Monday, January 15, 2018

1/16 - 1/19

This week's focus skills are- 
  • Adding 2 digit numbers
  • Adding a number close to 100
If your child brings their textbook home, please know it is useful with homework and how to echo the in-class instruction with our unit "the mental math concepts." Use Textbook pgs 14-16 this week to assist if you see the textbook come home. Please send the textbook back to school with them (*the Textbook looks similar to the workbook)

A skill to focus on with your child at home: "Making Ten" 
  • They need to be able to be given any one digit number and know what to add to that number to make ten. 
  • This will greatly help them in further grades adding ALL NUMBERS. 
  • Once they know how to "Make Ten" we can dive into mental math deeper - asking the student - if you have 23 what is the next ten?  ---- 30. Good, if 30 is the next ten, how many more do we need to make the ones (3) another ten? Or, what do I add to 3 to make 10. They will be able to say 7 if they know their "making ten" facts.
  • When given problems like, 27+5 They won't have to use their fingers. They will know that 27 is close to the next ten, 30 and will see that they have 3 inside of 5. So they break apart 5 to be 3 and 2 and get 30 then add the remaining part, 2.  ---- 32.

  • It all starts with your child being able to make 10. Miss Whinnery and I are quizzing them everyday upon entering the classroom, using every minute! Please encourage them to practice. 
    • Idea: Make flash cards with index cards. Some kiddos already made this in our class when given the challenge. Others created them for their doubles facts (1+1, 2+2, 3+3 etc)

Language Arts:
  • Our Next Poem "Bed in Summer" comes home Tuesday 1/16, to be presented 2/5
  • Spelling words: This week there will be 10 words for the spelling test. Please note: Moving forward your child will be assessed on 14-16 words a week as we transition to cursive in future weeks. Please know, it is very normal for second graders' cursive weekly spelling grade scores to drop on their Friday assessments during this transition. 
  • Little House in the Big Woods chapts 2-3
Writing: Letter to King George to align with history (opinion piece), descriptive paragraph, chapter refection brochure

  • Important Leaders 
    • George Washington, Ben Franklin, James Madison

  •  Articles of Confederation 
    • Purpose of The Articles of Confederation

      •  One right the articles gave to each colony
      • Why the colonies would want a stronger central government. 
  • Shays Rebellion 
    • Cause, Importance 
  •  Constitutional Convention & The Great Compromise 
    • Describe, importance

  • The earth rotates around an axis 
  • The earth revolves around the sun  
  • The earth's axis is tilted and this is what creates seasons
    • Vocabulary: 
      • Axis - a straight line around which a body rotates (the invisible line around which the earth spins) 
      • Orbit - a path in space along which one celestial body revolves around another (the earth's path around the sun) 
      • Revolve - to move in an orbit 
      • Rotate - to spin around an axis

Sunday, January 7, 2018

1/8/18 - 1/12

 Welcome Back! Happy New Year! 
Thank you so much for taking time to attend conferences. Partnering with you this year for your child's good and growth is a beautiful thing and I am thankful for the time Thursday and Friday! 
If you have any feedback for Miss Winnery or I, please know it is welcomed!
If you were unable to attend winter conferences please reach out to me this week. Miss Whinnery and I will try to accommodate your schedule for a make up conference.

 Diving Right In!

  • American History Overview (Columbus-->Declaration) before diving in deeply
  • Our next unit is "The Earth's Seasons" focusing on the why's behind them!
Reminder: The Simple Machine Project (Part 4 and the machine itself are due Monday 1/8/18
  • "Museum Walk Wednesday"
    We are planning to host a "Museum Walk" of all the Simple Machines on Wednesday.  We will have the Simple Machines set up in the courtyard area and parents will be invited to walk through our museum and admire everyone's work. (We are trying to figure out the timing so students can attend with their parents). At the end of the museum time parents can take the projects home with them.  I am working with our class liaisons to arrange our Museum Day.  Please keep an eye out for future email about this event! I know the children are excited to share their projects!
Please note: Comprehension homework this week is level S for every child because of the book's content. This week's book introduces the author's backstory for our next piece of literature. Please offer your child extra support in reading if this Homework level (S) is challenging 
  • Cursive will be taught this quarter! The scholars are so excited.  Please take time each evening to reinforce correct handwriting formation. As Miss Winnery and I explained at conferences, the expectation is that all letters/phonograms are formed correctly to prepare them for the transition to cursive 
  • Writing- Parts of a Paragraph Review "My Winter Break" 
  • Grammar-   
    • “Period, statement, declarative sentence” 
    • “Go back to the verb. Divide the complete subject from the complete predicate” 
    • “Underline the complete subject once and the complete predicate twice.”  

