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Second Grade News

Oct. 13, 2017

The second grade teachers appreciate having a way to communicate specific progress on a learning target.  The standards-based report card shows where a child is along the continuum.  Once a learning target is mastered, the teacher can either go deeper within that target to further challenge the child, or concentrate on the targets that are yet to be mastered.  This helps the teachers plan their instruction, and differentiate for each child.  

October 6, 2017
Your children have doing a lot of math work using the research and methods of Greg Tang. He's been a frequent visitor to Armstrong conducting professional development for the teachers. The teachers love his methods to get children to truly understand math. He's also a wonderfully engaging and entertaining speaker. I hope you can make it to Family Math Night on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30. Children are welcome to come as well. Many teachers will be there to play math games with the students so parents can listen to Greg.
Sep. 29, 2017
We are already at the mid-point of the first nine weeks of school!  As we work on our learning targets, now is a good time to remember how we communicate this progress on report cards.  Students will be given a grade depending on where they are on their way to mastery of a learning target.  Students don't start second grade with all of their learning targets mastered, so please don't be surprised to see some grades that are below a 3!  You can find the explanations for each learning target on the report card guide found here.
September 15, 2017
Second grade is in full swing!  Students know their routines, have participated in all of their specials classes, become familiar with their iPads and much more.  This is the point when teachers begin to work on deeper skills.  From comprehension in reading, to problem solving in math, to research in science and social studies, the students sure are busy!  Please keep in touch with your child's teacher to hear all of the latest news!
Second grade teachers are preparing the students for the homework that will come!  Pictured above is an example of a first grade Tangy Tuesday puzzle completed for practice. Greg Tang is producing new puzzles for the new school year!  We're so excited to see what's in store. What is certain is that the puzzles will contain numerous benefits for the students. Below are some examples of how these puzzles benefit students.
  • Math vocabulary from across all strands of mathematics.
  • Reinforcement of the concept that expressions on either side of the equal sign have the same value.
  • Correct spelling and accuracy is required for the puzzle to be completed.
  • Strategic thinking - i.e. "I know the third letter is an i..."
  • Spiral review of numerous math concepts.
We will continue to practice with your children as they begin to bring home the Tangy Tuesday puzzles!