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2L Class News

November 30th 2015

DRAMA Wednesdays!
We have started a new activity in 2L.  Wednesday mornings are our time to 
integrate our learning with dramatic play. So far we have seen two weeks 
of puppet shows or live human skits. The children organize their story and 
write their skits, throw a quick costume together or a puppet and hit the 
stage.  There is not a lack of talent in 2L. 

In Reader’s Workshop we have been working on several different lessons. Here are a few: 
+When readers get to a new word, they figure it out and then get a running start to include the 
+Readers notice descriptive language that authors use. 
+Readers notice how characters change in a story. 

1. Build a lifelong interest in reading. "Getting kids actively involved in the
process of reading, and having them interact with adults, is key to a lifelong
interest in reading," said BeAnn Younker, principal at Battle Ground Middle
School in Indiana.
2. Children whose parents read to them tend to become better readers and
perform better in school, according to the National Center for Education
3. Reading to kids helps them with language and speech development.
4. It expands kids' vocabulary and teaches children how to pronounce new
5. Reading to toddlers prepares them for school, during which they will need
to listen to what is being said to them (similar to what they do while being
read to).
6. Reading to older kids helps them understand grammar and correct sentence
7. Kids and parents can use reading time as bonding time. It's an excellent
opportunity for one-on-one communication, and it gives kids the attention
they crave.
8. Being read to builds children's attention spans and helps them hone their
listening skills.
9. Curiosity, creativity and imagination are all developed while being read to.
10.Being read to helps kids learn how to express themselves clearly and
11.Kids learn appropriate behavior when they're read to, and are exposed to
new situations, making them more prepared when they encounter these
situations in real life.
12.When read to, children are able to experience the rhythm and melody of
language even before they can understand the spoken or printed word.


We will begin module 5 in January.  Here is an overview of what we will be learning and 
In Module 5, students build upon their mastery of renaming place value units and
extend their work with conceptual understanding of the addition and subtraction
algorithms to numbers within 1,000, always with the option of modeling with materials

or drawings. Throughout the module, students continue to focus on strengthening and
deepening conceptual understanding and fluency.
We will continue to work on these objectives using words problems that are authentic
and relevant to our lives.

It is important for children at this age to be able to recall “doubles facts”
rapidly. For instance, 5+5=10 or 8+ 8= 16. This skill enables them to add other
numbers with better ease. So, if they know 8+8=16, then 8+9 is easier because it’s
one more! If you are looking for drills to do at home, perfecting this skill is always
helpful in the arithmetic side of math.

Mathletics have begun! ​
I hope your child has practiced online a few times at home by now. 
He or she has the login information in the home folder.  There are loads of opportunities to 
practice different skills and well as a chance to compete in a live setting with kids around the 




Social Studies
We hope you have made time to view our blog posts. You will have seen the community 
model your child created with their small group. You will also notice that the projects 
illustrate  how we have “wants” and “needs.”  We are currently focusing on world 
geography. Maps are great fun and so is learning about the hemispheres( although a bit 
confusing.) We look at different kinds of map to gather information and engage in 
discussions. Ask your child to sing you the continent song! 



We are nearing the close of this writing unit.  Here are the skills that 
will be assessed through the final writing piece.
Text Types and Purposes:

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about,
state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words
) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding
statement or section.


November 30 
   All School Collection for Charity Begins 
December 6                    Miklaus visits ES AISB 
December 9
GRADE 2 Winter Concert­ MPR at 10:00 
December 11                  Friday, 14:45  2L winter party  
December 11                  Winter Break begins 
January 5                        TUESDAY!, school resumes