June News

6/9/2017   

I hope that you have found Class News to be informative this year.  This will be my final post. 

I have enjoyed teaching your children this year, and appreciate the positive comments and feedback many of you shared about news posts, emails, podcasts, and the growth you saw through your child’s daily notebook entries this year.  Thank you for being supportive, and for taking the time to share happy news!

 

Important Dates

Read Out -  Tuesday, June 13th  (morning)

·          Please bring: beach towel, activity books, water bottle, nut-free snack

·          Please DO NOT bring electronic devices.  Thank you! 

Half day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.) -  Thursday, June 15th

LAST day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.) -  Friday, June 16th

 

Here are some things we’ve been working on in second grade.

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We are looking for opportunities to name and use the habits we’ve studied.

Habit 1 – Be proactive.  You are in charge.

Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind.

Habit 3 – Put first things first.  Work first, then play.

Habit 4 – Think win-win.    

Habit 5 Seek first to understand.

Habit 6 – Synergize.  Work together.

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

I hope to post one more next week.  Cross your fingers that it works out....

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We played a game of Scoot!  In the game Scoot, students move from desk to desk (after a set amount of time) and work to quickly answer questions.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

We read a biography about Dr. Seuss.  This biography helped us to synthesize many things we already knew with new information we learned in the book. 

We were surprised to learn that Dr. Seuss considered himself a bit like the Cat in the Hat AND the Grinch!  In fact, he had a license plate “GRINCH.”  Essentially, he called himself grumpy on his car. Who does that?

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

We focused on writing about books we’ve read, and daily notebook entries.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

We took the unit 9 assessments.

We used Expand and Trade Subtraction OR Mental Math Strategies to solve double digit subtraction problems.  Students discovered that when we use mental math strategies, we can more quickly solve problems.

Two of our favorite mental math strategies are:

* Pretend the number you are subtracting is the nearest 10.  Subtract.  Then, adjust your answer since the problem didn’t really subtract 10.

For example, 65 – 19 = ?

19 is VERY close to 20.  65 – 20 = 45.  Then we need to add one since we subtracted a little bit too much.  So, the answer is 46.

* Subtract the tens.  Then subtract the ones.

For example, 83 – 24 = ?

83 – 20 = 63  Then, count back 4 from 63.  “62, 61, 60, 59”  So, the answer is 59.

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

If you are looking for learning activities from across the curriculum to help keep your child’s mind active over the summer, consider using the June, July, and August calendars.  They are available on our website.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!
After June 16th, have a wonderful summer!!



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6/2/2017   

 

We have MANY important announcements and reminders.  Please read them carefully.

 

Field Day (Monday, June 5th)

Field day is on Monday!  Please help your child to remember to wear/bring:

* gym shoes

* clothes he/she can move in

* sunglasses and/or hat

* water bottle (WITH his/her NAME )

 

You may want to apply sunscreen at home before your child comes to school.  This is not something we can do at school.

 

Your child may also want to bring a change of clothes, including socks (just in case there is a “get wet” activity.

 

Field Trip (Tuesday, June 6th)

Our Greenfield Village field trip is next Tuesday! 

 

Children will need to bring a bag lunch with ALL disposable containers, a water bottle (with your child’s name on it),  and a lightweight backpack (Ex. string backpack) to carry all of his/her things: lunch, water bottle, jacket, etc.

Please help your child to dress for the weather.  If it is cool or the reports indicate a chance of rain, your child may want to bring a jacket/rain jacket.

 

Closing Ceremonies/End of Year Special Event  (Friday, June 9th )

[Click here for the link to donate/volunteer]
Come for all or part of this special event.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Act I:  Musical Review of Second Grade - Mrs. Gruenewald’s Class

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Intermission/set up for Act II (during recess)

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. – Act II: Combined Event with Mrs. Gruenewald’s Class & Mrs. Mayne’s Class, INCLUDING certificate ceremony & ice cream sundaes 

 

Important Dates

Field Day -  Monday, June 5th

Unit 9 math assessments -  Monday, June 5th

Field Trip to Greenfield Village: Tuesday, June 6th (all day)

Closing Ceremonies/End of Year Special Event:  Friday, June 9th (2:00 – 2:30 p.m. & 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. 

 

Packing Help     [Click here forthe link.]

We are looking for some packing help.  Please sign up if you can. 

I have a few slots for helpers in my class.  They are labeled “Mrs. Gruenewald’s Classroom.”  Scroll down a bit and you should see them. Thank you for any help you can provide!

 

Here are some things we’ve been working on in second grade.

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We focused on Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw.  We need to have balance in our lives.  We need to get enough sleep, exercise, healthy foods, time with friends, etc.  Too much of just one thing is not so good.

We are also reviewing and practicing habits 1-6.

Habit 1 – Be proactive.  You are in charge.

Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind.

Habit 3 – Put first things first.  Work first, then play.

Habit 4 – Think win-win.    

Habit 5 Seek first to understand.

Habit 6 – Synergize.  Work together.

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We read and talked more about the Unthinkable Brain Eater.  We talked about how other people around us feel when Brain Eater is distracting us from what we are supposed to be doing.  For example, when our family is trying to get ready to go somewhere, it drives our parents crazy when we are distracted and not focusing on getting ready to leave.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

Current focus:  Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

We continued to focus on telling who (the main character/s in the story), when and where (the story takes place), what is the problem (in the story), how (the problem is solved), and why (this could be why the character did something, why the problem is important, etc.).   We read a biography about Francis Scott Key, the writer of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  Students did a great job telling who, what, when, where, why, and how with this book!

This week’s pink reading homework log will be our last for the year.  Please help your child remember to return it to school on Monday.  Thank you!

 

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Realistic Fiction

We continued to publish our realistic fiction books. 

 

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 9 – Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

This week we:

* Made arrays, told the total number of objects in the arrays, and also told the addition and multiplication number sentences that matched the arrays.

Ex. 

X X X X X

X X X X X

This array has 10 objects. 

5 + 5 = 10

2 X 5 = 10

* Reviewed concepts in preparation for Monday’s assessments.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: A Plant’s Life

*  We took the unit assessment.

 

Social Studies [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: How can a citizen affect a community?

We continued making connections.  We have learned so many things this year.  Students are beginning to notice and tell how various “pieces” fit together!

 

Computer lab

We worked on coding.  Students have been really enjoying coding this year!

This is an online program (code.org) that students can also use at home.  Their login is similar to the school login.  Essentially, it is their login ID followed by these characters (no spaces) “@student.livoniapublicschoos.org”  Passwords for this website are 2 letters (first and last initial of the student) followed by the 4-digit password number we use at school.  Again, no spaces.

For example, a child whose login is “jdoe” with a password of “1234” would login to Code.org like this:

Login:  jdoe@student.livoniapublicschools.org   Password:   jd1234

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

May homework calendars are due on Monday, June 5th.  I will not be sending home any more monthly homework calendars.  However, the calendars for June, July, and August are available on our website.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!