St. Veronica Elementary School Welcome to Mrs. DeSouza’s Grade 2 Class! November 2013 The Grade 2 Times Information Items Agenda Please continue to sign and return your child’s agenda each day and also the “You’ve Got Mail” folder. Gym and Library Please continue to check the monthly calendar for gym (Day 2 & 3) and library (Day 5). Please ensure that students have running shoes to wear for gym. Scholastic Book Orders Scholastic book orders will continue to be sent home on a monthly basis. Should you wish to place an order, please make cheques payable to Scholastic Book Club. No cash orders please. At Home Reading and Writing Please continue to read at home with your child on a daily basis and track it on the form sent home. Once the form is complete, please return for a prize from the Treasure Chest. Students have been practicing both narrative and procedural writing in class. Reinforcement of writing at home would be beneficial and also to focus on spelling and punctuation. Language Arts Guided, Independent and Shared Reading Word Study/ Working with Words Personal Narratives Students will be learning to generate ideas about a potential topic, using a variety of strategies and resources. Procedural Writing Students will be learning to write short texts using several simple forms. Main Idea Students will be learning to identify the main idea and some additional elements of texts. Social Studies Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions Students will be learning to: Compare some significant traditions and celebrations among diverse groups and at different times, and identify some of the reasons for changes in these traditions/celebrations. Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some of the past and present traditions and celebrations within their own family and the communities to which they belong. Describe some of the major groups in their community, including different types of families, and some of the ways in which traditions and heritage are passed on by such groups Mathematics Patterns and Relationships Students will be learning to identify, describe, extend, and create repeating patterns, growing patterns, and shrinking patterns. Next Unit… Geometry and Spatial Sense Students will be learning to: • identify two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their geometric properties; • compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures; • describe and represent the relative locations of objects, and represent objects on a map. Visit www.nelson.com for interactive activities related to each grade 2 unit of study. Virtue Education This Month’s Virtue is Conscience A person of conscience chooses to do right even when it is hard and thinks of others before themselves.