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Weekly update for 1/22

This week we are playing catch up from all the snow days!
We will take our spelling test on short o, long oa, and long o_e tomorrow, science assessment on simple machines on Thursday (look for the interactive journals to come home tonight!), and our ELA test on making connections (text to self, text to text, and text to world) Friday.
We started a new unit in math today (briefly) with a whole group lesson on measurement.  Tomorrow we will talk about rules and laws, government and community for social studies.  We are working on our opinion writing; a piece that will go into their writing portfolios.

Progress reports will be coming home on Friday.  Their unit 2 math test grade is on there as well as the simple machine quiz, but both the simple machine assessment nor the ELA test will be taken into account on the progress report.

In the event that I leave for maternity leave prior to Feb. 2nd.  Mrs. Baumann will take my place until a certified interim teacher is found.  She is currently a first grade assistant and already knows most of these kiddos!

We will be wrapping up our simple machines unit with a fun hands on FOOD activity!! It is the highlight of second grade for many of these kids.  If you are able, check out the sign up genius! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c44abaa23a4f94-simple

Scholastic order forms came home today, please use the online code, QNJ76, to order.  All orders need to be placed by 2/28.  scholastic parent letter-19n8yuk

THERE WILL BE NO 1/2 DAY THIS FRIDAY!!!!

Tuesday 1/16 Update

This week we will be having a wtw spelling test on long o (oa, o_e), Math addition and subtraction (without regrouping) assessment on Thursday, and a science simple machine assessment on Friday!  Please study the simple machine booklet that came home on Friday!

In ELA we are working on text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections!  So read books and think about encourage your champion to make those as they are reading!  In Math we are wrapping up addition and subtraction without regrouping and beginning measurement!  In science we are finishing up simple machines and will begin social studies!  And in writing we are working on our opinion pieces!

Progress reports come home on Friday!

We are currently in the process of completing our iReady ELA and math assessments be on the lookout for more information regarding that when we have completed it.

Please check that you have fully paid for all the upcoming field trips!

Tuesday 1/2

Welcome back!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break!  I am so excited to be getting started back in the new year!  A few quick updates for everyone:

We will now be completing iReady math for homework instead of a worksheet.

At a minimum we would like our students to complete 25 minutes of math iReady a week at home.  The goal is for students to complete 45 minutes of math each week, but this will be accomplished at both home and at school.  We will continue to do reading response journals for homework as well.

A parent consent form was sent home in your champion’s yellow folder.  Please see the email (also attached below) detailing exactly what it is.
Info:
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Electronic Form:
Parent Consent Form-1gen9s9

What are we learning this week?
As we get back into the swing of things in ELA we will begin studying Text Connections.  Focusing on text to self specifically.  In MATH we will spend this week reviewing what we learned prior to break.  In SCIENCE we are beginning our unit on simple machines, studying what they are and how they work.  And in WRITING we are wrapping up personal narratives and beginning opinion writing.

We also took the time to revamp our spelling.  Starting this week words will be coming home on Wednesdays.  Our spelling week will run Wednesday to Wednesday with new words/a test each week.  We are using words their way beginning in long vowel patterns as well as incorporating phonics into our Wednesday studies.  Throughout the week students will be doing differentiated activities using those words.

Important dates to remember:
Late start tomorrow 1/3
Parent consent due 1/5
No school 1/15
Early release 1/26

Reading Homework:

 

Monday Updates

Week of 11/13

Important Reminders: Please sign and return the pink power school forms in the yellow folders ASAP.  There is no school Friday – Teacher Workday.  Tuesday, 11/21 is our last day before winter break.  We had cleanest classroom again last week so we can wear spirit wear on Wednesday.  And we will not have P.E. this week; it will be on Monday, 11/20.  Please have your champion mark out and skip problem number 3 on the homework – we have not covered regrouping yet.  Reading Under the Stars is tomorrow 11/14 from 6-7:30.

