Week Ahead in Second Grade A

Katy Barber

There is no school November 25-November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy the time with your family!


Homework: Monday- Thursday

Reading: 10-minute minimum​​​​​​

  • Students are expected to read an appropriately leveled book that can sustain independent reading.


Math: 10-minute minimum

  • Math Menu options can be found on the Weebly pages:

  • Matific sign-in information is taped to their homework folders. Please only have your child do “Homework” assignments in the menu (not the schoolwork).


Spelling: 5-10 minutes

  • Lists will be sent home on Mondays. 

  • Please find an activity menu in your student's spelling folder.

  • Practice daily (Monday.-Thursday.) in preparation for the spelling check-in on Friday.

Glenn Heuser
November 18th, 2019

Thank you Ms. Sarah for planning an awesome field trip to the Cal. Academy of Sciences and lots of gratitude to our lovely chaperones. Last Thursday the second-grade classes toured the new Skin exhibit, featuring information on animal and human skin… did you know skin mites offer clues to human migration? We also got up close and personal with Australopithecus and our hominid ancestors; aligned with the second-grade study of human evolution, students viewed displays following timelines of the human story.  We learned about Selam the fossilized skull and skeletal remains of a three-year-old Australopithecus afarensis female hominin, whose bones were first found in Dikika, Ethiopia in 2000. Salem has been dated 3.3 million years ago, approximately 120,000 years older than "Lucy"


As we continue with our discoveries around human evolution we enter… The Stone Age!!! This week in science we will begin by asking the question: How did early tools contribute to our evolution? Pre and early hominid species depended on the understanding around and use of tools to aid in their survival. The oldest evidence found of stone tool use is fossilized animal bones with tool marks; these are 3.4 million years old and were found in the Lower Awash Valley in Ethiopia. In the pursuit of gathering and hunting for nutrition, early human-invented tools. Once we had tools we could obtain increased amounts and better quality nutrition, which in turn further fueled our brain growth and with brain development, we continued to improve our technologies.  Students will explore these concepts and dive into an exploration of the human brain and what makes us truly human. Students will also be asked to analyze popular images depicting the “March of Progress” or “Road to Homo Sapien” that represents 25 million years of human evolution. By applying what we now know about the evolutionary process and using a critical eye we will discuss the accuracy of such imagery. Students will be asked to create their own depictions and encouraged to extend the images past the present time to demonstrate how they imagine the future of our species. We will end our week in true AVS inquiry fashion by collecting wonderings we still have related to human evolution. 



The second graders have been diligently working on adding two and three-digit numbers using a variety of strategies. The last few weeks have been focused on modeling the count up strategy with an open number line. This week we are going to use the same model and apply it to the concept of subtraction. As we introduce subtraction with larger numbers we will be using the counting back strategy on the open number line.  Our goal is that the students continue to build a strong foundation in number sense and understand the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction. 



Second graders continue to follow the writing process developing the Cinderella stories. This week students will make final edits and push to complete and publish their fractured fairy tales. Lessons of note-taking and paraphrasing will be introduced in preparation for future research assignments. Aligning with the social studies curriculum, students will apply note-taking skills to the human evolution timeline mural, displayed in the community room.


Social Studies

This week second graders gathered information in order to create a timeline about their own life. Next week students will continue to work on their timelines and learn about the meaning of B.C.E and C.E. The class will learn the difference between B.C.E/C.E. and B.C/A.D. Students will begin to work on their first historical timeline by inputting important facts about Australopithecus afarensis. Look for our human evolution timeline display in the community room soon!



In conjunction with their classroom studies about early human history, 2nd grade is learning about ancient art and cave paintings. We are comparing and contrasting them to the work of Keith Haring and using the laser cutter to make stencils.


Second grade will be learning descriptors. With the aid of this vocabulary, students will be able to verbalize information about themselves and others using simple adjectives. These vocabulary is introduced with a lot of movement games, songs, writing, and art projects. 

Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home! 


Students have improved dribbling using one hand as well as switching hands and dribbling stationary and in motion. This week we will continue our basketball unit with the Fingertip drill. This game allows each student to practice passing the ball back and forth between his or her hands in a controlled manner. We will work on passing the ball down low and then up high with s basketballs. Followed by a fun triangle passing game, which will encourage players to keep their eye on the ball so they can catch and pass it on, without dropping the ball. This takes practice and teamwork.

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