Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nov. 20-24


There will be no early release this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will also only have school on Monday and Tuesday.  I hope you all have a fun, family filled Thanksgiving!!
 (We won't have book bags this week.😀)
Reading:
We will continue to work on genres this week.  Try asking your child to figure out the genre of their book bag books or any other books that they are reading.  

Spelling/Phonics:
We will not have spelling or phonics this week.  

Math:
We are well on our way to learning subtraction with borrowing.  Students have been learning not only how to do the algorithm, but also how to draw it out using 100's cubes.  This gives students a deeper understanding of what they are actually doing when they borrow.  

Social Studies:
We will wrap up our study Colonists this week and then learn about the Native American and Colonist's first Thanksgiving.

Homework:
We will still have a reading log for this week.  Also, just a reminder that our homework calendars are due next Friday.  Please be sure that your child has completed at least 16 boxes completed (There are a few that they can check off on Thanksgiving! 😊)

Have a great week! 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nov. 13-17

We will be back to our regular schedule this week.  I will be sending home book bags home on Monday along with a reading log.  This month's reading log is about book recommendations.  Your child is to state who they would recommend the book to and why.  Please be sure you are checking over your child's reading log before they bring it back to school.  It should be free of any spelling or punctuation mistakes.

I will also be sending home a book order this week.  This will be the last one before the holidays.  
Please let me know if any of the books will be gifts and I can make arrangements for you to pick them up! 
Reading:
We will be wrapping up asking questions this week and starting our unit on genres.  Students will be learning how to identify the genres of various books we read.

Spelling/Phonics:
We will start our unit of vowel teams.  This is the idea of two vowels working together to make one vowel sound. 

Grammar:
We will continue our focus on verbs.

Math:
This week we will start double/triple digit subtraction with regrouping.  This is a very important part of 2nd grade math.  The concept can take some time for students to truly grasp.  We will start by showing them how to borrow using pictures and base ten blocks.  

Social Studies:
We will continue to work on our cultures unit.  We will finish up our study of Native Americans and start our study of Colonists.

Homework:
Please be sure your child is continuing to check off boxes on their homework calendar and turning in their reading log weekly.  They should also be reading their book bag books.  Please be asking them questions about the book they are reading to be sure they are understanding the book.  

Thanks for your support! 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct. 30th- Nov. 3rd


We will be having a busy week this week in 2nd grade!  The usual Halloween Parade will start at 8:15 on Tuesday.  Students may come to school in their costume, but they must have clothes to change into after the parade.  Our class party will also be on Tuesday afternoon.  
We will be visiting the book fair on Wednesday.  If you would like to send your child with money for the book fair you may.  I just ask that the money be in a bag with their name on it so that I can collect it and hang onto it until the time of the book fair.

Reading:
We will be working on asking questions as a comprehension skill this week.  This helps students think deeper about their reading.

Grammar:
We will start learning about verbs this week.  Students should already have a foundation in their knowledge of verbs, but we will continue to build on that this month.

Phonics/Spelling:
Silent 'e' will continue to be our focus this week.

Math:
We will continue to work on number strings and adding double digit numbers this week.

Homework:
Our November homework calendar will go home today.  Please be sure to look over it with your child.  Again, this should not be anything they should rush through.  Please pace yourselves to complete at least 16 boxes by the end of the month. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct. 23-27th


Our musical is this Tuesday at 6!  The kiddos need to be in the music room by 5:45 to line up for the performance.  
I am sending home book bags again today.  Please be sure to have your child bring them back on Thursday.  They should be using this book to answer the questions on their reading log.  I try to encourage the kids to answer their reading log question with their book bag book on Monday and then just fill in the smileys over the rest of the week.  Reading logs are still due on Mondays.  Also, I have also put a list of questions you can be asking your child about their book.  Some books may seem easy to read for them, but when you dig a little deeper with comprehension questions, they struggle.  

Reading:
We will continue to work on making predictions this week.  

Writing: 
We will be working on fact based opinion writing this week.  Students will learn about using facts to help support an opinion.

Phonics/Spelling:
Our spelling focus this week will be silent 'e'. 

Grammar:
Nouns will continue to be our focus.  

Math:
We will wrap-up work with number strings and then build on some more regrouping work.

Science:
We will be doing a Candy Corn experiment this week.  Students will be using their inquiry skills to make predictions about what will happen to Candy Corn submerged into different liquids.  

Homework:
Our October Homework Calendar is due on Friday!  Please make sure your child has completed at least 16 boxes! 


Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct. 16th-20th




It was great seeing all of you last week.  
Remember that our Halloween musical performance will be on Oct. 24th!  That's next Tuesday!
Book Bags are coming home with your child today.  Please make sure they are using this book to answer their reading log question.  The books will come home every Monday and need to come back to school on Thursday.  Please also be sure to check your child's reading log for mistakes.

Reading:
We are starting a new comprehension skill this week.  We will be working on making predictions.  This helps students to focus on their reading and be thinking ahead to what might come next.

Grammar:
We are continuing to work on plural nouns this week.

Spelling:
Our spelling words have the -ck and -ke spelling pattern.

Math:
Our focus this week will be number strings.  We are teaching them to look for ways to make a 10 or finding doubles to make the number strings easier.

Science:
We will be working on the scientific process by doing mystery bags and an experiment! :)

Homework:
Please be sure you are helping your child complete their homework calendar.  They also need to be reading at least 70 min for their reading log.

Thanks!  Have a great week! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oct. 9-13


We will have conferences this week.  Students will be getting out at 11:30  Mon-Wed and we will be off Thursday and Friday!  I can't wait to see all of you!

Because of the short schedule, we will spend most of the week just refining the different concepts we have already been working on during the past few weeks.

Reading:
We will be continuing our work on Text to Self connections. 

No Spelling

Math:
We will focus on our Situation of the Day word problems and showing how we can use multiple strategies to prove our work.

Homework:
Please make sure to stay on track for the month by doing at least a few squares this week! 😊

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct. 2nd-6th


Thank you for your patients as I get back into the swing of things.  I know many of you have emailed about conferences.  Please try again to log in and find an available time.  If you are still having trouble, please let me know. I do have people who were able to sign-up! 
We will be starting book bags after we get back from fall break.  Now that DRA testing is all finished,  I will be able to get your child a "just right book" from the book room.  They will take these books home on Monday and bring them back to school on Thursday.  Please be on the lookout for them in a few weeks! 

Reading:
This week we will continue to work on text to self connections.  This will also be our focus for our reading logs.

Writing/Grammar:
We are working on plural nouns this week.

Spelling:
Our spelling pattern this week has changed to digraphs.  

Math:
We will start addition with regrouping this week.  This skill is very important and will take some time to grasp for some students.  This is a great thing to work on at home! 

Science:
We will be starting science this week.  We will be learning about the tools and jobs that scientists have.

Homework:
We are starting our new homework calendars this week.  Please help your child complete at least 4 boxes per week.  Again, this is not a race.  I care more about the quality of the work than the speed.  If you find that your child is rushing through, please encourage them to take their time!