Weekly Update

Week of October 8, 2018

Tidbits:

This update will serve for the next 2 weeks...

I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend with their families! It is hard to believe that we are 1/2 way through the first marking period. The students are on a roll with establishing their daily routines and I am thrilled with their enthusiasm for learning! We have taken the fossils and dinosaurs unit and integrated the concepts with ELA for a full understanding. Ask your child about the very exciting discovery in Chesapeake Beach that made news world wide in 2014! If they can't remember, give them this hint: Complete snaggletooth shark skeleton. They were thrilled to learn how even our community has changed over time. 

Please make sure you have viewed your child's interim progress report on HAC. If you have any trouble logging on to HAC, you may contact Wendy Madison in the front office for assistance.

 
Important Dates:

October 8 - I am Poster project due
October 18 - 2 hours early dismissal
October 19 - Schools closed for students
October 31 - Color Run - We are BLUE!

What we are Currently Learning:
Phonics- 
  • We are on Unit 1.5 for the next 2 weeks. This unit will focus on one syllable words with the suffix endings -ed, -ing, -s, and -es. This week, we will focus on -ed and -ing. We will learn the 3 different sounds of the -ed suffix and how it changes the meaning of a baseword.  
  • The suffix -ed can make three different sounds. It can add a /d/ sound, as in the words smiled, mailed, & smelled. It can add a /t/ sound, as in the words washed, kicked, & laughed. It can add an /ed/ sound, as in the words added, erupted, painted. A syllable is only added when the base word ends with the letters t or d. 
  • We will spell, read, and write one syllable words that have -ed and -ing this week and words with -s and -es next week.
  •  Click below for the list of words that will be used throughout this unit. You may have your child play a game or two using this list.

  • There will be an ELA fluency practice this week to practice reading and words from this unit. It will be due on Friday.
  • We will take our phonics dictation test on Thursday October 18. This will include 10 words that include suffixes and 2 sentences.

Reading Comprehension-
  • This week, we will continue our study of informational text and text features. These include identifying and using: titles, photos, captions, diagrams, maps, table of contents, bold print, italicized print, colored print, side bars, and charts. 
  • We will be reading for information a leveled book called A Look at Fossils, and identify the most useful text features as well as identifying the author's purpose for writing this book. Next week, we will become Scientific Researchers as we pick a dinosaur to become an expert on. We will use part of our ELA block to research a dinosaur of our choice and create an informational poster about. We will have the posters bound into a class book that the students can borrow from our classroom library. What an exciting way to wrap up this unit!

Writing - 
  • This week, we will continue telling and writing the stories that correspond with our ideas. We will practice all of the mini lessons from the past couple of weeks and write a new story that incorporates all of them. 
  • We will also continue encouraging the use of complete sentences as we write in our Writers Notebook. 


Math - 
  • This week, we will review basic place value concepts taught in 1st grade with numbers to 100. We will review 100s, 10s, and 1s place and the value of each digit. 
  • Please continue to encourage your child to practice their math facts to 20. We will begin our timed drills soon! 
  • We are moving into measurement next week. We will spend about 20 instructional days learning how to use a ruler to measure in inches and feet, centimeters and meters. We will estimate lengths, determine the best tool used to measure various items, as well as compare measurement lengths and widths. 
  • There will be a Math fluency for HW this week, due on Friday.
Science - 

- This week we will continue our study of fossils and fossil formation. We will also analyze fossils from Calvert County to learn more about animals that used to live in this area.  We will investigate and learn how scientists use clues from long ago to help us know more about animals today. We will make our own fossils and be real scientists as we observe and compare real fossils. 

- Next week the students will earn their junior paleontologist badge! We are wrapping up our learning about Animals of Long Ago. We will investigate and learn how scientists use clues from long ago to help us know more about animals today. We will make our own fossils and be real scientists as we observe and compare real fossils. 

Information from Previous Weeks that is Important: 

9/5: 
  • I believe in the power of open communication. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. This website will serve as a valuable source of information throughout the year. Please view each tab and refer to it later on if needed. Each week, I will update what is going on in the classroom in the Weekly Update tab to keep you informed of what your child is doing and learning.
9/11:

  • I will send out a quick email through HAC each week with this site linked. Please log on to HAC to be sure you have an email associated with your child. Please check it regularly to ensure you are up to date on all the latest news. Thank you!
  • All 2nd graders have been given an assignment notebook to record daily assignments and upcoming information. Please initial each night so I can be sure you are getting the information you need to stay well informed. 
  • A reading calendar will be coming home at the beginning of each month. Each 2nd grader is asked to read at least 60 minutes each week. Please return this calendar on Fridays for a weekly check.
  • At the bottom of the page are think marks for student use at home as well as task cards for students to use to check their comprehension of Informational Text.
10/1:
- The Previ Learn test taken last month proved that many students can figure out their math facts, but need practice to become more fluent. In second grade, we aim to memorize facts through 20 within 3 seconds. Our daily motto is 'Practice Makes Permanent'!  I have attached fact triangles at the bottom of this page that may be useful for your child. They are organized by strategy and include some blank cards for students to make their own for any that they are stuck on.



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