Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Update

 

IMPORTANT DATES:                                                                           
·       December 20th:   Wrapped book for Book Exchange Due  
·       December 21th:    Holiday Party @ 12:15-1:15 p.m.
·       December 22nd:   NO SCHOOL
·       December 23nd:   Progress Reports available for viewing
·       December 22nd-January 5th:  WINTER BREAK!
·       Students return to school on Monday January 8th.  Have a wonderful winter break!      

THANK YOU!
Thank you for your generous contribution to our classroom library through the purchase of a new book at the Scholastic Book Fair.  The books you purchased have added more great books for our students to enjoy! Thank you!

HOLIDAY PARTY
We will have our class holiday party on Thursday,  December 21st from 1:15-2:15 p.m. I have planned a simple celebration for our class, which will include a book exchange, cookies and juice. I am asking that each child bring in their favorite gently used or new book (please keep cost under $5) that they would like to share with a classmate. In order to keep the book a mystery, please have your child wrap their book for the exchange. Every child will go home with a new book recommendation by another classmate! I can't wait to see all of the great books that will be shared during our exchange. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything that I can do to help with a book selection. Since this is such a busy time of year for families, our holiday party will be a small quiet celebration. Families will be included in future parties.
I am looking for a few parent volunteers to donate cookies and juice boxes for our book exchange. Please email me if you are interested.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS-FIRST SEMESTER
Progress reports are available for parent viewing on Saturday,  December 23rd. Log on to your parent portal to view your child’s progress report.  You will also find a first semester wrap up of your child’s academic learning in second grade.  Please take the time to read all the learning, growth and success we have had thus far in second
grade. The following rating system is used to determine your child's level of performance:

Exceeds
Indicates a high level of achievement.  It indicates a student has a strong understanding of the content/concepts/skills taught and it implies a student can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.

Meets
Indicates that a student demonstrates an understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support.  Students who are meeting standards make few major errors or omissions when demonstrating a concepts or skill.

Approaching
Indicates that a student requires moderate support to demonstrate an understanding of concepts/skills.  Students' ability to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or skill is inconsistent or infrequent, which indicates a partial understanding of the content, concept or skill.  Students demonstrate more frequent errors or omissions.

Does Not Meet
Students who do not meet standards seldom demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills taught.  The student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating his/her understanding.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING
During Reader’s Workshop we have moved on to a new reading comprehension strategy, Questioning and Wondering. Asking questions while we read, helps the reader to deepen their understanding of the text. We will be examining the types of questions we ask and identifying what type of questions gain the greatest understanding of our text. As we explore this strategy, students’ will learn about the conventions of nonfiction text (captions, headings, labels, photographs, table of contents, index, glossary, and types of print), and how these conventions help us to increase our understanding of the text we read. Although this is the comprehension strategy that we are shining the light on at this time, it is important to monitor our comprehension by using all of the strategies we have been exposed to thus far. Also, we will continue to work on reading fluency, building stamina as a reader, and making sure that we are working with a book that is just right for us.

WRITING
We will continue our Narrative Writing Unit until winter break. The following bullets are topic/mini lessons that will be the focus during this unit.
·       Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
·       Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
·       Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
·       Writing a good beginning, middle and end
·       Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
·       Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
·       Setting goals and making plans for writing time
·       Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
·       Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
·       Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
·       Word choice
·       Revising and editing rough drafts
The narrative stories students are writing have been absolutely delightful to hear their special memories!

MATH
Our study of attributes of shapes and fractions is coming to a close and we will be moving into Unit 3: How Many Stickers? How Many Cents? before winter break.
During the first session of this unit, students will focus on the following:
·       Introduced to Sticker Station, a store that sells stickers singly, in strips of 10, and in sheet of 100. The Sticker Station provides a model for representing and making sense of place value.
·       Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
·       Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
·       Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
·       Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
·       Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
·       Helping your child with math: Click Here
·       Math Words and Ideas: Click Here
·       Investigations Game Center: Math Games

WORD WORK/SPELLING
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Newly formed groups will start the week of December 4th. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop, concretely, the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.

