We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. During the week, the children showed perseverance and kindness. This week has been eventful, to say the least, and it was remarkable to see how the children stayed focused and supported one another.
We did have a great program from Eversource called Watts-Ville visit Stratton. You might have seen the bag of treats the students received! Second graders were very excited to play and learn. It was impressive to see how much they already knew about “being green” and ways to help our Earth!
Throughout these next two weeks, please let us know how we can assist your child.
Here is a quick look at some of the topics we have been focusing on in school. Feel free to use the links in this email as well as our good friend, GOOGLE!
In FUNdations for Mrs. Doherty’s class, we have been focusing on the double vowels that make the long /e/ sound, which includes: /ea/ as in “eat,” /ee/ as in “jeep,” and /ey/ as in “key.” There are three other ways that the long /e/ sound can be made which we have also been discussing: /e-e/ as in “safe,” /e/ as in “me,” and /y/ as in “baby.” In one of the pictures attached, you can see a list of words that you could have your child practice. You could also Google words with the long /e/ sound and have your child spell them. On YouTube, you can find educational videos that support this concept. The Resource Folder from the beginning of the year has more information about Unit 11.
In FUNdations for Mrs. Barth’s class, students have been working on the long /a/ double vowel. This vowel includes: /ai/ as in “bait” and /ay/ as in “play.” There is a picture attached with a list of words that your child can practice spelling.
In writing, we are working on sharing our opinions about books - characters, favorite parts, pictures as well as lessons learned. The second graders have been using words like in my opinion, for example, and because to share their ideas. We have been focusing on writing about books, but over this break, you child could write their opinions about anything!
In the class they have a journal which they enjoy writing about their lives. Feel free to have them write about some of the things they have been doing. We focus on answering the 5 W’s in our writing - who, what, where, when and why.
In science for Mrs. Barth’s class, second graders are working on Pebbles, Sand and SIlt in the Foss Curriculum. Visit the Foss Website / FOSS Science for activities.
In social studies for Mrs. Doherty’s class, second graders are studying the continent of North America. We have been identifying major landforms (longest river, mountain ranges, highest peak) as well as locating the oceans that surround North America. Some things that can be done at home to support this curriculum is to look at a map, locate and name all seven continents as well as the five major oceans. YouTube has plenty of wonderful videos that share some of the major landmarks in North America and around the world.
Take a look at the following continent video.
In math, students are working on place value: ones, tens and hundreds. Second graders have been making combinations to 100 (e.g. 67+33=100); this activity can be done in terms of coins as well. Adding or subtracting 10 or 100 is another activity students have been playing. You can practice with any of the games that have been sent home in addition to using the QR code for access to the games online. There is a picture attached of the QR scan. We are in Unit 5.
Second graders are fortunate to have individual DreamBox accounts. In class, students use this app for 20-30 minutes everyday. The school code is: w g j 3 / n o r c r o s s s (do not put the spaces between the letters). Students login and passwords have been sent home, but please let us know if you need that information.
In reading, second graders have been looking for playful and fun language (literary language) in their fiction books. Literary language includes: alliteration (Sally sold seashells), comparisons (smilies and metaphors) as well as idioms (I am feeling blue. It’s raining cats and dogs). As your child reads, they can be on the look-out for literary language and figure out what it means.
Students also have their accounts for Raz-Kids. Please let us know if they need logins and passwords. Raz-Kids
Here is another link that has many activities for students that will support their reading work. www.letsreadstratton.weebly.com
The children are invited to use BrainpopJr
The username for BrainPopJr/BrainPop is: stratton and the password is also stratton.
Please refer to the Google Doc which was sent out on Monday (3/9) for additional information.
We hope your child takes time to enjoy the additional reading time and we hope that they enjoy free-play!
Phew, that sure is a lot! We are available if you have any questions or comments.
We look forward to hearing from the children when we return. Give them our best! Stay happy and healthy.
Cari Doherty and Julie Barth