehension skill has been questioning while we read.  The children should constantly be asking themselves questions as they read and searching for the answers.  This keeps them involved in the story.  We use our schema, the author's words, and pictures to help answer our questions.  Next week we will use questioning specifically for figuring out the meaning of unknown words we read.

Thank you to Aaron's mom for being our mystery reader this week!