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Week of October 8, 2018

It’s Fire Safety week!  We kicked it off the week with Mr. Wagner (volunteer firefighter for NP fire department/FR phy. ed. teacher) sharing his best fire safety tips.  Please take time this week to find a safe meeting spot away from the house in case of a fire.  Also, we’ll be adding safety tips to our Lifebook.  Please add anything you know your family will find helpful and discuss and draw a picture of your family meeting spot in the Lifebook.  Also, talk about two ways out of the house, test the smoke detectors, and see if any bedrooms need window ladders. 

 

Our Goals This Week

 

Reading

I can select a JUST RIGHT book and build stamina as a reader.

I can identify the main idea of a book.

I can identify details that support the main idea of a book.

 

Spelling

I can read and write words with short vowel sounds.

I can write letters using correct formation (capital vs. lower case and backward “monsters”).

 

Writing

I can write a personal narrative by writing about topics I KNOW about. 

 

Math

I can identify patterns in numbers using the hundreds grid and calculators.

I can use tricks (doubles, compliments of 10, +10, +9).

I can use number stories to solve math problems.

I can count money using coins and dollar bills.

 

Science Supplies

On Friday, we will work on making parachutes that would safely land a "person" on the ground.  We could use some supplies which could include tape, string or yarn, napkins or paper towels, plastic grocery bags, coffee filters, and toy figurines for our "people" (toys labeled or written down so they get back to your child).  If you have any extra supplies around that you are willing to donate, please send them with your child on Friday. 

 

Week of October 1, 2018

This week’s focus is ROUTINE and muscle memory.  It’s time for us to get in really good work habits that will allow us to be productive all year long.  We continue to revisit our classroom expectations so we can all accomplish our Hopes and Dreams…

  1. Be kind
  2. Put EFFORT into your work
  3. Show self-control
  4. Challenge your brain...little by little

We are discussing taking a break like a coach would call a time out in a game.  It’s time to regroup, refocus, and make sure we can return safely and effectively.  We have practiced strategies to stay calm and positive (deep breaths, squeezing and relaxing muscles, etc.).   Buddy Take a Break (done in another 2nd grade classroom) will be used if safety or learning is still jeopardized in our classroom.  I will send a note or make a phone call home if Buddy Take a Break is used.  The Peace Poster is another tool we use so students can be in charge of solving their own problems with one another.  They are able to invite one another to the Peace Poster and share what happened, how they feel when it happens, and how they need the problem to be fixed.  Let me know if you have any questions about our classroom procedures.   

 

Our Goals This Week

 

Reading

I can select a JUST RIGHT book and build stamina as a reader.

I can check for understanding as I read. 

 

Math

I can use less than, greater than, and equal to in order to compare numbers.  

I can count by 3, 4, 6, 7, etc using a calculator to find counting patterns. 

I can use the number grid to find ten more and ten less.

 

Science

I can use the Scientific Method to make, or engineer, a parachute that will safely land on the ground.

 

Week of September 24, 2018

This week was filled with hard work and a whole lot of fun!  We got together with our buddies, practiced using the Peace Poster to solve problems, had our first Flashlight Friday, enjoyed the Trojan homecoming parade, and played a math game with the Trojan football players.  We worked on GROWING as readers by building our reading stamina (how long we can read without distractions interrupting our focus).  Our time to beat is 20 minutes 24 seconds of the ENTIRE class reading.  We also practiced reading to someone.  We check for understanding when our buddy reads to us.  In order for us to accomplish our Hopes and Dreams, we established our classroom expectations.  We worked really hard to make sure we had the 3-4 expectations we felt were very important.  Drum roll please…

  1. Be kind
  2. Put EFFORT into your work
  3. Show self-control
  4. Challenge your brain...little by little

 Feel free to use any of these expectations at home to reinforce what we are doing at school. 

 

Our Goals This Week

 

Reading

I can select a JUST RIGHT book and build stamina as a reader.

I can determine if a book is fiction or nonfiction. 

 

Math

I can solve addition problems using the doubles, doubles +1, and compliments of 10 tricks to solve math problems.

I can identify even and odd numbers. 

I can make a number in many ways (adding, subtracting, pictures, broken calculator game).

 

Science

I can use the Scientific Method identify how scientists problem solve. 

 

 

Getting into the swing of it all! 

 We have been practicing a lot of classroom routines.  We are doing an absolutely wonderful job!  This group is a hard-working, fun, and respectful group.  Share groups started last week.  You will find a yellow sheet in the back of the planner explaining how share works in our classroom.  This week is SHARE GROUP B and next week is SHARE GROUP C.  On Thursday, we get to meet our 4th grade buddies in Mrs. Laine’s class for the first time this year.  So fun!  On Friday, September 21, we will celebrate Dozinky Days by dancing with a polka band and doing some Czech activities. 

 

In math, we are working on money.  Please pull out that change charge and practice counting together.  It’ll be totally $WORTH$ it.  We are also working on time.  This week our job is to complete as many of the IXL Clocks/Time questions as possible on the second grade tab.  The IXL log in is in the back of the binder planner.  Time and money are both quite tricky for many second graders in the beginning of the year.  Please let me know if you would like some more ideas to help support your child at home.

 HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

 

It’s been an amazing start to the school year!

We have had the opportunity to get to know one another and how our classroom works.  Every class has its own personality.  Our class became instant friends on the first day of school.  So fun!  We are high energy, high humor, and exceptionally kind.  Beginning of the year highlights include our red carpet welcome last Friday, playing tag, Pica/Ferme/Nada game, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Climb the Mountain, and reading many great books.

The first six weeks of school are crucial as we set the tone and routines for our classroom.  We GO SLOW TO GO FAST!  That means we will take time these first weeks of school to cover all the expectations so they are clear for the rest of the year.  During our Reading/Writing block, we will work on our reading and working “stamina” so students are able to work independently and effectively while I meet with small groups and individuals more effectively throughout the year.  Also, we will work on picking out “just right” books and “just right” spots around the room in order to grow as readers. 

Odds and Ends

  • We have some food allergies in our classroom. When celebrating birthdays, I encourage nonfood items. Examples might include stamps, stickers, pencils, twisty straws, bubbles, play-doh, erasers, extra recess, teacher helper for the day, bracelets, , etc.
  • Water bottles are encourage and flip flops are discouraged J
  • Math Homelinks (school to home connections/practice time) will begin in a couple weeks
  • We take the FAST test or “thinking assessment” this week.  It is taken in the fall, winter, and spring.  Reports will be shared later in the year.  Please contact me if you would like to results sooner.
  • If you are interested in signing up to be a volunteer in our classroom but didn’t get a chance to yet, please write a note in your child’s Passport. I will then make sure you are on my volunteers list.

 Reminder: Please send in the yellow student information sheet, blue emergency dismissal sheet, and $5 party money if you have not yet.

 

Let's Get Moving!

 We’d love to see everyone at the BrainPower Walk/Run for Everyone Saturday, September 15th.  The funds raised help provide resources that enrich learning opportunities for students in the New Prague Area School District. Our classroom alone has benefited greatly from The Roots to Grow non-profit organization by providing assessment kits and reading curriculum specialized for second graders. http://www.npaschools.org/foundation