* Pen pals will be visiting next Wednesday!!!
* Report cards come out tomorrow.
* Be looking for our creative Thanksgiving writings coming home.
* 2nd grade is responsible for bringing in toothpaste or any toiletry items to fill baskets to go to the elderly for Christmas. The class with the most items brought in gets an ice-cream party!
Just a reminder that it is a short week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. There are only two full days of school - Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is a two hour abbreviated day. We will not start a new story or any new content this week. We will take this time to review and enjoy Thanksgiving activities. We hope that each one of you enjoy this time with your family and enjoy every moment. Take this time to make memories.
Please make sure your child is doing 3 things with the spelling words each week. They are spelling sentences, 5 times each, and ABC order. They are due on every Friday of each week. Please make sure each assignment is on its own paper.
Here are the spelling words for the week of November 7th. They all have a long e that is spelled -ee or --ea. Please make sure you help your child with this pattern. A link is below to help your child study for their words by playing battleship. Happy studying!
We made a KWL chart this week on bats. The kids done great with this and I think we all learned something. The thing that the kids found most interesting was the fact that a bat is a mammal. We had a great discussion on mammals and I loved seeing all of the information the kids brought in on mammals. We are definitely going to spend some more time on it next week.
One week to go until fall break!!! I hope everyone has plans to just take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy your kids and spend some quality time as a family. And try to sneak a little reading in there too! Here is the spelling list for this week.
PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!!: Test will be this Friday for spelling and reading due to fall break. Please don't let it slip up on you!
We are beginning to talk about fictional traits like characters, setting, plot, main idea, the problem and solution. A great way to help your child know these is by repeated exposure and what better way than talk about each book you read. Each fictional book you read has traits that can be discussed. A way we remember the difference between fiction and nonfiction is this little phrase: fiction equals fake! Happy reading!
Here is a list of the Math Vocabulary that we have already covered this year. The students should have a copy of these in their ROCKS binder.
add : when you add, you join groups together addition sentence: 3+4=7 or three plus four equals seven part: each group of the counters is a part. The 2 parts together make a whole. equals: "is the same" sum: the amount in all after you add plus: added to join: put together whole: add 2 parts to make the whole minus: to take away or subtract difference: the amount that is left after you subtract subtraction sentence: 9-3=6 or nine minus three equals six subtract: when you subtract, you find out how many are left or which group has more fewer: use fewer to talk about having a lesser amount separate: to separate can mean to subtract more: the group with a greater number of objects has more related: addition facts and subtraction facts are related if they have the same numbers. doubles: addition facts in which the two numbers being added are the same addend: the numbers that are added are called the addends number sentence: a mathematical sentence with an operational symbol and an equal sign.
Students should already have their addition facts memorized! It was a skill that was taught in first grade. If your child is struggling with them, please take the time each evening to practice them. The Math program builds on the fact that they should already know the following:
Besides using the "Rockin' Behavior" chart in our classroom, which is individual behavior, we are also using Mr. Potato head as a whole group behavior incentive. When the class is caught being good or behaving appropriately as a whole, we allow a student to add a Potato Head body part. Once Mr. Potato Head is completely together, we have a celebration. We finally got him put together a week or so ago and the kids got to have an ice cream party. You might want to ask the kids each evening how Mr. Potato Head is looking. His parts may come but they can also go. We are hoping to have a party soon!
We are beginning to talk about books that are make believe and books that have facts. There is a perfect opportunity to help your child discover about nonfiction books and their traits this week by talking about thier story, A Walk Through The Desert. As you read with your child, please point out the real life pictures, labels on the pictures, and maps. Ask them to find facts in their books about animals that they read. This will help your child be prepared for the upper grades and thier terminology. Thanks for all you do! It's showing.
Here is our classroom behavior chart that we refer to in the students' black notebooks. It is also something new that we are trying this year. After meeting all of our students and thinking about the different behavior management systems we have used and seen, we thought this one was perfect for our class. (maybe because I love the 80's haha) This has been a great tool to keep the kids on task and to promote a sense of "family" in our room. Here is a list of the rules/class contract that the students came up with that we refer to daily. They also signed the "contract" saying they would always try their best to do the following:
We have jumped right in this year using our new math series enVision MATH. We, as a county, previously used Saxon Math, but this year it is out with the old and in with the new. (So far so good!) We are loving the problem-based interactive learning because we all know that students learn best when they have opportunities to interact with the teachers and other students. It is important for us to let student's know the purpose of a lesson from the start while connecting the new knowledge to prior knowledge in school or in everyday life. Keep that in mind when you are helping your child with their math. No one knows their child better than you and if there is a way you can relate what they are doing to their real life, it will have a much stronger impact. The students are responding wonderfully to this program which makes us excited. Check these rockin' cool students out while they are working together to learn some new problem solving strategies.
Wow! One week behind us already! Please be working with your child on their story in their reader. I understand that the same story can get very old, but please understand that the comprehension test every Monday will count as 50% of their grade. I am sending home a copy of the test for Iris and Walter. I, as a parent, would like to know how to help my child study and I thought it would help to see the test first hand. I am sending home some homework throughout the week that will also help with comprehension and vocabulary. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call or text me at 423-494-9065 or email me at email@example.com.
As adults, we often take things for granted. In second grade, most students have their first experiences with text books. Along with this, it's their first experience with using a table of contents, index, and using vocabulary. All of these are skills that fall under state standards and are very important to help understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction which we will be later building on. So, as parents, please take a few minutes every night while reading to go over the table of contents. We introduced it today so some reinforcement at home will help instill this new information.
Just remember that parents have the biggest influence on their children. We are so excited to be working with your child. Thanks for doing all you do!
We had such a good day today! We do have to say that we have the best 2nd grade class ever! Ask your child about our new ways to cheer other students on. Please keep in touch with the blog to know up to date information.
These next few weeks, we are spending a part of the day getting used to each other and beginning to grow as a group. For this reason, we will have a small project due Wednesday. Please help your child pick five things that best represent them and put them in a bag to share with the class. It can be pictures, medals, trophies, toys, etc. Thanks so much!
I just got back from the most amazing training this evening. I am so excited to start the year and begin to add all the wonderful things that I have learned from the amazing speakers! Here is a link to one of the speakers, Dr. Jean. She is referring to younger children, but most of what she says can be taken for 2nd grade. Enjoy!
Here is a link to our wish list for our room this year at the bottom. We understand that times are hard for some so please only get what you can and don't put yourself out. We appreciate anything that you can give to help us give your child the best education possible. Thanks for your support!
Hello parents. We just want to say thank you for allowing us to have your little angels this year. We are so excited to be at CES! We created Something to chirp about to help serve as a means of communication between us and you. It also helps you see what goes on during the day in the classroom and helps keep you informed about academics and homework. You can find anything from pictures of the kids and their activities, wish lists, homework, units of study, students reading their creations, student of the week, etc. Please make sure this site is saved under favorite because I'm sure you will be checking it often.
Again, thank you for trusting us with your kids. It's going to be a great year!