Here’s an overview of what’s been going on in class in grades 2 & 3:

2nd Grade

Reading: Readers are working on building their reading stamina by setting reading goals for themselves. We are also working on how to summarize or retell what they’ve read after finishing a book. During the narrative unit, readers are asking themselves, ‘What did the author want to teach me?”.

Our new reading unit is “Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction.” We are exploring Nonfiction text features, and other tools or  strategies that authors use. Some of our read alouds: Knights In Shining Armor, Amazing Animals: Tigers and Fly Guy Presents Sharks.

Writing: During the last unit, writers published their best “small moments” story. In this unit, writers worked on their individualized goals to help them plan, write, and edit their writing pieces. Writers worked hard on adding details to their pieces, adding juicy or fancy punctuation, and stretching their ideas across many pages. Our current unit in writing is Nonfiction Chapter Books. Writers are studying author’s craft moves and text-features in non-fiction to help them implement such moves into their own pieces.

Math: In math we will be continuing our practice of different addition strategies. Both teachers and students have been working hard to establish differentiated game boxes. These game boxes are built around a partnership and contain ‘just-right’ games for those partners and the specific skills they need to work on. Students will be using a new tool, the number line! It’s an integral part of 2nd grade math and will be used all year to aide in the development of mathematical concepts.

Social Studies: In Socials Studies we have been studying our communities and learning from maps. We have been learning the different kinds of maps and all the tools needed to learn from a map.  

Science: In Science students are learning about the different states of matter and the water cycle. We have been learning how water can change into a solid, liquid or gas using cold or heat.


3rd Grade

Reading:  We are finishing up our unit on mysteries! We have been working hard to collect clues and identify suspects in our stories just like real detectives! Soon we will begin learning about informational texts. During this unit, students form research clubs that study different animals. Students will learn to compare and contrast texts and work together to tackle non-fiction.

Writing: In our persuasive writing unit, students are learning to write opinions clearly and passionately and how to support those opinions with well-organized, convincing evidence. We will also be using transitional words like “one reason, another reason, because, and also” to connect our ideas. Our next unit is the Information Writing Unit. Writers will consider how to write an introduction that allows readers to learn a lot of information about a chosen subject. Using certain words will show sequence, such as “before, after, then, and later”. We are also studying how to write an ending that draws conclusions, asks questions, and suggests ways readers might respond.  Additionally we are working on grouping our information in parts that make sense together and also connect to the big topic. Writers will add facts, definitions, details, and observations about their topic and choose expert words.

Math:  We have been introducing multiplication. Rather than simply memorize multiplication facts, we are learning about how to group objects to figure out how many there are. We are noticing relationships between numbers and building efficient strategies, such as using facts we know to help with facts we don’t know and using partial products.  We will use several different models to show our thinking including the open number line, the closed array, and the ratio table. We will then switch gears and start developing our understanding of division. We will explore division as its own concept in many different contexts, rather than just thinking of division as the inverse of multiplication.  We will continue playing math games that will build on and solidify our fluency with multiplication facts.

Social Studies: We are finishing our unit studying the United States.  We have traveled throughout the United States learning about each region, including the geography and resources of each region.  We are looking forward to our next unit- learning about Brazil! We will be using centers to explore the culture of Brazil, and students will look at books, photographs, maps and videos to learn about the daily life of people in Brazil.

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