In grade 2 the students have been focusing on fact fluency in math. The students have begun practicing quick math drills. The goal is to prepare the students for the math masters program. At this time of year in the second grade we ask if you could get your child some flash cards and start working with them on their facts. This helps to establish automatic recollection of facts giving your child the fluency they will need to be successful. They should be ready to learn their facts in addition and subtraction up to 18. This is a math skill that will benefit them for years to come in their math classes. Check out the math strategies listed below!
Our second grade students have also begun to focus on subtracting 2-digit numbers and have extended their work with money to include quarters and dollars. We are using place value concepts to subtract numbers within 200 and have begun working towards fluency of subtraction with 100. We have found the students to be particularly excited about working with the value of money. Our work with money has focused on showing amounts equal to $1.00 in different ways and comparing groups of coins to find which group is worth more!
Working with money and collections of different coins is a great way for children to practice adding strategies such as skip counting, counting on, and grouping. With practice, they also discover there are many different ways to count money!
Remind your child that a penny is worth one cent, a nickel is worth five cents, a dime is worth ten cents, and a quarter is worth twenty-five cents and that mixed groups of coins can equal the same amount!
Explain that when there is a group of the same coin, they can skip-count to find the total value. (e.g. using nickels 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.)
Show a small collection of different coins, such as a nickel and three pennies. Explain to your child that they can count on to find the total. Remind them that when they count on, they start with the larger number and count on the smaller numbers. For example, you start at 5c and add three ones: 6, 7, 8c. We recommend providing real coins and counting on aloud.
Challenge them to find different ways to count mixed group of coins.
Remind your child that there are different ways to count and challenge them to utilize different strategies.
Hands on activities work the best. So, get that extra change out of your purse or pocket and play with those coins!
Most importantly, remember to have fun, offer positive encouragement, and praise your child as you see progress.
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The grade 2 team!