Monday April 15, 2019

Good morning!

No school this Friday.Β 

**Can you please send back Math Module 4-5 book? I’d like them to keep it in their desks for a day I may be out again. Thanks!

PTA Egg Hunt is Wednesday. $4 can be brought in today or tomorrow if your child would like to participate.

This week’s Spelling words focus on the “or” sound spelled–ore or –oar. chore, snore, wore, snore, chore. Dolch words: eight, take, done, laugh, been

We continue our reading focus on informational reading. This week, we’re reading an informational article about our skeleton. Using an image is the main skill.

We’ll begin our animal reports this week by choosing an animal from books I’ve pre selected from our library and book room. We’ll be reading for specific information and recording the facts on our organizer.

Math continues with our section about creating equal groups. This is under Operations and Algebraic Thinking. We’re using the language “groups of” meaning how many groups of ……… are there?

In social studies, we’ll learn the vocabulary “artifacts” to talk about how do people learn about life in the past? From pictures, journals/diaries, talking to people, artifacts.

Science continues with our life science until. We’ll be continuing our discussion of what makes something living compared to non living?

Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

math books

I am sending home the previous math books we were using. We haven’t done everything in them due to time constraints and this being a new program. Feel free to have your child work through the Starry Night book for computation practice and other books to reinforce what we’ve learned.


Week of 4-8-19

I’m back in class so here is the information for this week.

If I sent home a conference note, I’ll see you today after school at the scheduled time. All others, report cards will be sent home tomorrow.

The money ($4) for the PTA Spring Egg Hunt can be sent in any day this week.

Don’t forget to send in the purple reading log for the week of Spring Break if your child completed it.

Spring Picture Day is Friday. For this the money needs to be included in the ordering envelope.

Spelling words this week: near, gear, deer, peer, where. Dolch words: were, was, buy, think, their

Our reading strategy this week is focused on facts in informational text. We’ll be reading multi paragraph texts and answering questions from the text. Some have illustrations to use and others don’t.

We’re circling back to informational writing also. We’ll be reading about various animals and writing facts we’ve learned. We’ll probably be researching 1 animal per student and gathering interesting facts.

Math begins a new unit. We’ll be getting into easy fractions and equal groups of objects.

Social Studies is learning about the past so our field trip to the historical museum was a perfect introduction.

Science begins a new unit on life science and living and non living things.

Enjoy the week πŸ™‚


Monday April 8, 2019

Good evening,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable break.

I just want to let you all know that I’ve been summoned for jury duty for Monday so I won’t be in class. I’ll keep you posted if I’ll be gone for longer than this one day.

Please remind your child to be well behaved, helpful and kind to the substitute teacher πŸ™‚

Monday March 25, 2019

I’d like to thank the PTA for providing the pizza party our class won. There wasΒ a door decorating contest for March is reading month. That is why I sent home the owls for the students to assemble and decorate–they were the main part of the decoration. I painted a tree for our owls to sit in πŸ™‚Β  Our class won for the Second grade. I just wanted to thank those of you in the PTA for continuing to support our students.

Our reading strategy this week will be asking questions throughout the text. We’ll be using a story for the week to practice this skill. Questions such as who, what, where, when, why, how to help understand key details of a story or text.

Spelling words this week focus on the long a sound: dare, rare, stare, fair, chair. Dolch words: any, pretty, does, does, read, every.

We’ll be finishing up module 4 in Math with an assessment, and I’ll also be weaving in skills from the next module. Same skills and strategies but with larger 3 digit numbers to add and subtract with.

We’re also finishing up our Social Studies economics unit and will have that assessment over 2 days: 1 for the computer section and 1 for the written part.

We’ll be finishing up our Earth science unit about land forms changing quickly and slowly.

I’m sure you won’t forget, but No School the week of April 1-5 for Spring Break. We’ll be back on April 8.

Enjoy the week πŸ™‚

Monday March 18, 2019

Good morning! It is so nice to finally see the sun shine πŸ™‚

Tomorrow morning is our field trip to the Dearborn Historical Museum. Please have your child dress for being outside. We will be walking between 3 buildings and leaving our coats on in each building for the activities we’ll be doing. Wear gym shoes.

Our spelling words this week: cage, range, large, pledge, bulge. The Dolch words: off, fast, tell, of, will.

Our reading strategies will continue with using pictures and illustrations to help us understand text and how repeated phrases in a story add to the meaning.

