2nd Grade News: 2/9

Ask your 2nd Grader:

  • What makes the story John Henry: An American Legend a legend?
  • What is a contraction? Where does the apostrophe go in a contraction? What two words make up the contraction won’t?
  • What does a sentence need in order to be considered a complete sentence? Can you identify the subject and the predicate in the following sentence? The fire truck siren was loud.
  • What is a polygon? What are attributes that help you identify 2-dimensional or plane shapes?


What 2nd Graders Are Learning Next Week:

ELA (English Language Arts):

  • Wit and Wisdom Module 2: The American West
    • Essential Question: What was life like in the West for early Americans?
    • Learning Goals:
      • Identify and discuss story elements in John Henry by Lester.
      • Identify similarities and differences between the two versions of the John Henry story.
      • Identify the lesson of the stories of John Henry.
      • Use text evidence to describe differences between two versions of the John Henry story.
      • Identify the structure of an informative paragraph that describes differences between texts.
      • Determine the meaning of the new word formed when the prefix un- is added to a known word.
      • Combine simple sentences into compound sentences using conjunctions.
      • Demonstrate understanding of module words by analyzing correct or incorrect use in context.
  • Tennessee Foundational Skills:
    • Alphabetizing
    • Identify parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)
    • Use different verb tenses in writing
    • Read words with the schwa + l digraph (examples: animal, wonderful)
    • Review grammar skills
    • Read different types of two-syllable words
    • Ask and answer questions about key details in the student reader
    • Spelling Words: field, piece, shield, thief, kitties, achieve, relief, grief, yield, movie, niece, cookies, ladies, babies, water



  • Measurement – Length


Social Studies/Science (We will rotate between science and social studies every two weeks.)

  • Science: Forces and Interactions, Mystery Science: How does your heart pump blood?


Dates to Remember:

  • Progress Reports Issued: February 13th
  • Class Valentine Parties: February 14th (1:45-2:40)
  • No School: February 19th
  • Used Book Sale: February 21st and 22nd
  • Read-a-thon Begins: February 23rd
  • Navigator Day: February 28th



  • Valentines/Valentine Boxes:
    • Students will exchange Valentines with their classmates at our class Valentine parties. Please help your child prepare a Valentine for each student in the class. Teachers will provide a class list or further instructions.
    • Students will also need a Valentine box to collect their Valentines. These should be made at home. Boxes can be decorated in a simple way or they can be as elaborate as you’d like. Please cut a hole or slot large enough for Valentines and/or treats to fit through. You can use a cereal box, a shoebox, or anything around that size. Students should be able to carry the box into school without help. We do ask that boxes be kept at home until the day of the party (February 14th).
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