2nd Grade Newsletter

March 2021

By 2nd Grade Team
March 01, 2021
Thank you!!!!!!!  We have now transitioned into our 2 day concurrent learning with a group of students in person and a group of  students virtual. It is a new learning experience for all of us. Your children have shown such understanding, patience and grace as we all do our best to adjust. Thank you for your continued support. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
Asynchronous Mondays- every Monday students should log in at 8:50 to complete their attendance form found and begin their asynchronous work. Both can be found on Google Classroom. Mondays are considered mandatory school days. Thank you for your continued support

Language Arts

What are we learning?

  • Readers can use expression of poetry through performance, movement, dance ,art
  • Readers make connections to poems they read
  • Researchers ask and seek answers to questions

Home/School Connection

  • Share the poem ‘Avocado’ with someone at home and read it with different expression
  • Read a poem together and share your connections
  • Make a list of questions
  • Choose one of the  questions….try to find an answer. Ask your family, google it.
  • Make a questions/ answers book

Math

What are we learning?

  • Mathematicians name and write fractions represented by a set, region, or length model for halves, fourths, eighths, thirds, and sixths. 
  • Mathematicians represent fractional parts with models and with symbols. 
  • Mathematicians compare the unit fractions for halves, fourths, eighths, thirds, and sixths, with models.

Home/School Connection

  • Practice making and/or naming equal shares at home. Area models include splitting up pizzas, cakes, quesadillas, and pupusas. Set models include sharing candies, coins, and toys equally. 
  • Practice comparing fractional pieces by asking questions. For example, “Would you rather share this brownie with 10 people or two people? Why?” Then cut the brownie to show how big or small the pieces would be.

Science

What are we learning?

  • Students will  investigate and understand that different types of forces may cause an object’s motion to change
  • Students will explore forces, including gravity and magnetism
  • Students will observe how forces can an cause objects to move from a distance
  • Students will understand how forces have applications in our lives

Home/School Connection

  • Go on a scavenger hunt around your house and look for things that have movement
  • Find things that are magnetic in your home - What sticks to it? What doesn’t stick to it?
  • Be an Engineer! Create an invention that uses magnets. What problem are you fixing? How are you making someone’s life easier with your invention?
  • What would you do if you had the world’s strongest magnet? Draw a picture or write a story!

Social Studies

What are we learning?

  • Students will compare the ideas and contributions of explorers (Christopher Columbus and Christopher Newport) 
  • Students will recognize that the impact can be positive or negative

Home/School Connection

  • Share how you would explore a new land. What would you do the same as the explorers? What would you do differently?
  • Draw yourself as an explorer...where are you? What supplies are needed?
  • Pretend you are an explorer. Find an area in or around your home where you can explore (make sure your parents say it is ok)

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Friday, March 26 - 2 hour early release
  • March 29 - April 2- Spring Break
  • Monday, April 5 - Teacher workday/Student holiday

Technology Information:

  • If you haven’t filled out the parental consent form for your child, please fill it out at this link: (https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure=) It’s important to fill out this form so your child can use all of the technology programs FCPS has to offer for students.
  • Dogwood’s Technology Solution Station is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 AM to 11 AM and no appointment is necessary.