Weekly Reminders 11-16-18

Dear Families,

We have just finished up another great week in room #14. I cannot believe that next week is Thanksgiving. This year is certainly going by too quickly. I would like to remind you that next week we will only be in school on Monday and Tuesday. The students will not have any homework next week.  Our Thanksgiving break will begin on Wednesday, November 21st. I hope everyone will have a chance to spend some quality time with your families during this holiday. I know that am excited to be able to visit my family in North Carolina.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, November 19th- Picture Day 

Tuesday, November 20th- Awards in the classroom 1:00 pm

Wednesday, November 21st- Thanksgiving break begins

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: The students will continue to use the 5-finger method to retell a story or poem that they have read. Students will describe characters, setting, and plot events in fiction and poetry. Students will identify the conflict and resolution, and identify the theme.

Writing: The students will write about “How to Cook a Turkey” next week. I can’t wait to read their work. After the break, we will be learning to write a friendly letter. The students will learn the correct way to write a letter using  five parts. These parts consist of the heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Please check out the following website for extra practice: http://www.abcya.com/friendly_letter_maker.htm

Spelling: Since we are only in school for two days next week, we will not have any new spelling words. We will have a new list beginning the week of November 26th.

Social Studies: Next week, the students will be learning about why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. They will also be learning about the first Thanksgiving.

Science: After the break, the students will be learning about animal habitats. They will also be learning about how these habits can change over time. Students will also be learning that animals need shelter, food, water, and air in order to survive. We will be learning the difference between living and nonliving things. Be on the lookout for a study guide when the students return from Thanksgiving break.

Math: Next week, we will continue to work on graphs. After the break, we will begin a unit on three digit numbers. The students will learn to identify 3-digit numbers. Students will read write and identify place and value of a 3- digit number, compare and order 3-digit numbers. For extra practice at home try out these websites: http://www.abcya.com/base_ten.htm

http://www.abcya.com/base_ten_fun.htm

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/ones-and-tens-place-value.html

I hope to see you all at our awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 20th at 1:00. We will be celebrating all of the hard work of the students. This awards ceremony will be brief.

Also, I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

 

Weekly Reminders 11-9-18

What another busy week we have had. Thanks to all of the parents who were able to come out on Tuesday and Thursday for parent conferences. I enjoyed being able to share all of the great things that your child has been doing in second grade so far this year.

The students  worked hard on their Cogat tests this week. Thanks for making sure that they were well rested for these tests.

Also, please remember that we have two field trips scheduled for next week. Our PAW achievement field trip is set for Monday, November 12th. The students who have earned this trip will be traveling to Hermitage High School to see the play “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook.” On Tuesday, we will be going to Lewis Ginter. I am looking forward to these two trips next week. If you haven’t had a chance to return the permission slip for Monday’s trip, please do so by Monday morning. Thanks so much.

Important Dates:

Monday, Nov. 12th  PAW field trip

Tuesday, Nov. 13th  Lewis Ginter field trip/Veteran’s Day Assembly

Wednesday, Nov. 21st  Thanksgiving holiday begins

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: In reading, we are continuing to  learn about identifying narrative elements and the theme of a fictional text or poem. Students will describe characters, setting, and plot events in fiction and poetry. Identify the conflict and resolution, and identify the theme. The students will also learn to retell a story as well using the 5-finger retell method.

Math: In math, we are working on different types of graphs. The students will learn about bar graphs and pictographs. For more help at home, click on the following links: https://www.turtlediary.com/games/second-grade/graphs.html

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/interpret-bar-graphs-i

Writing/Spelling : The students will continue to work on their narrative writing this week. We will have new spelling words this week. Here is a list of our new words: stain, drain, weigh, eight, play, goes, of, know, why, any

Social Studies: We will begin a unit on Veteran’s Day this week.  Veterans Day is a day for the recognition of, and to show respect for, Americans who served in the military. It is observed in November. We will also have a Veteran’s Day assembly on Tuesday at 8:30 if you are able to attend. 

 

Please enjoy these pictures with the second graders trying out our new playground equipment from the PTA. Thank you PTA! The kids love our new equipment.

