May News

Class News 5/26/2017   

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

 

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!

 

Character Focus

We are focusing on reflection during the month of May.  We are looking back over things we have done, learned, etc.   We are thinking about how these experiences and our learning can help us with other things we do.

 

Important Dates

Science/Plant’s Life assessment – Tuesday, May 30th  

Unit 9 math assessment -  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. 

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We learned about another Unthinkable … Brain Eater.  Brain Eater is a very common Unthinkable.  Brain Eater makes it hard for us to focus on what we are supposed to be doing, focus on other people in our group, etc.  It is important for us to learn to defeat Brain Eater, so that we can focus on what is really important at the time.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

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

We are focused 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.). 

Students are getting good at identifying and telling who the main characters are and what the problem is in the story.  Sometimes the when and where are tricky to figure out.  When might be a time, a season, or when something was happening.  Where could be a map location (like a city), or a specific building (like a mall), a specific room inside a building (like the kitchen), etc.  This makes determining when and where a lot more challenging!

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Realistic Fiction

We are publishing our realistic fiction books.  When we publish, we:

·         Revise.  We make sure we said what we meant to say, have a beginning, middle, and end, and that our writing makes sense.

·         Edit.  We fix mistakes with capitals, punctuation, and spelling.

·         Add colorful illustrations.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 9 – Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

This week we:

* Solved double-digit subtraction problems with the Expand and Trade method. We follow this routine when we use the Expand and Trade method.

     1. Write the problem “up and down.”

     2. Expand the numbers (using expanded form).  Carefully line up the hundreds, tens, and ones.

     3. Look to see if you need make an exchange.  Think: Do you have enough tens to subtract the tens?  Do you have enough ones to subtract the ones?

     4. Make an exchange if you need to.

     5. Look to see if you need make an exchange.  Think: Do you have enough tens to subtract the tens?  Do you have enough ones to subtract the ones?  This step is important, because sometimes when we make an exchange it “messes up” something else, and makes another exchange necessary.

     6. Subtract.  First subtract the hundreds.  Then, subtract the tens.  After that, subtract the ones.

     7. Put all the parts together (add the answer to the hundreds, tens, and ones).

* We will finish our unit lessons next week and review concepts.  We will also solve an Open Response problem next Friday.  We will take the “traditional” unit assessment on Monday, June 5th.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: A Plant’s Life

*  We learned more about photosynthesis this week.

* We learned that plants are the beginning of ALL food chains

* We will take the unit assessment on Tuesday, May 30th.  A list of Key Concepts and a list of Key Terms (vocabulary) are available on the website.  You will also find a copy in the front pocket of the Weekly Folder.

 

Social Studies [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: How can a citizen affect a community?

We have been making connections … lots of connections … of things we’ve learned this year.  We are working on understanding how all the “pieces” fit together!

 

Computer lab

We took an online survey about Livonia’s Community with Character initiative.   Children were asked about: responsibility, respect, grit, confidence, empathy, mindfulness, integrity, and reflection

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Thank you for helping your child to remember to complete 3 activities each week on the calendar.  May is the last monthly calendar that your child will bring home this year.

Did you know that June, July, and August calendars, as well as, several special activities (Click here for the link.), and recipes (Click here for the link.) that your child may enjoy working on at home are available on the website?  Check them out.  You may find them useful over the summer break!

 

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

Mark your calendar for our special year-end event.  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 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!


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5/19/2017   

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

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continued our focus on Habit 6 – Synergize.  When we synergize, we work together.  This is an important life skill.

We are also reviewing and practicing habits 1-5.

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.

 

Packing Help     [Click here for the 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!

 

Character Focus

We are focusing on reflection during the month of May. 

 

Important Dates

Book Order (Last one of the year) Due: Tuesday May 23rd

Permission Slip and Money for Greenfield Village Field Trip Due: Friday, May 26th

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. 

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We talked more about being social thinkers.  When we are social thinkers, we think about what is expected in social situations.

We talked about how when we go to the movie theater, there are MANY things that we are expected to do.  Here are a few:

* sit during the movie

* not talk during the movie

* not eat other people’s popcorn

* leave when the movie is over

We talked about how others around us feel uncomfortable when we do things that are unexpected.  We also made books about feelings.  We told when we feel happy, sad, scared, surprised, and disgusted.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Traditional Literature

This week we:

·  * Named stories with similar ideas.  Sometimes the characters, character traits, or theme/lesson is similar.   For example, students said that characters in the story Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel both give away their children.  

·       *  Compared and contrasted different versions of stories.  For example,   For example, we compared and contrasted The Three Little Pigs, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Students said that these stories had the same characters (a wolf and three pigs), and the wolf did blow down houses in both versions.  However, students said that the wolf did not blow the houses down on purpose in one version.  Well done, class!

