Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Homework

This homework is for students entering third grade in September 2016.  Please use the link below to download/print copies.

Summer Homework

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June Math Workshop

June Math Workshop

Time, Shapes, and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes

In this final unit, the children will expand upon their understanding of geometry. They will compose (make) and decompose (take apart/separate) shapes. They will also begin to develop an understanding of unit fractions (fractions with one in the numerator) as equal part of a whole. The students will also be relating fractional parts of a circle to the minutes on a clock.

                                                            Unit Fractions

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Fractional Parts of a Clock

New Key Vocabulary Words  For This Unit
Analog Clock/ Digital Clock
Quarter Past/After, Quarter To/Of- related to time and the clock
A Whole- can be made up of 2 halves, 3 thirds or 4 fourths
Third of (shapes) thirds- three equal parts
Parallel- two lines on the same plane are parallel if they do not intersect (cross each other)
Parallelogram- quadrilateral  with both pairs of opposite sides parallel
Polygon- a closed figure with three or more straight sides (examples: triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon)
Quadrilateral- a four-sided polygon (example: square, rhombus, rectangle, trapezoid, parallelogram)
Angle- a figure formed by the corner of a polygon
Right Angle- a square corner

How You Can Help At Home
Practice telling time using an analog clock. 
Practice telling time to the nearest 5 minutes.
Draw shapes with your child and have them practice dividing them into halves, thirds, and fourths. Focusing on the equal-sized pieces. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Word Study

Unit 17
This is our last unit for 2nd Grade. In this unit, the students will be learning the last syllable type which is the consonant -le syllable. This syllable type always comes at the end of a multisyllabic word such as bubble or bicycle

This syllable always has 3 letters: a consonant, the letter l, and the letter e. 

Trick Words
Week 1: laugh, favorite, sugar

Knowing all six syllable types will help your child to read and spell. We encourage your child to use all the spelling rules and skills over the summer. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

May Reader's Workshop

Archetypes and Traditional Literature

During the month of May students will learn the different types of traditional literature:

·     Fairytales- have a lot of magic and usually people in a faraway land, like princess and kings and queens, or imaginary creatures like trolls and fairies and witches.  Good characters are rewarded, but they also get a little help from magic to solve their problems.

·     Folktales - usually have characters who are poor, hard -working people.  In these stories honesty, hard work, and kindness are rewarded.  People have to work hard and do the right thing to solve their problems.
·     Fables – sometimes have animals that talk, and they’re shorter than other pieces of traditional literature

*We will also be studying character archetypes from all traditional literature (good characters versus evil characters)

May Read Aloud

During the month of May, the students will be learning about the Colonial Time period and how children lived during this time period. The Colonial Time period relates to the 13 original British colonies in North America before their independence in 1776. They will connect this information back to the unit we studied on Native Americans. During this unit, the students will compare and contrast their roles in our community with the roles of children during the colonial times in their community. They will learn the types of food they ate, how they gathered their food, games the children played, how they created these games, roles of men/women/children, homes they lived in and how they were built, children schooling, and modes of transportation, etc. The students will also explore the importance of how the contributions of the Colonials have affected America, even today.

The books we will be reading are:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

May Field Trips!

Calpulli Mexican Dancers
As part of our social studies curriculum, students have been learning about the culture of New York City.  We have learned that New York City is a “melting pot” that is composed of many different people and cultures from all over the world.  In order to celebrate and learn more about one of those cultures, we will be going to see the Calpulli Mexican Dancers on Wednesday, May 4th presented by Enrichment through the arts at the College of Staten Island. 
  • Date: Wednesday, May 4th
  • Cost: $10
  • Time: We will leave the school at 10:00am and return by 1:30.
  • Lunch: We will not return to school in time to eat lunch in the cafeteria.  Children will be provided with cheese sandwiches to eat in the classroom upon returning to school.  If your child does not like cheese sandwiches please be sure to send them to school with lunch. 

Brooklyn Bridge

Throughout the school year the second grade has been learning about and visiting each of the 5 boroughs.  To continue our exploration of the five boroughs we will be walking over the Brooklyn Bridge! We will learn the history of the bridge and its importance to the five boroughs, specifically Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Students will be bussed to Manhattan and then walk back to Brooklyn, where they will have some time to enjoy the Brooklyn Bridge Park!
  • Date: Thursday, May 19th
  • Cost: Free!
  • Time: We will leave the school at 9:30am and return by 1:30pm
  • Lunch: Weather permitting, we will be eating lunch in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Students will be provided with cheese sandwiches from the cafeteria.  If your child does not like cheese sandwiches please provide them with lunch. Students will carry their lunch with them over the bridge so please make sure their lunch is in a bag that is easy to carry. 

April Word Study

Unit 13
The students will continue to work on D syllable type. We will be working on new vowel teams. 

Trick words: Monday, tuesday, cousin
                       lose, dance, beautiful 

Unit 14 
The students learned one sound for the the previous vowel teams of oa, ow, and oe. The letter combination also has another sound as in the word plow

Trick Words: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 
                      bought, library, piece