Welcome to Mrs. Quam's 2nd Grade Class!
Welcome to Mrs. Quam's 2nd Grade Class!
Month at a Glance!
Word Study Practice Ideas!
and Learning TargetsTo help your child meet our unit learning targets for each trimester, read through the information and suggestions for dialogue with your child. These will be updated as we get to new units.
Remember to have fun with these concepts and make them a natural part of the conversations with your child. She/He will be learning without even knowing it!
Our unit in reading focuses on knowing the important elements of a fiction story. These elements include: setting, characters, plot (sequence of events), problem, solution, and author's message.
*when reading with your child talk about different elements of the story.
*Do not discuss all elements with every book. Pick and choose making your conversations short and effective. Be sure to share your ideas as well as listen to your child's. Your child may need models and examples in order to be successful with these elements
Students are working on writing personal narratives in this unit. First, each child plans a story by telling it across five fingers, making sure the story has a beginning, middle and end. Once the story is clear in the child's mind, he/she works on getting the story in writing.
*Students are also working on "zooming in". This means that the child looks at the important part of the story and adds details to make the story easy for readers to understand. Details include thoughts, feelings and sensory phrases that help the reader get a clear picture of what the writer is experiencing.
*Students need to see themselves as authors. Talk with your child about things that happen in her/his daily life. Take turns telling the "story" of an event. Your stories and questions about your child's stories will make writing them easier.
*Students are also working on the conventions of writing. This means using correct spelling (to the best of their ability), beginning sentences with capital letters and using end marks to help a reader know when to pause. As you read stories together, find places to reinforce these concepts as you see authors examples.
Our goals for this unit are to understand the patterns that are found in mathematics and to know the addition and subtraction facts to 20.
* You can help your child by doing a lot of counting. Count by 1, 2, 5, and 10. Start at different numbers. Count forward and backward. Then talk about what you notice....even, odd, ones, tens...
*Play lots of games that require numbers. Card games, yahtzee, dice games, dominoes.... Use them to do the addition and subtraction facts.
*When working on number facts, listen as well as talk to your child about how to use the facts she/he knows to help learn unknown facts.
In this unit of Social Studies, students are becoming aware of their place in the world. Students will create a map book identifying their different "places" in the world. Students will make a map of their bedroom, state, country, and world. They will learn the different parts of a map, including a compass rose and a key. Students will have opportunities to use maps and atlases to find different places in their world. Any time you have the opportunity to look at a map, take time to point out the many features of maps that help us locate places.
In science we will be doing a short unit on nutrition. Students will learn about the food groups and how to choose healthy foods for meals and snacks. We will be looking at labels and learning that natural foods are more healthy for our bodies than those foods with long lists of ingredients. Be prepared to have good discussions about groceries and good choices.
Book Order Information:Click HERE to place Scholastic book orders online! When prompted, enter class activation code: GQFM2
We earn a FREE book for the classroom library every time a parent places an order online!
Can I still use the paper form to place Scholastic orders? Absolutely! Simply fill out the order form and have your child return it to me by the due date.
Great Math Resources!
KEEPING IN TOUCH:
Each month a class calendar will come home with the activities for the month. The calendar will include birthdays, star attraction students and special events.
I will also put the cycle day number to start each month so you can be sure your child has tennis shoes on the
day of Physical Education.
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- Voice Mail - 651-683-6969, extension 92834
- Front Office - call the school's main office (952-423-7695) and the front office staff will take a message for me. I will return your call as soon as I'm available.