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Realistic Fiction

This week we learned to:

·         Build tension (suspense) in our stories, and make the reader want to keep reading to find out what happens.  We talked about how we can do this by giving clues about how the problem is being solved, but not just tell it right away.

·         Elaborate on the “inside story” (character’s thoughts and feelings).

·         Study mentor texts (books written by “big authors”) to get ideas on how to make characters come alive.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 9 – Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

This week we:

* Divided shapes into equal parts and named each part as a fraction.  For example, when you divide a shape into 2 equal parts, each part is one-half.

Measured to the nearest ½ inch.  When we measure to the nearest ½ inch, we look to the ¼ inch marks to decide whether to go “up” to the next ½ inch or “down” to the last ½ inch.

* Compared 3-digit numbers.  We learned to first focus on the digit that has the most value.  So, when you are comparing 3-digit numbers, you start by comparing the digits in the hundreds place.

* Used base ten blocks to subtract.  We will be learning a pencil and paper strategy for subtraction shortly!

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: A Plant’s Life

*  We have are still awaiting signs of sprouting with the flower and pepper seeds that we planted in soil.

*  Our flower plants arrived on Thursday night.  We plan to give our plants all of the things that we’ve learned they need to survive (air, water, and sunlight).  We will enjoy breathing the oxygen the plants provide, and the pop of color that the petals provide!

 

Social Studies [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: How can a citizen affect a community?

 

Computer lab

We took our spring iReady math assessments

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Thank you for helping your child to remember to complete 3 activities each week on the calendar.  May is the last monthly calendar that your child will bring home this year.

Did you know that June, July, and August calendars, as well as, several special activities (Click here for the link.), and recipes (Click here for the link.) that your child may enjoy working on at home are available on the website?  Check them out.  You may find them useful over the summer break!

 

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

Mark your calendar for our special year-end event.  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 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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5/12/2017   

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

 

Thank You for Donating Items for Our Basket Raffle

Thank you to all the families that donated cash or gift cards for our PTA basket raffle!  It turned out to be quite a nice basket!

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continued our focus on Habit 6 – Synergize.  When we synergize, we work together.  This is an important life skill.

We are also reviewing and practicing habits 1-5.

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.

 

Character Focus

We are focusing on reflection during the month of May. 

 

Important Dates

Book Order (Last one of the year) Due: Tuesday May 23rd

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. 

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We shared some of the students’ writings about “a time when you were with a group, and someone did something unexpected.”  We talked about some of the situations.  For example, when someone is talking about something, we should not try to change the subject.

We read more about being a social detective.  We talked about how important it is to notice what behavior is expected in different situations. 

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Traditional Literature

This week we learned:

*  We compare characters that are similar between different stories.  We compared Rapunzel to the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk.  Children said that both characters were focused on themselves.  Yes!  They were both self-centered!

*  We look for lessons that we can learn from stories.

*  We notice the morals that characters show.  We talked about how morals means what the characters think is “right” (i.e., good choices) and what is “wrong.”

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Realistic Fiction

This week we learned:

·         We should reread our writing often and revise (make our message better).  If we notice we forgot a beginning, we should add one.  If we don’t have a lot of juicy details, we should add some.  Etc.

·         We should use a storyteller’s voice.  When we use a storyteller’s voice, it sounds like the events are happening right now.  We say that this is happening in the present, not in the past.

·         We use temporal (time) words between the events.   For example, “later that day”, “that night”, “the next morning”, etc.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 9 – Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

This week we:

* Took the unit 8 assessment, and began our last unit (unit 9).

* We learned that when you divide something into equal parts, each part is a fraction of the whole thing.  Names like one-half tell what part we are talking about.

*  We solved an Open Response problem about sharing muffins.  Students were asked to help share 3 muffins between 2 people, and then 5 muffins between 4 people.  Many children decided to have “left overs” (i.e., muffins that were not eaten by anyone).  We talked about how those muffins could be cut and each person could have an equal part of it.

Sharing things fairly is a challenging concept for children.  You can help your child at home, by providing opportunities for him/her to divide a group of items (such as M&M’s) or a single item (such as orange slices or a cookie) into equal parts.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: A Plant’s Life

*  We have planted flower and pepper seeds in soil and are awaiting signs of sprouting.  Cross your fingers…  We hope to have seedlings to observe soon.

 

Social Studies [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: How can a citizen affect a community?

