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February 20: PTO Meeting
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Please bring back your empty Report Card envelopes!

Reading: Students will continue reading about the Polar region. This week they will focus on interesting facts and vocbaualry words to describe them.

Writing: Students will start their Rough Draft of their polar animal research project.

Science: Students will explore sand and silt.

Students are bringing home their report cards today.

Week 21
Reading: Students are pausing from Journeys and starting their first non-fiction genre study about the Polar Regions.
Students story of the week is Where Do Polar Bears Live. Students will focus on Main Idea and Text Features during this unit. They will be reading different books in small groups with topics about polar animals, polar explorers, climate change, Inuit Legends, and scientists of the polar regions.

Writing: Students will get information about their Polar animal that they have chosen to research. They will be looking up their animal's habitat, diet, anatomy, and interesting facts.

Science: Students will be looking at River rocks. This includes sand, gravel and rocks.

Mindfulness: Students will be doing an activity to encourage self-appreciation.

French sound: eu, oeu
Grammar: "to be" in its singular form through games with Amira
Writing: the kids write their first 'qu'est-ce que c'est?', ask them about it.
Math: we finished unit 2 on measurement. We are jumping to understanding 3 digit numbers-place value, unit 6.

Week 20

Reading: Lesson 21 Penguin Chicks The strategy of the week is main idea and supporting details.

Writing: Writing non-fiction; Students are learning to write facts in their own words.

Science: Students are learning how to describe properties of rocks and sort rocks with similar properties.

Week 19

Reading: Lesson 20 Dex: The Heart of a Hero. Compare and Contrast is the strategy of the week.

Writing: Exploring nonfiction writing.

Science: Exploring river rocks and starting a rock collection.

sound: "in"
grammar: article-noun agreement
writing: setting and connecting words such as 'first', 'and then', 'after'.

Unit 2: choosing the right tool and unit to measure an object.
We are also measuring real life objects and tracing line segments.
Mental math strategy during our number talks: review of "amis de 10"  23 + 9 is (23 + 10) -1 or (21+9) +2

Art/Stem activities:
Auerlie will start planning 30min of art a week. She'd love some materials to help start sooner:
- old toothbrush and other small brushes
- cardboard with the corrugated side revealed
- paper towel/toilet paper rolls

Over the course of this year, your child will participate in 4 lessons in class to learn about personal safety. The lesson is part of our school's health program and is intended to meet Oregon’s new state law called Erin’s Law.  


Sadly, abuse of children takes place more often than we would like to believe. School programs help children learn to stay safe from abuse. In the lessons we will use material at the student's level. The skills needed to prevent abuse are taught in a safe and simple way. Through these lessons, students will learn about:


  • How to judge between safe and unsafe touch
  • How to protect themselves
  • Who to go to for help


Please discuss personal safety with your student to support our efforts.

Week 18
Will be starting our winter benchmark assessments.

Reading: Students will read lesson 17 Luke at Bat. We will continue to review story structure, sequence of events, and compare and contrast.

Writing: Students will read their mystery story to their buddies. They will hopefully take them home this week. Students will write a personal narrative as their winter assessment.

Science: Students will continue exploring with rocks.

Math Madness Packets are due all week

Week 17

Reading: Students will read lesson 15 Officer Buckle and Gloria. We will review story structure, sequence of events, and compare and contrast.

Writing: Students will continue to finish their pop up story. Then students will start their winter term writing assessment.

Science: Students will start their new earth science unit called Pebbles, Sand and Silt.
Week 16
Reading: Students will read in their Journeys book Lesson 14, A Story about Hellen Keller. The reading strategy this week is Authors Purpose. We will also focus on the vocabulary and have a vocabulary assessment at the end of the unit.

: Students will continue their final draft copying and creating their last two pop ups. Then we will bind the book together. On Friday we will have a guest speaker, Susan Lowdermilk, to show her professional pop up book art.

Growth Mindset:
Students will create academic goals for 2018 and then we will do an activity that celebrates mistakes.
Here is a link to encourage growth mindset at home. The link provides information about growth mindset and how certain types of praise helps promote determination, hard work, and learning from mistakes.

Week 15

Reading: Students will read Poppleton in Winter and discuss his point of view.
Writing: Students will start their final draft of their Mystery story.
Goal Setting: Students will make new goals for learning in 2018.
French and Math: Students will get to know Mme Sion's routines for school.

Week 14

Reading: Students will finish their mystery story. We will be discussing how the clues led to solving out who had done it.

Writing: Hopefully all students will finish their rough draft of the mystery story and we can make our first pop up page for it.

Science: Last week we started to mix solids and liquids. We observed what happened to a variety of solids. This week we will mix liquids with water and decide if toothpaste is a liquid or a solid.

