Wednesday, January 17, 2018




IMPORTANT DATES:                                                                 
  • January 12th & 15th:   NO SCHOOL
  • February 2:   PACE Center Field Trip & School Sock Hop
  • February 14th:    Valentine Party - Time 1:40-2:20
 
PACE CENTER FIELD TRIP:
Please make sure to register your child for our upcoming field trip to the PACE center through your child’s RevTrack account. (Found on the Gold Rush website.)


VALENTINE PARTY:
We will have our class Valentine party on Wednesday,  February 14th. Time 1:40-2:20 (2 amazing parents are planning our party: Mrs Simington and Mrs. Farley)  Children are welcomed to create a box to collect Valentines in, and bring one Valentine for each student. A class list will be sent home soon.  


SOCK HOP
Please view the Sock Hop flyer in the Barker Blog. This is a free event and all families are encouraged to come out for a fun time!

CURRICULUM UPDATE


READING
During Reader’s Workshop we have moved on to a new reading comprehension strategy, Determining Importance. Identifying the most  important parts and the details helps the reader to deepen their understanding of the text.  It is important to monitor our comprehension by using this strategy and all of the strategies we have been exploring this school year.  We will also continue to work on reading fluency, building stamina as a reader, and making sure that we are reading a book that is just right for us.


WRITING
We will wrap up our Narrative Writing Unit during the first two weeks of January, then front load our Informational Writing Unit with a deep study of Famous Americans.. The following bullets are questions/thinking points that will be the focus during this unit:
  • Why was this American considered important in the history of America?
  • What did this American accomplish?
  • How did this accomplishment change the history of American?
  • How is life in America different today because of this person’s accomplishment?
  • Childhood facts.
  • Adult-life facts.
  • Family life.
  • Interesting and fun things from this person’s life.
  • Character traits that helped or hurt this person in their accomplishments.


MATH
Our study of place value, addition and subtraction has continued this month. Students and classrooms are diving into the hands-on practice of building and decomposing numbers through place value, utilizing addition and subtraction stories to combine, separate and compare.
  • Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
  • Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
  • Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
  • Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
  • Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100


HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH


WORD WORK/SPELLING
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory  before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Newly formed groups started the week of December 4th. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop, concretely, the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.


SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES

In science, we are wrapping up our focus on weather and moving into a focus of Famous Americans. Please see the questions and thinking points listed above that students will be using during their investigations.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES:                                                                 
  • December 20th:   White Elephant Gift Exchange due
  • December 21th:    Making Gingerbread Houses 12:00-1:00
  • December 22nd:   NO SCHOOL
  • December 23nd:   Progress Reports available for viewing
  • December 22nd-January 5th:  WINTER BREAK!
  • Students return to school on Monday January 8th.  Have a wonderful winter break!  
THANK YOU!
Thank you for all the amazing post-cards that we have  received spotting our missing Gingerbread Man.  We are learning a lot of geography as we track where he has been. He has been to many amazing places and done some incredible things so far.

HOLIDAY PARTY
We are going to be making gingerbread houses on Thursday,  December 21st from 12:00-1:00 p.m..  We will be having our White Elephant Exchange following this.  Please see the Sign-up Genius (coming soon) for items we need sent to school for our houses.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS-FIRST SEMESTER
Progress reports are available for parent viewing on Saturday,  December 23rd. Log on to your parent portal to view your child’s progress report.  You will also find a first semester wrap up of your child’s academic learning in second grade.  Please take the time to read all the learning, growth and success we have had thus far in second
grade. The following rating system is used to determine your child's level of performance:

Exceeds
Indicates a high level of achievement.  It indicates a student has a strong understanding of the content/concepts/skills taught and it implies a student can demonstrate understanding independently and with very few errors.
Meets
Indicates that a student demonstrates an understanding of content/concepts/skills most of the time and with limited support.  Students who are meeting standards make few major errors or omissions when demonstrating a concepts or skill.
Approaching
Indicates that a student requires moderate support to demonstrate an understanding of concepts/skills.  Students' ability to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or skill is inconsistent or infrequent, which indicates a partial understanding of the content, concept or skill.  Students demonstrate more frequent errors or omissions.
Does Not Meet
Students who do not meet standards seldom demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills taught.  The student requires considerable support to demonstrate learning and makes frequent major errors when demonstrating his/her understanding.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING
During Reader’s Workshop we have moved  on to a new reading comprehension strategy, Questioning and Wondering. Asking questions while we read, helps the reader to deepen their understanding of the text. We will be examining the types of questions we ask and identifying what type of questions gain the greatest understanding of our text. As we explore this strategy, students’ will learn about the conventions of nonfiction text (captions, headings,  labels,  photographs, table of contents, index, glossary, and types of print), and how these conventions help us to increase our understanding of the text we read. Although this is the comprehension strategy that we are shining the light on at this time, it is important to monitor our comprehension by using all of the strategies we have been exposed to thus far. Also, we will continue to work on reading fluency, building stamina as a reader,  and making sure that we are working with a book that is just right for us.

WRITING
We will continue our Narrative Writing Unit until winter break. The following bullets are topic/mini lessons that will be the focus during this unit.
  • Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end
  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time
  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice
  • Revising and editing rough drafts
The narrative stories students are writing have been absolutely delightful to hear their special memories!

MATH
Our study of attributes of shapes and fractions is coming to a close and we will be moving into Unit 3: How Many Stickers? How Many Cents? before winter break.
During the first session of this unit, students will focus on the following:
  • Introduced to Sticker Station, a store that sells stickers singly, in strips of 10, and in sheet of 100. The Sticker Station provides a model for representing and making sense of place value.
  • Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
  • Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
  • Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
  • Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
  • Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH

WORD WORK/SPELLING
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory  before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Newly formed groups will start the week of December 4th. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop, concretely, the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.

SCIENCE
In science, we continue our focus on Air and Weather:

  • Conducting weather experiments
  • Observing changes in weather over time
  • Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
  • Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
  • Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
  • Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in    different seasons
  • Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November News

  Anderson’s Daily Schedule

8:20-8:35
Rolling Start
8:35
Morning Meeting
8:50
Reader’s Workshop
10:20
Writer’s Workshop
11:15
Lunch/Recess
11:55
Math
1:15
MWF Extra Recess
1:35
Daily Language Instruction (DLI)
1:50
Science/Social Studies
1:40
(Thursday’s) Library
2:20
Specials
3;00
Read Aloud
3:20
Silent Clean Up
Upcoming Dates:
  • November 7:  No school, Election Day
  • Thanksgiving Feast: Be on the lookout for more details to come!
  • November 20-24:  No school, Thanksgiving break


Curriculum Update:


READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Making connections
    • Text to Self - “This reminds me of a time…”
    • Text to Text - “This reminds me of a book…”
    • Text to World - “This reminds me of something I saw when…”
  • Schema - Background Knowledge
    • As learners, we more readily understand new ideas and concepts when we connect them to what we already know.  Students discuss and think about current schema that they have around different concepts or ideas in books.  They are then able to better understand what they are reading and learning about!
  • Monitoring comprehension
    • Thoughtful readers recognize when they become distracted and when they are reading carefully.
    • Students record thoughts and ideas as they read.


WRITING:
  • Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end
  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time
  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice
  • Revising and editing rough drafts


MATH:
We are currently in Unit 2: Attributes of Shapes and Parts of a While
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.
  • Describing a rectangular array of tiles in terms of the number of rows, the number of tiles in each row, and / or the total number
Some math vocabulary we use in Unit 2:
  • Polygon
  • Vertex
  • Angle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Angle
  • Right angle
  • Arrays - rows, columns
  • Congruent
  • Fraction - and fraction related vocabulary (halves, thirds, fourths)


SCIENCE:
  • Explain how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gather and analyze data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Analyze the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wild fires, etc.)


WORD WORK/SPELLING:

  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.