Sunday, October 15, 2017

Picture Retakes

Picture retake day November 7

Reflex Math

Reflex Math

Our Fact Fluency has grown.  Our goal is to have everyone become fact fluent.  Please continue to use Reflex Math at home approximately 2-3 times a week.  Fact Fluency helps with higher level skills.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Curriculum Update

English Language Arts:
In Word Work we completed unit 1.  I will continue working on mastering taught Unit 1 concepts with some children in small groups.   As we begin Unit 2 we will review closed syllables, glued sounds, and bonus letters.  I will also introduce 5 new long vowel sounds: ay, ai, ee, ey, and ea.

In Writing Workshop we continue working on our small moment stories.  We will be studying mentor texts to learn about effective beginnings, endings, and transitions.  The children will then try these moves in their writing.  We will also begin revising and editing. 

In Reading Workshop we have been working on Tackling Trouble (decoding strategies).  The children have become great problem solvers tackling unknown words.  They know that mumbling through a word isn’t a strategy.  Ask them about some of the strategies they should be using (looking for words within a word, looking at beginnings and endings, working part by part, and trying two different sounds (c- /s/, /k/). 

Math: We will finish up Unit 1 in math this week, reviewing and practicing taught concepts.  Next week we will begin Unit 2.  Unit 2 includes writing addition and subtraction stories, practicing fast facts, finding equivalent names for numbers, and sorting attributes.  Everyday Math emphasizes students understanding through their ability to write and explain the answers.  A problem may seem easy but sometimes is difficult to explain.  Please ask your children to explain or even write their thought process.  We will be emphasizing this in the classroom.

Science:  We continue our study of the ocean.  We will be discussing food chains and food webs this week.  Then we will begin a more thorough look at each of the different ocean zones before we begin our classroom mural. 

Reminder:  For homework, children are expected to read 15-20 minutes nightly and practice math facts 2 times a week.  There will also be approximately 2-per week math Home Links. Thank you for helping with this important work. 

Dates to remember:
September 27 -  Health Screening please make sure your children bring their glasses if they wear them.
October 9th – Columbus Day NO SCHOOL
October 10th – NO SCHOOL

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lifetouch Photography will join us on Thursday, September 14, 2017 to take portraits.  Photo brochures were sent home in backpacks last week.  Please see the life touch website to learn more:  Lifetouch Photos

Curriculum Update September

English Language Arts:
In Word Work we began Level 2 Fundations.  Level 2 builds on the basic skills that were learned in First Grade.  Last week we reviewed closed syllables, blends, and digraphs.   This week we will discuss when to use c, k, and ck when spelling words with /k/.  Knowing this reasoning will help spell many words. 

We are also well on our way in Writing Workshop. Our mini lessons have focused on finding the seed for “small moment” stories and stretching out the story, using details.  The children are writing some great stories. 

In Reading Workshop we are in the midst of the Reading Growth Spurts Unit that is an introduction to 2nd grade Reading Workshop. The children are learning procedures for participating in their new classroom community, reading independently, and working with partners.

In Math we are shaking off some of the “rustiness”.   We are working on time, money, and number grids.  Please continue to encourage your child to use Reflex Math at home.  It is proven that a student’s ability to recall math facts automatically positively influences other mathematical learning.  I had amazing results the last couple of years, but I know that it takes work.  Math Homelinks will begin on Unit 1 Lesson 11.  I expect to send the math Homelinks home about 2 times a week.

In Science, we dove into the “Ocean” Unit with great enthusiasm.   We began learning why the ocean is salty.  This week we will discuss ecosystems of the ocean and parts of a fish and how these parts help them adapt to their ecosystems.   After that we will then be exploring the habitats of the ocean in greater depth.   Our classroom bulletin board will be transformed into wonderful ocean scenes over the next few weeks. 

Dates to remember:
September 14th  - Picture Day
September 14th – Curriculum Night
September 21st - Rosh Hashanah NO SCHOOL
October 9th – Columbus Day NO SCHOOL
October 10th – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night  is 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  
I am looking forward to seeing everyone 
in Room 111.

Salt Water Experiments

The children certainly enjoyed science today, particularly our two experiments.  Ask your child to tell you about them and what he/she learned.  We made predictions and observations.  Hopefully they learned that objects float better in salt water than fresh water and that salt water has a lower freezing point than freshwater.   Tomorrow we will begin a third experiment.  We are going to leave a cup of salt water and a cup of tap water by the window We will predict what will happen and observe changes over the next week or so.  Stay tuned!

Solid fresh water

Slushy salt water

Fresh water- egg sunk

Salt water- egg floated