Monday, September 16

Here is what we are working on in 2nd grade:

Writing: We continue using the writing process as we revise and edit our personal narrative stories. We will practice peer editing and using a checklist for self-evaluation of our writing. Finally, we will publish our writing and share our hard work! Students will:

ELAGSE2L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

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Reading: This week, we will focus on asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in text. We will continue working with long vowels and vowel teams. We will continue daily independent practice to build stamina and increase fluency. Students will:

ELAGSE2RL5: Describe the overall structure of a story, including how the beginning introduces story, the middle provides major events and challenges, and the ending concludes the action.

ELAGSERF3a/b: Identify the sounds for common vowel teams; can decode words with common vowel teams.

Our class will visit the Media Center on Monday, September 30 after Fall Break to return/renew books!

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Math: We will begin working with addition and subtraction strategies to solve one-step word problems within 20. We will use words like combine, join, count on, take away, remove, count back, compare, total, sum, addend, and equation, as we explore unknowns in all positions (including Result Unknown, Change Unknown, and Start Unknown). Students will:

MGSE2.OA.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Continue to practice math facts 1-20 at home!

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Social Studies Inquiry: This week, we will begin a new Unit of Study with the Transdisciplinary Theme, “Who We Are: an inquiry into where we are in place and time.” In this unit, we will explore the five regions of Georgia, including the landforms and features of each. Students will discover how the resources of a region impact the way people live. Students will make connections between our lives now and the lives of the Creek and Cherokee of the past, and finally, students will develop an understanding of the Central idea: Living things adapt to their environment. Students will:

SS2G1: Locate and compare the geographic regions of Georgia: Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Ridge and Valley, and Appalachian Plateau.

On Friday, October 4, our class will build a map of Georgia with edible ingredients! Stay tuned for information about donations!

SeeSaw: Today, students received a QR code for families to join our class SeeSaw! Students will share work and other learning activities on their SeeSaw account.

KSU Student Teacher: This fall, our class will have a student teacher from Kennesaw State University! She will observe the class and work with students in various 2nd grade academic areas. If you want your child to participate in the student teacher’s activities, please sign and return the permission form.

Spirit Night: Tomorrow at US Cafe!

Fall Picture Day: Students should wear standard attire for Picture Day this Thursday! Please send in payment and form on Thursday if you want to purchase your student’s pictures.

Dress Down for $1: This Friday, September 20!

Friday, September 13

Picture Day: Picture Day will take place on Thursday, September 19. Students should wear standard attire/uniforms for the fall Picture Day. In the spring Picture Day, students can dress down. Please complete the form and send in money/pay online if you want to purchase your student’s pictures.

2nd Grade T-Shirts: Today, students received an order form and payment envelope for class t-shirts! Our class will have yellow t-shirts! If you would like to order one, please return form and payment by Wednesday, October 2.

Parent Information Guide Sign-Off: If you have not signed and return Parent Information Guide form from the beginning of the year, please return on Monday! I sent home additional copies to the families who have not turned them in.

Class Wish List: I have added privacy boards and other flexible seating options to the class list on Amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D039OX84N6Z7?ref_=wl_share

Monday, September 9

Here is what we are working on in 2nd grade:

 

Writing: Students have had opportunities to explore and create the parts that make up a personal narrative. Students will discover how to revise and edit and will begin working with rubrics and checklists to assess and improve their writing.

Students will:

ELAGSE2L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

ELAGSE2W5: With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

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Reading: This week, students will explore words with vowel teams like: ay, ai, ee, ea, ie, and oa. (Think, “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”) We will spend two weeks on this spelling list! It will be assessed NEXT Friday, September 20th! The reading focus will again be on characters in a story and how they respond to major events and challenges. Students will also investigate the strategy of using context clues to find the meaning of unknown words.

