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Week of November 6, 2017

I am looking forward to meeting with you, if I haven't already, to talk about our hopes and dreams for your child as a second grader at conferences.  Therefore, this first conference will be a goal setting conference.  We will discuss your child’s feelings toward school, what you notice at home, what I notice at school, and go over some of our goals for the remainder of the year.  Although it goes by too quickly, it truly is such a valuable time.  See you soon!

 No School:

Friday, November 10 (conferences)

                 November 23 & 24 – Happy Thanksgiving!               

 

Our Goals This Week

 

Reading

I can retell a story to help me comprehend (The character ___________ wanted __________ but ___________ so ___________. 

I can choose JUST RIGHT or GOOD FIT books.

 

Spelling

I can read and write words with the BOSSY R sounds of –ar, -or, and -ore.

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

 

Writing

I can write a personal narrative using transition words and interesting words to better my writing.

I can use the writing process to improve my writing and publish my writing.

 

Math

I can skip count by using frames and arrows to add and subtract.

I can use real world number stories to solve math problems.

I can read, write, and represent numbers in a variety of ways (addition, subtraction, multiplication, tallies, pictures, money, etc).

 

Lifebook Ideas

Write about the veterans you know and why they are important

List all the characteristics that make a hero

Call a veteran and thank him or her...then write about the conversation in the lifebook

  

 

 

Week of October 30, 2017

Our class is starting to really come together as a community of learners!  As I had mentioned previously, we had (and still do have) work to do.  Within the last week, I’ve noticed students using more self-control and putting more effort into their work.  I’ve noticed we’ve had more fun and have been able to take more pride in our work.  Yea! I’m definitely acknowledging the progress we’ve made and looking forward to always getting better.

The Roots to Grow is a wonderful New Prague foundation for education. Our classroom has benefited greatly from their generosity.  A couple ways we can support the NPAEF…sign up for Amazon Smile and mention NPAEF if purchasing a car at NP Auto.  Check out the link… http://www.npaschools.org/foundation

 

Our Goals This Week

 

Reading

I can identify fiction and nonfiction books and tell why.

I can use thinking marks (post-it notes) to comprehend what I read.

I can use multiple strategies to figure out a tricky word (sound it out, use picture clues, try a different vowel sound, skip it and come back, find smaller words in the big word, etc.)

 

Spelling

I can read and write words with digraphs ch, th, sh, and wh.

 

Writing

I can write a personal narrative using transition words and interesting words to better my writing.

I can use the writing process to improve my writing and publish my writing.

 

Math

I can use real world number stories to solve math problems.

I can read, write, and represent numbers in a variety of ways (addition, subtraction, multiplication, tallies, pictures, money, etc).

I can use turn-arounds and fact families to solve addition and subtraction problems (6+7=13, 7+6=13, 13-7=6, 13-6=7).

 

Lifebook Ideas

Draw a picture of you in your costumes for Halloween

Parents: Write about what you remember of the Halloween blizzard of 1991 in your child's lifebook

Write an addition or subtraction number story together that connects to something your family LOVES :) 


 

 Week of October 23, 2017

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 determine if a statement is a fact or an opinion.

 

Spelling

I can read and write words with endings (suffixes) using –ed and –ing.

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

 

Writing

I can write a personal narrative using transition words and interesting words to better my writing.

 

Math

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

I can use greater than, less than, and equal to when comparing numbers.

I can use number stories to solve math problems.

I can count money using coins and dollar bills.

 

Lifebook Ideas

List the reasons to stay off drugs and alcohol

Have everyone in your family draw a picture of their favorite activity...instead of doing drugs or alcohol

Share ideas to make someone feel better if you see him or her getting bullied

 

 

Weeks of October 9 AND 16, 2017

Reading Buddies sheets are coming home over break with book bags.  Most weekends I will be sending home this blue half sheet as a reflection piece along with your child’s book bag books.  Please take time to talk about if the books feel like JUST RIGHT books or not.  Do I understand what I read?  Am I interested?  Do I know most of the words?  How long can I read without interruption? Do I need to go book shopping right away on Monday morning?  These types of questions can help focus on making a plan as readers.  One of my teacher mentors always shared the importance of celebrating hard work together.  Laugh, wince, gasp, and ask questions as they read.  How we talk about reading inspires and encourages our students to think about reading positively.  Enjoy!

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. 

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 identify the characters in a book.

I can identify the setting in a book.

 

Spelling

I can read and write words with consonant blends.

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

 

Writing

I can write a narrative (personal narrative) and recount an event using details and time order/transition words.

 

Math

I can solve addition problems using the +10 and +9 tricks.

