# This Week in Second Grade

Week 21

## Contractions With “are” & “will”

Point out contractions that you see or hear in everyday life. See if your child can determine what each contraction is short for.
Help students understand the meaning behind the word "contraction" by stretching a rubber band. When you stretch it, you say that the rubber band "expands" and when you let it go, it "contracts" or gets smaller. Make the connection to making words smaller using contractions.
Contraction Matching Game
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Contraction Matching Game
Is your kid having trouble with contractions? Try out this simple memory matching game.
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Contraction Action
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Contraction Action
Kids write the two words that make up each contraction on this second grade reading and writing worksheet.
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Contraction Attraction
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Contraction Attraction
On this second grade reading and writing worksheet, kids complete sentences by replacing two words with a matching contraction from the word box.
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Worksheet
Need a little extra contraction practice? You've come to the right place! Kids can work on combining two words to make one in this contraction activity. This can also be used as an assessment!
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Awesome Apostrophes
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Awesome Apostrophes
Kids will decide where to put apostrophes in contractions with this rainbow-themed activity. Students will be given a pair of words and the corresponding contraction, but they'll be responsible for filling in the missing apostrophe. They'll be contraction
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Contractions
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Contractions
Students will appreciate the ability to write some of their most commonly used words after working through this exercise on contractions.
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## Visual Models & Equal Groups in Addition

Point out how food is arranged in rows at the grocery store. Ask your child if the arrangements make it easier or harder to figure out the total amount. Explain that putting items into equal groups can help us figure out how many items there are in all!
Teach students about equal groups by having them get into groups of 3, 4, or 5. Next, challenge students to use repeated addition to figure out how many students there are in all.
Equal Groups Smoothies
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Equal Groups Smoothies
This fruit-themed activity will help your students connect repeated addition for 5's and 6's in order to see how multiplication works. It serves as a great visual for budding mathematicians, and kids will love adding up the different groups of fruit!
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Intro to Multiplication: Multiplication Three Ways
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Intro to Multiplication: Multiplication Three Ways
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Intro to Multiplication: Repeated Groups
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Intro to Multiplication: Repeated Groups
Children make the connection between addition and multiplication in this repeated groups worksheet.
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Practice using repeated addition to find the total number of objects in equal groups.
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Lesson plan
Give your students a conceptual understanding of three-digit addition with this lesson focused on base-ten blocks and drawings.
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Base-Ten Blocks
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Base-Ten Blocks
Use this lesson to introduce the tool of base-ten blocks to your students. This scaffolded EL support lesson can be used as a stand-alone activity, or prior to teaching Three-Digit Addition with Base-Ten Models.
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## Nonfiction Topics & Main Ideas

Students may list key details when asked to explain the main idea of a text. Remind students that text features, such as the table of contents and pictures, can also support them in figuring out the main idea.
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Finding the Topic and Main Idea of a Nonfiction Text
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Finding the Topic and Main Idea of a Nonfiction Text
This worksheet provides students with an opportunity to closely examine the difference between a topic and main idea in a nonfiction text. After reading and completing Part 1 as a class, challenge your students to complete Part 2 on their own or with a pa
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Learners will practice identifying the main idea and supporting in works of nonfiction texts as they learn about the ocean.
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Create a Nonfiction Text Summary
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Create a Nonfiction Text Summary
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills by creating nonfiction text summaries in this introductory lesson.
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Summarize a Nonfiction Text
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Summarize a Nonfiction Text
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to write effective nonfiction text summaries. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Create a Non-fiction Text Summary lesson plan.
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All About Our Solar System: Level K
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All About Our Solar System: Level K
Reach for the stars with this interactive story about the solar system that works on science and literature learning at the same time.
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## Writing Lab Reports

Remind your child that scientists write down their hypotheses and conclusions. Writing the conclusion of a lab report is not just about reporting data. Scientists also write about why they think their experiment turned out the way it did.
Remind students that scientists write down their hypotheses and conclusions. Writing the conclusion of a lab report is not just about reporting data. Scientists also write about why they think their experiment turned out the way it did.
Fossil Worksheet for Kids: Dig It! #1
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Fossil Worksheet for Kids: Dig It! #1
These "Dig It!" worksheets not only teach about life on earth, they teach the scientific method as well.
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Fossils Worksheets: Dig It! #2
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Fossils Worksheets: Dig It! #2
Use this fossils worksheet to help a child learn about life on earth. Your child will learn about evolution and extinction, and also form a hypothesis.
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Dig It! #3
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Dig It! #3
Fossils can tell us about life on earth, but they can also teach kids the scientific method.
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Experiment with Sudsy Lemon Science
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Experiment with Sudsy Lemon Science
Magic, science, or household cleanser? Let your second grader decide with this practical, nontoxic chemistry experiment with acids and bases.
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How Windy Is It? A Weather Science Experiment
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How Windy Is It? A Weather Science Experiment
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Celery and Food Coloring Experiment
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Celery and Food Coloring Experiment
Here's a classic celery science experiment that uses celery and food coloring to demonstrate how plants absorb water.
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.