1.26.20 Quiet week this week….
In reading we are reviewing the skills we have been studying over the last 5 weeks, including identifying main idea and details that support it, author’s purpose (why did the author write this selection and what does (s)he want us to know?), verbs, long vowel sounds and learning about the world around us.
Most of us have finished our opinion essay about New Boston (I will post a picture of our bulletin board next week) and we are almost ready to independently write an opinion essay about how we can make New Boston and even better place to live.
In math we are continuing our study of decomposing and composing numbers (taking them apart and putting them back together again). We are composing and decomposing base ten blocks (be sure to ask your child to show how they have done it on the ConnectEd website) and coins.
Just a couple of notes: since I have asked students to bring a show and share that has to do with what we are studying, many have been “forgetting”. Please help your child remember and think of things to bring. Those who have remembered, have been talking about properties of the things they have been bringing. They can also bring interesting coins, anything about space or weather, or books that they can share the main idea or author’s purpose.
If you would like to place an order from Scholastic so your child has a good book to read over February break. You can order on line using my code FBLZ8. If you are ordering books as a gift to your child, shoot me an email and I will let you know when they come in. Here is a link: https://clubs.scholastic.com/2nd-grade-2/ I will put in an order on the weekend of February 7.
1.19.20 Keeping this short this week…
We are starting our new unit in math which is building on our ability to add and subtract using money. We will be extending our understanding by adding 10s (dimes) and 100s. (dollars) Be sure to check the ConnectEd account for the family letter!
This week in reading we will be exploring how sound works and continuing our practice of identifying the main ideas and details. We are extending this main idea and details into our writing as we write about things we like about New Boston. I’m hoping to have a new bulletin board ready to put up by Thursday or Friday.
1.12.20 Last week we completed our AimsWeb mid-year assessment in reading and math. Most of your children showed some great growth! I will be sharing these results with you during our parent teacher conferences.
This week, in math we will be wrapping up our unit that has focused on counting coins, telling time, and understanding place value. Please continue to support your child with these skills. For ideas you can log on to your child’s ConnectEd account, click Everyday Math and there is a button labeled “EM at Home”. You can choose “Family Letter” or “Do Anything Activities” for some ideas.
We will be integrating some science and reading this week as we study about weather. This would be a good week to watch some weather reports!
In science, we are continuing our unit on matter and exploring materials that melt.
1.4.20 I found it helpful to have a couple of days to ease back into our routine last week. I hope it was helpful for you and your child as well.
In math this week we will be focusing on measuring with feet, inches and centimeters. I will be looking for your child to be able to estimate and measure to the nearest whole foot/inch or centimeter. Perhaps, you can take some time to look for things around the house that are about a foot long or an inch long. Your child can measure and see if the estimation was correct.
We will be integrating our social studies and reading this week as we study about communities and ways people help make their communities a safe and good place to live. This would be a good week to discuss some careers people choose to help those in their community.
In science, we are continuing our unit on matter and discussing properties of matter. Early this week, we will be looking for materials with insulating properties. I have asked your child to bring in a clean pair of socks (which will be returned) and if you have any empty 16-ounce water bottles with the covers, those would be helpful too.
I have posted some pictures of the hats we made the week before vacation. We discussed the properties of clothing worn in hot weather. We then designed a hat with a paper bag, a paper plate, foil and a paper towel in order to protect us from the sun.
Last but not least, about half of you have signed up for a parent teacher conference. Thank you! If you have not signed up for one, PLEASE email me 3 times that you are able to come to meet with me, and I will do my best to choose one of them. I am pretty booked this week and next, however I am pretty open the week of January 20 and January 27. I also am open on January 15.
12.31.19 A couple of reminders as we head into the new year.
Please sign up for a mid-year parent teacher conference! Please email me 3 times during the month of January that work for you to come in and I will try to accommodate one of those times. I would like to get a chance to meet with each one of you. The best times for me to meet are between right after school (around 2:20) to about 4:00. If those times really don’t work for you, I can do a morning or evening appointment. I did tell the class that if you and your child were comfortable, he/she is welcome to come to this conference as well. Even as young as your child is, he/she can give us a unique insight, not to mention I think it is good for him/her to see us as a team and to start taking ownership of his/her own education. A few of you have sent me emails, and I should have responded….if I have not please email again.
If you did not send in the 6 folders at the beginning of the year, please send your child with a new folder to use for his/her Thursday folder. They will be going home this week.
Also, you should have gotten an email from Jessica about our theme basket, if you did not please let me know. Thank you to all who have donated already.
Last but not least, please let your child know that we have a new student starting, I think on Thursday. I meant to tell them that she would be joining our class before vacation but I forgot.
12.19.19 I know it is super early, but I wanted to remind you about our book exchange and Polar Express “Party” tomorrow. Your child has an invitation in his/her folder. Please have your child wrap the book he/she is bring for the exchange and put his/her name and a “GU” for gently used or an “N” for new on it.
You will also notice there is not Thursday folder* this week. I’ve decided to hold off until the Thursday we get back (Jan 2nd). I’ve also decided not to “assign” homework until the Friday we get back. I do, however, strongly encourage your child to read at least 10 minutes a day and take notice of math he/she uses each day.
