Happy May!


Upcoming Important Dates:


  • May 2-6: Last Week For Library (please return all books)

  • May 6: Special Drink Celebration - students may bring in a special drink of their choice!

  • Thursday, May 19: Field day 8:40-10:00

  • Monday, May 23: Camp Day- students may bring a flashlight for cozy campfire reading. Please send your child with a pillowcase or large bag to take home classroom belongings.

  • Tuesday, May 24: Beach Day- students may bring a towel or blanket to sit on. Parents are invited for a Popsicle Party and Chalk Talk at 2:45 pm on the back playground

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Last day of school! Student may bring a favorite board game to play

  • Friday, May 27: EPRs released


LIBRARY BOOKS

Please make sure all library books are returned to school. The week of May 2-6 will be our last week of library. Any fines can be paid through MySchoolBucks.


CURRICULUM UPDATE:

MATH:

We are wrapping up the year developing our understanding of shapes and graphing. These are some of our focus points:

  • Recognize and describe 2D and 3D shapes using their attributes (angles, vertices, faces, etc)

  • Partition shapes into equal parts

  • Divide shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths

  • Use line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs to organize data

  • Draw conclusions from graphs


READING:

To wrap up the school year, we will finish practicing our plays based on fairy tales and then perform them.

After we finish our performances, we will move on to researching habitats. Students will first read about the different habitats and then choose a favorite one to research further. They will then work with a group to create a presentation for their shared habitat.

Finally, we will explore poetry.


WRITING:

In writing, we will wrap up our fairy tales and then move on to writing about our research on habitats.

Along with reading poetry, we will notice the writing craft of poetry. Students will explore the difference between ordinary and “poets’ eyes” to see the world and write poetry. As students explore this genre they with be learning:

To choose topics which elicit strong emotion

To make intentional choices with word choice

To write poems that look and sound different than stories

To use whitespace to get the reader to pause between sections

To use repetitive language

To use figurative language

To use rhyme

To experiment with line breaks

I am always amazed at how second graders are natural poets and love the creative challenge of writing poems about the things they love!


SCIENCE:

In our unit on habitats, we will explore how plants and animals use the resources in their habitats to survive. We will discuss the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat. Students will work with their group to present and teach their peers about their habitat. Be sure to keep your eye out on Seesaw to see their presentation!


April


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, April 22nd: No School

  • Monday, April 25: No School (Professional Development)


READING:

Reading has been a very exciting time in our classroom. We have had the opportunity to become part of a book series club where we had time to read several books within a series. As readers we have been doing the following:

  • Collect information about the main characters

  • Look closely at how characters respond to problems

  • Noticing similarities in characters across the series

  • Use what we know about our characters to make predictions

  • Understand the relationships with other characters

  • Looking at the author’s craft of writing

  • How author’s use precise words

  • How author’s use literary language to make ordinary extraordinary

  • Understanding how the whole series will go


We will also explore fables, fairy tales, and folk tales! In this Unit, we will

  • Compare and contrast the same stories as retold by different authors

  • Identify and explain story elements (setting, characters, problem, solution)

  • Determine the lesson and/or themes


During our Mini Unit focusing on fables, fairy tales and folk tales, students will pretend they are characters to become character experts. Students will perform readers theater and work on bringing their characters and story to life for their peers. We look forward to presenting our Fables, Fairy tales and folk tales Readers Theater and sharing with you on Seesaw!



WRITING:

We will spend some time writing summaries where our focus is not only on determining the importance of a fiction story but also:

  • knowing exactly when to use punctuation and capitals and being consistent

  • spelling is matching our letter sound pattern knowledge

  • writing is neat and thorough


Students will also write their own fairy tales! This is a wonderful chance for them to be creative while continuing to work on second grade spelling and conventions.


MATH:

We will begin our Envision topic on measurement. In Topic 12, students will estimate, measuring precisely with inches, centimeters, yards, and meters, and compare units.


