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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