This week we have a math test on Thursday. Students should be able to tell what comes next in a pattern, be able to describe and name the pattern and explain how they found the next number in a number pattern. For example (Growing pattern - 2, 4, 6, the next number is 8, it is counting by 2's and to find the next number, you add 2.) or (Repeating pattern - 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, ---5 comes next because it comes after 3 each time, a b c a b c)
On Friday, we will take our magnet test. Your child took home a review sheet with words and definitions and a baggy with flashcards. They should review both each night.
Students got their new spelling words today. I stapled the list into their agenda because many parents said they were not receiving the list.
We need some adults for our take home reading program. Your job would be to come in one day a week for 30 minutes or so to listen to a few children read and help them choose a book to practice reading at home. The times we need help with are Thursday 1:15 to 1:45 pm, and Friday 9:30 to 10:00 am. If you can help but the times don’t work, contact Mrs. Norberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will try to work around your schedule.
The Second Grade Team
Last Friday was our first spelling test. Your child is bringing home last weeks test and this weeks new words. I hope they will see what they did well and what to work on for the next test. Remind them that they need to spell the words correctly and know if they are long e or short e.
The Economics Test starts today but it is on the computer so some students may not get to tke it until tomorrow. On Friday, we have our math unit test that covers money, adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and rounding to the nearest 10. On Thursday we will have our first spelling test. The students will hear a word and have to put it in he correct column (long a or short a) and spell it correctly. The content words will be separate at the bottom. Finally, on Friday we will have a Valentine exchange. Students will be able to hand out Valentines if they have one for every child in the class and they will have time to read their Valentine cards in class before they go home.
Spelling and Class Basket
Your child now has spelling words and will be taking a spelling test next Friday. We are doing short a and long a words and they will have to spell the words and know which group they belong in. There are also two content words that they should be able to spell and use in a sentence. We hope this helps students with their writing and phonics.
With the snow the class basket seems to be sparse. Our theme is "Death by Chocolate". We only have 4 candy bars so far. We still have time so if you want to contribute, please send in your donation as soon as possible. The dinner/auction is February 16th but our room mom needs time to get it ready so please have it in by no later than February 12th. Thanks for your help with this. The students love this event!
Your child should have brought home their February Home Project - a heart. This is due on February 8th. They should also have brought hone a study guide for economics with vocabulary words and ways to practice the concepts in this unit. Later this week they will bring home flash cards for economics that show sample questions of what will be asked on the test. The test will be next week sometime. Finally, we are finishing our unit on 2 digit addition and subtraction, including money. Playing store with your child and having them count change from your pocket is a great way to practice this skill. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, email@example.com .
We are working on adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers (24 + 36 =, or 70 - 25 =) in math. The best way for students to practice this is to use money. Have your child play store and give you what they owe or you give them money and ask them how much change you should get. This gives them a purpose. Students get very confused when there is a zero involved. It is not important which way they use to get the answer, as long as it gives them the correct answer.
In reading we are looking for story elements: setting, characters, problem, and solution. Have them practice this after doing their 20 minutes of reading. It is also okay to ask the these questions after you read to them. This helps with reading comprehension.
In social studies we are doing economics. We have done the 3 types of resources : human, natural and capital. We will work on producers and consumers, and goods and services next.
Our class has earned a special reward for good behavior. They have voted and want to bring Shopkins or Pokemon cards.(If they don't have these items but have something similar, that works, too.) These items are not usually allowed but are allowed tomorrow, 1/6/16. The rule is that they must fit in a ziploc sandwich bag. The students have been told they are responsible for keeping track of their items. I have told them they should bring or ask me for a ziploc bag with their name on it and anytime they leave the room, the bag should go with them or in their backpack so nothing disappears. I appreciate your help with this. Too many items means more chance these treasures will be lost. The children are very excited for this reward!
We completed out animal unit and took that test today. We started our graphing/probability test today and will complete that tomorrow. Your child can practice by going to ixl,com and doing the 2nd grade data and graph section. Students have been talking alot about their reading at home, but many are not writing in their agenda and remembering to have an adult initial it. We only have two more days to earn wearing pajamas and watching Polar Express on Friday. Encourage your dhild to read and record it to help us out. Ask your child about our special visitors this morning! Enjoy your Winter Break!
