FAMILY MESSAGE FOLDER
On Friday, your child brought home a green pocket folder containing a letter that he/she wrote to you about the week at school. Instructions for you role are detailed on the inside of the folder. Family Messages are tools for learning, thinking, and self-expression. When writing messages about school activities children can recall, think about, and articulate what they have learned; connect new information to the known; and express their own thoughts and feelings about topics. By writing several messages with varied purposes over the course of the year, students begin to experience that journal writing can serve many purposes—it can help them remember; make sense of new information and ideas; and recognize, develop, and share personal thoughts and reactions. This is a wonderful way for you to communicate with your child about his/her school experiences. We encourage you to ask questions in your reply or tell your child what you'd like to know more about. Your child is also learning the parts of a friendly letter, including date, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Family Message Folders will be sent every Friday and should be returned on Monday with your reply (please print). Please return both letters each week and we will gather them in a binder. At the end of the year, we will bind all the letters into a book and send them home to you as a lovely keepsake from your child's second grade year!
Last week we learned all about apostrophe s, both as a possessive noun and when it is used in a contraction with the words is or has, like it's or that's. We read a fun book called The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why You Can't Manage Without Apostrophe's! by Lynne Truss. In it, Ms. Truss shows us how an apostrophe s can change the meaning of a sentence. As she writes, A giant kids' playground certainly sounds like fun, but you might want to watch out in the giant kid's playground; he has a tendency to step on people! We learned that the apostrophe shows us where letters have been left out or it show when something is owned by someone or a group of people. Be sure to ask your second grade how the noun "it" is the exception to the apostrophe rule.
We spent time last week learning how to make change from $1.00 or $5.00. Using the "Think Addition Strategy" we learned to "count up" from the cost of the item to the amount paid. For example, if a pencil cost $.027 and we paid $1.00, we would count 37, 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, 97, 98, 99, 100. The change would be $.073. This is how cashiers often count back your change when you are at the grocery store or coffee shop. We encourage you to give your child opportunities to make change in the real world - to watch cashiers as they "count up" or to simply have your child try to figure out how much change you should get back from a purchase.
Enjoy the week ahead!