# Sparkling in

### Room 213 - Mrs. Gilmore

Dear Families!

We continue to review our classroom and school expectations. We discussed the U.S. constitution on Monday (Constitution Day) and then I rewrote our classroom constitution to match our Rocky's Way expectations. See image below. We agreed to make amendments as needed. I've also been teaching mindfulness, the practice of paying attention to the here and now. We have been practicing some simple breathing-in and breathing-out techniques to help zoom our focus so we can quiet our minds, reduce stress, and have compassion for self and others.

Reading: We reviewed Fiction and Non-Fiction texts/ features. Continuing to practice reading and working independently. I briefly pulled small groups as the others worked. We are building STAMINA. HOMEWORK - Please have your child read 15-20 minutes nightly (or you read to them).

Math: Our Problems and Investigations have second graders making combinations to 10 and 20. We learned/ practiced subitizing! SUBITIZING is the ability to 'see' a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six sided dice – most adults no longer have to count the pips after playing board games for a while. We had several variations and opportunities to show addition and subtraction equations throughout the week.

Work Places: There are always 6 work places for students to work on skills that have been previously taught. These are usually in a game format with cards, game boards, dice, etc. Currently, we are still practicing how to be productive in these spaces and how to play with a partner and finally CLEANING UP! It's a work in progress. :) Today we played Battle Bugs, class against me. Goal to have the biggest difference.

Number Corner: This month we are making equations to 20, noticing patterns, collecting 60 minutes a day, recognizing odd and even, computational fluency, and number lines!! It's pretty neat hearing them explain their thinking.

Health: Bus Safety - this week students had lessons on bike safety, pedestrian safety, and how to be safe at the bus stop and while riding the bus. We took a tour of the bus and walked the Danger Zone area. Then did an evacuation from the back emergency exit. We finished the week with a district assessment, we will revisit bus safety again in Trimester 2 and 3.

NEXT WEEK:

Monday, Sept. 24 - P.E.

Tuesday, Sept. 25- MUSIC, APEX PEP RALLY

Wednesday, Sept. 26 - P.E., MAP Reading Test, Sept. Book Orders Due, APEX FUNDRAISER/ LESSONS BEGIN

Thursday, Sept. 27 - MUSIC

Friday, Sept. 28 - P.E., MAP Math Test

*Check out our Friday photos!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Brandi Gilmore