Ms. Kerr's Cartographers

Mapping Our Way to Success!

Announcements

  • Please complete the Our Laurel Mountain Family Survey by February 9th.
  • Upcoming Austin Nature & Science Center Field Trip on Tuesday, February 12th. If you would like to chaperone, please email me and complete the Volunteer Application below.
  • PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORMS: (1) Student/Parent Information Sheet (2) Pick Up Authorization Form (3) Volunteer Application if you would like to volunteer in any capacity at LME or chaperone on a field trip during the 2018-2019 school year. Applications must be completed and renewed every year (4) Conference Sign Up Sheet
  • Sign up for Seesaw to view and comment on future postings of your child's great classwork.
  • If your child will be absent, please fill out the LME Online Absence Reporting Form. This will notify me and the office of your child's absence.
  • Fruit or Vegetable of the Week: oranges
  • Snack: We will have a snack break at 9:00, so please send a small, nutritious snack such as trail mix, graham crackers, nuts, granola bars, or fruit. Please do not send candy, sweets, or any food requiring the use of utensils. Send a water bottle that your child can take outside during recess.

Weekly Update

Literacy: Author's Purpose - Students will learn the elements of fiction through an author study, describe the similarities and differences in the plots and settings of several works by the same author, learn ways that authors use their craft by employing specific words, word order, and conventions to create meaning, explore how authors use literal and non-literal meanings of words and phrases (idioms) as well. They will describe the traits and feelings of main characters and retell the events of the story in logical order. Using text evidence, students will make inferences about the themes present in books. Students will make connections to their own experiences and ask questions about the text. (opposite words (antonyms) similar in meaning words (synonyms), literal and non-literal meaning, elements of fiction [plot, setting, character, conflict, symbol, point of view, theme], sensory language, moral lesson, verbs, preposition). Fiction Writing - Students will plan, draft, revise and edit brief stories about imagined people, events and ideas with a beginning, middle and end. Adverbs. Informational texts (nonfiction) explain things and have particular features such as a topic with supporting details, facts or ideas, and are used in the research process. Students will generating a list of questions and decide on the sources they will use to research topics based on current issues they see in the school, home, or community. Students will use text features to identify and locate information as well as make and confirm predictions, take notes and synthesize the information. Informational Writing - Students will write a brief composition stating the results or findings; students will revise their compositions using the appropriate oral and written conventions in this unit. In addition, they will write persuasive statements as a conclusion to their research; students may create visual display or dramatization to communicate their results to the audience. questions (expository, work-related texts, communicate ideas, information, audiences, persuasive texts, attitudes, actions, audience, issues, persuasive, statement, issues, topic, sources, research question, answer, record, text feature, table of contents, headings, reference works, picture , dictionary, revise, organize, present, results of the research)

Math: Geometry - Students analyze, describe, and sort two- and three-dimensional figures, learn that polygons are named and sorted according to the number of sides and vertices that they have. Irregular polygons have all equal length sides and equal angles. Irregular polygons do not have equal sides and equal angles. Students should explore measuring area with a variety of units before being introduced to the standard square unit (area, attribute, circle, closed figure, cone [1 face (flat surface), 1 curved edge, 1 curved surface, and 1 vertex], counting square, covering, cube, cylinder [2 faces (flat surface), 2 curved edges, and 1 curved surface], edge, face, hexagon, non-overlapping, octagon, pentagon, point (of a cone), polygon, property, quadrilateral, rectangle, rectangular prism (including cube), rhombus, shape, side, solid, sort, sphere [1 curved surface], square, square centimeter, square corners, square inch, square units, triangle, triangular prism, vertex (of a cone).

Science: Magnets & Patterns of Movement - Students observe and explain how magnets interact with other objects. Some objects will stick to magnets, especially objects made with iron. Magnets are also used in common everyday objects like doorbells, phones, speakers, compasses, and devices with electric motors. Students will also compare the motion of objects that slide, roll, and spin to see if they can find repeated patterns in those movements. In addition, students will apply the scientific reasoning and investigation skills to these explorations by carefully predicting, observing, tracing, and describing those motions over time (pull/attract, push/repel, south pole, north pole, electric motor, force, use/useful, movement, motion, change).

Social Studies: Maps - Students will be able to interpret information on maps/globes and identify major landforms/bodies of water. Students listen to a poem that uses cardinal directions. They use a compass rose to help describe locations of places on a world map. Students describe physical properties of rocks and identify and compare natural sources of water. Students then create a physical map of Texas and locate landforms and natural sources of water. (Continent - One of the seven main land areas on the Earth - Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Geography - The study of Earth and its people. Globe - A model of the Earth. Landforms - A type of land with a special shape, such as a mountain, hill or plain made by nature. Legend - A key on a map explaining the meaning of the symbols used. Map - A drawing that shows where places are. Ocean - A very large body of salty water - Arctic, Atlantic,Indian Pacific, and Southern. Orientation - A position on a map or globe relative to points on a compass rose - north, south, east, and west. Route - The way to get from one place to another).

Important Dates

  • February 7th: Spring Picture Day
  • February 12th: Austin Nature & Science Center Field Trip

Information For You

  1. If you plan to volunteer at LME in any capacity this year, please fill out the Volunteer Application as soon as possible. This will ensure that your application has plenty of time to process prior to the event.
  2. If your child will be absent, please fill out the LME Online Absence Reporting Form. This will notify me and the office of your child's absence.
  3. The Aligned Round Rock Curriculum shows the general schedule of what we will be learning this year in second grade.
  4. Here are Round Rock ISD's guidelines for second grade: 2nd Grade Report Cards.
  5. In compliance with COPPA, we want to notify you that our class will be using various technology tools that require student accounts, such as Seesaw, MackinVia, PebbleGO, MinecraftEDU, Google, ScratchJr and BrainPop. If you would like to deny your child permission to use a tool on this list, please email at Melissa_Kerr@roundrockisd.org.


Wish List

  1. GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERS!!! Our class needs volunteers to read with students, make copies, prepare class materials, share skills & crafts during an Friday morning E-Slot. Please email me at Melissa_Kerr@roundrockisd.org with your availability.
  2. LEGO Bricks
  3. NSTA Kids Science Books & Children's Books
  4. Crayola Model Magic
  5. Children's Games: Sequence, Chinese Checkers, Chess
  6. Kidz-Gear Kidz Control Volume Limit Headphones (whichever color)

Questions? Please feel free to contact me at: Melissa_Kerr@roundrockisd.org or at 512-464-4365.