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 11-2-18

Dear Families,

I just can’t believe that next week is the beginning of the second nine weeks of school already. I am so proud of how the students are maturing and settling in to our second grade routine. Thanks so much for working with your child at home to help make my job easier. It does take a village to help bring up a child doesn’t it?

Please remember that parent conferences are scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday. Thanks to all of the parents who have signed up. I can’t wait to meet with you to share all of the great things that your child is doing in my class. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, there is still some slots available. Please click on this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Nov. 5th- All field trip forms and money is due. The cost for students is $9.  Last call. 

Nov. 6th- Holiday for students  Morning parent  conferences

Nov. 8th- Evening parent conferences

Nov. 7th-9th- Cogat testing

Nov. 13th- Veteran’s Day Assembly and Field trip to Lewis Ginter

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: In reading, we will be learning about identifying narrative elements and the theme of a fictional text or poem. Students will describe characters, setting, and plot events in fiction and poetry. Identify the conflict and resolution, and identify the theme. The students will also learn to retell a story as well using the 5-finger retell method. 

Writing: In writing, we will be learning how to write a narrative that includes a beginning, middle, and an ending. Also, the students have completed their fall writing samples. They are displayed in our hallway sleeves outside of our classroom. Be sure to check them out when you come for conferences next week.

Spelling: Due to the 4-day week next week and Cogat testing, we will not have any new spelling words next week. Please take this free time to read with your child this week.

Math: In math, we will be reviewing rounding, place value, and graphing with the students. Please click on the following links for extra practice at home: http://www.abcya.com/base_ten.htm

Due to Cogat testing next week, we will not be doing social studies this week. If you are able, please take your child with you on Election Day next Tuesday. We have learning about why it is important to vote in elections. What a great way for your child to experience the voting process first hand. 

I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the beautiful weekend. Also, we will not have a homework packet next week. Please take this extra time to read with your child for 20 minutes each night and check out the games that are listed on the blog.

Thanks,

Mrs. Smith

 

 

Weekly Reminder 10-26-18

Dear Families,

We have just finished another busy week. It’s hard to believe that next week is the first of November. The end of the first nine weeks is fast approaching. On November 6th and 8th, I will be conducting parent conferences. If you have not signed up yet, there is still time. Please click on this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher

We are hoping for 100% participation for these conferences. I will be going over your child’s latest progress as well as their reading level. If you are having trouble signing up online, please send me an email and I can help you sign up. I am hoping to meet with each of you. Thanks to all of the parents who have already signed up.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 1st- All field trip forms and money is due. The cost for students is $9. 

Nov. 6th- Holiday for students  Morning parent  conferences

Nov. 8th- Evening parent conferences

Nov. 13th- Veteran’s Day Assembly and Field trip to Lewis Ginter

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

 

Reading: We will continue to make predictions while reading nonfiction books. The students will also be learning about nonfiction text features. These features include indexes, table of contents, bold words, glossaries, photographs, and diagrams.

Writing: The students completed their fall writing this week. On Thursday, many of the students shared their writing with their classmates. Next week, we will be reviewing r-controlled words with ir, er, and ar words.

Spelling: Here is next week’s spelling list: http://made those sing use read thirst bird shirt church 10.nurse

We will also be reviewing abc order, vowel patterns, and dividing words into syllables. Please check out these websites for extra practice: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/word-unscramble.html

https://www.turtlediary.com/games/second-grade/hangman-games.html

Math: Next week we will continue to review rounding and comparing numbers. We will also be working on graphing skills.  The students will:
a)   collect, organize, and represent data in pictographs and bar graphs; and
b)   read and interpret data represented in pictographs and bar graphs.

For extra math practice at home, check out these websites:https://www.turtlediary.com/game/ordering-numbers.html

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/identifying-place-value.html

Social Studies: We have just finished up our science unit on weathering and erosion. Next week we will be learning about Cesar Chavez and his impact on society.  We will also be learning about the importance of voting in elections in the United States.

Please remember to check your child’s folder today and take out your child’s  graded papers. Also, please sign the yellow Tiger check. Homework is due on Monday, October 29th as well.

Check out these pictures of students sharing their fall writing with their classmates.

