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.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017




Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 6th-Crazy Hair Day (Make a donation to  hurricane relief fun to wear crazy hair)
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break
  • October 16-18th- Fund-Raiser at the Chicken Shack
  • October 31st- Halloween Breakfast Parties


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.
  • Recording  and sharing our thinking while reading


WRITING:
  • We are continuing our Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
  • Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

MATH:
We will be wrapping up our first Investigations Unit right after Fall Break.  We will then begin Unit 2  Attributes of shapes and Parts of a Whole.
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.


SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
  • During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).


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. So far, the children are making good progress!

Monday, September 18, 2017


Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, September 18th- Conference Sign Up Opens
  • Friday, September 22nd- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
  • Wednesday, September 27th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, September 29th- Digger Dash
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful
  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
  • Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time
  • Recording and sharing our thinking while reading

WRITING:
Our first writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

MATH:
Our first Investigations Unit is called: Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems. During this unit students will focus on the following:
  • learning about Math Tools and classroom routines-using Number Lines and The 100 Chart
  • finding out if order matters when adding two or more numbers together
  • adding and subtracting within 20 using known facts to solve problems
  • begin to develop fact fluency within 20
  • compare two quantities
  • coins
  • time to the hour and half hour
  • solve addition and subtraction story problems, share strategies for solving and ways to record

SOCIAL STUDIES:
Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).
We are also doing our Technology project to apply what we have learned here. Look for information on your child's SeeSaw coming soon.

WORD WORK/SPELLING:

Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on. Students were then divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please 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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Meet the Teacher

Dear Families,     
       I am so excited to be your child’s second grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year! I love being at Gold Rush Elementary. Many of you know that I taught fourth grade here last year.  I have many years of experience in both 2nd and 4th grades but am thrilled to be teaching second grade again. We are going to have a great year.๐Ÿ’›
       My family is incredibly busy. I am married to a wonderful man who happens to be a social studies teacher and tennis coach at Chaparral High School. We have four grown children. Alyson is a high school English teacher in Longmont and just married her best friend, Pete this past March. He is also a high school English teacher. Hannah is a banker in Highlands Ranch and has a passion for horses. Zach is a senior at Mesa University and will be student teaching this fall to become a high school science teacher. The youngest is Elizabeth and she is a senior at CSU studying computer information systems and environmental sustainability. We are very proud of all of our children. ๐Ÿ’œ
      I am very excited to meet you and your child. I would love for your child to write me a detailed letter introducing themselves and your family. Tell me all about summer and draw a picture of a summer adventure. They may also write down some questions that want to ask me. You can bring it on August 7th for the "Meet Your Teacher" or the first day of school.
     I am looking forward to seeing you soon!๐Ÿ’™

Michelle Anderson๐Ÿ’œ