Second Grade
Language Arts

Our Lexia Challenges continue! We know Covid has set our students back, but they are making progress and we couldn’t be more proud. We need them to read each night and keep working on those Lexia units. Doing those two things will help them grow in their reading comprehension and fluency. Students are spending the next several weeks working on grammar skills such as homophones, contractions, action verbs and commas in a series. In writing, our students are learning to write letters and summarize using words like “first, next, then, and finally.” We have MAPS testing, PALs and DRA testing in the spring. Your child’s teacher will be comparing those scores to the fall assessments in order to evaluate your child’s growth this year.

Math

Word problems and flexible strategies are what we are knee deep into. These are difficult to master so we will work on them for the rest of the year. We encourage you to pick up a set of addition and subtraction flash cards to practice basic math facts at home with your child. They can practice online at Toytheater.com as well. Probability, fractions and money are just around the corner and the students always enjoy those because they give us opportunities to model in fun ways. It’s time to break out the loose change and start counting with your child at home.

Science

The rest of the year will be spent studying plants and animals. We’ll look at how they benefit us, their habitats and their life cycles. Your child could be dissecting owl pellets or watching chicks hatch. Then it’s on to studying interdependency of plants and animals. Just how do we all share the natural resources around us. We’ll look at some fossils close up and talk about how these give us clues about our past.

Social Studies

We are about to take a look back at some of the innovations that have made our life much easier. Now would be a great time to ask the grandparents to share some stories about the rotary phone, pay telephones, cassette players, and rabbit ears on the television. We’ll end the year with a unit in economics where we learn about supply and demand, consumers and producers, goods and services, and needs versus wants. What can you do at home to help them learn? Take them grocery shopping with a calculator in hand. Try bartering with your child for something they want or start a chore chart with a weekly allowance. Now is a perfect time to take them to the bank to open up their first savings account!

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