Next, over the coming weeks in math we will be learning about the concepts of multiplication and division. This is one of my FAVORITE units to teach in second grade! We begin by introducing multiplication as the addition of equal groups. Then we learn about arrays and how they can help us add those multiple groups. There are some wonderful BrainPop Jr videos about equal groups and arrays that we watch, if you'd like to watch them at home together the username is: williamroberts and the password is: bobcats
In social studies we are continuing learning about maps, but also learning about landforms and bodies of water shown on maps. A big expectations for 2nd graders is that they understand a globe (specifically the equator and hemispheres) as well as being able to understand how maps work. We have our Flat Stanley day coming up this Friday (the 18th) where students will be sharing the stories they wrote over break. After this sharing we will be inviting everyone to send off their Flat Stanley in the mail. As we get replies and photos we will be posting them in the main hallway near 2nd grade for everyone to see! We also have a presentation about 'Jump Rope for Heart' on Friday, that will be coming up in February.
This last week we had a presentation about Egypt. It was really fun to see another part of the world through photos. We have had a lot of conversations about the different continents, so it fit in really well with what we have been learning about.