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Welcome to Second Grade!

Welcome to April in Second Grade, Families! 
As readers, we are practicing our reading fluency as we read fiction books in Reader's Workshop.  The students are learning to identify real facts that they have learned, while asking questions as they read too.  As writers, we are currently practicing letter writing, as we share our opinions about books we have read with others.  The students are working hard to convince their readers to want to read the book they are sharing about. 
In Math, we will begin Unit 7 as we practice more measurement.  We are also continuing to review addition with regrouping, both the traditional way and with the partial sums strategy.  Please assist your child as they practice addition with larger digits and aligning the place values for the hundreds, tens, and ones.  
In Science and Social Studies, our focus remains on learning about many famous inventors.  After we finish our study on famous inventors, we will move onto learning about simple machines and how they help to make our life and work easier.   
Please continue to support your learner at home with math facts and their daily reading.  All student should be reading for at least 10 minutes a night at home.  As discussed, continue to practice encouraging your readers by asking developed comprehension questions about the book they are reading.  
In second grade, your child is ready to look past the typical literal questions (ie. Who is the character? Where is the setting?).  Ask questions more like: How do you feel about the end of the story?  Is there something you would change about the book?  What do you remember most about the story?  Would someone else like to read this book?  Why or why not?  Have fun generating discussions with your child and enjoy the quality time you are carving out for them.
I look forward to seeing you at our Spring Conferences on April 10 and 12.  Please come at your scheduled time.  We will have Spring Break on April 14-23.  Have a wonderful break with your family!
Mrs. Lettiere