Over the next few weeks the students will be finishing up the investigations in their science kit. They have learned about the different properties that describe matter in the solid and liquid state. Be sure to ask your child to elaborate on some of the vocabulary they have learned including: viscous, transparent, texture, opaque, gas, flexible and rigid.
In math, we are about to begin our new unit of study. The students will be learning about place value and will be using this knowledge to add 2 and 3 digit numbers. They will soon be asked to represent numbers using Quick Hundreds and Quick Tens. At home, you may name a 2 or 3 digit number and ask your child to make a drawing to represent that number. Later in this unit, the children will work on adding 2 digit numbers using the drawings to help them. We will also be focusing on comparing numbers with a greater than, less than or equal value, counting money, skip counting and solving word problems.
Our Fundations lessons will now include a review of how to read and spell multisyllabic words. The second graders have become proficient in reading and spelling single closed syllables. We have also learned the standard sound for /s/ can also say \z\ as in close, rose, use, and fuse. Our unit focus will now switch from sounds to syllables. The students will learn new procedures for segmenting or dividing words into syllables. We will also introduce four new consonant suffixes (-ness, -less, -ment, -ful) and three new vowel suffixes (-able, -ish, -en). Lastly, in this unit, we will discuss the difference between a non-fiction narrative and an informational passage.
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