November News

11/22/2016

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

 

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are NOT coming home today, due to our short learning week.  Look for them next Friday. 

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

Current focus: Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

 

Important Dates

Holiday break (no school):  Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25

Book orders due:  Monday, 11/28, 11 p.m.

Holiday sing-along: Thursday, 12/22, Time TBD

Winter holiday party & Wrapped book exchange:  Thursday, 12/22, 3 p.m.

Half-day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.):  Friday, 12/23

Holiday break (no school):  Monday, 12/26/16 - Friday, 1/6/17

 

Book It!

Please help your child remember to return his/her reading log on Monday.  November goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the November goal:  10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check out our special Thanksgiving podcast!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Readers Learn from Informational Text

 This week we learned:

* Where to find informational books in our classroom library.

* We need to get our minds ready to read informational texts.  One thing we do is think about our schema (what we already know about a topic) BEFORE we begin reading. 

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

Current unit of study:  Lifting the Level of Personal Narrative

This week learned:

* To write in the air to plan our writing.  This means we practice what we plan to write BEFORE we start putting it on paper

* Use a storyteller’s voice.  This includes writing in the present tense like things are happening right now as you are reading.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

Current Unit: 3 – More Fact Strategies

This week we learned to:

* Go back through 10 to solve subtraction problems.  This strategy is a lot like the counting back strategy we learned last week.

* Go up through 10 to solve subtraction problems. This strategy is a lot like the counting up strategy we learned last week.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

Next unit of study: Measuring Matters

Current focus:

* We read Geographic magazines (informational texts) this 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.

 Have a great Thanksgiving Break!



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Class News 11/18/2016

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

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We are now focusing on Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind.  We are learning that planning and keeping your goal in mind can help you reach your goal. 

For example, if we want to buy a special toy, we can save money to buy it.  We need to keep thinking about our goal, though, so remember to save our money.  We don’t want to accidentally spend our money on other things.

 

Important Dates

Book orders due:  Monday, 11/28, 11 p.m.

Holiday break (no school):  Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25

Holiday sing-along: Thursday, 12/22, Time TBD

Winter holiday party & Wrapped book exchange:  Thursday, 12/22, 3 p.m.

Half-day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.):  Friday, 12/23

Holiday break (no school):  Monday, 12/26/16 - Friday, 1/6/17

 

Pie Tasting Event

Children enjoyed our pie-tasting event on Friday!  Thank you to everyone who helped at this event and donated items. 

 

Book It!

Please help your child remember to return his/her reading log on Monday.  November goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the November goal:  10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21

 

Lesson with Mrs. Coleman

This week we did a self-assessment on the recipe we wrote for the class cookbook.  The self-assessment helped children to notice and fix mistakes like missing titles.  Then we shared our recipes. 

Thank you for helping your child to select special recipes and prepare for our recipe project.  Students did a nice job writing their recipes, and they sound yummy!

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned:

* We can learn from characters in a text.

* Read with expression – like the characters would talk.

We will begin our next unit of study, Readers Learn from Informational Text, next week!

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week learned:

* To lead a “writerly life”.  This means we are always thinking about writing as we explore our world.  We collect writing ideas in our heads, and sometimes also on paper.

* You choose a seed idea (a small idea that we thought we could write about) and write a little book.  We quickly sketch our ideas before we write the words.  This helps us remember what we planned to write.

*  We notice authors’ crafts that make writing great.  Then we try to do these things in our writing!

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Counted up to solve subtraction problems. Counting up is a great strategy to use when the number you are subtracting is close to the number you are subtracting from.  For example, 12 – 9 = ?  Start at 9 and count up (3 times) to get to 12.

* Counted back to solve subtraction problems. Counting back is a great strategy to use when the number you are subtracting is far from the number you are subtracting from.  For example, 12 – 3 = ?  Start at 12 and count down 3 times to get to 9.

* Use doubles facts to solve subtraction problems.  

Ex. You can use the fact 7 + 7 to help solve 12 – 7 = ?  7 + 7 = 14, so 14 – 7 = 7.  That means that 12 – 7 would be 2 less than 7.  So, the answer is 5.

