Welcome Parents and Students

Week of February 27, 2017

Language Arts Skills:
Theme: Let's Create
Story: Crow Boy - A core literature book.  
Vocabulary Words: forlorn, attendance, amuse, grubs, imitate, trudging. 
Oral Vocabulary Words: attractive, depart, exaggerate, gesture, soothing.
Phonics/Spelling: Contractions:  won't didn't hasn't, haven't doesn't, wouldn't couldn't, shouldn't, she'd, he'd isn't, wasn't, she'll, he'll, I'll, I'm .
High Frequency Words: teacher, school, show, special. 
Comprehension Skills: Visualize, summarize, compare and contrast.  
Writing Skills: Organizing facts and details into a note-taking format; friendly letters.
Grammar Skills: Present-tense verbs; commas in a series.

 This Week's Math Skills:

We are on Lessons 3 & 4 of  Module 5:  Addition and Subtraction Within 1,000 with Word Problems to 100. The first 7 lessons of Module 5 present strategies for adding and subtracting within 1,000.  As part of our 2nd grade math standards, you child should know how to count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s to 1,000.  As always, please check your child's homework daily.   Please check the new set of Homework Helpers and go on Zearn to see Eureka Math strategies that show how we are doing all of this.  We will be adding and subtracting using the algorithm and models representing hundreds, tens, and ones such as the arrow way, number bonds, and place value charts.

***Students and parents can access the "Math Chat" for a repeat of the daily lesson to reinforce and aid skills.  

***Students have their Zearn usernames and passwords that were sent home.  Most students are not using Zearn to reinforce and enhance Eureka Math!  If you lost your Zearn information, please let me know!  Module 5 lessons were assigned so that you can see what your child is learning on a daily basis.

Social Studies:

We are almost finished writing our notes into report form.

 Science and Health:

We began our next science unit, Balance and Motion.  We are continuing the motion investigations.

Students chose animals for their reports.  All students took their books home to become experts.  All of the books are due this Thursday, March 2nd.

 Computer Lab:

Our computer lab time is Fridays from 1:45 - 2:30, and I will dismiss the class from the lab.
Students are able to access Typing Tutor through www.cwksmarts.com/portal.php
or through the Welby Way site.
Our grade level key is "pink" and our password is "bee.  Hardly any Room 32 students access Typing Tutor.

We will do a Cat in the Hat piece.


Monday:  Math and reading.
Tuesday: Math and reading.
Wednesday:  Language arts and math.
Thursday: Scholastic News and math. 

***If the math homework looks particularly difficult, I will not send another assignment that night.

Parents should listen to their students read aloud for at least 15 minutes every day throughout the school year and practice memorizing math facts to 20 as part of nightly homework. Students' academic progress is directly linked to their ability to read fluently so they may develop strong comprehension skills.

 Upcoming Events:

Please remember that if you want to have a report card conference, you need to contact me per the note I sent home.  Thank you!

Minimum Days:  Dismissal at 12:30 pm.  Monday, 2/27, Wednesday, 3/1; Thursday 3/2.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS WHO WILL PICK THEM UP, AND WHERE TO MEET YOU.

Books and Blankets:  Friday, March 3rd. 

If you would like to schedule an optional report card conference, please refer to the notice I sent home last week for days and times available, then please email me with your request.  Thank you!


Notes and Reminders:

***If you are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:10 - 9:10, we need psychomotor parent volunteers.  You will mostly be with our class, but if the coaches are short of parents, you may be assigned to another class.

***Thank you to all the parents who have been volunteering in class.  Please see me or email me if the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 10:45 - 11:45 time is not convenient and I will try to arrange another time for you.