We will wrap up the year developing our understanding of shapes and graphing. These are some of our focus points:

  • Recognize and describe 2D and 3D shapes using their attributes (angles, vertices, faces, etc)

  • Partition shapes into equal parts

  • Divide shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths

  • Use line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs to organize data

  • Draw conclusions from graphs


WORD WORK/ SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 7, we will learn about the open syllable. The open syllable has only one vowel and it does not have a consonant after it. Some examples are: go, flu, we and I.


Open syllables can be combined with closed and v-e syllables to form longer words such as: pretend and provide.


We will learn about y as a vowel. Y has 2 vowel sounds in an open syllable. In a one-syllable word, y has the long i sound like in cry and in multisyllabic words it usually has the long e sound like in baby.


Our trick words in unit 7 are:

Large

Night

Change

Eight

City

Carry

Family

Every

Something


In Fundations Unit 8, students will learn about the r-controlled syllable. When a vowel is directly followed by the letter r, the r changes the sound of the vowel. For example, in the word bark, the vowel a has neither the short or the long vowel sound.


SCIENCE:

In science, we will be learning about Habitats. In our studies, we will explore how plants and animals use the resources in their habitats to survive. We will discuss the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat. Students will work with their group to present and teach their peers about their habitat. Be sure to keep your eye out on Seesaw to see their presentation!

March

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Week of March 7th: Parent Teacher Conferences

  • March 14 - 18: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING:

We are continuing to focus on reading fluency as students encounter longer texts. Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts. They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold onto” the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole. Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.


We will begin Unit 4 where students will be reading Books in a Series.

Our main learning is...

  • Studying characters in a series

  • Making sound predictions

  • Talking about and showing proof in the story

  • Author’s craft

  • Figurative language

  • Sharing opinions of books and learning about debate

  • Building stamina as a reader


WRITING:

We will wrap up our Opinion Writing Unit this month. Students have written several letters stating an opinion with reasons and examples. They have enjoyed choosing their favorite books and characters to write reviews and even send a letter to their favorite author!


In our opinion writing unit students have focused on:

  • Collaborating with a partner to plan writing

  • Writing to convince our readers

  • Using evidence to support our opinions

  • Using precise words to describe a character

  • Using transition and linking words to strengthen our writing

  • Writing conventions including punctuation, capitalization and spelling

  • Editing and revising using a checklist


MATH:

Topic 10: Add Within 1,000 Using Models & Strategies

Topic 10 focuses on expanding students’ understanding of addition to 3 digit numbers using models and strategies. Students explain why addition strategies work using place value and properties of operations.


Addition Strategies:

  • Mental Math: Students learn to add 10 or 100 mentally. Place value blocks and place value understanding support the work

  • Add on an Open Number Line

  • Use Place Value Models to Add

  • Add using Partial Sums


Topic 11: Subtract Within 1,000 Using Models & Strategies

Topic 11 focuses on expanding students’ understanding of subtraction to 3 digit numbers using models and strategies. Students explain why subtraction strategies work using place value and properties of operations.


Subtraction Strategies:

  • Mental Math: Students learn to subtract 10 or 100 mentally. Place value blocks and place value understanding support the work

  • Subtract on an Open Number Line

  • Use Place Value Models to Subtract

  • Subtract using Partial Sums


We will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems, and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking.


WORD WORK/ SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 6, students will learn about vowel - consonant - e syllables.

We will explore how we go from a closed syllable such as cap to a v-e syllable such as cape. It is the vowel e at the end of the word that is silent but makes the first vowel say it’s names.


We will discuss how the letter v never comes at the end of a word. Therefore some words have an e at the end but the vowel is short. We call this a v-e exception such as give.


We will also learn that the s may have the /z/ sound like in rose or wise.


SCIENCE:

We are wrapping up our Quick Changes to Land and Slow Changes to Land. Throughout this unit students explored the various landforms that make up the Earth’s surface, and understood how constructive and destructive forces can change the land.


We will begin our next science unit where students will learn all about Habitats!

