100th Day of School is tomorrow

Now that we’re home once again, if you’re looking for something to do with your child/children, here’s an idea.

Tomorrow is day 100 of school so, if they’d like to get creative and take 100 of something found around the house: noodles, beans, cereal pieces, stickers, paperclips, etc. They can make a picture or a design using those 100 pieces. I’ve had some very creative projects in the past 🙂 You can glue onto a piece of construction paper or just regular paper, a side of an empty cereal box or shoe box. Anything will work! I have had students even draw 100 of a design if they didn’t have glue or anything to use at home.

Some have glued 10 rows of 10 to make 100. Others have used those 100 to make a picture of some kind. I’ve had students spell their name then add a design with the rest of the 100 pieces.

This fits in with our math unit and is a fun way to practice counting 10 groups of 10 to make sure you have 100 then getting creative!

Have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with when you bring your creation to school  🙂

Monday February 11, 2019

Heavy hearts here today at Henry Ford. We’ll get through this with love and friendship.

1/2 day this Thursday-school dismisses at 11:45. No school this Friday or the following Monday.

Your child can bring their valentines any day and we’ll save them to pass out Thursday morning.

Our WIDA testing will be delayed until another time per Dr. Moughni. I will update you.

Spelling words: clown, growl, crown, round, loud. Dolch words: found, about, out, around, brown

We’re continuing our informational writing combined with science and our reading strategy of using images to learn about the landforms on Earth.

Math continues with subtracting 2 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers using “unbundling”/trading/borrowing. The students see to understand this concept and are catching on.

We’ll have the social studies test part 1 tomorrow and the computer portion on Wednesday.

We welcome a new student today–Solomon 🙂

Monday February 4, 2019

Yay, the groundhog did not see his shadow so spring will be here sooner 😉  After last week, it can’t come soon enough!

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

Due to the short week last week, our spelling list will stay the same as last week’s.

I’m having to move much of last week to this week so our reading strategy continues to be expanding our vocabulary for informational text using captions, pictures, the table of contents and glossaries.

We are finishing up our narrative writing prompt about a time we had fun, then will go back to informational writing about land forms on Earth.

Math will still focus on the “unbundling” strategy for subtraction.

In social studies we’re learning about personal compared to civic responsibilities of citizens.

Science will be learning about the land forms on Earth and how they are created.

S.T.E.A.M. Night is this Thursday, 5:00-7:00. This is always a fun evening filled with engineering and other fun scientific activities. I hope to see many of you there!

Tuesday January 29, 2019

Hello Families,

With the uncertainty of the weather this week, plans will be adjusted as needed with regard to lessons. As always, activities that don’t get done on one day, get moved to the next. Our room is a bit chilly, so please make sure your child has a sweater or sweatshirt to wear in class if they get cold.

Our reading strategy this week is focused on informational reading strategies. Using pictures and illustrations to learn facts and details about a topic.

Our spelling words are focused again on the same sound spelled 2 different ways, –au, –aw: launch, pause, draw, hawk, crawl. The Dolch words are: with, some, yellow, upon, once

We’ll also be circling back to informational writing. I’ll be combining what we’re learning now in science, which is landforms on Earth. We’ll be reading and writing about these landforms: mountains, hills, plains, valleys, peninsula. We’ll later get into how those landforms are created and the role that water and wind has in creating them.

In social studies we’re finishing up learning about services provided and actions taken by individuals and government to make our communities safer and nicer places.

In math we are again practicing adding 2 and 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping which is trading but this new program calls it bundling. When we make a group of 10 it’s called bundling so they “carry” the bundle to the tens. We’ll be getting into subtraction as well. With subtraction, they’ll learn to unbundle a ten if they need to borrow a ten due to not having enough ones to subtract. For example, 54-17 does not have enough ones to subtract 7, so a 10 from the 5 becomes unbundled. We used to call it borrowing from the tens to the ones. As always, do as much of the homework as your child understands before getting too tired or upset. Remember, no tears or tempers 🙂  It’s best to leave it undone.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday January 22, 2019

Good Afternoon!  Our room is cold this week so please make sure your child has a sweater or sweatshirt to wear.

Library book check out is this Friday.

Spelling words all focus on the same vowel sound but spelled different ways:  root, chew, clue, canoe, fruit. The Dolch words: to, two, ask, who, use

Our reading strategy continues with comparing and contrasting 2 similar texts. I’ll be reading 2 different versions of the same story and the students will be writing how they are the same and how they are different.

We continue with writing our opinion this week. I am looking for strong reasons and using a transition to start their reason sentence. The topic is should the mayor buy a new police car or playground equipment with the extra tax money.

Math continues with adding 2 digit numbers with and without trading. We’re also going to be getting into adding 3 digit numbers with and without trading. As always, do as many of the homework problems as your child can manage and understand without reaching a frustration level.

In social studies, we’ll be learning about government action compared to private actions. Those activities that the government does to improve a community vs those things individuals do. For example, creating laws like the leash law is an example of government action. Raising money to donate to a charity is an example of private action.

Science continues with learning about the Earth. We’ll begin learning the names of different landforms as well as how they are formed.

The PTA valentine creation contest will run until February 1. Any family member can participate with your child then turn the creation into me. I will then pass along the most creative to the PTA. Enjoy!! 🙂

Stay warm!

 

 

 

Monday January 14, 2019

NWEA testing for our class is this Wednesday & Thursday morning.

1/2 Day this Friday. Dismissal is at 11:45. No lunch will be served at school.

Spelling words this week focus on “oo” and “ou” making the same sound but being spelled differently. shook, soot, crook, should, could. The Dolch words: too, good, would, went, over

Our reading strategy this week is reading 2 versions of the same story (I’ll be reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf) and comparing how they are alike and different.

Our writing this week continues opinion writing. I’ll again, weave in social studies and ask the students their opinion about the community buying a new police car or park equipment. They are learning to come up with good reasons for and against each choice. Then chose one to write their opinion on.

Math this week continues with adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. Today they were part of story (word) problems. We’ll be getting into the traditional “up and down” method later this week. I know the math homework is getting harder. I’ve told the students to only do as much as they can understand and figure out. No tears, no getting upset. That’s not the feelings or emotions we want them to remember about math. If it’s not done, that’s fine with me. These are new skills and this program is based on them having learned some of these basics in Kindergarten and First grade. We all know they didn’t so I’m breaking it down into easier parts.

Social studies will focus this week on how our local government is organized. We’ll be learning about who the Mayor (enforces laws), City Council (makes laws)  members, and Judges (interprets laws) are. These 3 make up the 3 branches of government.

In science we’re learning about the water cycle by reading and drawing.

Enjoy your week!

 

 

 

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you all were able to enjoy the time off in some way with family and friends.

Welcome back to our school routine 🙂

NWEA testing for us will be Wednesday and Thursday morning. It’s important your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast either at home or here at school daily.

Spelling words this week focus on the letters “ur” “er” “ir” all making the same sound in words. clerk, third, first, burst, churn. The Dolch words: hurt, her, under, together, after

Our reading strategy this week will focus on using the illustrations to help the reading understand the text.

Our writing focus circles back to opinion writing. I’ll be combining a social studies topic here so the students will be writing their opinion about a law in Dearborn. They are expected to write 2-3 reasons to support their opinion. This unit is expected to take 3 weeks but I’ll be using different topics each time.

Social studies continues with learning about why governments need laws. That’s why it’s getting combined with writing.

We’ll be learning about the water cycle in science because many students are beginning to wonder where the water comes from that’s found on Earth.

Our new math module focuses on addition and subtraction within 200 and solving word problems to 100. Many strategies will be used to solve problems with a big push on 1 more, 1 less–only the digit in the ones place changes. 10 more, 10 less–only the digit in the tens place changes.

Enjoy the week!

Friday December 21, 2018

Happy Last School Day of 2018!

Second Grade is sending home the Math books from units 1-3 as well as the homework books from units 1-3. We will begin unit 4 when we return in January. The purposely skipped lessons can be done at home as review to what we’ve learned in class. No need to return the pages unless your child would like me to see them.

Enjoy your break 🙂