In ELA we continue our study of Fairy Tales by discussing their humorous counterparts – Fractured Fairy Tales!  There will be a quiz on Thursday.  (See attached anchor chart)  Students will need to be able to read a traditional fairy tale and it’s fractured equivalent and discuss what makes one the traditional and what makes the other the fractured.

We wrapped up science and are doing a quick unit on money for social studies!  We will have a quiz on that on Monday, 11/20.  Their interactive notebooks will come on Thursday to study. (see attached anchor chart).

In math we began subtraction (without regrouping) and are practicing solving our problems using counting back, decomposing, and vertical algorithm strategies.

In writing we are finishing our final copy of our small moment story.

As always if you have any questions please email!

Math HW:

Reading HW : 

Word List: 

Scholastic order info: scholastic parent letter-19j9t3v

Monday Updates….on a Tuesday

Week of 11/6 – I apologize these are coming out a day late!

Reminders: No school Friday! Angel Tree gifts are due 11/13 (we still have a few stars left on the tree as well!)  Turkey project due 11/13.  P.E. is on Thursday this week.

This week in ELA we are continuing our study of Fairy Tales.  The unit will wrap up on Thursday with our unit assessment.  Champions will need to be able to read a fairy tale and then answer comprehension questions about it pertaining to standard R.L. 2.2 – I can retell a fairy tale. I can determine the lesson or moral from a fairy tale.  To study have students read a fairy tale and summarize for you!

In Math we are continuing to practice addition without regrouping.  We have been focusing on the counting on, decomposing, and vertical algorithm strategies.  We will begin subtraction this week!

In Science we are studying tools used to study weather!  We will wrap up that unit this week as well and will have our unit assessment on Thursday.  Champions will need to be able to identify the name of the weather instrument and describe how they are used.  Science journals will come home today to help with studying!

In Writing we are finishing up our small moments story by copying our “sloppy copy” onto our final draft paper.  This story will be graded on a rubric and a copy kept in their writing portfolio.

The final scholastic flyer will be coming home today – the holiday edition!  If you are interested in ordering books for Christmas gifts please let me know and I will make sure to keep it a secret!  The order will be submitted on 11/21 and I will be at school 12/4-13 for you to pick them up!

As always if you have any questions please email me!

Digital math hw: 

Reading hw: 

Word List: 

Scholastic how to order letter: scholastic parent letter-19j9t3v

Children’s Museum Pictures

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Children’s Museum.  Here are some of the pictures I have so far; I’ll upload more as they come in!

Monday Updates

Week of 10/30

Our 4th Annual Fall Festival was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported ICI this year!

Tomorrow is our first field trip!  We will leave promptly at 8am.  Because of our schedule at the museum we cannot wait for champions who are late, and it will be up to you to get them to the museum at that point.  We will return to school by 2:30 so dismissal will be the same.  If you are attending the field trip and wish to drive your champion back please make sure you sign out with me prior to leaving!  Please make sure to pack a paper bag lunch!

We had the cleanest room this week so we get to celebrate by wearing spirit wear on Wednesday!! 

I felt that we had not had adequate time to prepare for the science quiz so we did not have it Friday and instead have rescheduled it for Wednesday.  Science journals will come home today so please use those to study with tonight and tomorrow.

In Math we continue our study of 2 digit and 2 digit addition using specifically the counting on, decomposing, and vertical algorithm strategies.  In ELA we are beginning a new unit on fairy tales! In Science we are wrapping up our study of rotation and revolution as well as the water cycle, and in Writing we are continuing to work on small moment stories specifically revising.

Monday Updates

Week of 10/23

We had a fantastic time at math night last week and to celebrate the success and the turnout EVERYONE K-5 can wear their spirit wear on Wednesday this week!!

Friday is a 1/2 day and our 4th Annual Fall Festival!  A flyer came home Friday about it, but if you missed it check it out here.  If you are able please consider donating a cake for the Cake Walk booth!  Please click here for more information and to sign up!