Ex. You can use the fact 6 + 6 to help solve 12 – 7 = ?  6 + 6 = 12, so 12 – 7  would be 1 less than 6.  So, the answer is 5.

* Learned -0 and -1 strategies for subtraction.  When we -0, our answer is the same as we started.  It’s like we didn’t give anything away!  When we -1, our answer is one less than where we started.

* Identified and applied rules in Frames and Arrows, Function Machines, an What’s My Rule?” problems.  Ex.  Rule:  +5  If you start at 3, you will get 8.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

* We are focusing on social studies and doing Close Reading activities.  Children are using what they learned during our Earth’s Land and Water science unit as we are learning about Communities.  This is GREAT to see!

* Our next science unit will be Measuring Matters.  We plan to start this unit in December.

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community

* We continued to focus on unit 2 “Where is My Community?  What Is It Like?” 

 

Computer lab

We started typing poems that we’ve written this year. Students are learning how to find keys on the keyboard, including the Enter key that magically makes our cursor move down a line!

 

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.

 

http://cass.livoniapublicschools.org/staff_directory/k-2_websites/mrs__gruenewald_-_2nd/resources/homework/

Have a wonderful weekend!


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11/11/2016

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

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continued to focus on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  We plan to move our focus to Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind next week.

 

Important Dates

Spell check #3: Friday, 11/18

Pie Tasting Event:  Friday, 11/18, 3 p.m.

Book orders due:  Monday, 11/28, 11 p.m.

Holiday break (no school):  Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25

Holiday sing-along: Thursday, 12/22, Time TBD

Winter holiday party & Wrapped book exchange:  Thursday, 12/22, 3 p.m.

Half-day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.):  Friday, 12/23

Holiday break (no school):  Monday, 12/26/16 - Friday, 1/6/17

 

Pie Tasting Event (Friday, November 18th, 3:00 p.m.)

Our second grade pie-tasting event is coming up on Friday!  Thank you to all the parents who have already signed up to help or donate items!  Please remember to cut pies like a checkerboard with about ~1-1/2 inch squares.  Children enjoy tasting a lot of different items, so each “piece” really needs to be “taste-sized”.  Thank you!

We are still looking for a few donations for this special event.  Can you help us?  [Click here for the link.]

 

 

Book It!

Please help your child remember to return his/her reading logs on Monday.  We’ll be sending home pizza coupons for children that made the October goal next week!

November goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the November goal:  10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21

 

Lesson with Mrs. Coleman 

We worked on our recipes for our class cookbook this week.  Thank you for helping your child to select a recipe and remember to bring important information to school for this special project!

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

 

Jim “Basketball” Jones Assembly

We had a wonderful assembly this week with Jim Basketball Jones!  He is known for spinning basketballs … on fingers, pencils, Sharpies (while writing!), glasses (while pouring a drink into someone’s mouth!), someone’s nose, etc.  He is very charismatic and engaging, and he shares many wonderful messages with the children.  Here are some of the messages he shared with us this week:

* Practice “patient listening.”

* Be mindful of others.

* Respond with effort and kindness.

* Knowledge is power IF you use it.

* We do hard things, until they become easy.  We stick to it.  We’re “gritty” like that!

* Run a “self-check.”  Ask yourself if you are doing “the right things” at “the right time” in “the right way”.  You are in charge!

* Sometimes we mess up.  When that happens, we have to back up, own it, and improve.

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned to:

* Focus on the important parts of a text.

* Pay attention to strong feelings of characters.

* Notice when characters change.

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we began our unit Lifting the Level of Personal Narrative.  We learned:

* To notice and name writing crafts.  For example, onomatopoeias (sound words), using action words, using describing words (adjectives, character traits, etc.).

* You learn about the author’s life and what is important to him/her through reading his/her writing pieces.

*  We read like writers.  We try to notice things that the author did.  We can try to do these things in our writing!

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Solved an open response problem. Students are getting more confident with “Making sense of problems” and “Persevering to solve them.”  These are two of our Common Core State Standards.

* We reviewed fact families.  Students learned about fact families in first grade, but some children are still struggling with this concept.  Extra practice at home telling the facts in a fact family would be helpful. 

