Welcome to 2nd grade. We currently have two sections of 2nd graders here at Hamline Elementary. We follow the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model which offers daily practice in reading and writing and allows children to work independently at their individual levels.
Everyday Math focuses on number sense, addition and subtraction strategies, problem solving, money, time, measurement, place value, fractions and beginning multiplication. We use small flexible groups and technology including iPads to help meet the needs of all students.
Reader's Workshop consists of a daily shared mini lesson followed by guided reading groups, independent reading and phonics skills. Students will participate in weekly book clubs to further expand their ability to have rich conversations about literature. Students will use Reading A-Z to increase fluency and comprehension while on the computer.
Writer's Workshop Throughout the year students will publish a small moment story, product/place review, nonfiction research, book recommendations, realistic fiction and poetry. We use art and technology to enhance our publishing.
Responsive Classroom is used to build community in our school day. We have a daily morning meeting to start each day together with a greeting, sharing and cooperative activities. This is a great way to talk about what is going well and what we can improve on in our classroom.
Homework. Learning the basic adding and subtracting facts is crucial this year. This reinforces the concepts we are learning in class. Daily fact practice at home will help your child attain Fact Power! Your child should read daily and complete their math homework. Look for a yellow Take Home folder each night.
Field Trips occur throughout the year to integrate areas of study in the curriculum. We will visit the Science Museum, Como Zoo and the Ordway to enhance our learning about the life cycle of plants and animals, musical performances, and plays.
Our Hamline University Partnership We work with Hamline University students daily in our rooms and we learn financial literacy with the student group Money Revolution.