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Remote Learning: Friday, April 3, 2020

posted Apr 2, 2020, 6:47 PM by Libby DuVall

I know yesterday's math was tough.  When your child encounters work that is too hard, you are WELCOME to say, "Let's skip this."  Don't worry!  The purpose of this work is just for me to see if students are retaining skills they have already learned.  It is not for you to teach them new things.  So, if you feel like something is over your child's head, skip it or let me video chat to help :)

Also, don't feel pressured to do our group video chat every day.  If that is overwhelming, try for 3 days a week.  If I don't see your child on Zoom, I'll send a message to check in with you :)

As for today's work, here you go!
Have-To Work:
Math:
Reading
Can-Do Work
Science/Social Studies:
  • Make a list of 5 popular vegetables.  Survey as many family members as you can to determine their favorite vegetable from the list.  Make a chart of their responses.  Don't forget to include yourself!
Music:
  • Teach your favorite song from class to someone in your house.  Sing it together.
Technology:
Just remember you are a parent, not a teacher.  YOU ARE DOING GREAT!  Know I am always here to help!

Remote Learning - Thursday, April 2, 2020

posted Apr 1, 2020, 6:44 PM by Libby DuVall

I hope day 1 was smooth sailing.  I noticed that not 5 friends did not submit their ELA work.  Check in with your child and make sure they submitted their work.  Tomorrow evening, I will send messages for anyone missing work.

HAVE-To Work:
ALL assignments are in Google Classroom today :)  Everything that is linked here is also located in Google Classroom.  You can get there through Learning Links.
MATH
  • Read the book, Moving Along (A Real World Problem Solving Book)  
  • In Google Classroom, open the Math Google Form.  The questions your child needs to answer are located there.  These are problem solving questions.  It is going to require some thinking, and trying some different methods to figure out how to solve the problems.  
FUNDATIONS
  • Choose 3 activities off the Fundations Choice Board.
  • In Google Classroom, Click the Fundations Google Form.  Put a check next to the 3 activities you complete.
  • Show your work in the space provided at the bottom of the form.
CAN-DO (optional) Work:
Art
  • Draw a picture of the outside of your house.  Pick a season: Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall.  How can you show what season it is in the details of your drawing? Make sure to include a ground line so your house isn’t floating! Draw with pencil, trace if you can, color your drawing with what tools you have. 
Technology

Remote Learning - Wednesday April 1, 2020

posted Mar 31, 2020, 7:20 PM by Libby DuVall   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 7:42 PM ]

Good morning and welcome to day 1 of remote learning!
Remember that these activities for Reading/Writing and Math should take students around an hour.  Reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I am here to help!

Here are today's REQUIRED activities:
Here are the OPTIONAL activities:
  • Plan a garden:  What would you plant?  Make a map of your garden. Include a key or label each type of plant. Add color.
  • PE:  Do as many burpees as you can in 30 seconds. Do that 3-4 times and see if you can beat your first score. Write down how many you did after each 30 seconds. See if you can get to 100!
  • Technology:      Fact Dash
        • 15 minutes of MobyMax practice, they can choose their topic.
        • Read books on Kids A-Z  (teacher login: lduvall0 - that's a zero at the end)
        • As always, students have access to the rest of my learning links for more activities.

Social Distancing and Education

posted Mar 15, 2020, 6:04 PM by Libby DuVall   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 6:25 PM ]

I know that district officials are currently working on some very general, optional activities to send to families for our time apart.  In addition to this, I will offer some suggested activities for students to complete.  All of these are optional, and nothing will be graded or will need to be turned in.  

The goal with any activity, whether it be from the district office or from me, is to prevent regression in skills learned so far this year.  I am attaching a link to my learning links page, which has many educational activities students can take part in.  

(type http://bit.ly/2dvlinks into your address bar for a shortcut to learning links)
Here you will find:
Math: 
  • Xtra Math - good for practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20.
  • Moby Max - The math, fact fluency, and numbers icons located in the "bookshelf" can be used to review skills and concepts taught so far this year.
  • ABCya - login to the math section on grade 2 and find games that can be played that focus on skills and concepts taught this year.
Reading:
  • Kids A-Z: These are online books that students can either read themselves or have read to them.  Students can take online quizzes to check their proficiency with the book.
  • Moby Max: Using the bookshelf, there are several options: Reading skills: Literature, Reading Skills: Informational, and Reading Stories
Phonics:
  • Moby Max: There are several items you can choose on the bookshelf: Phonics and spelling rules, phonics blending, phonics spelling, and foundational reading.
  • ABCya: The site has many word games and phonics games that kids can play to practice skills.  

In addition to these, I will send individual Remind messages throughout the day tomorrow giving parents the student login and password so they can access their Google Apps for Education.  Again, this is not mandatory, but rather as something to hopefully keep your kids occupied and interested while we are all keeping safe at a distance.   Within the Google Apps is one called Google Classroom.  There is a link to it on my learning links page.  Once students have their usernames and passwords, they will be able to login and check the "stream" and see if I have posted any optional activities.  Again, optional, not mandatory.  

