Weekly Update

Week of June 4, 2018 

A Message From Your Teacher:
As we near the end of the school year, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the growth of your child in the classroom. The students have all worked so hard this year and at this point, are mostly independent readers and thinkers. I could not be more proud of each of them! They not only have strengthened their skills, but they have learned to enjoy reading and writing. It makes my heart glow when they ask when it is time for writing or cheer when I ask them to find their chapter book :) In Math, many students have mastered their addition and subtraction facts, and have learned to understand and solve multi step word problems. It has been a memorable school year for all of us and I feel that they are all ready for third grade!

This post popped up recently online and I feel there is so much truth to this teacher's letter. I have copied and pasted this Betsy Eggar's message to her families at the end of the year because I share many of her ideas. The only addition I would add is to play board games with your child a lot this summer. 

A parent asked me the other day, “Are you sending home a packet of work for the summer?” I paused and felt half-guilty as I replied, “No...” 

You see, there are these packets you can create to send home so that parents can work with their child reviewing skills learned and preparing for what is up ahead. 

This is so great, in theory. And maybe one day I’ll put one together. Although, the more I thought, the more I decided that this summer packet should be less addition practice and sight words and more...LIFE. 

So take it or leave it...here’s my “Summer Packet.” 

-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, August won’t hit quite so hard. 

-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that! 

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that. 

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song...something simply for a smile. 

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue...for themselves. Hang back...just a bit. They’ll be ok! 

-Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read? 

-Put down your phone. On Mother’s Day, I create a booklet with my students. They answer questions all about their Moms, write sentences and draw pictures. One page is “Mom’s Favorite Things.” Can I tell you the top item colored first on most booklets? 

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We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard. 

-Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store. 

💗 - Mrs. Eggar 

Second Grade Picnic:
To culminate the end of the year, we will be having a picnic! This will allow students some time to socialize with each other, sign yearbooks, and celebrate their year. This event is scheduled for June 11 from 11:30 - 12:30 and is a student only event. We are asking for a few items- if you are interested in donating, please click on the link below. Thank you!


 
Important Dates:

**Please see handout sent home on Friday for the fun events going on in the classroom from June 5 - June14.
 
June 11 - 2nd Grade Picnic
June 12 - Character Parade
June 14 - Last Day of School for Students 
              2 hour early dismissal

What we are Currently Learning:
Phonics- 
  • This week, we will be completing a unit on silent letters. We will learn that some words include silent letters, like the k in know, the g in gnaw, the r in wrinkle, the b in climb, and the h in whale. 
  • We will practice reading and writing words with these patterns this week.
  • There will not be a formal assessment of this unit, but we will continue with the daily instructional routines until June 13. 

Reading Comprehension-
  • We will continue our last ELA integrated unit this week, Inventions. This unit is a highly engaging one that is centered around inventors and inventions. Throughout the unit, we will learn why people are driven to create or make certain things, how many great products were actually made by mistake, and the qualities and characteristics of an inventor. Near the end of the unit, we will brainstorm various household problems and think of ways we may be able to solve them. ie, the dog needs to be let out, but our family is in the middle of dinner. Is there an invention that would help us solve our problem?
  • This week we will focus on inventors. We will read for information to learn about Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and George Washington Carver.
  • We are continuously responding to reading by using our thinking notes. We will expand our thinking to prove our answer with evidence from the text.
  • We will be wrapping up activities for The Chalk Box Kid, including writing the last chapter. 

Writing - 
  • We will learn what an Opinion writing is and how to support our opinion with clear, specific reasons and examples.
  • We will practice writing Opinion letters this week.
Math - 
  • This week, we will continue Module 10, which is a focus on counting coins. We introduced coins a couple of months ago and are revisiting this concept. We will be counting sets of coins, and solving word problems that include coins.  
  • We will continue with addition and subtraction fluency checks each Tuesday and Friday. 
  • The assessment is scheduled for Tuesday June 5.

Science - 
- We are continuing our last Science unit called Designing Mixtures. This unit ties in nicely with our Inventions unit in ELA. We will be analyzing the materials needed to make various products and why those materials or ingredients are needed. We will also be designing and inventing our own items!

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.
    10/23:
    -As we approach the end of the first marking period, I wanted to let you know that all CCPS 2nd grade students will be taking a series of 4  ELA assessments. These assessments will result in 5 Product grades for Reading and/or Language. The students will be showing their ability to: decode (read) words from units 1.1 - 1.5, read a grade level passage for rate (words per minute) and accuracy. We will also assess the students listening comprehension and ability to identify text features. I don't mean to alarm you, but simply give you a heads up for the grades as they are entered in HAC. I am happy to go over all of the assessments on conference day if you have any questions. 

    1/16:
    As we move into Module 5 in Math, it is very important that your child continue working on and practicing their basic addition and subtraction facts to 20. Many students are struggling with the memorization of their facts and could benefit from practicing each night. A fun and non-threatening way to do this is to use dice, a game spinner, or a deck of cards. Rolling, spinning, flipping and adding or subtracting would be beneficial for many of our students. Good old fashioned math flash cards are a great way to practice as well! Just 10 - 15 minutes of practice each night can greatly impact student confidence and their success with fact fluency. Thank you!
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