Reading and Fluency
Reading books and phonics books
Books will be sent home daily. Please return books and soft phonics books back to school everyday. Read stories to your child, with your child, and by your child, until your child is fluent. Fluency is rate, accuracy, and expression. It's when your child sounds good when they are reading. It's important to re-read in order to become fluent. Make them sound out words that are decodable. Help them with words that are not and practice them until they recognize them.
If your child sounds good and understands and can talk about what they have read after the first time-read other things. Books are sent home daily for your convenience.
Second grade- The goal is 90-120 words per minute! They will no longer be sent home a word list, so practicing reading their stories until fluent will be extremely important. Keep working on accuracy and expression. Make them aware of errors and omissions. They should also be reading for comprehension and should be able to write and talk about what they have read.
Practice counting to 200 forward and backward. Practice writing numbers to 200 fluently without reversals. While your child is becoming fluent at this skill, they will start to recognize patterns.
Please work on proper number formation and try to eliminate reversals!
We are reviewing many addition and subtraction strategies.They will be reviewing how to use manipulatives, drawing a useful picture, which can be circles, using addition and subtraction number sentences. They need to practice when to add and when to subtract. They must watch the sign and become proficient at when to do which in number sentences and word problems.
One strategy is counting up from the biggest number. Circle the bigger number and then count up from that number to the sum. We can also use a number line and doubles facts as strategies. A very useful strategy is using a family of facts to help solve problems.
Next up is telling time to the hour and half hour and determining time elapsed and which activity takes the longest. This has been hard for them.
Please pay careful attention to your child's writing. They should form letters and numbers top to bottom or beginning at the 2:00 position. Every sentence must start with a capital and end in an end mark. They must have spaces between their words. Their writing should follow the margins of the paper. Try to add interesting details with vivid verbs and exciting describing words. They should be applying spelling patterns that they learned last year as well as spell frequently used words correctly
If they can write their letters fluently, they will be more successful writers. . Make tall letters tall. Make below the line letters go below the line and short letters short. Make the size appropriate to the lines provided. Make sure there are spaces between each word.
Grade 2 When your child was in first grade they were responsible for writing a paragraph with 5 sentences. This year, they will be responsible for writing a 3 paragraph essay. They really need to add descriptive, on topic details. They must use good splling.