In your child's folder today, you will see a math packet filled with word problems. These are for you to practice showing their work on their papers. Looking at how to make equations from word problems and then to solve them. It is also important that they label the answer. This is not homework that is expected to be returned tomorrow! This is a few weeks of practice. Word problems are always challenging. We will continuously practice them all year long. This is just a few sheets to have on hand for some time together.
I am going to give the students a math test tomorrow. I will walk them through it very carefully since this is the first unit test. Second grade is lots of modeling, modeling, modeling. I want to help build strong strategies for testing skills and to be sure they are following directions very carefully. Both oral directions and written directions. Most errors in mathematics come from missing some careful details. With many students in our class this year, details are a struggle. I don't want to bore those who are already careful with details, but we will work together at least for this first test.
If ever you are looking for something extra to do with your child in regards to math, I suggest speed math (fluency) drills. This can be flashcards, one minute timed math sheets that you can print off of the internet, or simply oral practice with doubles, doubles plus one, doubles plus two.
Watch for new spelling words again next week. Tomorrow I will give them a review from unit one spelling words. This is great practice for them. It really tells us who are retaining the information and using the words and spelling strategies.
Enjoy the brisk air and sunshine while we have it!