Second Grade

                         Middleton Elementary                                                          

Dear Parents,

We had a terrific Chess Tournament today!  Thanks so much to all who participated or volunteered their time to make this a wonderful day for all of our chess players!


This week we read the realistic fiction selection The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola.  This story is about a boy who loves to draw pictures.  Ask your child to tell you about his art experiences in school.

Skill focus:

* suffixes -ing, -es, -ed

* story frames

Comprehension skill focus:

* fact and opinion


This week we kicked of our bird unit!  We studied about bird bodies, specifically their feathers and feet.  Ask your child to tell you what a shaft, vane, barb and barbule are!  Then ask him/her to tell you about the various kinds of birds (perching, climbing, wading, etc.) and why they have different shapes of feet and toes.  We will continue this in-depth exploration next week.  Once the weather gets nicer, try doing a little bird watching with your budding ornithologist!!


We revisited double and triple-digit subtraction with regrouping (borrowing).  This is one of the toughest skills to correctly master, so any chance you get to practice one or two at home every so often would be very beneficial.

Monday Homework:

Next week is a short week due to conferences.  The only pieces of homework that your child will be required to do for homework teh week of April 28-May 2 are as follows:

1.  Reading Log

2.  Completing his/her Bird Information page

***Please remember that the Bird Information page is due on Monday, May 5. Your child will begin his/her report in class on that Monday, so it is extremely important that the report is returned on time.  Thanks very much for your support with this wonderful project!

Important Dates:   

April 23-May 1--Book Fair (last day Thursday, May 1)

April 28--Reading Logs Due--Be sure to total and sign

May 1 & 2 - NO SCHOOL; Parent Teacher conferences (your child does not attend this conference)

May 5- Bird Information Due 

May 23--Early Release at 12:45 p.m.; ALL library books due

May 26 - No School; Memorial Day