February

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • February 14: Class Valentine’s Party 1:30 - 2:30

  • February 18: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development

  • February 21: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day


VALENTINE PARTY:

We will have our class Valentine party on Monday, February 14th. Children are welcome to create a Valentine’s Day Box to collect Valentines in. Please send these in on the day of the party. Please make sure that the opening on the box will fit a card with candy attached (if families choose to do that). If your child chooses to make a Valentine for students in our class, please make sure that you bring one valentine for every student in the class. A class list was sent home. Let me know if you need another copy!


CURRICULUM UPDATE


WRITING:

Our next writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing reviews to give their recommendations on books, places, products and more! By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why

  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set the reader up to expect the writing to convince them

  • Make Comparisons

  • Connect parts

  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part

  • Have at least two reasons

  • Have an ending that reminds our reader of your opinion

  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion

Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:

  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence

  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence


MATH:

We will continue Topic 8.

Students will…

  • Solve problems with coins and dollar bills

  • Using different coins to find equivalent values

  • Finding combinations of coins that equal $1.00

  • Tell and write time to the 5 minutes

  • Say time in different ways

  • Determining if an event is happening in the am or pm


As we move into topic 9, our studies will focus on place value this month as students decompose, compare, add, and subtract 3 digit numbers. Students are also refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers.

These are some of our focus points:

  • Identifying the value of each number in a 3 digit number - in 354, the 3=300, 5=50, 4=4 ones

  • Representing 3 digit numbers in expanded form - 354 is written as 300+50+4

  • Comparing 3 digit numbers (>, <, =)

  • Adding 10 or 100 and subtracting 10 or 100 from a given number and noticing the pattern / changes

  • Noticing how the digit in the tens place changes when the addends in the ones place sum to greater than 10

  • Relating single digit combinations (8+2=10) to multiple digit combinations (80+20=100)

  • Solving 1 and 2 step story problems by visualizing and representing the problem


WORD WORK/SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 5, where students will continue to review and learn:

  • ​​Closed syllables

  • Multisyllabic words (such as bathtub)

  • Divide words based off three letter blends

  • Identify suffixes and base words

    • -ful

    • -ment

    • -ish

    • -ness

    • -less

    • -able

    • -en

  • Identify & explore new sounds:

    • au says /o/ as in August

    • aw says /o/ as in saw


SCIENCE:

Students will explore the various landforms that make up the Earth’s surface, and how constructive and destructive forces can change the land. They will learn about how these changes can happen quickly, over a few days or so, or can happen slowly.

We will begin with learning about fast changes to land, such as landslides and volcanoes. Next, students will learn about slow changes to land such as glaciers, winds, and moving water. Students will have hands-on learning opportunities through experiments throughout the unit.


READING:

In this next reading unit, a major focus is on reading fluency as they encounter longer texts. Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts. They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold onto” the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole. Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.

JANUARY


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • January 3rd: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development

  • January 17th: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


CURRICULUM UPDATE


READING:

As readers, we will be doing an integrated mini-unit that will help us grow as readers and historians. We will hone all the great non-fiction reading strategies we built in the last unit as we read biographies to learn about important people and how they impacted our world. Determining importance, asking questions as we read, and learning strategies to synthesize our learning will be a big part of our mission as readers. We will also learn to think like a historian, using and creating timelines, examining multiple sources, and considering how a person can impact their community or world. We will be creating some great projects to share our learning towards the end of the month.


WRITING:

We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit during the first few weeks of January. In this final bend, students will plan and write their own “teaching” chapter books, incorporating research about their famous American, along with strategies to write books that teach. Some of our teaching points will include:

  • Elaborating with details

  • Planning with a Table of Contents

  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback

  • Studying Mentor Texts

  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions

  • Editing with a Checklist


MATH:

Students are refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers. We will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems, and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking.


Over the next few weeks, we will work on with Topic 7: More Solving Problems Involving Addition and Subtraction.


In each topic students will…


Topic 7

  • Model word problems using equations with unknown numbers in any position

    • ? + 15 = 37

    • 76-29 = ?

  • Use drawings, equations and models to solve one and two-step addition & subtraction problems.

Make equations true: example: 24+5=28+?


