Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Welcome to Mrs. Boster's second grade!

This page will give general news and updates on activities and what we're learning. Homework information will be on this page if there is a special project that has been assigned. Check the spelling list page for current words and click on the links below for reading and math games.  I hope you enjoy this site and check back often for new information!


Flat Stanley: We will begin writing our Flat Stanley letters and flattening ourselves to be sent through the mail to visit other parts of the United States.  Please check out the Flat Stanley pages to check out this great project!

April:  For our "Schools Around the World"  story, we contacted a teacher from South Korea.  She sent a video of her students.  Mr. Hanske created a video to send back to them to show scenes of our students and our school.  We hope to be able to post the video for you to see soon.
Reading:    We're working hard on our new reading series, "Journeys".  Reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling are the focus for language arts in second grade.

Reading homework is expected each night.  This 15 minutes of reading aloud to an adult will be in addition to other homework.  A reading calendar will be sent home each month, and book titles should be written on the calendar for homework credit to be given.  These calendars should be turned in on the first day of the next month.  (School and public library books are used for this, but let me know if you need to borrow books from me.)

Spelling:  Second Grade spelling words highlight a phonics pattern each week.  Check out my spelling page for weekly lists and a link to the SpellingCity website.

Spelling homework:  Spelling tests will take place every week. On the first day of the test week the list of words will be sent home with sentences and a Tic-tac-toe sheet of activities. Three activities should be completed during that week and the paper should be returned signed by a parent at the end of the week (usually Friday).

Math:  During April we will work on telling time.  Mountain Math will be practiced each week and will include fractions, 3-D solid shapes, and an introduction to multiplication and division.  Place value and numbers to 1,000 will follow.

Art Show  Three second graders were honored at the Regional Office of Education Art Showcase.

Science and Social Studies: Health and nutrition are highlighted in March and April.  We'll learn more about the geography of our country in several weeks after we start receiving our Flat Stanleys and letters back from their travels.

We'll have fun and learn a lot this year.  Call or write a note in the daily planner any time you have a question!

 


Taking care of the Earth
Second graders have a year long theme about conservation
and caring for our environment and the creatures in it. Each year we learn about bats and try to visit Bald Eagle Days to learn about birds of prey, especially bald eagles.
 
Alcoa put up a camera by the bald eagle nest on their property. The picture is very clear and you can watch the parents, Liberty and Justice, as they fly in and out of their nest taking care of eggs and eaglets. Click on the link below!


 April Birthdays

 



Minute Math

Second graders need to memorize their addition and subtraction facts to 18.  Parents can help with this by buying or making flashcards and planning 10 minutes a day to help practice and memorize.  The link below is a site where math flashcards can be printed.  Fun math skill games can be found there as well.



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"Bee" a good reader! Reading is a very important part of what we learn this year. Sounding out new words and understanding what we read are two skills that we work on throughout the day in all subject areas. Remember that second graders are to read aloud to an adult for 15 minutes each day. Homework reading calendars are due the first school day of each month.