*If you did not send in the 6 folders at the beginning of the year, please send your child with a new folder to use for his/her Thursday folder after vacation.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are able to take some time to simply enjoy your children. They really are very special to me and I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with and get to know them.
12.15.19 I hope you all got a chance to look at your child’s report card with your child this weekend. I hope there were no surprises and the information on it was clear. If you have any concerns or questions that cannot wait until mid-year conferences, please be sure to drop me an email
As I had mentioned earlier, conferences will start the week of January 6th. Please email me 3 times during the month of January that work for you to come in and I will try to accommodate one of those times. I would like to get a chance to meet with each one of you. The best times for me to meet are between right after school (around 2:20) to about 4:00. If those times really don’t work for you, I can do a morning or evening appointment. I did tell the class that if you and your child were comfortable, he/she is welcome to come to this conference as well. Even as young as your child is, he/she can give us a unique insight, not to mention I think it is good for him/her to see us as a team and to start taking ownership of his/her own education.
I will try to keep things as normal as possible this week. However, on Friday, I learned that in lieu of a “party”, 2nd grade has a tradition of watching “Polar Express”, while wearing their pajamas and enjoying hot chocolate and popcorn. THIS IS A SURPRISE so please don’t let your child know. I will let them know on Thursday that they may wear their pajamas to school on Friday, and I won’t give them any other details. I would still like to do the book exchange on Friday too. If you are not able to get a book, I have plenty of gently used books that we can add to the pile so your child will be able to participate and bring home a book to read over vacation. I will let your children know about the book exchange on Monday.
12.8.19 This week should be a regular week….I hope.
Your child should have brought home spelling words, the updated homework sheet, and his/her Thursday folder home on Thursday. We WILL have our spelling test on Thursday this week. If your child misplaced spelling words, you can get them on the webpage in last week’s blog. (I usually don’t post them, it is my way of building responsibility in my students, however, if they are really lost don’t hesitate to email me and I will send them to you.)
Math homework has changed. As I explained to your children, many of them are feeling quite secure in their math facts and math is so much more than facts. Please see your child’s homework sheet for more information and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. (I have also updated the homework sheet on the homework page of our website.)
*ConnectEd was down last week…it should be working again, please let me know if you have any problems.
I realize the Thursday Folder had a lot of work in it. Please be sure to review it with your child…that can even help for one of the “math homeworks”. This week your child’s Thursday Folder will contain the last of Trimester 1 work. You may keep the folder at home (I will take the off the signature sheet as a reminder). Your child will get a new Thursday folder next week.
This week we are starting Unit 4 in math. This week we will be concentrating on telling time on analog clocks to the nearest 5 minutes. In reading, we are focusing on forces and energy. We are reading nonfiction, exploring good places to reread. In grammar we are starting to explore verbs. In writing, we are starting to look at how to write a persuasive essay. Last but not least, we are studying properties and phases of matter in science!
The holiday season is upon us! My goal is to stay focused on academics as long as possible. I was thinking about doing a celebration on the afternoon of Friday, December 20. In the past, we have done a book exchange, allowing students to have something good to read over vacation! Each student may bring in a new or gently used WRAPPED book. On Friday, new books are put in one pile and gently used books are put in another. Students take turns choosing a book from the appropriate pile, based on what they brought. I encourage gently used books to all students, although some really like new books. Would someone be willing to organize snacks and maybe a short game or craft project for that afternoon?
Our second grade team decided not to have a spelling test this week due to our 2 snow days and teacher workshop days. I will be collecting the special "Thanksgiving Homework" tomorrow and then will send home a "regular homework sheet" on Thursday 12/5 (which will be due next Thursday, 12/12).
12.1.19 Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and were able to take time with your families.
This week we will be wrapping our first trimester, we will be finishing our History Unit comparing how life was “long ago” to how life is now. I very much enjoyed hearing what your children learned; it even brought back some good memories! We have a couple more students who need to present tomorrow.
We will also be finishing our Math unit in which we learned some strategies to add and subtract numbers to twenty. Many of us are getting quite secure with our addition and subtraction facts, using our strategies as opposed to counting on our fingers. If your child is still struggling, please be sure to continue not only quizzing him/her, but also talk to them about strategies they can use to solve the problems quickly. Some of the strategies we use are:
Please let me know if you would like to know more about any of these strategies.
Last week we finished up Unit 2 in reading, during we read a lot of non-fiction pieces about animals, looking for main idea and details. We will be starting Unit 3, in which we will be exploring ways to learn about the world around us.
HOMEWORK: Don’t forget special Thanksgiving homework is due tomorrow.
I am attaching spelling words for this week (high frequency words: good, often, two), so that your child can be prepared for the test on Thursday. Please encourage your child to study at least 3 times between now and then. I will send the homework sheet home tomorrow (or Tuesday) and it will be due on Thursday. (I realize that there will only be 2 or 3 days your child will have the homework sheet, but you can count what your child read Friday, yesterday, today and Monday).
Math homework is excused this week, although I would encourage your child to continue studying facts, especially if he/she is still having difficult time remembering them. Starting Thursday, math homework will look different. It will be a choice of conversations about what we are studying in math. More to come next week.
Once again, don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.