The second graders have just finished up their first unit of writing. All classes have focused on the genre of narrative writing. The students were able to practice not only the work of choosing an idea, but of stretching out a small moment with detail. The students were asked to write about events in their own lives by “magnifying” their small moments. In using this craft and studying mentor texts by our favorite authors the students learned to write in powerful ways. As the students were developing their ideas they learned that the beginning of their stories set the stage for what was to come and invited the reader in. Just as their beginnings brought their stories to life we also learned that good endings concluded the action. Finally, as master writers we were able to spot light our hard work and celebrate as we continue to grow as writers! 

Our new Fundations unit will teach the procedure for isolating a base word when reading and spelling words with suffixes. The students will soon learn to categorize suffixes as vowel suffixes or consonant suffixes. Vowel suffixes begin with a vowel (-es,-ed,-ing,-est,-er) and consonant suffixes begin with a consonant (-s). We will also discuss comparison endings such as long, longer and longest. The students will also learn six new trick words: again, please, animal, sure, use and used. Lastly, in this unit, we will introduce new vowel teams including: oa, oe, ow, ou, ue, and ew.


In math, we have begun our new unit of study. The students are 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.


It was very nice to see and hear from so many parents at conference time. Please do not hesitate to call or write anytime throughout the school year

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our email addresses are:

Mr. Royle - droyle@groton.k12.ct.us

Mrs. DeMauro - edemauro@groton.k12.ct.us

Mrs. Montgomery - pmontgomery@groton.k12.ct.us