Tuesday is the end of our first quarter and report cards come home next Monday.  If you have not signed and returned the yellow envelope from progress reports please do so.

Next Tuesday is our first field trip!  If you haven’t done so please pay for at least the first installment ASAP!  Spirit wear is appropriate for field trips!

In ELA we are continuing our study of nonfiction text features, but focusing on the application of them.  We will be reading nonfiction texts and exploring how these features help with our understanding.  We will have our final test on text features Friday.  In math we will begin applying the addition strategies we have learned with multiple digit addition.  In writing we are continuing to edit our small moment stories, and in science we will continue our study of the earth’s rotation leading into the water cycle.  On Friday we will have a quick quiz on the water cycle.

PE will be on Wednesday this week.

If you need extra copies of the math and reading response homework they are attached.  And the copy of the words we are practicing this week are attached as well.

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If you have any questions please email me!

Monday Updates

Week of 10/16

We are continuing our study of nonfiction text features in ELA (see attached anchor chart), in math we are learning and practicing all the different addition and subtraction strategies to use (see attached anchor chart), in science we are wrapping up our unit on magnets – test will be on Tuesday, and in writing we are continuing to work on publishing our small moment stories.

Please look for your champion’s social studies/science interactive notebook in their backpack Monday evening to help with studying for their upcoming science test on Tuesday.

Open house/Math night will be Wednesday from 5:30-7:30.  We will be showcasing some fun math games that meet our standards as well as showing off some of your champion’s work!  This is a drop in event, so stay as long or as little as you are able!

Friday October 27th is a 1/2 day and our Fall Festival!  Please plan to join us at Elida Corn Maze from 4:00-7:00.  It is free to attend!  But we will have some spirit wear available for purchase as well as ticketed booths like pie a teacher in the face!  Tickets are $1 each.

Our first field trip is Tuesday, October 31st to the Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC.  If you have not already, and are interested in chaperoning please use the sign up genius link below.  Remember you must be a level 2 volunteer to chaperone on a field trip.  Check with Melissa Strong if you are unsure of your status.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4ca4af22abfd0-field

Starting this week I will be attaching the word list we are currently working on in my Monday update.  As I have communicated to some of you at our parent teacher conferences, studying these words are optional!  We will work on them for one week and then I will do a quick check to see how your champion is progressing.  If you do choose to work on them at home, I encourage authentic practice like using them in sentences (double points if it’s for their reading response homework!), writing in alphabetical order, sorting by part of speech, etc.

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As always if you have any questions please let me know!

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Reading 10:16-2gahiwi

Week of 10/9

Monday Updates…

We are beginning new units in ELA, Math, and Science this week!  In ELA we will be discussing nonfiction texts and their features.  Please have students read at least one nonfiction book this week for reading response!  In math we are beginning addition and subtraction without regrouping.  We will be learning many different strategies to help us solve these problems.  In science we started our unit on magnets!  We will spend time talking about how a magnet attracts metals, what those metals are, as well as exploring using magnets!

Reminder: TOMORROW IS PICTURE DAY!!  You can order online here with the Picture Day ID: HY517104Q0

PE will fall on Wednesday this week!

Scholastic book flyers came home.  If you would like to order books for your champion, please do so by 10/31.  A flyer came home as well detailing how to order.  Our class code is: QNJ7G.  A digital copy is attached as well. scholastic book orders-1g11c72

Mrs. Ladd will be sending out an email in the next little bit with a signup genius for chaperones for our upcoming field trip.  We need at least 5, but more are welcome to come!  To be a chaperone you MUST be a level II volunteer!  If you are unsure if you qualify, please check with Melissa Strong!

If you are not receiving Mrs. Heater’s weekly email make sure to let me or her know!  They have a bunch of important info for parents!

Digital copy of reading and math homework!

As always, any concerns or questions, please email me at any time! 🙂

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