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

I can use greater than, less than, and equal to when comparing numbers.

I can show how addition and subtraction are related by using fact families.

I can solve addition, subtraction, and comparison number stories.  

 

 

Week of October 2, 2017

This week was filled with hard work and a whole lot of fun! We played some exciting math games.  PROUD members (People Respecting Others' Unique Differences) from the high school came and talked about kindness and anti-bullying strategies.  We worked on GROWING as readers by building our reading stamina (how long we can read without distractions interrupting our focus).  We also practiced reading to someone (partner reading).  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 we felt were very important.  Drum roll please…

1. Keep trying

2. Be kind

3. Inspire others

4. Keep a positive attitude

*Treat others the way we want to be treated 

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 name the main idea of a story.

I can name details of a story.

I can identify nonfiction text features (headings, captions, table of contents, index, glossary, etc.). 

 

Spelling

I can read and write words using the MAGIC E trick.  The E at the end make the vowel before it say its name. 

 

Writing

I can write a personal narrative (a story about my life) and recount an event using details.

I can use time order or transition words to help my reader understand what I am writing. 

 

Math

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

 I can identify patterns in a 100's chart. 

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

 

Lifebook Ideas:

  • List ways to show kindness at home, school, and in the community
  • What does it mean to be on a team?
  • Funny things we used to say when we were little
  • Best jokes we've ever heard
  • What is the best thing that happened this week? 

*If writing is a challenge right now in the Lifebook, feel free to write for your child.  Let them know you won't always write for them, but it's ok for now. As we continue to grow as writers and build writing stamina, it will hopefully become easier and easier.  Make it light and fun! :)  Draw and write together as needed to keep the Lifebook a positive experience.  As always, contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

Every Friday is Trojan Pride day.  Your child can wear black and red/Trojan gear if he or she would like. 

 

Week of September 25, 2017

Our focus has been on kindness!  How can we make Falcon Ridge and our classroom a great place to be every day?  It's been fun to see all the little and big ways we can all make a difference.  Have you noticed kind gestures at home?  This week we will also work on building our lives as readers.  This will include choosing the books we read, paying attention to how we read our books, and why we read our books.  Our class is building up our reading stamina and using I PICK as guide for the books we choose.  I PICK = I choose a book, Purpose (Why do I want to read it?), Interest (I am interested in the book?), Comprehend (Do I understand what I read?), Know (Do I know most all the words?).  Our record at this time is 11 minutes of PURE reading time...100% of students reading for 100% of the time.  Yay...that is an incredible amount of time for the beginning of the year!

Classroom Goals

Reading: I can choose JUST RIGHT books by using I PICK as a guide.

Spelling: I can read and write words with short vowel sounds.

Math: I can identify and count coins.  I can find patterns in the hundreds chart such as 10 more and 10 less than a number and use place value to identify patterns in counting.

Study Time

Now that we've gotten into the school routine, it's time to determine an at home study/homework time.  This would be a 15-30 minute time in the day. Times might be before school, after school, before dinner, after dinner, before bed, etc.  Study time would include reading (for sure), spelling practice, math homelinks (coming soon), and Lifebook writing/drawing/glueing/listing.  

 

Just another great week!  

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 start this week.  You will find a green sheet glued into the planner explaining how share works in our classroom.  This week is SHARE GROUP A.  Our first spelling test is on Friday.  Please let me know if at any time throughout the year spelling feels too easy or too hard.  I’m flexible with how our spelling lists are created.  Also, we are working on money.  Please pull out that change charge and practice counting together.  It’ll be totally $WORTH$ it.  

 

Lifebooks & Goal Setting

We are talking about goal setting for the year and establishing our Hopes and Dreams.  It's an exciting time!  Setting goals allows us to stay motivated and makes us better people.  We will set our goals (hopes and dreams) for our school year.  As a connection, please help your child write in his or her Lifebook about what they want to be when they grow up.  It might start like this....

When I grow up I want to be ______________ because _______________.  Working hard will help me _________________________________.  

Any connections you can make to times you've set goals will help keep us motivated.  As always, thank you for your support at home and let me know if you have any questions.

 

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, APEX fundraising and leadership lessons, playing tag and 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

  • The APEX fun run will be during school hours on Thursday, September 14 and ¼ of a mile counts as an APEX “lap”
  • Waterbottles are encourage and flip flops are discouraged :) 
  • Spelling will begin the week of September 18
  • Math Homelinks (school to home connections/practice time) will begin in a couple weeks
  • We take the FAST test (replacing the NWEA assessment) in the fall, winter, and spring. Reports will be shared at conferences.  Please contact me if you would like to results sooner.

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 9th.  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