We will then move onto Topic 8: Work with Time and Money


Topic 8

  • Solve problems with coins and dollar bills

  • Tell and write time to the 5 minutes

  • Say time in different ways

  • Determining if an event is happening in the am or pm


Please continue to practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home in the fall.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

This month, we are focusing on people who have made a difference in the world. We are taking time to focus on members of the community who brought important changes to neighborhoods and our country. Students will practice the strategy of determining importance as they research the contributions of many famous Americans.


WORD WORK/SPELLING

We will continue Fundations Unit 4, where students will continue to review:

  • ​​Closed syllables

  • Digraphs/ Blends

  • Glued sounds

  • Sound-tapping strategy to help segment and blend sounds in words for both reading and spelling

  • Vowel teams

  • Identify suffixes and base words

    • Er - comparing 2 or more

    • Est - comparing 3 or more

    • Es - plural (s,x,ch,sh,z)

    • S - plural

    • Ed - past action

    • Ing - present action

  • Identify & explore new vowel teams:

    • oa- as in boat and coat

    • oe- as in toe

    • ow- as in snow and tow

    • ow- as in plow and bow

    • ou- as in trout and bout

    • ou- as in soup

    • oo- as in school and cool

    • oo- as in book and cook

    • ue-as in blue

    • ue- as in rescue

    • ew- as in chew and blew

DECEMBER


Upcoming Dates:

  • No School December 17 - Teacher Work Day

  • EPR’s Released on December 17

  • December 20-January 3: Winter Break (No School)

  • School resumes Tuesday, January 4th

Curriculum Update:

Writing:

We are continuing our Informational Writing Unit. Students have planned and wrote their own chapter books on topics they are experts on. Some of our teaching points have included:

  • Planning with a Table of Contents

  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback

  • Studying Mentor Texts

  • Using Comparison

  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions

  • Editing with a Checklist


We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit before Winter Break, and celebrate all of our hard work as informational writers!


Math:

In topic 6, we are continuing to learn subtraction strategies, with an emphasis on developing fluency to 100. In addition to subtraction, we will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking. Over the next few weeks, students will:

  • Subtract one and two digit numbers using models to help them visualize the regrouping concept.

  • Subtract using partial differences

  • Solve one and two-step subtraction problems.


Please continue to review your child’s daily math worksheets and practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home last fall.


Word Work/Spelling:

In Fundations Unit 4, students will continue to review:

  • ​​Closed syllables

  • Digraphs/ Blends

  • Glued sounds

  • Sound-tapping strategy to help segment and blend sounds in words for both reading and spelling

  • Vowel teams


Students will learn how to:

  • Identify suffixes and base words: students will learn to isolate the base word when reading or spelling words with suffixes (and also review what a suffix and base word are).

  1. They will read the base word of a word first.

  2. Then, they will read the whole word with the suffix added. For example, for the word crunches, students will respond crunch-crunches.

  3. For spelling, they will learn to isolate, say, and spell the base word of a word before adding a suffix. For example, when we dictate the word crunches, students will repeat the whole word, crunches, then isolate the base word saying crunch, and then after it is spelled, they will add the suffix -es.

  • Identify new vowel teams:

    • oa- as in boat and coat

    • oe- as in toe

    • ow- as in snow and tow

    • ow- as in plow and bow

    • ou- as in trout and bout

    • ou- as in soup

    • oo- as in school and cool

    • oo- as in book and cook

    • ue-as in blue

    • ue- as in rescue

    • ew- as in chew and blew


It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Please continue to practice our Fundations Spelling patterns by completing weekly homework along with practicing the spelling of trick words.Your child is expected to spell all of these words correctly in isolation and in their daily writing. The words your child isn’t able to spell automatically are words worth practicing at home. Please refer to the list you were given at Conferences for more grade level trick words.