 

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 10/19/18

Dear Families,

I hope everyone has been enjoying this cool weather. It looks like fall has finally arrived in all of its glory. We have had another great week. I was happy to see that some of you were able to come on Wednesday for PE. The students were excited to see you all. I hope that you all had a great workout.

Important Dates:

November 1st– All field trip forms and money is due for our trip to Lewis Ginter. The cost for this trip is $9. Thanks to those who have already turned in their forms and money.

November 6th– Teacher workday   Student holiday

November 6th and 8th– Parent/Teacher Conferences  Thanks to the parents who have already signed up for a conference. I want to meet with everyone. If you have not already signed up, please use the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher

November 13th– Field trip to Lewis Ginter

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We are continuing to make predictions next week using non-fiction books.  The students will  learn to use details from text to make, confirm and revise predictions before, during, and after reading. 

Writing/Spelling: The students will complete their final copies of their fall writing sample. These writing samples will be displayed in our hallway sleeves outside of our classroom. The students will be able to share their fall writing with their classmates next Thursday. Below is next week’s spelling list: http://right wash upon would before grape trade grade chain plain

Math: We will compare 2-digit numbers using less than, greater than, and equal to. The students will also learn how to round a 2-digit number to the nearest ten. Please check out these sites for extra practice with comparing numbers and rounding:

http://www.abcya.com/comparing_number_values.htm

http://www.abcya.com/rounding_numbers.htm

Science: We will continue to learn about weathering and erosion. Please help your child review for a quiz on weathering and erosion next Friday. A study guide was attached to the homework on Monday to help you review with your child.

Mr. Heatley has placed some artwork by our class in the showcases right outside of the office. Please enjoy these pictures: 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful weekend.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 10-12-18

Happy Friday,

I hope everyone is safe from the storm last night. I am sure that the kids are enjoying a bonus day off from school. Hopefully, you will all be able to enjoy the cooler weather and beautiful sunshine today.

If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please click on the following link and sign up for November 6th or November 8th. Thanks for all of those parents who have already signed up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher

Also, please remember to sign your child’s field trip permission slip that was sent home on Tuesday of this week. The cost for the trip is $9 for students. If you would like to help chaperone our trip, please let me know. The cost for parents is $13. All field trip money and forms are due on November 1st. I am looking forward to our trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The gardens are always beautiful.

A big thank you to all who donated money to our fall fundraiser. We raised over $19,500.00 for our school! What a great way to begin our school year.

The students will be bringing  home their first reading test of the school year on Tuesday of next week. Please review this test with your child. If you have any questions or concerns about this test, please let me know. We will be taking a reading or math summative  test each week. These tests will help your child be successful on their end of the year Henrico Assessment Test. Please save these tests to help your child review for our HAT’s. Thanks in advance for your help.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading:  Students will learn to use details from the  text to make, confirm and revise predictions before, during, and after reading. We will use fiction texts to learn how to make and confirm predictions.  On Monday, the students will listen to a book called “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson.  This book is always a hit with the students. Click on the following link to practice  making

predictions. https://www.quia.com/rr/828922.html

Spelling/Writing: The students will receive new spelling words on Monday. Below is the new list, if you would like to get a head start on these new words.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pIS2EOAy0thjxjG6ea6tmfK7-LYkoYNt-zO1V1cXDtY/edit

In writing, we will begin writing about fall and things that we like to do in the fall. The students will go through the entire writing process while writing about fall. I can’t wait to read their new writing samples.

Math: We will continue to work on place value and comparing numbers with two digits.  Students will read, write, model and identify the amount of tens and ones in a 2 digit number, understand the digit value of the place tens or ones, and begin comparing numbers with = to, less than, and greater than. The students will have a math test next week to assess all of the skills that we have worked on so far this year. The skills include ordinal numbers, skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, even and odd numbers, place value, and addition/subtraction. The students have also been working on problem solving in class.

Number Concepts through 50 Shark Pool Place Value  Place Value Hockey!

http://www.abcya.com/comparing_number_values.htm

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/ones-and-tens-place-value.html

Science: We will begin a unit on weathering and erosion. At the end of this unit, the students will be able to answer the following questions:

  • In what ways does weather affect land surfaces?
  • Explain the difference between weathering and erosion.
  • How are weathering and erosion alike? How are they different?
  • How can weathering and/or erosion affect animals?
  • How could you design a model to show how weathering or erosion can affect a land surface?

