Spelling/Phonics/Slingerland Instruction:Each week, students will receive a new spelling list. During the week, I will use many techniques and strategies to help students learn and master the new spelling skill. We will do Visual and Auditory cards, decode and blend the new words, write and review letters, vowels. vowel teams, and use the new words written in phrases and sentences. Each evening your child will receive a skill sheet related to the new list. First a word copy, then a word sort, next a word meaning paper, and last a practice page. These skill sheets offer your child valuable practice to be successful on the spelling test which is usually given on the last day of the week. Please make sure your child completes these papers and returns them each day.Vocabulary. Reading, and Comprehension Skills:Your child will also receive a new vocabulary list most weeks. These are words that will be seen in his/her reader, and also in the leveled readers that we use regularly. Students should study these each night so that when they are used during reading class, students can make important connections to the text. Vocabulary quizzes are usually given on Thursdays. Stories in the reader may be a little difficult for your child because they are authentic literature and may be a little higher than your child's reading level. However, most students can be successful reading them with a little help from us. Also, small paperback books called leveled readers will be sent home for practice. Usually we read only half of the book in an evening. They are a valuable tool to reinforce vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. We will faithfully work on comprehension skills such as inferences, comparing/contrasting, problem/solution, cause/effect, sequencing, context clues, and multiple meaning words.Writing
Each week your child will incorporate their spelling, reading, and grammar skills during writing. They will practice using them while we write paragraphs, letters, narratives, or journals.Fluency:A fun and important part of our day is reading from our fluency packets. I will send a new one home each week. That packet will include words from our weekly spelling skill, fluency passages from our leveled readers, various passages that match our reading theme for the week, and poems. Students work with partners, and I time the students for one minute to see how far they can read in that amount of time. I ask that each evening, have your child repeat the reading from that day to see if they can go farther. Repeated readings will be an effective way for students to increase their fluency, enhance their expression, and make reading more automatic.
Everyday Mathematics is the math series we use here at Berlin. Students will learn various math concepts during the morning lesson. The lesson incorporates hands-on, slate work, math fact practice, math games, and a math journal. The math journal includes written practice of math concepts learned that day and also Math Boxes that continually review math concepts that were previously taught. Quizzes will be given once or twice a week to see if mastery of concepts is taking place. After a unit has been completed, there will be a unit test to see if the students have mastered the concepts of that unit. We also use Otter Creek Math which is a unique way for students to learn math facts. Each day, students will be given a 1/2 sheet of math facts for homework. The next day in school, they will be given a quiz on those same facts. Students who pass the quiz will move on to the next level of facts. Students who do no pass the quiz, will stay on the same level until they pass.
Second grade science includes three units. They include insects, soils, and changes. Science lessons include explorations, experiments, observations, written interpretations in a scence notebook, and hands on learning. Science is not graded in second grade.