Spelling Rules: Week of 10/17 for 2nd & 3rd

2nd grade continues their exploration of vowels (AEIOU, sometimes y!), focusing on the regular pattern short and long vowel words. Our words this week have the letter u. Short u says u-umbrella and follows a CVC pattern like in the word tub. Long u says u-unicorn and follows a CVCe patterns like in the word tube.

Practice at home by saying words slowly. Is the vowel sound SHORT (umbrella) or LONG (unicorn)? If the vowel is saying a long sound, remember to use the magic e.


3rd grade has wrapped up vowel work and is working with consonant blends. Consonants are any letter that is not a vowels. Consonant blends (also called consonant clusters) are groups of two or three consonants in words that makes a distinct consonant sound, such as “bl” or “spl.” Ask students to find the blends on their words this week.


Word Work in 2nd Grade: Week of 10/10

2nd graders have been working hard on short vs. long vowels. We’ve been repeating our vowel chant and practicing naming both sounds using our picture cues.

Last week, we worked with the vowel o. The short o says o-octopus and the long o says o-ocean. We built short and long o words with letters, pushed counters into sound boxes, used white boards and markers and completed picture sorts. Check out our picture sorts below, and a clip of Mogalli explaining!


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Myths in 3rd Grade

Third graders have been learning all about myths, as well as working on asking and answering questions while recalling details. Last week, we read folktales and myths from the United States. This week, we have explored Greek myths including Medusa! Using bubble maps, we created a thinking map to summarize the key features of myths including the morals. We’re also using somebody, wanted, but, so, then to record summarizes using these features.

Check us out below!


Elkadri’s 3rd grade discovering Medusa!



Spelling Rules for Week of 10/2

Second graders will work on short and long i. They will review that short i says i-iguana, and long i says i-ice cream. They will explore spelling patterns with the silent, magic e to make a long i sound.

Third grades will review short and long e and the accompanying spelling rules for these patterns.


Word Work in 2nd Grade

2nd graders listened to short a (a-apple) and long a (a-acorn) words today and sorted on white-board paddles. We worked on using a silent, magic e to change the vowel from a short to long sound.

One example from this week’s spelling: cap becomes cape with the magic e!


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Our work so far this week…

My small group 2nd graders have a new bag of sight words in their independent, at-home book bags. These sight words were selected from their assessment results. Please practice these words at home each day! Today, we wrote sentences with our sight words. We focused on using a capital letter at the beginning of our sentence and a period at the end. This activity could be repeated at home!


Third grade small group students reviewed word work rules for the short o and long o vowel sound. We should remember that vowels are special letters that make two sounds. We sorted spelling words into a short o/long o/neither group and talked about the spelling patterns that make the long o sound. These patterns include silent e, oa vowel team, o open syllable (i.e. go, no). Look for more words with the letter o, and decide the sound the o makes (short or long). What special pattern leads to that sound?