Week 13
Students will participate in a Mystery simulation of my stuffy being stolen. The kids enjoy solving a "real";) mystery.

Reading: Students will continue with reading their Mystery genre. This weeks strategy will be story structure of a mystery. How settings are important in the mystery and can lead to various clues. We will learn about what types of clues can authors use in mysteries.

Writing Workshop: Students will continue writing their rough draft of their mystery story. They will work on creating a setting of the mystery and then finding clues.

Science: Students will learn about mixing solids and liquids. What happens to solids when they mix them with liquids.

Social Skills:
Students have been learning a program called superflex. This is where students have a super hero that helps them stay calm and flexible; as they realize that the unthinkables are causing problems with social situations and scenarios at school. Students really like this social concept. I have attached the power point presentation if you would like to use it at home to discuss behaviors there as well. The attachment is at the bottom, if you scroll all the way down.

Week 12

Reading: Students will start to read their mystery books in small groups. The strategy of the week is  focusing on understanding characters. What makes a good detective? Students will also be reading a whole group readers theatre. This is a reading play with a health and mystery theme.
Students will not be reading from Journeys for the next three weeks. They will continue with the curriculum when we come back from winter break. Students still can continue practicing reading at home Lesson 11,12 and 13 at thinkcentral.

Writing: Students will brainstorm their own detective character. Then they will start write their own mystery story.

Science: Students will continue to learn about the properties of liquids. The vocabulary terms are translucent, viscous, transparent, foamy, bubbly and with color.

Week 11
Reading: Students will be introduced to our first genre study; mystery. Students will preview the mystery stories and start reading their mystery books which will continue for the next 3.5 weeks. Our fist week will be about understanding characters and what makes a good detective.

Writing: Students will be engaged in gratefulness activities and some fun games.

Science: Students have finished their solid investigation and will now be learning about the properties of liquid.

Week 10
Reading: Students will read lesson 10 Jellies: The Life of a Jellyfish. Students will discuss fact versus opinion.
Writing: Students will write about their likes and dislikes. Students will continue to work on adding details and transition words in their stories.
Sciences: Students will finish our solid investigation. They learn about the properties of solids and how these properties help with building. If we have time, students will move on to the study of liquid.

Week 9:
Reading: Continue with lesson 8 and their will be an assessment on the reading and vocabulary. '
Writing: Finish up stories from that have not been finished and complete a self evaluation of school.
Science: Start to build with solids. Understand the vocabulary properties, matter, and observe.

Week 8:
Students will read lesson 8 How Chipmunks Get their Stripes  and discuss sequence of events when reading. They will learn about synonyms and review past tense and verbs.

Writing: Students will learn about writing using adjectives to tell more. They will write Spooky words, spooky sentences, and a spooky story.

Social Studies: We completed our Flip Book (blue class) and red class will bring it home on Wednesday.

Science: Do to the time needed for our new Math curriculum. I will now be teaching the 4j adopted science curriculum. The first unit is solid and liquids. The first unit is solids.

Week 7:
Reading: We will start a full week of small group learning. We read the level readers which can also be found in Think Central and work on our graphic organizers from our readers notebook.  Students who need extra practice with fluency and phonics will also have opportunity to work with these skills.  We are reading Lesson 6 Building Animal Homes. The students will be working only learning about text features in Non Fiction text. This means students understand that headings, photos, captions and diagrams help readers learn from the text and know what information that Author feels is important.

Writing: Students will continue to focus on writing sentences to help with story ideas. The prompt will be silly brother and sister sentences. They will also learn about plural nouns.

Social Studies: Students will learn about Oregon and the United States in relation to our city. They will add these places to their flip book.

Social Emotional: Students will learn how to express what is bothering them with their peers without putting the other person down. Our counselor will lead this discussion.

Week 6
Please continue to log in to Think Central.  Click on Library then Click on Student Book. Then launch Book 1. The story of the week is Teachers Pet Lesson 5. Students will practice story structure. They will discuss plot, character and setting. The grammar strategy is adding ed and ing to verbs. Students will learn about how to change stations during the Daily 5 and we will start small groups by the end of the week.

Writing: Students will be taking a writing assessment. I have them write about a happy moment in their life. They will write this narrative three times through out the year. This allows me to assess individual's needs and group goals and instruction. Students will also write silly animal sentences to inspire writing

Social Studies: We are creating the next two page of our flip book, my school and my town.  Social Emotional learning: We will be going over being a social detective which includes learning about social intelligence and expected and unexpected behavior. 

Week 5
HW: Students will bring home their login and password for Think Central. Think Central is the website for our Language Arts curriculum. Students have access to practice and read units at home. All units are suppose to be read 3 times and we only read them 2 times in class. Please encourage your student to read the story of the week, (click on library and then click on Student book Unit 1) one extra time at home. The homework assignment is have your student log in at least 5 times to the site, so they become use to typing their name and using drop down menus. This makes teaching 30 2nd graders computers skills a lot easier.
The login is their first initial and last name with a random number and their password is their lunch code with the letter r. We will be practicing the going to think central the following week.

Reading: Students will read unit 4: Diary of a Spider. They will practice the reading comprehension skill cause and effect. Students will learn their last Daily 5 choice during LA stations Listening to Reading on the computer. They will learn about epic, think central and tumble books. These links are all on my online resource page on my blog.

Writing: Students will continue to write lists to get ideas about writing. This week will focus on friendships.

Social Studies: Students are learning their place on our planet.  Their first activity is to learn their street name and number. Please remind you student of this.

Week 4
If you were not able to come for curriculum night please take time to look at our blogs. All information is given here.
Homework starts this week as well as Star of the Week.

I forgot to go over Domages, Alerts, and Referrals at curriculum night. This is a school wide behavior documentation policy and is a little bit changed from prior years.

are minor school rule incidents. We have changed them so students take home a carbon copy and show their parents.
Last year they had to have 3 domages before the teacher contacted a parent. This policy still applies but students are suppose to show you their carbon copy when they receive a domage. We do not want children to feel that they will get into big trouble if they bring one home.  When a child brings home a domage we prefer discussions about them learning from their mistakes rather than being in trouble.

An Alert
: An alert is a bigger incident, teachers email parents about the incident. There is documentation about the incident but this does not go on any record that travels with student.

Referral: This is a major incident. The Principal will most likely contact you about the incident, if not the teacher will.

Reading: Students will read Lesson 3 in Journeys Dogs. Please read the story with your child this week, the curriculum encourages reading each main story 3 times. I read it with the class two times and encourage parents to read it with their child a third time: sorry link not working Login and passwords are being sent home next Monday.

Students will learn about Authors purpose as their main reading strategy. They will also learn their next Daily 5 station Work on Writing. This station students are writing anything they enjoy. I give them monthly writing prompts, letter writing, comic books and tiny books to write with. I introduce new things every month.

Writing: Last week we looked at how sketches help form ideas for stories. This week we will start making lists, to encourage getting ideas for a story. They will also write another story.

Social Studies/ Social Emotional Learning: Students will be learning about Empathy this week. We will be discussing how empathy leads to kindness and also encourages the growth mindset community in our classroom. We use the dojo videos to inspire discussions about this topic.

Week 3
This week is safety week. Students will participate in drills including lock down, earthquake and room clear.
We are building stamina in many ways to our new learning community.

Reading: Students will take the district assessment for reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students will read the 2nd story in Journeys My Family. They will practice the skill compare and contrast when students make connections to their family and the family in the story. 
If you would like to read the story of the week to your child.
Go to this link Lesson 2 page 42:

Spelling: Students will also learn their 2nd Daily 5 choice Word Work. Word work is time to practice our Spelling words in class. Students do not have spelling tests in 2nd grade English but they do practice spelling words every week. I assess students spelling through out the year instead of weekly.

Writing: We are continuing building stamina with English writing. We are looking at getting ideas from a variety of places. Our goal is to write our ideas down in complete sentences.

Grammar: Students will learn about sentence structure; subject and predicate.

Social Studies/ Social Emotional Learning: Last week students really enjoyed learning about Growth mindset. Students will learn about Mindfulness this week. They will learn to observe two areas of their brain's focus. They will learn about when their emotions are in control and when our mind wanders even if we want to pay attention. We will do a few activities to understand this. Students will also learn two breathing techniques to help focus.
Week 2
Reading: Students will read the first story in Journeys titled Henry and Mudge. They will practice the reading comprehension skill sequence of events. They will be given a readers notebook to practice the skills of the week that go with each unit. They will also learn their first choice of the the Daily 5 Read to Self. The Daily 5 is a choice system which allows for reading and writing choices while other children are working in small groups.

Writing: Students will learn about Writing Workshop. They develop and learn the routines of our writing community. This includes writing as a whole class, writing as an individuals and sharing work with partners.

Social Studies: During this time we will be learning about Growth Mindset.  We will also learn about mindfulness.  Students will learn 2 quick breathing techniques that allow for calming during learning and social situations. 
Week 1
Welcome to 2nd grade! I look forward to working and meeting everyone for an exciting 2017/2018 school year.
Please read the Schedule and Procedures page for information about class. We will have an exciting first week getting to know our classmates, learning new school routines and school rules.

Kim Pash-Bell,
Dec 5, 2017, 3:11 PM