  1. You

  2. Your

  3. They

  4. Was

  5. One

  6. Said

  7. Shall

  8. Pull

  9. Full

  10. Both

  11. Talk

  12. Walk

  13. Done

  14. Pretty

  15. Goes

  16. Again

  17. Because

  18. l

  19. Where

  20. There

  21. What

  22. Of

  23. Do

  24. When

  25. Are

  26. For


Reading:

Students are continuing to grow knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study:

  • Paying attention to details

  • Putting the parts of one text together

  • Asking questions

  • Thinking of what a section and a book are teaching

  • Reading several books on a topic to grow knowledge

  • Noticing parts of the texts that go together

  • Spotting differences between texts on the same topic

  • Retelling topics

  • Looking out for keywords and using the whole page to figure out what they mean

  • Looking for and using text features to support understanding

  • Rereading like an expert

November


Upcoming Dates:

  • November 1: No School (Professional Development)

  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

Curriculum Update:

READING:

Students are growing knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study:

  • Paying attention to details

  • Putting the parts of one text together

  • Asking questions

  • Thinking of what a section and a book are teaching

  • Reading several books on a topic to grow knowledge

  • Noticing parts of the texts that go together

  • Spotting differences between texts on the same topic

  • Retelling topics

  • Looking out for keywords and using the whole page to figure out what they mean

  • Looking for and using text features to support understanding

  • Rereading like an expert


WRITING:

We are currently in our Informational Writing Unit. Students have planned and wrote their own chapter books on topics they are experts on. Some of our teaching points have included:

  • Planning with a Table of Contents

  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback

  • Studying Mentor Texts

  • Using Comparison

  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions

  • Editing with a Checklist


MATH:

In Topic 5, students will learn various strategies to subtract within 100. We will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently subtract within 100.

During this unit students will be focusing on the following:

  • Using place value (tens and ones) to subtract

  • Using an open number line to subtract tens and ones within 100.

  • Subtracting 2 digit numbers using models

  • Subtracting and breaking apart numbers using mental math and compensation

  • Modeling one and two step problems

  • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem


WORD WORK/SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 3 students continue to review:

  • Closed syllables

  • Digraphs/ Blends

  • Glued sounds

  • Sound-tapping strategy to help segment and blend sounds in words for both reading and spelling

In Unit 3 students will learn:

  • Closed syllable exceptions: these follow a similar pattern to closed syllables, but they have a long vowel sound instead of a short vowel sound. We teach these as glued/welded sounds. The closed syllable exceptions are:

    • ild-as in child and wild

    • ind-as in find and wind

    • old-as in cold and bold

    • olt-as in colt and bolt

    • ost-as in cost and lost

  • Vowel teams: vowel teams are two vowels together that make just one sound. The vowel teams we will study in this unit are:

    • ai as in bait and wait

    • ay as in play and way

    • ey as in key

    • ee as in jeep and weep

    • ea as in eat and beat

    • oi as in coin and boil

    • oy as in boy and toy


SCIENCE:

Students are learning how to classify objects as we learn about Matter. Some properties we use to classify objects are: size, texture, mass, color and shape. We are conducting some experiments and building our background knowledge about matter.


Students are learning the steps of the scientific method:

  • Question

  • Hypothesize

  • Experiment (writing procedures and steps to test the hypothesis)

  • Collect data

  • Make conclusions


Upcoming Dates:

  • October 1 - Digger Dash (9:45 - 10:05)

  • October 5 & 7 – Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 11 - 15 - No School (Fall Break)

  • October 29 - Halloween Parade & Party

Curriculum Update:

READING:

We wrapped up our first Lucy Calkins Reading Unit, Growth Spurt, and are currently in a small Mini Unit Called: Readers Get to Know the Characters. We are studying characters and story elements closely.

During Reader’s Workshop students will be working on the following:

  • Studying characters actions, thoughts, feelings and personality traits

  • Identifying story elements - setting, problem & solution, theme

  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.

  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words

  • Recording our thinking while reading

  • Scooping our words together to read fluently

During our Mini Unit focusing on getting to know characters, students will pretend they are characters to become character experts. Students will perform readers theater and work on bringing the Fox characters and story to life for their peers. We look forward to presenting our Fox Readers Theater and sharing with you on Seesaw!

WRITING:

We are continuing Narrative Writing. During this unit students have written several short stories based on true events from their lives.

