Your student has been challenged to read a "Tower" of books! The purpose of this challenge is to expose the students to variety of book genres. I have been collecting books from each category and they are available to the students each day in class. Of course, they can read their own books if they apply. Here is what you find in their Homework/Monday Folder:
The Directions & Book Categories - Use as a checklist to make sure all categories are being read.
(Stays at home until challenge is complete)
Fill out each book read in order starting at the bottom.
(Stays at home until challenge is complete)
Every Friday students will be required to turn in one book summary with their Homework folder. The summary will be taped to the inside of the folder each week. (One summary is turned in each Friday for the HW Dojo point)
- Self-paced: Each student will work at their pace.
-Reward: Each student will be rewarded when they complete the challenge.
-Homework: Please encourage your student to read every night!
-Summary: Only one summary is turned in each week (even if more than one book was read or even partially read).
-Ninja Goal: Our school as been challenged by three American Ninja Warriors to complete/turn their homework each week. We are keeping track (as a school) of the students who display responsibility and diligence to accomplish this goal. They will be invited to participate in a special obstacle course in May. The summary reports are my way to track student's homework each week.
This Month in 2nd Grade
Math- We will begin double digit subtraction with the tens and ones columns. Chapter 5 will guide the students step by step to identify place value and prepare them for regrouping with subtraction. Since they already have the basic concept of regrouping with addition, this should be pretty easy for them to grasp!
Science- We will continue to explore plants and understand the requirements needed for growth. Does a plant need dirt to survive? Should you water a catus? Where do plants grow best? After our plant unit we will focus on engineering and creativity.
Reading- Our book clubs are off to a great start. We work a lot on expression, voice and reading smoothly. Some students will begin to work on Read Live to rebuild their reading fluency. I-ready and Lexia are also going to be pushed to challenge students at their level.
Writing- I want to help foster a love for writing by giving many opportunities for free choice writing. We will balance informational, narrative and creative writing. Our next Social Studies unit will use a combination of informational and narrative.
Social Studies- In a few weeks the students will be assigned a famous American to research. They will use a variety of sources to gather information for a report. The report will be written in sections and will guide students through a character study. This is always a wonderful unit where students can identify with "normal" people who do extraordinary things. Our unit will end with a video project. Kids love it!
Upcoming Dates & Events
2/15-18 President 's Weekend
4/15-22 Spring Break
5/27 Memorial Day
6/5 Last Day of School
October was a fun month here in 2nd grade from Grandparents Day to learning in a Bat Cave! November, though limited in days, will be full with all sorts of learning activities! These kids are hard-working and and so great at connecting different experiences with their learning in the classroom! I am excited to meet with each of you at PLPs this week! We have two weeks before Thanksgiving Break that we will pack with new math concepts, writing and reading!
PLPs: Personalized Learning Plan
If you haven't already, please sign up for your child's PLP. You can sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/409094aafac2ba5fd0-1sttrimester1 This is a chance for us, as your child's team, to celebrate, encourage and set goals for future learning! Start having a conversation about the goals your student would like to achieve this next trimester!
Tuesday, November 13th we will leave for our field trip to Noble Orchard! The Noble family was so generous to invite us to their orchard during their busiest season (I was told we were the only ones they have invited)! We will be going rain or shine, so please be sure to dress your student accordingly. Please send them with closed toe shoes! They can wear "free dress bottoms" and a uniform top that day. I am in need of parent drivers for this trip! Please let me know if you can drive! We will eat our lunch at Bille Park and finish our time with a nature scavenger hunt. The cost is $2 for each student. We will leave school around 10:15 am and return around 1:00 pm.
**Permission Slips were sent home in Monday Folders
This Month in 2nd Grade
Math- We will begin to set the stage for double digit addition with the tens and ones columns. Chapter 4 will guide the students step by step to identify place value and prepare them for regrouping (or borrowing).
Science- This Friday we kick off the first lesson of our plant unit in science. We will discuss how seeds are dispersed and the various conditions and adaptations plants thrive or die in. To enhance our science unit, we will read, write and conduct different experiments. Our field trip to Noble Orchard will also be a highlight as we get to learn from a family who knows a lot about growing apples!
Reading- Fluency and Comprehension will continue to be the driving force here in 2nd grade. We will continue to practice inferring, predicting, finding the main idea with supporting evidence and retelling a story with details.
Writing- The students did a fantastic job with their informational writing about their Grandparents. We will be working on more informational writing as well as stating and supporting our opinions.
Social Studies- Since we are learning about plants, we will take this time to understand the idea of production, consumption and how agriculture has changed throughout the years. We will talk a lot about how inventions have helped our economy- normal people found a solution to make life a little bit easier! I love how we get to inspire our kids to be problem solvers and help make a difference!
Please choose any of the follwoing activities for homework each night. Track the amount of stars your child earns throughout the week and return the homework sheet in the folder on Friday. We are really trying to work on collecting all homework folders on FRIDAY.
Reading: THE MOST SIGNIFICANT HOMEWORK ACTIVITY! Students can read aloud, silent, or parents can read to them. Reading at least 20 minutes each night is highly recommended (1 STAR for every 10 mins)! Ask students to retell what they read or ask them questions to check for understanding!
Math: Math practice pages (will be sent home 11/11 for Chapter 4); ST Math at home; Math game (dice, cards or flashcards); parent-approved math app on home device. **Please note that the practice pages are not mandatory. They are just an optional activity to practice math at home.
Spelling: Any practice activity or Spelling City.
Writing: Writing a story or letter; writing spelling words in sentences (2 for 1 deal!)
Friendsgiving Feast on Friday, November 16th