Here is one way you can help your child practice fact families at home. 

*  Use a domino

* Ask your child what numbers they see.  The two “little” numbers are the number of dots on each end of the domino.” The “big” number is the total number of dots on the domino.

* Then, ask your child what the addition and subtraction facts are in that fact family.

Ex.     5 dots on one end; 3 dots on the other end  

Here are the facts in the fact family:

          5 + 3 = 8

          3 + 5 = 8

          8 – 5 = 3

          8 – 3 = 5

Ex.     5 dots on one end; 5 dots on the other end  

Here are the facts in the fact family:

          5 + 5 = 10

          10 – 5 = 5

Note:  Doubles facts have only ONE addition fact, and ONE subtraction fact in the fact family.

 

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

* We took our Earth’s Land and Water unit assessment this week.

* We will be focusing on social studies and doing Close Reading activities with our classroom periodicals for a bit.

* Our next science unit will be Measuring Matters.  We plan to start this unit in December.

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community

* We continued to focus on unit 2 “Where is My Community?  What Is It Like?”  This unit is about maps.  We are making a lap book for this unit too!

 

Computer lab

We got our template for typing poems.  We plan to spend time this year typing the poems we wrote.

 

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.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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11/4/2016

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

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We continued to focus on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  Children are starting to see ways to be proactive at school and they are even using the term “proactive”.  This is great to see and hear!

 

Important Dates

No school for students:  Tuesday, 11/8

Bring recipe information and/or pictures
: Friday, 11/11

Spell check #3
: Friday, 11/18

Pie Tasting Event:  Friday, 11/18, 3 p.m.

Book orders due:  Monday, 11/28, 11 p.m.

Holiday break (no school):  Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25

Holiday sing-along: Thursday, 12/22, Time TBD

Winter holiday party:  Thursday, 12/22, 3 p.m.

Half-day of school (dismissal at 12:10 p.m.):  Friday, 12/23

Holiday break (no school):  Monday, 12/26/16 - Friday, 1/6/17

 

Book It!

Please help your child remember to return his/her reading logs on Monday.  We’ll be sending home pizza coupons for children that made the October goal next week!

November goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the November goal:  10/31, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21

 

Lesson with Mrs. Coleman [Click here for the link.]

We continued to work on the concept of recipes.  Next week students will be writing a page for our class cookbook.  I can hardly wait to see what recipes your children share.  : )

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned to:

* Notice when characters do surprising things and ask, “Why?”

* Talk with our reading partner about things characters do and how we would do things if we were the character.

* Share opinions about characters.

Note:  The weekly reading log will change soon reflect our focus on character traits and making connections as we read.

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we published a personal narrative:

* We revised.  Revising focuses on the message.  We make sure that we said what we meant to say.  We make sure that what we wrote makes sense.  We make sure that we have a beginning, middle, and end.

* We edited. Editing focuses on errors with capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  When we edit, we fix our mistakes with these things.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Took the unit 2 assessments.  Even unit numbers have a cumulative assessment on the second testing day.  This assessment checks to see if students are retaining what they learned in previous units.  In the case of this week’s assessment, it checked up on unit 1 skills and concepts.

* Started unit 3.  This unit focuses on fact strategies. 

* We learned that we can use addition to solve subtraction facts.

Ex.  12 – 3 = ?

We can think of this as “3 + what = 12.”  Then we figure out the mystery number.  It’s 9!

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Pollution.  Students enjoyed working in small groups and exploring the concept of pollution as they poured different things onto “Freddy the Fish”

* We will take the unit assessment on Monday.  Key concepts and key terms are on the science website if you would like to help your child review and prepare for the assessment.

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community

* We finished our unit 1 lap booksWhat is a community?”  Students really enjoyed putting these together!  Look for your child’s lap book in his/her weekly folder.

* We started unit 2 “Where is my community?  What is it like?”  This unit is about maps.  We are making a lap book for this unit too!

 

Computer lab

We did more computer coding.  Children did a GREAT job once they were logged in.  : )  At first, we forgot that our passwords have our initials in front.  : (

 

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.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!