We were able to read  with our reading buddies from Mrs. Haskins’ kindergarten class this week.  Please enjoy these pictures.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the beautiful weather today with your family! I will not be at school on Monday.  So I will be sending home graded papers on Tuesday.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 10/5/18

Dear Families,

What another great week we have had. The students are settling into second grade. I am very proud of their hard work. Thanks so much for all of your encouragement at home. Your tigers are off to a great start this year. Working together is a great recipe for success.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

October 8th- No school for stud

Weekly Reminders 9-28-18

Dear Families,

We are just finishing up another great week in Room #14. Thanks for remembering to send in your child’s homework on Monday. Also, thanks for remembering to sign your child’s Tiger Check. I enjoyed talking with many of you this past Monday about how your child is doing so far in second grade. I am happy to report that we are off to a fantastic start.

Upcoming dates and events:

October 8th- Teacher workday  No school for students

Fund Raiser – If you have not had a chance to donate, you are in luck. The deadline for the fund raiser has been extended.   We are still trying to collect $50 from each of our students to help with STEAM Materials and document cameras for the classrooms. We have a few students in our class who have already reached the $50 goal! Thanks for you support. 

After School Enrichment Clubs begin October 3rd! Click here to get more info or sign up!

Tiger Check – Remember to sign the weekly Tiger check that came home today and review completed papers. Papers can stay at home for review.

Homework is due on Monday, 10/9.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: Next week will continue to review making connections to what we have read using fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will use their background knowledge and life experiences to further develop their comprehension skills. Students will also work on fluency while reading as well as answer questions based on what they have read. We will continue to work on blending sounds together to make new works. Check out the following websites for extra practice at home: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/complete-the-sentence-with-correct-sight-word.html

https://www.turtlediary.com/games/second-grade/word-families.html

Writing: The students completed their  “All About Me” personal narratives. Their writing is displayed in our hallway sleeves outside of our classroom. Next week, we will be learning about nouns. For more practice with identifying nouns, please click on the following link: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/identifying-common-nouns.html

Spelling: The students will receive their first word list for the year. You will find this list on the left hand side of your child’s homework packet. Please review these words with your child each night. The students will also be working with these words in class during literacy stations. The students will be tested on these words Friday. For extra spelling practice, check out the following website: https://www.turtlediary.com/games/second-grade/hangman-games.html

Math: We will continue to work on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. We will also be reviewing even and odd numbers. The students will also be working on fact fluency through Mobymax. For extra practice with these skills, please check out the following websites: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/even-or-odd

http://www.abcya.com/interactive_100_number_chart.htm

Social Studies: Now that we have finished up our unit on weather in science, we will begin a map skills unit in social studies.  Students will identify parts of a map, correctly label a map, construct and create a map. Students will identify key US features. The students will learn about the James River, Rio Grande, Mississippi, Rocky Mts, Appalachian Mts, and Great Lakes. Please be on the lookout for a new study guide that will be coming home on Monday in the homework packet. 

Lastly, parent conferences are fast approaching. Please go to the following link and sign up for a conference. I would love to talk with you all about your child’s progress so far this year.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher

Thanks to all of the parents who have already signed up for a conference.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Hopefully, the fall weather is right around the corner.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 9-21-18

Dear Families,

I can’t believe that next week is the last week in September. Time does fly by quickly when you are having fun. We had a great day on Wednesday with our STEAM DAY projects. The students had fun time working in their groups on our STEAM DAY challenges. Here are our two challenges:

Team Challenge 1: Marshmallow Challenge Sts. will get materials and create a structure that could withstand wind. This will go along with our extreme weather unit. The goal is to have the tallest structure that can stand strong the longest with wind. We will measure our structures, then use a fan to simulate wind and time how long the structure withstands the “wind”

https://www.juniorachievement.org/documents/193773/563462/The+Marshmallow+Challenge+Instructions.pdf/20602b5f-a3c8-4227-9269-c4eb8689988e

Team Challenge 2:  Umbrella Challenge Using a given set of materials, teams will create a structure to keep a tissue dry when the Teacher pours rain in a colander over it to simulate rain.

