Tuesday, January 8, 2019





Upcoming Dates:
  • Friday February 1st- Sock Hop
  • Thursday, February 7th @ 6:15 p.m.- 1st/2nd Grade Specials Program:
  • February 11-14th-Wish Week & GRE Kindness Week 
  • Thursday February 14th:  Valentine's Day Party @ 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Friday February 15th:  NO SCHOOL-PD DAY
  • Monday February 18th:  NO SCHOOL-President's Day
  • Tuesday February 19th:  Meteorologist Visit-Mike Nelson 



VALENTINE PARTY:

We will have our class Valentine party on Thursday, February 14th. Children are welcomed to create a Valentine’s Day Box to collect Valentines in. Please make sure that the opening on the box will fit a card with candy attached (if families chose to do that). If your child chooses to make a valentine for students in our class, please make sure that you bring one Valentine for every student in the class. A class list will be sent home. Please also be on the lookout for a party SignUp.


CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING:
We are wrapping up our Reading Unit Called Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power. During this Unit we built the following charts to anchor our thinking when reading:



We conclude this unit by launching Book Clubs. Students will understand club member behaviors. They will create a plan, set goals and work together to accomplish their goals.






WRITING:
Our writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:

Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why


Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
  • Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence
MATH:
We are wrapping up unit, Unit 3, How Many Tens? How Many Ones?. The focus of this unit is to continue to work on whole number operations, addition and subtraction up to 100, and place value.
  • Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
  • Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
  • Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
  • Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
  • Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100
Please visit the Math Words and Ideas tab if you would like more information on strategies that we are using to teach addition and subtraction. Click on Addition & Place Value.

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
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Math Words and Ideas: Click Here
Investigations Game Center: Math Games


SCIENCE
In science, we continue our focus on Air and Weather:
  • Conducting weather experiments
  • Observing changes in weather over time
  • Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
  • Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
  • Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
  • Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)
  • We are very excited for a visit from Meteorologist Mike Nelson on Tuesday, February 19th.


IMPORTANT DATES:
January 18th: NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day
January 21st: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


CURRICULUM UPDATE:
READING:
In this next reading unit, a major focus is on reading fluency as they encounter longer texts. Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts. They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold on” to the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole. Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.

WRITING
We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit during the first two weeks of January, then move on to our Opinion Writing Unit. In this unit students will:

Form an opinion about a book
At least two reasons for the opinion, and write sentences to support each reason
Try to convince the reader of the opinion
Write an ending to remind readers of their opinion

As students edit their pieces, they should use correct punctuation, appropriate capitalization, and correct spelling of no excuse words and words from their weekly sorts.


MATH
Our study of place value, addition and subtraction has continued this month. Students and classrooms are diving into the hands-on practice of building and decomposing numbers through place value, utilizing addition and subtraction stories to combine, separate and compare.

Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
Helping your child with math: Click Here
Math Words and Ideas: Click Here
Investigations Game Center: Math Games


WORD WORK/SPELLING
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.


SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
In science, wrapped up our learning on forces and motion and are moving on to weather. We will focus on:
Conducting weather experiments
Observing changes in weather over time
Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)

Monday, December 3, 2018





IMPORTANT DATES:
December 7th: Recycle Material Due for Force and Motion toy project
December 18th: Wrapped book for Book Exchange Due
December 20th: Holiday Party @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
December 21st: NO SCHOOL
December 22nd: Progress Reports available for viewing
December 21st-January 6th: WINTER BREAK!

Students return to school on Monday January 7th. Have a wonderful winter break!

THANK YOU!
Thank you for your generous contribution to our classroom library through the purchase of a new book at the Scholastic Book Fair. The books you purchased have added more great books for our students to enjoy! Thank you!

HOLIDAY PARTY
We will have our class holiday party on Thursday, December 20th. We will be having a simple celebration and a book exchange. A letter regarding our holiday party will be sent home in your child’s Homework Folder.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS-FIRST SEMESTER
Progress reports are available for parent viewing on Saturday, December 22rd. Log on to your parent portal to view your child’s progress report. You will also find a first semester wrap up of your child’s academic learning in second grade. Please take the time to read all the learning, growth and success we have had thus far in second grade. The following rating system is used to determine your child's level of performance:

Exceeds
Indicates a high level of achievement. It indicates a student has a strong understanding of the content/concepts/skills taught and it implies a student can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.

Meets
Indicates that a student demonstrates an understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support. Students who are meeting standards make few major errors or omissions when demonstrating a concepts or skill.

Approaching
Indicates that a student requires moderate support to demonstrate an understanding of concepts/skills. Students' ability to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or skill is inconsistent or infrequent, which indicates a partial understanding of the content, concept or skill. Students demonstrate more frequent errors or omissions.

Does Not Meet
Students who do not meet standards seldom demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills taught. The student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating his/her understanding.


CURRICULUM UPDATE
READING:
During Reader’s Workshop we have been deeply emerged into Non-fiction texts. We began digging into our non-fiction texts with understanding how our books go, what we notice, what we can earn and asking questions about our books. We then very diligently study keywords and began talking the lingo of our topic. We used strategies such as, using context to build knowledge around unknown words and learning to be flexible thinkers to discover tricky keywords. We read our books like the experts we became with our non-fiction knowledge. The last part of our non-fiction unit was centered around reading across a topic. We used several non-fiction books about the same topic to deepen and grow our knowledge around our topic. We worked on being able to retell topics not just retelling books. Lastly, we celebrated our learning by preparing a simple presentation of all the knowledge we gained on our topic. Students shared their learning with reading partners and shared with family members through Seesaw. In addition to our non-fiction reading skills we continue to work on reading fluency, building stamina as a reader, and making sure that we are working with a book that we can read with 98% accuracy.


WRITING:
We are continuing our work with writing scientifically, writing lab reports and ending with “how to” writing. Below are important parts of writing that we are working on:
  • Writing as scientists do
  • Procedural writing
  • Designing and writing about an experiment(s)
  • Constructing question(s), writing a hypothesis, writing explicit procedures, sharing results and writing a conclusion that refers back to our hypothesis.
  • Plan informational books
  • Integrating scientific information into our writing
  • Using checklist/rubrics to self assess and plan for next parts

MATH:
Our study of attributes of shapes and fractions is coming to a close and we will be moving into Unit 3: How Many Stickers? How Many Cents? before winter break.

During the first session of this unit, students will focus on the following:
  • Introduced to Sticker Station, a store that sells stickers singly, in strips of 10, and in sheet of 100. The Sticker Station provides a model for representing and making sense of place value.
  • Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
  • Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
  • Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
  • Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
  • Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
Helping your child with math: Click Here
Math Words and Ideas: Click Here
Investigations Game Center: Math Games


WORD WORK/SPELLING:
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory the last week in November and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Newly formed groups will start the week of December 3rd. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop, concretely, the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.


SCIENCE:
In science, we are continuing our work with Force and Motion. We have been conducting some experiments and building our background knowledge about friction, gravity, force and motion. Students have done some work with catapults and understanding the way in which it changes a force or a motion. We will also be working with Mrs. Fleet before Winter break on lego building and how force, motion, pushes and pulls all affect the way objects move. To wrap up our understanding of force and motion, students will be creating their own toy that moves.