Hundreds, Tens, and Ones

Second grade mathematicians have been working hard on building their base ten knowledge.  We have gone from just building one number in one way (like 54 is 5 tens and 4 ones), to building one number in MANY ways (like 54 is 5 tens and 4 ones, OR 54 ones, OR 4 tens and 14 ones).  We are learning some problem solving strategies in order to solve problems with base ten.  It is very important that our mathematicians are not just solving the problem, but actually thinking about the problem and their process. Here are some problem solving tips!

*Read the problem more than once-first to read and then to really understand it.

*Figure out what the problem is actually asking you to do.

*Look through the problem and find any information you need.  A good clue is to find the numbers and information about the numbers.

*Plan your strategy in your head before you actually solve.


*Look back and explain your work to your partner or your group.  We are starting to work on explaining what you did and how you did it.

You can use this process when working on problem solving at home!


Second Grade Reading

The Second Graders at Bronx Delta are growing as readers!  We are working on strategies to read stronger and longer!  Here are our current unit strategies.

*Taking control of HOW we read.  This means we decide how we should sound when we read-should we put on a happy voice or a scared one, should we put on a whisper voice or a loud voice?

*Previewing our books before we read to make decisions on how to read.  This means we check out the front and back covers, the table of contents, chapter titles, and pictures before we read anything to grow our ideas.

*Reading stronger longer by setting goals for ourselves.  This means we are taking a look at the kinds of books we are reading and how long they are and making realistic goals for how many we want to read in our allotted reading time.

*Scooping in stead of pointing.  This means we aren’t pointing at every word as we read it, rather we are scooping our finger along chunks of words to read in a more fluent voice.

*Stopping, thinking, retelling.  This means that as we read we are stopping at different points in our book to retell to ourselves what has happened so far.

You can work on all of these ideas at home when reading each night with your child!