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|April News |
This month, the students will be taking the ERB test. Following are some reminders to help the students have a successful week:
- Make sure your child eats a hearty, healthy breakfast each morning.
- Make sure you are on time for school and your child gets plenty of sleep each night.
- Do not schedule vacations or doctor appointments for this week.
There will not be any homework the week of ERBs due to the testing. We do not want this to be a stressful week for the students. It is important that they feel relaxed and comfortable.
|April Book Report |
The April book report will focus on Japan. Students should choose a Japanese book to report on that is either a nonfiction book about Japan telling us interesting facts learned (such as holidays celebrated, school life, etc.) or a fiction tale from Japan. Students should then get it approved by their reading teachers. Be sure your child prepares, writes, and practices giving a summary of the book at home, in addition to planning and making his/her mobile. The mobile should include the title and author of the book and 5-6 symbols that represent things from your story about Japan. April book reports are due on Friday, April 29th.
|Academics in April |
In Reading, we are working on our Family Time unit. In Math, both classes are working on Units 7 and 8.
In Science, we will begin our study of simple machines and life science. We will study human growth and development. We will also examine plants and animals.
In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of Japan and will soon be making kimonos. This is always a favorite unit for the students.
|Physical Education |
Gymnastics was the name of the game this month. The second graders spent time working with different gymnastic apparatuses. With the floor exercise, they spent time working on rolls, bridge positions, and forward and backward rolls. The balance beam allowed them to practice numerous combinations of poses and balance stances. The vault helped with power, speed, and great landings! Second Grade scored a perfect 10!!
We have been working hard getting to know your child and his or her strengths as well as areas of need. All second trimester topics continue to be reinforced during our third trimester. In addition we will cover fruits and vegetables during April. Please, your encouragement to make connections with Spanish language and culture is very valuable and helpful. Thank you.
|Important Dates |
4/11-4/15-- ERB Week
4/21-- 1:30 dismissal
4/23-- School Closed
4/28-- Field trip to the Baltimore Zoo
4/29-- Japan Book Report Due
4/29—Noon Dismissal for Conferences
In Music Class, the Second Grade students are listening to parts of two quintets: the finale of Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81, and the third movement of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major. They have been playing their recorders, and have progressed to playing more advanced tunes and songs on their instruments! In order to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment, and of avoiding pollution, they are singing such songs as "This Pretty Planet" and "The Fish Of The Sea." They are learning some fun Irish songs and rhymes and children's play-verse in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
We still are working on Native Americans in art. The children just completed their unit about the Southwest Native Americans where they did a Navajo weaving and made a Hopi pinch pot. We will now briefly touch on the Northwest Native Americans where we will hear some folk tales and do a totem pole animal design. Hopefully most of April will be devoted to Japan!
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