Students are continuing to:

  • Discover small moments that matter-generating ideas

  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing

  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write

  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end

  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment

  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions

  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time

  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts

  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it

  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)

  • Word choice

  • Revising and editing rough drafts

  • Conventions are a big emphasis:

    • Capital at the beginning of each sentence, for the word ‘I’, and proper nouns

    • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

    • Quotation marks when using dialogue

MATH:

In Topic 3, students are learning various strategies to add within 100.

These strategies include:

  • Add tens and ones on a hundreds chart

  • Add tens and ones on an Open number line

  • Break apart numbers to add

  • Add using compensation

  • Practice adding using strategies

In Topic 4 , students will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently add within 100.

During Topic 4 students will focus on the following:

· Using place value (tens and ones) to add and subtract

· Using an open number line to add tens and ones within 100.

· Adding 2 digit numbers using models

· Adding and breaking apart numbers using mental math and partial sums

· Modeling one and two step problems

o Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH

  • Complete & review the independent practice pages with your student

  • Practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home

WORD WORK/SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 2 students continue to review:

  • Closed syllables

  • Digraphs/ Blends

  • Sound-tapping strategy to help segment and blend sounds in words for both reading and spelling

In Unit 2 students will learn:

· Glued sounds:

o am, an, ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk

· Bonus letters:

o After a short vowel, the letters f, l and s get a bonus, or extra letter (ff, ll, ss). This happens in one-syllable words like brass, puff and spill.

· R Controlled Vowels

o Ar says /ar/ as in car

o Er says /er/ as in her

o Ir says /ir/ as in bird

o Or says /or/ as in horn

o Ur says /ur/ as in burn

· Trick words: words students should memorize because most of them cannot be sounded out.

  • Pull, shall, full, walk, both, talk

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 6 - No School (Labor Day)

  • Friday, September 24 - No School (Professional Development)

  • Friday, October 1 - Digger Dash


Curriculum Update:


READING:

During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:

  • Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful

  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words

  • Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time

  • Recording our thinking while reading

  • Stopping, thinking, and retelling a story to check for comprehension

  • Reading more and more to continue growing

  • Strategies to use when words are tricky


WRITING:

We are in our Narrative Writing. During this unit students will write short stories based on true events from their lives. By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Discover small moments that matter-generating ideas

  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing

  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write

  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end

  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment

  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions

  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time

  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts

  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it

  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)

  • Word choice

  • Revising and editing rough drafts

Conventions are a big emphasis:

  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence, for the word ‘I’, and proper nouns

  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

  • Quotation marks when using dialogue


MATH:

We are wrapping up Topic 1: Fluently Add and Subtract Within 20

During this unit students focused on the following:

  • Math Tools and classroom routines-using manipulatives, number lines, and tens frames

  • Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together (commutative property)

  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using a variety of strategies

    • Making 10

    • Doubles or near doubles facts

    • Fact families

    • Counting on

    • Using a number line to count on or count back

    • Bar diagrams

  • Beginning to develop fact fluency within 20

  • Understanding the connection between addition and subtraction

  • Solving addition and subtraction story problems, sharing strategies for solving, and ways to record

During Topic 2: Work With Equal Groups, students will focus on:

  • Even and odd numbers

  • Using arrays to find totals

  • Making arrays to solve addition problems

  • Modeling problems with equations, drawings, and arrays



WORD WORK/SPELLING:

In Fundations Unit 1 students focused on:

  • Closed syllables

    • A closed syllable is a word or part of a word that has one short vowel closed in or followed by one or more consonants. The vowel does not need to have a consonant in front of it, but it needs to have at least one consonant after it. Examples of closed syllables include at, mat, math, mast and clash. The short sound of the vowel is marked by the breve sign.

  • Digraphs/ Blends

    • Digraph: two letters that make one sound as in ship (sh).

    • Blend: 2- and 3-letter consonants, as in trip (tr) and strip (str).

    • The digraph blend, as in the word lun ch (nch).

  • Spelling options of k, c, and ck

    • Students learned to use c most often at the beginning of words unless it is followed by e, i or y. They learned to use ck at the end after a short vowel and k after a consonant.

  • Sound-tapping strategy to help segment and blend sounds in words for both reading and spelling.