We learned that citizens can affect communities.  We talked about how volunteers at Cass Elementary have affected our school community.  For example, parent volunteers at the Cass Welcome Table help teachers, our secretary, and our cook.  When students arrive late, parents at the Welcome Table record the names of children who arrived late, and tally the additional lunches that Mrs. Crouse, our cook, will need to prepare.  This allows classroom teachers, Mrs. Pepple, and Mrs. Crouse to get started on the day’s activities with far fewer interruptions.  This has a very positive affect on our school community!

 

Computer lab

We began our spring iReady reading assessments.  We will be working on our iReady math assessments next week.

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Thank you for helping your child to remember to complete 3 activities each week on the calendar.  May is the last monthly calendar that your child will bring home this year.

Did you know that June, July, and August calendars, as well as, several special activities (Click here for the link.), and recipes (Click here for the link.) that your child may enjoy working on at home are available on the website?  Check them out.  You may find them useful over the summer break!

 

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

Mark your calendar for our special year-end event.  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 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!


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5/5/2017   

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

 

LAST CALLCash/Gift Card Donations for Our Basket Raffle

Thank you to all the families that already sent in donations!  If you have not yet sent in a donation, it is not too late.  You can send one in on Monday!

Please send donations (gift cards OR cash) in an envelope marked “Basket Raffle Donation.”  Thank you!

Our basket will be raffled off on Wednesday May 10th at our Art Fair & 50th Celebration.

Thank you for supporting our fabulous PTA! 

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continued our focus on Habit 6 – Synergize.  We learned that when we synergize, we work together.  This is an important habit in team sports, but it is also a good habit in the classroom.

We are also reviewing and practicing habits 1-5.

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.

 

Character Focus

We are focusing on reflection during the month of May. 

 

Important Dates

Unit 8 Math Assessments: Friday May 5th (Cumulative Assessment) and Monday May 8th (“Regular” unit assessment)

Donations for the Gift Card Basket:  Please send these in by Monday, May 8th so a parent can organize/display the gift cards in our basket.  Thank you!

Art Fair, Basket Raffle, & Cass 50-Year Celebration: Wednesday May 10th, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Book Order (Last one of the year) Due: Tuesday May 23rd

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. 

 

*NOTE*  Parents are encouraged to be chaperones for this field trip.  However, you MUST have a cleared IChat form on file to do so.  If you are unsure whether you completed this form earlier in the school year, we can check our list of approved/cleared parents.  We just need to know the exact name (and spelling) of your name on your driver’s license.

 

If you do not have a cleared iChat on file, you will need to compete the form as soon as possible.  It takes time for these forms to clear, and spring is a rather busy time.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Activity with Mrs. Coleman

We learned about being a social detective.  We talked about how important it is to notice what behavior is expected. 

When we do what is expected, people have good thoughts about us.  When people have good thoughts about us, we feel good.  Other people feel good too! 

We made a connection to Habit 4: Think Win-Win.  When everyone feels good, it is a Win-Win situation.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Traditional Literature

This week we learned:

*  We reread to look for characters types.

*  We look for patterns across books.

*  We predict what will happen based upon what we know about the characters.

We read several stories about pigs and wolves.  We noticed and named character traits for the main characters in the stories we read.  We compared and contrasted books with similar characters, themes, etc.

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Realistic Fiction

This week we started our last unit: realistic fiction.  Here is what we have learned so far about realistic fiction:

·         It seems realistic; it could actually happen. 

·         It has believable characters.

·         We plan story elements (setting, characters, problem, events, solution, and ending) before we write.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 8 – Geometry & Arrays

This week we:

* Partitioned shapes into equal parts. 

* We made “math pictures” of equal groups and arrays to help us solve problems about equal groups.

*  We wrote repeated addition number sentences to tell how many in all in equal groups or arrays.

* We finished unit 8, and took the Cumulative Assessment on Friday.  This assessment is checking to be sure that we are remembering concepts from previous units (i.e., units 1 through 7).

* We will take the “regularunit assessment on Monday, May 8th.

Next Unit: 9 Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Current focus: A Plant’s Life

*  We compared plant and animal lifecycles. 

*  We talked about the basic needs of plants and animals.  This concept connects to what we learned previously in Social Studies.  Basic needs for humans are food, water, and shelter.  Basic needs for plants are water, air, and sun.  Basic needs for animals are food, water, and shelter.

 

Social Studies [Click here for the link.]

Next focus: How can a citizen affect a community?

 

Computer lab

We did a special activity in which we reviewed what we’ve learned in social studies about how communities change over time.  Look for it in the Weekly Folder.

 

Monthly Homework Calendars [Click here for the link.]

Thank you for helping your child to remember to complete 3 activities each week on the calendar.

 

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

Mark your calendar for our special year-end event.  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 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!