SCIENCE
In science, we continue our focus on Air and Weather:
·       Conducting weather experiments
·       Observing changes in weather over time
·       Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
·       Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
·       Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
·       Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
·       Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
·       Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Upcoming Dates

Tomorrow is Hat Day! 
We are collecting donations of any amount to send to the Denver Rescue Mission.
Your child may wear a hat tomorrow by sending in a cash donation.

Thanksgiving Feast and Celebration of Learning!
We celebrate Thanksgiving as a larger school community by hosting a Thanksgiving feast for students and their families.  Our feast will be held on Wednesday, November 15.  The cost for parents and siblings is $4.00 per person.  You are able make a reservation online now by 
clicking here.  Gold Rush students will pay using their lunch accounts.  Please bring your printed receipt as your meal ticket . 

Prior to the meal we are having a celebration of learning in our classroom.  Our celebration of learning time will be from 10:30-11:00 and the meal is from 11:00-11:20. Please let me know if you are unable to join us and I will pair your child up with another family.
Clorox Wipe Donations
With all the colds and tummy bugs going around we need to stop the spread of germs. If you are willing to send in the wipes, I will make sure the desk are getting cleaned. If you would not like your child to touch the wipes please let me know and I can make sure your child's desk gets cleaned. Also remember our 24 hour policy...... Your child must be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for a FULL 24 hour without the assistance of any medication before returning to school. This is a district policy and you will be asked to pick up your child if they return too early. This helps minimize the spread of germs. Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017




Upcoming Dates:
  • November 7th-  No school, Election Day Professional Learning for Teachers
  • November 6th - 17th- Food Drive -Click here for flyer
  • November 8th & 9th- GRE Math Workshop for Parents - Click here for information
  • November 13th-17th Book Fair
  • November 15th- Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast (Grade Level Schedule to Come)
  • November 20-24:  No school, Thanksgiving break

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Making connections
    • Text to Self - “This reminds me of a time…”
    • Text to Text - “This reminds me of a book…”
    • Text to World - “This reminds me of something I saw when…”
  • Schema - Background Knowledge
    • As learners, we more readily understand new ideas and concepts when we connect them to what we already know.  Students discuss and think about current schema that they have around different concepts or ideas in books.  They are then able to better understand what they are reading and learning about!
  • Monitoring comprehension
    • Thoughtful readers recognize when they become distracted and when they are reading carefully.
    • Students record thoughts and ideas as they read.

WRITING:
  • Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end
  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time
  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice
  • Revising and editing rough drafts

MATH:
We are currently in Unit 2: Attributes of Shapes and Parts of a While
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.
  • Describing a rectangular array of tiles in terms of the number of rows, the number of tiles in each row, and / or the total number
Some math vocabulary we use in Unit 2:
  • Polygon
  • Vertex
  • Angle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Angle
  • Right angle
  • Arrays - rows, columns
  • Congruent
  • Fraction - and fraction related vocabulary (halves, thirds, fourths)

SCIENCE:
  • Explain how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gather and analyze data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Analyze the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wild fires, etc.)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Update



Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 6th Crazy Hair Day (Make a donation to  hurricane relief fun to wear crazy hair)
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break
  • October 16-18 Fund-Raiser at the Chicken Shack
  • October 31st- Halloween Breakfast Parties and Costume Parade

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Recording  and sharing our thinking while reading
  • We wrapped our Reader’s Theater- Fox Plays
    • During this unit students learned about fluency (reading like a reader would read it). We practiced reading with a good pace, good phrasing and changing our voice to match the punctuation and characters we are reading about.

WRITING:
We are continuing our Opinion Writing Unit.
  • Student have written several letters at this point to recommend favorite books to readers.  
  • We have learned to make our letters stronger, longer and more convincing by adding more parts/reasons to our letter and providing evidence to support our opinion
  • We have used a checklist to evaluate our writing and set goals to make our writing better

MATH:
We will be wrapping up our first Investigations Unit right after Fall Break.  We will then begin Unit 2 Attributes of shapes and Parts of a Whole. During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.

SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • We are completing our unit on Civics this week. Students identified what our Roles, Rights and Responsibilities are in various parts of the school and playground. During our Technology Time with Mrs. Fleet we learned about an App called Adobe Spark. Students then collaborated with a partner to create a  video describing one pace in our school. Please look at your child’s Seesaw account for the video.

WORD WORK/SPELLING:
  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress!