October News

Class News 10/28/2016

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!

 

Logging in to Certain Programs at Home [Click here for the link.]

We have learned that students can use the “Clever” website to assist with logging into some programs from home.  We are excited to possible add programs such as Code.org to the Clever Instant Login options.  For now, however, you can access Benchmark Reading (ebooks) and iReady.

 

Conferences

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us during conferences.  We enjoyed talking with you about your children and how much they have grown since school started in September.  Please check in with your child about the goals that he/she set for him/herself.  Celebrate little successes and talk with him/her about strategies and things they can do to reach their goal.

 

Important Dates

Unit 2 math assessments: Tuesday, 11/1 and Wednesday, 11/2

Spell check #3: Friday, 11/18

No school for students:  Tuesday, 11/8

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

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

 

High-Frequency Word Practice [Click here for the link.]

Online resources are available for learning and practicing high-frequency words.

 

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!

October goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the October goal:  10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24

 

Lesson with Mrs. Coleman

We worked on writing a recipe for Witch’s Brew.  Students were very creative with what they chose to put into our class brew, how much they were going to include, and even how to cook and serve it!

We’ll continue to work on the concept of recipes over the next few weeks, but will switch gears to something a bit more appetizing.  : )

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned to:

* Reread if we are confused.

* Use character traits to describe characters. 

* Keep track of character feelings on a timeline.

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 learned to:

* Show, not tell.  For example, telling that you are tapping your foot over and over and giggling from top to bottom might be a way to show that you are excited or nervous, instead of saying, “I am excited” or “I am nervous.”

* Give kind suggestions to writing partners to give them ideas of ways to improve their writing.

We continued to remind children to include a beginning and end in their writing pieces.  If you notice that your child does not have a beginning or ending in his/her Daily Notebook, maybe you could talk with him/her about it?  A simple beginning might be, “I had a busy day.”  A simple ending might be, “That was my day.”

          words or sentences

We teach children to use carets to insert .  We do not ask them to erase.                                                                 

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Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Solved addition and subtraction number patterns

For example:          Rule: +5

                             ___, ___, 15, ___, 25, ___, 35

* Finished unit 2 lessons.  We’ll take the unit 2 assessments next Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Conserving (using less) and protecting (keeping safe) our water.

* Observed and checked our predictions about the celery in colored water and carrot tops in and out of water.

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community.  We have learned:

* Communities are places where people live, work, and play.

* There are three kinds of communities:  cities, suburban communities, and small towns.

* Communities have natural characteristics (such as hills, trees, etc.) and human characteristics (such as paved roads, park pavilions, etc.).

 

Computer lab

We are learning about computer coding.  We use a website called Code.org  Students enjoyed using this program in computer lab this week and asked about using it at home. They can!  Code.org is a free online coding program that your can access from home.  We have taped your child’s login inside the front cover of his/her Daily Notebook.

 

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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Class News 10/21/2016

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

 

Box Tops Contest

Thank you to everyone who collected Box Tops for our class and sent them in.  We collected a bunch, and look forward to hearing the results of this contest!

 

Conference Information Sheet

Please complete and return (by next Tuesday, October 25th) the yellow Conference Information Sheet that is coming home in the front pocket of your child’s Weekly Folder today. 

We have limited time (about 13 minutes) to talk during conferences.  I have many things to share with you, but want to be sure to address any specific questions or concerns you may have.  Thank you!

 

Birthday Party Invitations – Cass Policy

Children are very sensitive about who is receiving a birthday party invitation at school.  To avoid hurt feelings, we ask that invitations be sent to the child’s home and not brought to school for distribution.  We are fortunate to have a PTA sponsored Cass Family Directory to locate the names and addresses of classmates.

 

Important Dates

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: Wednesday 10/26 1-8 p.m. & Thursday 10/27 1-8 p.m.  Note: Students have a half day of school on both Wednesday and Thursday.  They have a full day of school on Friday 10/28.

Class celebration: Friday 10/28, 3 p.m.  Note:  We will be looking for donations of items for our celebration.  A Sign-up Genius link will be shared soon.

Halloween Happenings: Friday 10/28, 6 p.m. 

 

High-Frequency Word Practice [Click here for the link.]

I set up lists of the second grade high-frequency (word wall) words on the Vocabulary/Spelling City website.  Often high-frequency words do not follow the “regular” rules of spelling patterns and sounds, and they can be challenging for children to learn and spell.  Vocabulary/Spelling City has some great resources to help children learn to spell and understand words in a fun game-like way.  I particularly like Word Unscramble and Hang Mouse (The mouse tries to get the cheese.).

