• #### MARCH NEWS!

Many of our units of studies are continuing from February. In reading we are focused on the latter part of our unit, Amping Up Reading Power, which includes a focus on studying characters. The unit began with a focus on helping students further develop their reading fluency by working to read with more expression and at an appropriate pace. Attention was given to the importance of rereading text to aid in fluency. As we move along in the unit the focus turns to further developing comprehension strategies that support readers as they keep track of the multiple characters, events, and places that are part of longer text. Students will be working to identify how characters grow and change throughout a story, and how to use evidence from the text to support their thinking. Please continue to have your child read for twenty minutes each evening.

Our writing unit is continuing its focus on persuasive writing. Students are learning how to state an opinion, and provide reasons and examples to support their opinion. While this initially focuses primarily on characters and books, it gradually will move to second graders writing opinion pieces about more general topics.

We have been investigating the states of matter in science. This investigation looks at what are the properties that we can observe and use to describe solids and liquids, how matter changes, and when do we see change around us? Students will develop the procedures and observations notes recorded during their science experiments into more developed writing pieces. Students work to record their observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements, and discuss their observations with one another. In addition, students will learn how to identify objects and materials as solids, liquids, or gases.

We are wrapping up Unit 6 in math, a smaller unit that focuses on geometry. During this unit students identify, name, and draw shapes based on specific attributes. They will also develop and use geometric vocabulary to describe shapes. Unit 7 will begin later this month. In this unit students will use place value and properties of addition and subtraction to solve 2-digit number stories. We will focus on both representing and solving one- and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction within 100. Students will decompose numbers flexibly to add and subtract, as well as model their thinking with a variety of models such as open number lines, base 10 blocks, partial sums, and words.

Later this month we will begin our unit on India in social studies. Our focus will include the location of India and some of its major geographic features, schooling, language, symbols, and climate. Students will reflect on essential questions such as how does where you live affect how you live? and how are cultures alike and different from each other? This unit will carry through into part of April.

It is a good idea to pack an extra pair of socks or pants in your child’s backpack. As the weather warms up, the ground is apt to be a bit damp and muddy. The likelihood of students getting their feet wet, or muddying their pants at recess increases in the spring. Packing extra clothes will ensure your child is prepared for this situation.

Conferences will be held March 27th and 28th and April 3rd and 4th.   Classroom teachers will be contacting you to share their schedules and information on how to schedule a conference.

Have a wonderful March!