Last, an author by the name of Dan Gutman, who writes a series of books called My Weird School will be hosting a Facebook Live event to read from his new book Miss Blake is a Flake!  This will be happening tomorrow, Monday, March 16 at 1:00 Central Time on Facebook Live.  Just search Dan Gutman.  How cool that kids can see the author of a book read from it!

At 2:00 PM central time tomorrow, Monday the 16th on Facebook, go to a page called Chris Field: Serial Disruptor.  He will be posting a virtual field trip with an exotic animal veterinarian.  You can hang out with real giraffes!  The veterinarian will be teaching about giraffes and their lives.  The rest of the week will also have virtual field trips.  Tuesday: A policeman will give a tour of his police car and how they spend their days, Wednesday: yoga!, Thursday: go to Ghana Africa, and Friday: an online art class :)  You can find more information on his Facebook page.  It looks pretty interesting!

If I find any more interesting things like this, I will make sure to send them your way!  Please let your child know that I already miss them!

A Look Ahead: February 3-7

posted Feb 2, 2020, 10:01 AM by Libby DuVall

General Information:

Student of the Week: February 3-7: James

Monday:  Music

Tuesday: Mrs. McAlister, Counseling lesson & PE (don’t forget gym shoes)  

Wednesday:  Art & Early Out - 1:35 for parent pick-up; 1:50 busses depart CES

Thursday: Music and PE (don’t forget gym shoes) 

Friday: Library 

Student of the Week: February 10-14: None

 

Academics:

Math

We began our unit on money this week.  Students will be identifying coins and their value, counting like coins, counting a mixed group of coins, and working word problems that involve money.  If you want to help your child at home, grab some spare change and have your child sort and identify the coins, tell you how much each coin is worth, and then work to count the coins.  This is a short unit, so students will be taking their assessment during the week of February 10. 


Reading

We are finishing our unit on making decisions this week and next.  Students continue to learn about asking and answering questions as it relates to main ideas and important events within texts.  Towards the end of this week and into next week, students will be working on their performance based assessment and taking several days to take their unit test.  As these are graded, they will come home. Most items will come home the week of the 10th.


Fundations

Students have been doing an excellent job learning about, spelling, and marking long vowel words spelled with a vowel-consonant-e spelling pattern.  We are now learning how to combine different spelling patterns in multi-syllable words. Fundations homework is coming home again this week. It is my goal that we take our unit test for Fundations Friday or early next week.


Writing

Students have been hard at work writing opinion/persuasive pieces with reasons to support their opinions.  I am excited to see how students have learned to combine ideas into sentences, Students are linking ideas together with transition words, and they are ending their work by restating their opinions.  This week and next, students will be completing their performance based assessment for opinion writing.

A Look Ahead: 1-6-20

posted Jan 5, 2020, 2:25 PM by Libby DuVall

General Information:

Student of the Week: January 6-10: None

Monday: No School

Tuesday: PE (don’t forget gym shoes)  

Wednesday:  Art & Early Out - 1:35 for parent pick-up; 1:50 busses depart CES

Thursday: Music and PE (don’t forget gym shoes) 

Friday: Library 

Student of the Week: January 13-17: Ruby

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it’s 2020 and 3rd quarter already!  Please don’t forget to send a snack with your child to school.  There are many students who should be able to come to school with a snack, but they don’t.  The purpose of the snacks families give for others should solely be focused on students in need.   

Academics:

Math

We will be starting 3-digit subtraction this week.  This is a super tough skill - probably one of the hardest we will do all year.  I highly suggest your child work on their subtraction fact fluency each night (12-7=_5_ or 16-9=_7_).  While homework is ALWAYS optional, it would be a good idea to have your child do it and check it with them to make sure they understand.  As always, if you notice any issues, please write me a note at the top of the homework page and I will go over it with them the following day.


Reading

We begin part 2 of our unit on “Making Decisions.” This is a favorite of students because they get to learn a little about money, where it comes from, and what you can do with it.  Students continue to learn about the concepts of saving and spending by learning about budgeting, credit cards, and debit cards. Our reading focus will be on asking and answering questions to understand a text better.


Fundations

Well, we are going to spend a little more time on multisyllabic words and suffixes. As a class, the overall scores were not as good as I had hoped on their last test. While students are doing pretty good with spelling these words in isolation, many are struggling when writing them in sentences.  We will spend this week focusing on reviewing the process for spelling the words and the process for how to check spelling in sentences.


Writing

This part of our unit on “Making Decisions” is focused on opinion writing.  Students will learn how to form an opinion about a question, support it with reasons and explanations, and end by restating the opinion.  This week will be heavily focused on giving an opinion about a question.


CES Cares - December Caring Project

posted Dec 6, 2019, 1:35 PM by Libby DuVall

December caring project


A Look Ahead: December 9-13

posted Dec 6, 2019, 1:29 PM by Libby DuVall

General Information:

Student of the Week: December 9-13: Liam P.

Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE (don’t forget gym shoes)  

Wednesday:  Art & Early Out - 1:35 for parent pick-up; 1:50 busses depart CES

Thursday: Music and PE (don’t forget gym shoes) 

Friday: Library 

Student of the Week: December 16-20: Daelyn

Our “CES CARES” donation drive continues until December 20th for the Chatham food pantry.  2nd grade is responsible for sending in jelly, canned creamed soups and tomato sauce.  Other items in need are laundry soap, personal hygiene products, soap, toothpaste, and sugar.

Academics:

Math

We took our Chapter 5 test Friday.  These should be coming home in the early part of next week.  Monday will begin our shift back to addition. We will be working towards 3-digit addition.  This week will focus on adding hundreds, mentally adding 10 or 100 to a number, and adding 3-digit numbers where you regroup in the ones column.  If you plan to leave for break early, please let me know ASAP.  I plan to give a math test either Thursday or Friday, Dec. 19 or 20.


Reading

We are almost finished with the first module of our Making Decisions unit.  Students have been hard at work studying text and pictures to learn more about characters, setting and events.  They have also been working hard to decide on the most important events and summarize them into a beginning, middle, and end.  We will finish our study of Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday and A Chair for my Mother this week.


Fundations

We are just about done with the first portion of our unit focusing on multisyllabic words.  Students are doing great at identifying how to break words into syllables and use the syllables to correctly spell the words.  Next week we will work on adding suffixes to multisyllabic words and learning the rest of our marking rules. New suffixes will be introduced as well.


Writing

Students will continue to look at how dialogue fits into a narrative.  We will be working to combine dialogue with the rest of a narrative to make a more well-rounded story.  Students will practice planning a story in a story frame, and then they will use that to write their story, including dialogue.

A Look Ahead: December 2-6

posted Dec 1, 2019, 8:59 PM by Libby DuVall   [ updated Dec 1, 2019, 9:05 PM ]

General Information:

Student of the Week: December 2-6: Greta

Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE (don’t forget gym shoes)  

Wednesday:  Art & Early Out - 1:35 for parent pick-up; 1:50 busses depart CES

Thursday: Music and PE (don’t forget gym shoes) 

Friday: Library 

Student of the Week: December 9-13: Liam P.

Many students have been coming to school without a snack. 
Please make sure your child has a snack in his or her backpack.  
I have had generous donations, but I am running low.  If you would like to donate, plain Cheerios are best.

Academics:

Math

We continue to work our way through place value.  A big concept to be covered this week is looking at patterns with a missing number and determining if students are counting by 5s, 10s, or 100s.  For example, 555, ___, 575, 585 (counting by 10s, missing number is 565). Students will also be learning more about greater than, less than, and equal to.  In second grade students compare numbers to 1,000, and they use comparisons in sentences. We will end the week with a test on either Thursday or Friday. Know that the night review pages come home, a test will occur the next day.


Reading

Students will continue to look at the structure of Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday and our other story, A Chair for My Mother.  We continue to look at story structure, or the way a story is set up.  We are also using illustrations and words to understand characters, setting, and events better.  Students will be working to use a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer to summarize a story this week.


Fundations

We continue to look at the rules for syllabication (breaking words into syllables).  Students will use many of the concepts about blends and digraphs they have learned this year to help them understand how to break words down into syllables, and take a word that they hear and try to spell it. They will also be learning about the word part -ic, like in the word comic.  This is pretty exciting stuff.


Writing

Students continue to develop their narrative writing skills this week by practicing writing with dialogue (when characters talk to each other).  They will also practice adding an event onto an existing story in order to develop a character’s responses further.

A Look Ahead: November 15-22

posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:36 AM by Libby DuVall

General Information: 

Student of the Week: November 15-22: Markell

Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE (don’t forget gym shoes)  

Wednesday:  Art & Early Out - 1:35 for parent pick-up; 1:50 busses depart CES

Thursday: Music and PE (don’t forget gym shoes) 

Friday: Library 

Student of the Week: None


We only have school Monday  11/25 and Tuesday 11/26 next week, so there will be no weekly email from me next week.

Academics:

Math

I am so proud of all the kids!  They did really well on their 2-digit subtraction test.  This was a super challenging unit, and their progress is impressive!  We started our next math chapter, which is on place value. Students will be learning different ways to write 3-digit numbers.  They include: using base ten blocks, using a place value chart with hundreds, tens, and ones, using expanded form, writing it out with words, and writing it with a combination of words and numbers.

Reading

Students are really enjoying reading Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday.  We continue to look at story structure, or the way a story is set up.  We are also using illustrations and words to understand characters, setting, and events better.


Fundations

We finished Unit 4 of Fundations.  Hooray! That was a tough unit! We are going to add some more suffixes to our list of ones we know how to use, AND we are going to start our work with multisyllabic words.  A multisyllabic word is a word with more than one syllable, like catnip.


Writing

Students are back working on narrative (story) writing. Currently, they are working to summarize the author’s writing.  During the week this week, students will be writing to describe character’s responses, writing to describe an event, and writing a new beginning for the story we are reading.  I am excited to see how their writing develops!


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