Here’s how to use the Spelling City website, and take advantage of the FREE resources.

1. Choose a list by clicking on it.  Ex. “Word Wall Check #1”

2. Choose “S Test”, “Teach”, or “Games”.  Choose “FREE” (not “Premium”) for the activities/games whenever there is an option.

S Test” will give students a spelling test on the words.  They get an opportunity to make changes to their work before they submit it for checking, and can choose to focus only on the words they spelled incorrectly.

Teach” will teach children how to spell the words on the list and will put each word into a sentence to help with comprehension.

Games” will give children opportunities to spell the words by unscrambling letters, figuring out missing letters, etc.

 

Book It!

Thank you for helping your child to remember to read each night at home and record his/her minutes on the weekly reading log.

October goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the October goal:  10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24

 

Lesson with Mrs. Coleman

We went over the answers to last week’s Scoot questions.  It was fun to see how many things we knew!  Most children knew that farmers use scarecrows in the field to scare birds away. However, most of us did not know that the squishy stuff inside the pumpkin is called pulp

 

Podcasts [Click here for the link.]

Check them out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned to:

* Make predictions and read to see if our predictions are correct.

* Make predictions about how characters will solve problems.

* Keep track of character actions/clues about character traits.

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned to:

* Work with a partner to add details to our writing.

* Include a lot of details in our writing.

* Write an excellent ending.  An excellent ending helps make your writing piece seem finished.

 

Writing pieces should have a beginning, middle and end.  Most children are able to think of beginnings and endings when they plan, but sometimes they forget to write them on the paper. 

If you notice that your child does not have a beginning or ending in his/her Daily Notebook, maybe you could talk with him/her about it?  A simple beginning might be, “I had a busy day.”  A simple ending might be, “That was my day.”

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Used number lines and number grids to solve addition problems.

  Ex.  16 + 10 = ?      

* Determined whether numbers were odd or even.

* Told equivalent names for numbers.

  Ex.  16:      10 + 6         20 – 4                   D D N P      

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Learned about wells.

* Learned how bodies of water (Ex., rivers and lakes) and groundwater get more water.

* Observed and made predictions about celery in colored water and carrot tops in and out of water.

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community.  This week we learned:

* There are three kinds of communities:  cities, suburban communities, and small towns.

* A city has lots of people and lots of buildings.  Ex., Detroit.

* A suburban community is a community near a big city.  Ex., Livonia.

* A farm is a community with fewer people and buildings than a big city.  Ex., Caseville.

* Cities, suburban communities, and small towns are alike in some ways. They all have people and buildings.

* Cities, suburban communities, and small towns are different in some ways.  The biggest differences are how many people, how many buildings, and the size of the buildings.  We also talked about how the size of the roads is different.

 

Computer lab

We are learning keyboarding skills (typing).  We use a program called Tux Type.  Children are learning which fingers press which keys on the keyboard.  They are enjoying using this program.  Several children have asked if they can practice at home.  They can!  Tux Type is a free software program that you can download at home.

 

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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Class News 10/14/2016

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

 

Box Tops Contest

We are collecting box tops until Friday, October 21st.  Thank you for cutting them out and sending them in.  Thank you, Mrs. Martin, for volunteering to count them for our class.  We hope we have a mountain of them for you to count!

 

Important Dates

Box Tops final day to send them in: Friday, 10/21

Class celebration: Friday 10/28, 3 p.m.  Note:  We will be looking for donations of items for our celebration.  A Sign-up Genius link will be shared soon.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: Wednesday 10/26 1-8 p.m. & Thursday 10/27 1-8 p.m.  Note: Students have a half day of school on both Wednesday and Thursday.  They have a full day of school on Friday 10/28.

Halloween Happenings: Friday 10/28, 6 p.m. 

 

Book It!

We are participating in the Book It! reading program this year.  The program runs from October through March.  If students are reading at home at least 20 minutes each night, recording their minutes on their reading logs, and returning reading logs on Mondays, they should make their monthly reading goals.  We will track the total minutes that children read each month, and children that reach their monthly goals will get a certificate for a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut!  Pizza certificates will come home in the Weekly Folder stapled to a reading log (in the back pocket of the folder).

