One reason why Second Graders ROCK is because we are working so hard on writing opinion pieces. Not only do we state our opinion, but we HOOK the reader with a fabulous introduction to our topic. Some of us make it a mystery for the reader - what will this piece be about? Some of us ask questions about our topic. Others list facts about our topic before we give our opinion. Once we give our opinion, we know that in order to organize our thoughts, we begin a new paragraph. Our paragraphs start off with a variety of transition words that tell our readers what's coming up. Then, we fill up the paragraph with amazing details. Wait until you see all we've written! READING~ In reading, we are continuing to read our book series and writing about them, too. We are noticing when a character has a problem and how he/she responds to the problem. We're also noticing how characters are the same between books. This helps us make better predictions as we read books within the same series! In fact, we're so excited about our reading, some of us request a 'working snack' so we can keep going! WOW! MATH~ In math, we are continuing to collect money but now we're going up to $5.00, $10.00 and beyond! We're trading in our change and making change! We're also setting the stage for third grade multiplication concepts. We're using tables to represent ratio relationships between two quantities and noticing patterns when we count by 2's, 5's and 10's. If we start off with 38 cubes and make towers of 2, how many towers will there be? Any leftovers? How about towers of 5 or 10? How many towers will there be? Any leftovers? Ask me to draw a table, pick a number and demonstrate for you all I know!