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Mrs. Hastings- Grade 2

                 Mrs. Hastings' Class
                   ** 2nd Grade **

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                                                    Happy Fall!

Sept. 16th to 20th

This will be the specials schedule for this year.
Mon. -  Music    Tues. -  Gym       Wed. -  Gym      Thurs. -  Coding/Library       Fri. - Art
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                               **  Picture Day is Thursday, Sept. 19th  **

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Mrs. Hastings - Grade 2

Reading -    We are reading the story, Exploring Space with an AstronautThe students will be doing some of the ELA program in Study Island.   

Story Words :  (Need to be able to read these)  

   everywhere  move  live  woman  work  world  machines      

Amazing Words- Students don't need to spell or read all of these words.  They just need to know what they mean when they hear them.  These words are in some of our readings this week.

        ascend  descend  orbit  universe  enormous  journey  launch  meterorite    

      Question of the Week -  What can we learn by exploring space?    

Spelling  -  

    The spelling words are reviewing long vowel patterns such as ride, pole, shame, and prune.  


Language -     We are sharing some things about ourselves through writing on posters about ourselves. We are disussing subjects and predicates.  

Math -  We are working on number sense and reviewing numbers 0-100.  We are also discussing the fact that order doesn't matter in addition (4+5 =9 and 5+4=9).  We are working on addition strategies such as counting on and making ten.  We will also be discussing number bonds.  The students have also begun writing responses in their math journals. In connection with our science work with Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies we will do some Venn diagram work and graphing.

        ** Math Games** 

Science -    We are very excited to have an active Monarch nursery in our classroom.  We have tagged and released 7 Monarch butterflies.  We are discussing the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, as well as their migration.  In addition, we have been given a chance to raise 2 swallowtail butterflies.  Dr. Soucy was kind enough to make a special delivery to our butterfly nursery.  We will do some comparing and contrasting with the two types of butterflies. 

Social Studies and Global Awareness -   During our Monarch discussions and observations we will discuss our impact on their environment.  We will also be communicating with students in Mexico as we track the Monarch migration south this fall.


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 Phonics / Spelling 

When trying to spell a word you don't know, try 'tapping out' the sounds.  Now 
match the letters to the number of sounds.  Practices recognizing spelling patterns which may include blends, digraphs, r-controlled vowels, or dipthongs.  This also works on separating each sound that should be heard separately so you don't jump over a letter when writing it down.

For example:    sip  -  3 sounds (_ _ _) &  3 letters - s-i-p  
However......        ship  -  also 3 sounds (_ _ _)   But... 4 letters sh-i-p
car  -  2 sounds (_ _)  But 3 letters  c-ar

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