October goal: 400 minutes

Weeks that count toward the October goal:  10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24

 

Language Lesson with Mrs. Coleman

We played a fun game with Mrs. Coleman called Scoot.  The game Scoot has children moving from desk to desk.  At each desk, they read a question card, try to think of the answer, and write it in the box on their answer sheet.  Today’s game was about fall topics: pumpkins, Halloween, Christopher Columbus, etc.  We will go over the questions and answers next time with Mrs. Coleman.

 

Podcast [Click here for the link.]

Check it out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Learned to quickly solve problems during reading time.  For example, if we come to a word we don’t know, we try different strategies to figure out the word.  

* Learned to make sure what you read makes sense.  If it doesn’t make sense, you should go back and try again. 

* Fully implemented guided reading.

 

Children are becoming more independent with:

* Using Chromebooks during Daily 5.  Most children can now independently log in, access RAZ Kids, and log out.  This is great to see!

* Writing reading response journal entries.  Keep up the great work, class!

 

Next week:

* We hope to begin listening to reading on mp3s

 

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Learned to edit finished pieces of writing.  When we edit, we fix mistakes with capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

* Learned to think about the heart of our message.  What do we want readers to think after they finish reading our piece?

* Learned to write a bold beginning.  A bold beginning helps readers to get interested in our writing and want to keep reading.

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned strategies for solving number problems:

* Make 10 – Make 10 and then counting the “extras”.

  Ex.  6 + 5 = ?       6 + 4 = 10 and there is one more.  So, 6 + 5 = 11.

* Near Doubles – Use a doubles fact to help solve a math fact.

  Ex.  6 + 5 = ?       5 + 5 = 10 and 6 + 5 is just one more than 5 + 5.  So, 6 + 5 = 11.

* Turn-around Facts – Use the turn-around fact to help solve a math fact.

  Ex.  6 + 5 = ?       If you know that 5 + 6 = 11, then you also know 6 + 5 = 11.

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we worked in small groups:

* Students worked in small groups to become experts on one landform.

* Groups worked together to make and present a poster to the class.  Students did a GREAT job with this!  Videos are posted on the Student Presentations section of the website.  [Click here for the link.]

 

Social Studies

We are learning about community.  This week we learned that communities have three characteristics:

* Places for people to live

* Places for people to work

* Places for people to have fun

 

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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Class News 10/7/2016

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

 

7 Habits of Happy Kids

We reread our chapter on Habit 1:  Be proactive.  We talked about how people that are proactive are also problem solvers.  They don’t complain about things like a broken pencil; they solve the problem.  We will continue to focus on this habit for a little longer.  Students just need a little more time to understand what it means and how they can apply it to their own lives.

 

Book It!

We will be participating in the Book It! reading program this year.  This is an incentive program for reading that is sponsored by Pizza Hut. 

Students have reading goals for the number of minutes they read at home.  We are tracking students weekly minutes and will total them at the end of each month.  If your child reaches his/her reading goal, he/she will get a certificate for a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut! 

Please help your child to remember to include all their minutes each night on the pink reading log, as this is how we know the number of weekly minutes they’ve read.

October goal: TBD

 

Podcast [Click here for the link.]

Check it out!

 

Reading [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Preparing to work with a reading partner.  We are learning how to “flag” items we want to talk with our reading partners about. 

* We began Chromebook rotations during Daily 5 (during guided reading times).  With our schedule, each child will have the opportunity to use a Chromebook for reading each day!

* Students are writing one reading response journal entry every day about a book that they read.

 

Next week:

* We hope to fully implement reading groups

* We also hope to begin listening to reading on mp3s

 

 

Writing [Click here for the link.]

This week we learned about:

* Use a storyteller’s voice when we write about personal experience stories.  A storyteller’s voice is in the present tense like it is happening now.  For example, I climb, climb, climb to the platform.  Finally, I reach the platform.

* Revision checklists can help us to revise our writing and make it better.

 

 

Math  [Click here for the link.]

This week we:

* Finished the unit 1 assessments.  Look for these in your child’s Weekly Folder.

* Began unit 2.  We are working with money (dollar bills now). 

* Did you know that just 5 minutes a day on a tricky concept goes a long way?  Try it. If your child is struggling to tell the difference between coins or to count them, try this:

Give your child a handful of coins to sort.  Then ask him/her to count them.  He/she should start with quarters, then count on by 10s for dimes, count on by 5s for nickels, and count on by 1s for pennies.

 

 

Science  [Click here for the link.]

This week we worked in small groups:

* Students become an expert on one body of water.

* Groups worked together to make and present a poster to the class.  Students did a GREAT job with this!  Videos will be posted soon.

 

 

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!