Important Dates 9/7- Donuts with Dad 9/11- 2nd grade reading night 9/24- No school Language Arts We will be working on our Daily 5 routines this month. This includes reading to self, word work (working on spelling, vocabulary, and phonics), reading to someone, listening to reading, and guided reading groups. Our spelling focus will be on short and long vowels. Within that focus, we will look at different vowel patterns, diagraphs, and blends. In addition, we will study compound words, and onsets and rimes. Our class will also work on ending punctuations. To enhance comprehension, we will begin reading and thinking about nonfiction features. Students will label and address things like; captions, diagrams, photographs, charts, etc. We make sure to ALWAYS STOP AND THINK about what we read! “Think while you read!!” Parents, whether your child is reading to you, or you are reading to him/her, stop after a page or two and have your child tell you what he/she just read or heard! Math This month in math, we will concentrate on addition and subtraction fact families. We will learn different addition/subtraction strategies to enhance our mental math abilities. We will put these strategies to work to help us solve number stories and determine a pattern in a number sequence. We will also start math groups! Social Studies We will look at our city, state, and federal government. We will learn how laws are made, as well as learn the duties preformed by our government. In geography we will be studying maps. We will learn the 4 oceans and 7 continents. We will also learn how to use a map key. Writer’s Workshop We are really learning to be great writers and we are having a blast while doing so! The students and I have been discussing what makes a great story. We have been writing stories about experiences we have had and we make sure to put ourselves on every page! If something interesting, funny, sweet, etc. happens while you are with your child…be sure to tell him/her, “You could write about that!” Helping your child think like a writer will greatly help in his/her reading and writing skills! For more information on what we do during Writer’s Workshop, email me.