On Friday your child should have brought home a packet with math games and reading/writing activities to practice at home. The attached letter says these are for snow days when you are looking for things to work on with your child. These activities can also be done when your child doesn't have homework, or when they need more practice. Practice at home helps your child to learn concepts better. Thank you for your support at home.
We have a test this week on addition, subtraction, greater than/less than ( < > ), and fact families. Your child has a practice sheet tonight that will help them with fact families and greater than/less than. We have been using the description that the greater than/less than sign is a hungry alligator and he always wants to eat the biggest number so the open mouth faces the biggest number. Please let me know if you have any questions,
Studying at home!
On Friday, your child should have brought home some notecards and a vocabulary sheet for our animal unit. The test is not for a couple weeks, but they often have trouble keeping the habitats and vocabulary words straight. If they practice the cards and vocabulary each night for just a few minutes, it will really help when the test comes.
Students will take their Famous Americans test on Wednesday, November 18. They should know:
George Washington helped the United States gain their freedom from England and was our first president
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and was our sixteenth president
Susan B. Anthony wanted equal rights for all, especially the right for women to vote
Helen Keller was deaf and blind and worked to get equal rights for all people with disabilities
Jackie Robinson wanted equal rights for all and was the first African American to play in major league baseball
Martin Luther King, jr. wanted all people to be treated equal. He was a minister who marched and gave speeches to have the laws changed using peaceful means.
Famous Americans Study Guide
On Wednesday, your child brought home a paper that had a picture and paragraph about each of the 6 Famous Americans we need to know. The unit test is not for a couple weeks, but the students confuse some of the people so I sent it early so they can review it quickly each night during reading time. This should ensure they know them well by test time. Thanks for your help at home.
We have started out unit on Geometry. Students should know 2D and 3D shapes. They will learn about sides, faces, and angles(vertex). This is a unit they usually do well on. In Social Studies, we started our Famous Americans unit. We learn about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson. they should know who they are and what their contribution was. On Friday I will send home some flash cards. In reading, please be sure you initial next to "read 20 min," in their agenda and have them tell you about what they read to be sure they are understanding the story. In writing, we are working on adding details to our sentences and matching the picture to the words. They should spell words we use commonly correctly and only sound it out if it isn't on their word wall list.
Friday's Kindness Assembly
I hope your child shared with you about our assembly on Friday, October 9. We were given a challenge to become the kindest school in the country. In order to achieve this, each child must do 10 acts of kindness and record them in their kindness journal. Also, they should each bring in two items of non-perishable food for our collection box in our classroom. A notice will come home with more details on Tuesday, October 13. We only have 15 days to achieve our goal so please encourage your child to participate!
Back to school night
If you missed Back to School night, I attached the powerpoint I discussed below. I also mentioned that your child should bring their home folder and agenda every day. This is my means of communication. Homework and Encore is listed in the agenda. There is a homework pocket and a pouch for money and notes for the teacher. Please check their folder each night. If you have any questions, let me know. I also put the pacing guide, which shows what we are studying when in the files below.
This week we learned about making connections while reading. We can make a connection to something we did, to another book, or to something going on in the world. We also did some predicting and inferencing. In writing, we are working on starting every sentence with a capital and ending every sentence with punctuation. Students should be able to write 3 sentences and stay on topic. In math, we learned the games - Make 10, Tens Go Fish, and Plus 1 or 2 Bingo. Your child could teach you to play Make 10 or Tens Go Fish with regular playing cards at home. In Science, we are starting our life cycles unit with the butterfly life cycle. Next, we will do the plant and white-tailed deer life cycle.
Amazing that we are already in week three. By now, your child is reading silently for 25 minutes and then writing me a letter about their book. Most students are doing this independently, but some still need assistance. They can practice doing this for you at home to help them gain confidence. We started using the agenda. We write down which encore they have and when library is so they can bring their books on the right day and remember to wear the correct shoes for PE. We have started our 20 minutes of reading at home this week also. For now, this is their homework. They will occasionally have a math page and once a month they have a take home project. Their take home project for September is a school house. They should cut it out, decorate it and glue it together. They can glue it on paper or just bring it as it is. This is a creative project that is fun for the students but teaches responsibility. In math, we are working on counting to 100 by 2's, 5's and 10's and adding up to 10. Any help you give them at home helps the to be more successful in the classroom.
I look forward to meeting you on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 11:00 to 12:00. You can come and meet the teacher and drop off supplies during that time.