Please send in "Little House in the Big Woods" author: Laura Ingalls Wilder by Tuesday 1/9/18

  • Please note: No Homework Monday for math
Second grade Semester 2 - The new math workbook and textbooks coming home! The next math unit is Missing numbers then mental math (please be practicing making ten facts with your child to prepare them for this unit - they should have their math facts memorized 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5, 10+0)

I am looking forward to seeing your children Monday!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

12/18 - 12/20

Last week of school this quarter!
This week is the last 3 days of school for the quarter. Each day is a half-day, ending at 12:30.  Please plan on picking your child up promptly or making other after school-care arrangements.

School resumes Monday, January 8 with a full day. 

Ancient Greece Celebration 
Our Ancient Greece Celebration is this Wednesday, Dec. 20.  We will celebrate all we have learned about Ancient Greece during this last half day of school. If you haven't had a chance to donate an item or your time, the sign-up link is:

This is the first of our big celebrations in second grade.  Thank you for your help in making it a memorable success!

Simple Machines Project
Please remember that your child's Simple Machine Project is due on Monday, January 8 when we return from break. On the 8th they will hand in:
1) The physical project and 
2) The final version of their project description. 

On Monday, December 18th they will bring home their graded draft of their description.  Please remember that your child needs to combine two simple machines into a NEW machine or an arcade style game. Monday 12/18 I sent home the initial project description letter and grading rubric are on the "Simple Machines Project" in case it was misplaced 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quarter Two Conference Signup Link

Thank you for making time to attend, Please sign up here:

In Kinder-2nd grade we do not assign numeric or alphabetic grades. Instead, you will see a scale like the one below:

1  Below Grade Level Expectations

2  Inconsistently shows Grade Level Expectations

Meets Grade Level Expectations   

4  Exceeds Grade Level Expectations

      Quick note:
    Some of our children have a natural tendency to be dissatisfied with a 3 "meeting grade level expectations" because it is not considered the best. Please help them understand that their mastery, at any level and any pace, is one to be celebrated. Help them find the positive and excitement in learning- if their natural bent is toward perfectionism.
    Any blanks = skill has not been covered in Quarter 2
    Your child has been re-leveled for reading. You will receive your child's level within their grade checklist. Please see below for defined reading stages (EE, UE, EF, F) and what books are available at your child's level for a-z reading (also will be noted for you at conferences).

    A-Z Levels (Reading) 
    Titles and Author / Books available at each level:

    Reading Stages Defined (Guided Reading Level)
    Early Emergent (EE):
     Reader understands concepts of print and basic punctuation, can identify and name letters, is able to match sounds with letters, recognizes some high frequency words, uses illustrations for meaning and uses finger or marker to point to text.

    Upper Emergent (UE):
    Reader sub-vocalizes or often reads aloud, reads word by word pausing at unfamiliar words, recognizes many words immediately, is beginning to use a few decoding strategies to problem solve new words and uses one or more strategies to gain meaning.

    Early Fluent (EF):
    Reader is beginning to read silently with independence, uses a variety of strategies to gain meaning, is able to recognize many familiar words, uses story and text structure with guidance to establish meaning and is beginning to read a variety of materials for different purposes.

    Fluent (F):
    Reads silently with independence and aloud with expression and fluency, selects a variety of texts and more difficult materials, uses a variety of strategies to read unfamiliar words, comprehends and self-corrects to gain meaning, summarizes and makes meaningful predictions and self-selects and enjoys books of interest and variety.

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    12/11 - 12/15

    Happy Birthday to the lovely Miss Whinnery! 
    I personally so appreciate and love you. 
    I truly am grateful for everything you do to encourage and support the scholars and myself. 
    You're the best!
    We are privileged to have the opportunity 
    to work with your children everyday. Thank you!
    We love our jobs!

    Upcoming! Ancient Greece celebration! Help needed:

    Idioms and Proverb review 
    Monthly assessments  
    Weekly Comprehension assessments
    "Sarah, Plain and Tall" Coffee Talk Wednesday  
    Writing with ease: The story of the Greeks 
    Wrap up Friendly Letter Writing Continued from last week 

    This week is a REVIEW of concepts for Q1 and Q2

    -Identify Alexander the Great 
    -Understand why Alexander is important 
    -Indicate on a map the area Alexander the Great conquered 
    -Friday - Part 2 of the Ancient Greece test (Persian Wars, Great Thinkers, Alexander the Great)
    ***Wednesday a study guide will be sent home 

    -Excretory System Continued -Students will understand that the body gets rid of waste through the skin when perspiring. 
    -Students will understand that healthy eating and exercising helps their bodies 

    ·       Macronutrients- Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein
    ·       Micronutrients- Vitamins and minerals
    ·       Food Plate
    ·       Eat a rainbow
    ·       Exercise
    ·       Drink water