Thanks to Nathan’s mom, Mrs. Cordon, for coming in and helping with our STEAM DAY activities.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: Next week the students will reading and listening to non-fiction passages. The students will be making connections as they read. These connections include text to text, text to self, and text to world. For extra reading practice at home check out the following link: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/age-5-8-1

Writing: The students will continue to work on  their personal  narrative writing sample called “All About Me.” These writing samples will be displayed in our hallway sleeves. Here is a writing link for extra practice at home: http://www.abcya.com/story_maker.htm

Math: We will continue to work on skip counting by counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s both forward and backwards. We will also be learning about even and odd numbers. For extra practice with even and odd numbers check out the following links: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/even-or-odd

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/even-and-odd-number-rules.html

Science: We will continue to learn more about extreme weather. The students will complete a daily weather graph. We will be learning about weather forecasting.  Please help your child review for this unit by going over the study guide that was sent home with this week’s homework. We will have a quiz on weather next Friday, September 28th.   Check out this weather reporting game: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/weather-report.html

Please remember to send in your child’s completed homework on Monday, September 24th in your child’s gray daily folder. Also, please remember to sign your child’s yellow Tiger Check that is located on the right-hand side of your child’s folder. Students who return their signed folder and homework on Monday will receive a hole punch. Thanks in advance for your help.

All fund raiser money is due by Friday, September 28th. Thanks for all of your donations so far. 

Enjoy these pictures from our first STEAM DAY.

 

 

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 9-13-18

Dear Families,

We have had another great week!  The students are continuing to work hard each day. They love earning hole punches. Many students have already been able to visit our treasure box. Thanks for encouraging your child to do his/her best while at school.

Next week, we will start recording laps for our Healthy Hearts running program. Below is a link to a flier from Mr. Holscher, our PE teacher.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MivtZqB6FwG7xOmdpdbzy_XkIs1QiB2q6UiOlhPlnQg/edit

Reminder, NO SCHOOL TOMORROW 9/14/18! I hope everyone stays safe over the next few days.

Reminders/Upcoming Dates to remember:

  • Send in your $5.00 class donation so we can put in the order for the classroom magazine asap! Thanks to those who already have!
  • Wednesday 9/19 is a half-day for students. Please be on the lookout for information on joining us that morning for a STEAM activity. Also, if your child needs to go home a different way that day, you must send in a note for a transportation change.
  • Homework begins on Monday!
  • Remember to sign the yellow Tiger Check in your child’s gray folder and send back to school on Monday – thank you!

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading:  We will continue to work on fluency next week using fictional texts. The students are encouraged to read smoothly the way the author wants them to sound as they read. A great way to help your child become a more fluent reader is to have them read a familiar story more than once. We are also working on learning how to sound out unfamiliar words as well.   Free Children’s Stories online

Writing: Students will begin learning how to write a paragraph using the writing process. I will model paragraph writing for the students.  We will begin by brainstorming ideas together on the topic of “All About Me.” Then the students will create a web for their writing. Next, the students will write a rough draft and edit their own writing with the help from their peers and myself. Finally, the students will write their final draft. This writing sample will be displayed in our hallway sleeves outside our classroom.  Check out this link for extra practice with writing. http://www.abcya.com/story_maker.htm

Math: Next week, we will begin our unit on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s up to 120. The students will also be asked to count backwards as well.  Students will learn how to start from different points, such as 50, and continue skip counting patterns. Here are some games to help with skip counting. /www.turtlediary.com/game/skip-count-game.html

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/skip-counting

Science: Our next unit in science is extreme weather. Students will learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, blizzards, and floods.  We will also learn about the various tools that meteorologists used to predict and track weather. After this weekend, the students should have first hand knowledge of extreme weather. Please be on the lookout for a study guide that will be coming home with the homework packet on Monday in your child’s gray folder. https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-2/compare-temperatures-on-thermometers

https://www.quia.com/quiz/1115673.html?AP_rand=316477302

https://www.quia.com/mc/1185806.html

Again, I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

If you have not had a chance to sign up for a parent conference, here is the link to sign up. Thanks in advance to all of you who have already signed up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548AAAB2EA4F58-parentteacher