We’ll continue with opinion writing this week by writing what they enjoyed on our trip with reasons to support their opinion.

Math continues with adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Social studies is our trip this week as we learn about Dearborn’s history and life in the past.

Science continues with ways the Earth has changed slowly and quickly to create landforms.

Enjoy your week!

Monday March 11, 2019

Good morning πŸ™‚ I hope those of you who came to Literacy Night last Thursday enjoyed yourselves. There seemed to be many enjoyable activities.

Late Start this Wednesday. School begins at 9:35.

Thank you to those of you who have sent in the field trip permission slip and $5. If you haven’t please do so as soon as possible. The office needs to send the admission money over prior to our trip.

This weeks spelling words focus on 2 sounds of the letters c and g: cent, city, cave, girl, gym. The Dolch reading words: gave, give, carry, call, clean

We are finishing our opinion writing this week on the topic “a book I like to read”. We’ll be creating a finished product that will look like a book shelf. The students always love this final copy!

Our reading strategy continues with using the illustrations to gain information about the characters, plot and setting of a story. This week, I’ll be using a variety of stories, 1 which is a story for social studies about how a goat is used to make a rug! (The natural,Β  capital and human resources used to make a rug from goat hair). This story is based on a real person from the Navajo nation in Arizona.

As you can tell from reading, our social studies unit continues with understanding the resources used to make products: human (people), capital (machines, tools, $$), natural (animals, water, plants)

The students have done very well with our 2 and 3 digit addition. Now, we get into subtraction. We’ve done this before with “unbundling” a 10 to move it to the ones place. This is the same process as many of us learned but called it borrowing or trading.

Science continues with the processes that shape the Earth’s surface.

Library book check out is this Thursday. Please return library books by Wednesday.Β 

Enjoy your week and yay for warmer temperatures! πŸ™‚

Monday March 4, 2019

Welcome March πŸ™‚Β  Winter is slowly moving on….

Many events happening this week:

PTA Book Fair. Our class will be going Thursday morning. Please send money then if your child would like to purchase something. All proceeds go to the HF PTA.

Our yearly Literacy Night is this Thursday 5:00-6:30. Many fun reading and writing activities planned. This is always an enjoyable evening. I hope to see you there πŸ™‚

You may have heard that 2nd grade has a field trip coming up. We are going to the Dearborn Historical Museum Tuesday March 20 9:00-11:30 am. only. This is a 1/2 day field trip. No lunch is needed, we’ll be back in time for lunch at school. Permission slips will be coming home today. We’ll be learning a bit about the pioneer life in Dearborn.

Our Spelling words this week focus on silent letters: knee, gnaw, write, lamb, doubt. The Dolch words: there, saw, ride, sing, want.

Our reading strategy will focus on narrative stories. We’ll be using information from the illustrations and the words to understand characters actions, setting and plot.

We’re back to opinion writing for a couple of weeks and since March is Reading Month, we’ll be writing our opinion on a book we like with 3 appropriate reasons.

Math continues with addition and subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers while understanding place value and the “bundling/unbundling” concept (trading/borrowing).

We’ll be learning about the Natural Resources needed to make products this week in social studies. We’ll also learn new vocabulary: human (people), natural(things found in nature), capital(money/tools) resources.

Science continues with how landforms are made.

Spirit Friday is dress like a book character for March is Reading Month.

Whew! Enjoy the week πŸ™‚


Monday February 25, 2019

Good morning!

If all goes as planned, this morning will be our last time for WIDA testing: the writing portion is left.

A full week of school expected πŸ™‚Β  Spelling words feature the “schwa” sound. The “a” before or at the end of words: along, agree, again, idea, comma. Dolch words: green, always, them, very, because.

Our reading strategy circles back to how stories are set up: the beginning introduces the characters, setting and problem. Middle events work toward resolving the problem. Ending wraps up with a solution and life lesson.

Since we’re reading narrative, we’ll be focused on writing a narrative story. The students all began a story a few weeks back but due to snow/ice days I didn’t get to wrap it up like I wanted to. This week, we will be focusing on their story ending and what their main character learned from their experiences.

Math continues with mental and written strategies composing 10 tens to 100, moving on from 10 ones to 10. Written strategies will also be emphasized.

Science still is learning the names and pictures of land forms, also learning how they are formed.

Social studies continues with economics. This week the new vocabulary is “opportunity cost”: this is our second choice when we can’t have all that we want due to limited resources of money.

Have a good week and stay warmΒ  πŸ™‚