# Math Update

We have a classroom full of detectives!!!  Our second graders are learning how to solve word problems using strategies that encourage them to think through questions, draw pictures, write equations and check their answers.    This will be our focus for the next few weeks :).  We will investigate add to, take from, collective, missing/extra information, comparison and two step word problems.  Below find the most recent parent letter.

# Math Update!

Today we started a new unit in math that includes counting money using pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.  Each day our second graders will be handling money by playing coin war, scooping groups of coins and playing Race To A Dollar.

It would be great to practice counting money at home by identifying the coins, identifying the values, separating into groups of similar coins and counting the total amounts (less than \$2.00).  The more practice and handling of actual money will help children make a connection between coins and their values.

Here is a parent letter that describes our study of money:

# Math Update

Addition and subtraction strategies have been our main focus of instruction this week.  We have learned how to use math mountains to solve for an unknown partner or total,  practiced our doubles facts and learned the doubles  +1, -1 strategy.    Children also explored odd and even numbers through making pairs or equal groups.  We even learned a few silly songs to help us along the way.

As children are introduced to strategies and new topics/instruction, they have an opportunity to practice using games, hands on activities, math journal work, partner practice and fact fluency through each of their work sites.  Our learners visit all of the work sites each day and have done a FABULOUS job getting to work quickly and quietly.   Look at these hard little workers!

# Math Update

Today we finished up our last math unit for the year  (How did time go so fast?!).    Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing and extending trickier concepts including line plots, two step word problems, counting money and explaining our thinking.   As always, keep practicing those math facts…..  the kiddos have worked so hard this year!

# Math Update!

This week we  learned how to measure using a centimeter ruler.  Today we also practiced naming and defining the attributes of 2D shapes ( circle, triangle, rectangle, quadrilaterals, pentagons and hexagons).    Be on the lookout for shapes around your house. Here is the most recent math letter:

# Math Update

Our second grade mathematicians have been experimenting with three digit numbers….   writing number names, expanded form, proof drawings and also adding single digit numbers to a three digit number!  All this hard work leads us into adding and subtracting three digit numbers later in the week.   Check out the family letter below for more details of our three digit number study.

# Math Update

Today  we started a new math unit.. YAY!    We will be using new tools, rulers, to help us measure line segments, draw shapes and solve for perimeter ( distance around a shape).    Our main focus will be describing shapes by their name, the numbers of angles and the number of sides that they have.   We will also be investigating 3-Dimensional shapes and using BIG geometry terms such as, faces, prism and area.       Here is a copy of the most recent parent letter:

# Math Update

We are extending our study of geometry and measurement to using a line plot to show data.   Today we measured the height of our classmates and displayed the results in a line plot.  In the next few days, we will be using many units of measurements including meters, inches, feet and yards.  Below find the most recent parent letter  ( click on the image below for a clearer picture) 🙂

# Math Apps and Family Letter

As we begin our year in second grade, our main focus is becoming fluent with our addition and subtraction facts.   We practice in the classroom each day through various games, activities and songs.  We will be sending home flashcards to review at home in the upcoming weeks.  There are also  many GREAT apps that provide additional support to our little mathematicians, the best part is that they have fun doing it.   Here are a few to check out and possibly download to your personal devices: