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Friday, October 27th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have continued on our altered schedule due to skating. We wrapped up our skating unit and look forward to our skating celebration next week.

In discovery we have been working on state research projects and have been learning all about the diverse climates, landforms, animal habitats, populations, regions, etc. in the United States. Next week we will wrap up our projects and share them. We will also learn more about animal habitats and we will begin our unit on magnetism (finally!) We will also be looking at early American history and timelines. Our timeline take home project is coming home next Monday. Look for it in your child’s folder. I can’t wait to see the projects when they come back!

In math we have been continuing to develop our two-digit subtraction with regrouping skills. We will continue working on this next week and we will also work on place value of large numbers.

In language arts we have worked more with main idea and supporting details. We have also been working on sequencing, summarizing, and synthesizing our thinking about texts. We also have worked on singular and plural nouns, open syllable word patterns, wordly wise vocabulary, spelling, and have continued to enjoy James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

What have you learned about your state?

What have you learned about animal habitats?

How are supporting details and the main idea of a text connected?

Tell me the steps of solving 45-29.

What are singular and plural nouns.

What is happening in James and the Giant Peach?

 

Announcements:

Next week we will go on our skating field trip on Tuesday 10/31. We will leave the school at 11:45, skate from 12-1:30 and return to school at 1:45. You are welcome to join us at the Skate Inn in JC.

Please no costumes on 10/31. We will have a character day in the future so be thinking about a book character for a future dress up day.

Popcorn Fridays are back so send in 25 cents for a bag of popcorn on Fridays.

No school on 11/1/2017. It is a teacher professional development day.

We are out of school for 11/22, 11/23, and 11/24 for Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 20th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have had an altered week due to our skating unit in P.E. In Social Studies we have begun looking at state research projects and have continued to focus on the United States. Next week we will continue to work hard on our research projects. In science we have learned more about the moon and have mapped out the phases of the moon for October. Next week we will focus on magnetism in science.

In math we have worked with two-digit subtraction with regrouping. We have also introduced the idea of regrouping in subtraction and learned about when regrouping is necessary. Next week we will continue to work on subtraction with regrouping.

In language arts we have continued to focus on the main idea and supporting details in text. We also have worked on common and proper nouns, wordly wise vocabulary, spelling, and have continued to enjoy James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. We also tremendously enjoyed our trip to see the play Clementine at the Barter Theatre. It has been a jam packed and fun week!

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

What state are you researching?

What is the main idea of a text?

What kinds of supporting details can help you identify the main idea?

How do you know when to subtract when regrouping?

What is happening in James and the Giant Peach?

Tell me about the play Clementine.

 

Announcements:

Next week we will skate on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wear long socks!

Popcorn Fridays are back so send in 25 cents for a bag of popcorn on Fridays.

Skating field trip permission forms are coming home today. Please sign and send back early next week.

Friday, September 8th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have been learning about the cause of seasons, day and night, and the phases of the moon. We have also learned about our solar system. Next week we will continue looking at our solar system. We will build solar system dioramas and we will visit Dr. Gary Henson at the ETSU planetarium. We will be walking over there on Wednesday morning and parents are welcome to go with us. I will send out specific details early next week.

We are also continuing to learn about maps and world geography. We will continue to build on this understanding throughout the school year. Remember to bring us maps if you happen to go on any fun excursions over break.

In math we have begun looking at addition with regrouping. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come at building this understanding in a few short days. They are super excited about adding great big numbers. We will continue to work on this for the remainder of the quarter and into next quarter.

We have continued working hard in language arts and we will continue building these skills next quarter. We will have our first Wordly Wise “show you know” next Tuesday. We finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this week and yesterday we watched the movie. We’ve enjoyed this story so much and have enjoyed comparing the movie and the book.

I can’t believe we are nearing the end of the first quarter. We eased into our school year in the beginning as we learned about each other, our classroom, and our procedures. We have come so far and have hit a really good stride full of great learning attitudes, hard work, and perseverance. Next quarter we will jump right back in immediately so have a wonderful break and come back well rested and ready to expect full gear on day 1. I can’t wait to build on our momentum!

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

What causes day and night?

What causes the seasons?

Why is it winter in the northern hemisphere when it is summer in the southern hemisphere?

What are the phases of the moon?

How did Charlie and the Chocolate Factory end?

How were the movie and the book the same? Different?

Announcements:

Keep sending in box tops!

If you are interested in signing up for a parent/teacher conference check out the link on remind. If you do not want to sign up at this moment in time I understand, but do please remember the offer is always open. I’m always happy to discuss your child.

The last day of school for students for this quarter will be Wednesday, September 13th.

We are adopting a classroom in Houston, Texas. We hope to get the list of needs any day and I will communicate this as soon as I find out. This came out of the compassion and care your children expressed for others. I thought they had a wonderful idea so we went for it! We hope to rally support for this project. Be on the lookout!

Friday, September 1st

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dear Families,
We have accomplished so much this week. I have been reflecting this week on how far we’ve come this year and I’m just so proud of these kiddos. This week we have continued learning about maps, globes, borders, continents, oceans, the equator, the axis, hemispheres, and landforms. We are working toward an understanding of our world. We are continuing to enjoy our map collection. We would love to add to it throughout the year so if you have any fun fall break excursions planned bring us back a map.

We have also been learning about space this week. We have learned all about the universe, the galaxy, the solar system, our sun, and our moon. Next week we will continue to focus on all of these things and we will go into more detail with our learning.

In math we have been adding really, really, really big numbers. Second graders are super excited about this. We have been primarily working with addition without regrouping, however we have talked about regrouping and what it looks like. Next week we will be focusing hard on learning about the concept of regrouping. We will be using manipulatives to construct this understanding.

In language arts we have focused on developing our individual reading skills, reviewed short and long vowel patterns, focused on fictional story elements such as character and setting, learned about subjects & predicates, introduced our Wordly Wise vocabulary program, and continued writing about ourselves. We are gearing up for our first big writing workshop projects which will be personal narratives. We are continuing the read and reflect on our read aloud Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and are nearing the end of our book. We can’t wait to find out what happens!

As always, thanks for sharing your kiddos with me. They are working so hard in second.
-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

What is the equator?

What hemisphere do we live in?

What do you know about the continents on Earth?

What have you learned about the sun?

What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

What is the setting of this book?

Announcements:

Keep sending in box tops!

No school on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

If you haven’t sent a family photo or hope or dream for the year the invitation is always open.

A parent/teacher conference sign up link went out this week for those interested and able to meet. If you aren’t able or don’t need to meet at this time please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time you feel the need to meet.

The last day of school for students for this quarter will be Wednesday, September 13th.

Friday, August 18th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have learned about the United States and our bordering countries and oceans. We have also practiced reading a variety of maps and will continue looking at them next week. We have a good collection of maps that families have donated to our map bucket, but would love more so if you have some at home that you don’t mind donating we would love that!

We also began learning about space this week. We have introduced the concept of the solar system and the galaxy and have talked about our sun and solar eclipses. We will continue this over the weeks to come. We still need shoe boxes for our learning about space so if you have any at home (preferably adult sizes) please send them in.
In math we have worked with skip counting, using a hundred chart for number patterns, looking at equal groups, and understanding arrays. We will continue with number patterns next week. We will be looked at repeated addition and even & odd numbers.

We are continuing literacy learning. In addition to building reading, spelling, and writing skills we have focused on story elements this week with a special focus on analyzing characters. We also have focused on subjects and predicates in grammar. As always we are continuing to emphasize writing sentences with SWAG (S- starts with a capital letter, W- written neatly, A- a space between words, and G- given punctuation at the end.)

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

What city do we live in? State? Country? Continent?

What borders our country to the north? South?

What states border Tennessee?

What river forms the western border of Tennessee?

What do you want to learn about space?

What is a complete solar eclipse?

What is a subject? Predicate?

What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Announcements:

Keep sending in box tops!

Please see the remind announcement about gathering for the eclipse.

Book bags are due next Thursday.

No school Monday, August 21st.

Students are out of school on August 25th for teacher inservice.

ETSU classes begin on August 28th. Be ready for heavy traffic to begin that day!

No school on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

If you haven’t sent a family photo or hope or dream for the year the invitation is always open.

Please see the remind announcement about discount cards. Cards and/or money are due back August 24th.

Friday, August 11th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have continued learning about maps and globes. We have learned the difference between cities, states, countries, and continents. We have looked at various state and world maps and have begun to form an understanding of the continents and oceans on Earth. We have looked at map symbols, map keys, and the compass rose. We will continue learning about maps next week and will also work on map skills throughout second grade. We will also begin learning about space next week during our discovery time. If you have any maps at home that you would like to donate to our classroom we are starting a map bucket to add to our learning. We also will need some shoe boxes for our learning about space so if you have any shoe boxes at home (preferably adult sizes) then please send those in.

In math we have focused on subtraction strategies and how addition and subtraction are relate d. Next week we will have a “show you know” on our math learning so far and we will move into our second math unit on number patterns. We will look at patterns on a hundreds chart, practice skip counting, work with repeated addition and arrays, and focus on even and odd numbers. This will all strengthen our math concepts as we move towards adding large numbers in the future.

This week we began literature circles in our literacy stations. This is where a lot of our learning will take place so we will have many opportunities to read, talk about, and analyze various texts. We also began using ipads in reading this week. We have 5 ipads to use in our classroom and this gives us more opportunity to individualize our learning. Things are moving along wonderfully with this awesome group of kiddos.

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

How are addition and subtraction related?

What is a map key?

What is a compass rose?

What kinds of books have you read lately?

What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Announcements:

Our classroom collects box tops and gets money to buy supplies for our classroom. The elementary class that brings in the most will get a pizza party. Who doesn’t love a pizza party?

The morning mile has started back up and students can run from 7:30-7:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Book bags are due next Thursday.

We are now out of school on August 21st. Your child’s eclipse glasses are in their folder today. Please take them out and keep them somewhere safe.

Students are out of school on August 25th for teacher inservice.

ETSU classes begin on August 28th. Be ready for heavy traffic to begin that day!

No school on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

Friday, August 4th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we began learning about maps and globes and have focused various ways maps can help us. Next week we will dig deeper into the parts of maps and globes. If you have any maps at home that you would like to donate to our classroom we are starting a map bucket to add to our learning.

In math we have focused on subtraction strategies. We have also worked on being quick with our addition. We will continue subtraction strategies and relating addition and subtraction next week.

We are building literacy stations and have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. Next week we will continue our literacy mini lessons and our literacy stations. We will be adding small group literature circles to our stations next week. Book bags are coming home today. These will come home every Friday and are to be returned by the following Thursday. The directions for the book bag are on a neon green sticky note on the outside of the journal inside the book bag. The directions will change for some students throughout the year as reading needs change so always have your child check the label for directions. I will put a new label on top of the old one if I want them to do something different than they have previously done with their book bag. I will let them know when there is a change. This will be on an individual basis. Also be on the lookout for more information about your child’s individual reading level and ways you can help them at home to be coming home one day next week. We are also still reading and very much enjoying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Many second graders wrote about Roald Dahl being their favorite author in their reading journals this week and I’m so happy they are enjoying this wonderful book.

-Ms. Kelli


Questions to Ask Your Child:

 Where have you used a map?

 How are maps helpful?

 How are addition and subtraction related?

 What is a sprint in math?

 Tell me about your reading stations.

 What kinds of books have you read lately?

 What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Announcements:

 We still have a few hopes and dreams and family photos that we would love to have added to our wall. Please send those in if you can!

 Our classroom collects box tops and gets money to buy supplies for our classroom. The elementary class that brings in the most will get a pizza party. Who doesn’t love a pizza party?

 The morning mile has started back up and students can run from 7:30-7:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 Many thanks to Beth Strickler for donating eclipse glasses to our class to make the solar eclipse on August 21st safe and viewable!

 Students are out of school on August 25th for teacher inservice.

 ETSU classes begin on August 28th. Be ready for heavy traffic to begin that day!

 No school on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

Friday, July 28th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have been learning about communities and community helpers. We have been working on putting our rule of “be kind” into action by making cards for people in our school community who help our school. We have introduced the idea of maps and globes and will be focusing on this as our thematic focus next week. We will take an introductory look at using maps and globes and then we will build on these skills throughout the school year.

In math we have continued working with addition strategies. Next week we will shift our focus to subtraction strategies and the relationship between addition and subtraction. We will also work on adding and subtracting more quickly and more efficiently.

We have continued with our literacy stations and have worked a lot on the procedures of that block of our day. We will be building on this swiftly next week. We have also been doing a lot of individual and whole group assessment of our reading skills and I will be using that information to design our individualized reading goals. We are continuing with journal writing (mainly about ourselves) and my goal has been to open up our willingness to take risks in our writing. We will continue to build these skills and have many fun writing projects planned this school year. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has gotten very good and we LOVE the story of Charlie Bucket. We will continue to read this book and participate in a variety of literacy activities around it. Many of the students have seen the movie, but what they are discovering is the book is very different. We will watch the movie when we finish the book and compare and contrast the two.

Enclosed you will find some important announcements and some of your child’s work. Some of our work has been saved for our portfolios. The work enclosed in your child’s folder each day is yours to keep (or recycle.) Watch out and don’t accidentally recycle their homework though! We have been very responsible with our homework this week. Next week look for information on reading book bags and reading homework that will begin.
-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

 Who are some helpers in our community? How do they help?

 What do you want to learn about maps?

 Where have you used a map?

 What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?


Announcements:

 We are thrilled to welcome our new instructional teaching assistant, Hunter Oliver, to second grade. Mr. Oliver began with us yesterday.

 We still have a few hopes and dreams and family photos that we would love to have added to our wall. Please send those in if you can!

 Enclosed is the August sharing schedule. Your child may share on the day with their name on the schedule.

 If you have not signed up yet for remind please do- enclosed is information.

 Our classroom collects box tops and gets money to buy supplies for our classroom. If you can please send some in! It really adds up!

Friday, July 21st

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have continued fine tuning our rules and procedures. We set goals for our year and used those goals to establish classroom rules that would allow us to reach our goals. Our classroom rules this year are:
1.Be kind. 2.Be safe. 3.Be trustworthy. 4.Respect our school. 5.Listen and try your best.

In math we have been working with reviewing some basic addition strategies. We will continue to work on basic addition and subtraction strategies. We really need to be very good at doing these quickly in order to build on our big math skills throughout the year.

We began basic reading stations this week and have started to establish those routines. We have participated in a variety of literacy stations during this time including reading independent reading books, writing in reading journals, illustrating poetry, writing about ourselves, and working on a class time capsule to open at the end of second grade. We will continue to build learning activities into our literacy stations quickly now that we have learned the routine of it. We are also continuing to enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as a variety of picture book read alouds and poetry.

There is no homework over the weekend, but please do read through the announcements and look through the student work inside. That is yours to keep. We keep some of our best work for our portfolios which you will get at the end of the school year.

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

Where do you enjoy reading in the classroom?

What are your reading stations like?

What books have you chosen to read independently?

What are some addition strategies you have been practicing?

What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?


Announcements:

Thank you for the many donations to our classroom! It is so appreciated! There are still a few wish list items on our classroom door (on the inside) for those interested.

 If you have not received emails from me please email me at barnettk@etsu.edu. That means I’ve made a mistake inputting your email into our class list. We have had several group emails go out already.

If you have not sent in a family photo or a hope/dream for your child mentioned in the welcome letter/supply letter we would love to have those to add to our display in the classroom. It’s not too late.

Enclosed is the July sharing schedule. Your child may share on the day with their name on the schedule. We will have a new schedule in August.

Enclosed is our class daily schedule and a description of our day. We thought you’d like to see how we spend our time.

Friday, July 14th

Second Grade Newsletter

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dear Families,

This week we have been kicking off second grade by learning about good citizenship and class routines and procedures.  I have found that much effort on the front end pays off greatly as we move through the year.  We have worked together to set hopes and dreams for ourselves and to set classroom rules.  If you haven’t yet sent in the parent hope and dream we now have those posted and would love to add yours to our wall.  It is on the welcome letter.  If you need another copy with directions please email me at .

In math we began working with data and used our math time to practice reading and recording data while still learning about each other.  We also began reviewing basic addition strategies.  Our goal will be for basic addition facts to become automatic so that we will have a much easier time when we learn to add very large numbers and regroup.  We will be reviewing addition strategies next week in math.

We began some of our basic language arts expectations this week.  We have written a lot so far this week and we began moving towards our regular literacy stations.  We will build into this in the coming weeks.  We also began a class read aloud, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

I have started out small in every academic area as we get used to each other, our classroom procedures, and our behavior expectations. I have assured the second graders not to worry- we will be challenging our brains to work hard very soon!  We have been doing very well and I’m pleased with how far we have come. 

Each Friday I will send this newsletter and I will also include some questions you can ask your child.  This is meant to help you have conversations with your child about their day by prompting them with some of our key happenings. 

-Ms. Kelli

Questions to Ask Your Child:

  • What are your reading loft safety rules?
  • What are you looking forward to about second grade?
  • What is Go Noodle?
  • What is a tally mark?
  • Tell me about your survey and bar graph.
  • What is happening in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Announcements:

  • Tonight is open house. We hope to see you in our classroom from 5-6.  Other information about the event tonight is enclosed and/or can be found on our school website.
  • If you have not received emails from me please email me at . That means I’ve made a mistake inputting your email into our class list.  We have had several group emails go out already.
  • Look for our class schedule and our behavior management plan for our classroom to come home one day next week.
  • Thanks for all your support!

 

 

 

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