Students will:

ELA2RF3b: Identify and decode sounds and words for common vowel teams. ELAGSE2RL3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

ELAGSE2L4,5: Use sentence level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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Math: Students will continue working with place value and representing numbers in different ways. Continue to practice math fact strategies at home as well.

Students will:

MGSE2NBT1: Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.

MGSE2NBT3: Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

Examples:

  • Base-ten numerals: 637 (standard form)
  • Number names: six hundred thirty-seven (word form)
  • Expanded form: 600 + 30 + 7 (expanded form) **When students say the expanded form, it may sound like this: “6 hundreds plus 3 tens plus 7 ones” OR 600 plus 30 plus 7.”

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Science Inquiry: As the first Unit of Inquiry comes to a close, students will reflect upon their learning and will apply their knowledge to support the Central Idea: Changing physical properties may affect classification.

Students will:

S2P1a&b: Describe and classify different objects according to their physical properties AND construct an explanation for how structures made from small pieces can be disassembled and then rearranged to make new and different structures.

S2P1c: Explain how some changes in matter caused by heating and cooling can be reversed while others are irreversible.


Important Information

Media Center Checkout:  Students should bring ALL Media Center books to school on Thursday to return/renew.

Publix Math Night: This Thursday 5-7 pm at the Publix in Vinings! I will be there to help you solve 2nd grade math problems 5-5:30!

Classwork/Assessments: Students should only take home practice work/graded assessments. Any assessment or classwork for a grade should NOT be brought home until it is graded. We are excited to evaluate students demonstrating 2nd grade skills independently in class. Thank you for supporting students at home with examples in interactive notebooks and math workbooks.

Progress Reports: Progress Reports will be sent home to students receiving a 1 (Limited Progress) in any academic 2nd grade standard on the 1st quarter report card or an N for behavior. Contact me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 3

Here is what we are working on in 2nd grade:

Writing: As we continue to learn the parts that make up Narrative Writing, our focus will be on using temporal words to sequence events and writing a strong closing.

Students will:

ELAGSE2L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Reading: This week, we will work with classifying words with short and long vowels and then applying the rules as we read and write. Our reading focus will be on characters in a story and how they respond to major events and challenges.

Students will:

ELAGSE2RF3a&b: Identify when a vowel is short or long when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.

ELAGSE2RL3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

ELAGSE2RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. (End of the year goal is DRA Level 28M.)

The students will be assessed on their word lists every Friday. Word Work activities completed in class to practice can be taken home to further complete/review. The students did AMAZING on the spelling assessment last week! Keep it up!

Math: We have begun an inquiry into the classification of numbers using place value. Students will explore the different ways to represent numbers and will develop the understanding that the value of the digit depends upon its place in a number. We will also explore the difference between PLACE and VALUE, as we apply knowledge of the base-ten system.

Students will:

MGSE2.NBT.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.

MGSE2.NBT.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

Examples:

  • Base-ten numerals: 637 (standard form)
  • Number names: six hundred thirty-seven (word form)
  • Expanded form: 600 + 30 + 7 (expanded form) **When students say the expanded form, it may sound like this: “6 hundreds plus 3 tens plus 7 ones” OR 600 plus 30 plus 7.”

Students can practice this skill at home with math workbooks anytime! Continue to practice and review math facts 1-20 as well.

Science Inquiry: We continue with the Central Idea: Changing physical properties may affect classification, as we explore changes in matter.

Students will:

S2P1a&b: Describe and classify different objects according to their physical properties AND construct an explanation for how structures made from small pieces can be disassembled and then rearranged to make new and different structures.

S2P1c: Explain how some changes in matter caused by heating and cooling can be reversed while others are irreversible.

Tomorrow, our class will explore changes in matter with a Pop Rocks experiment!

On Friday, students will complete a building challenge! Students are encouraged to bring in any building toys/supplies. I have extra building supplies at school if students do not have any.

Back to Football Friday: This Friday in Specials, students will participate in football activities! Students may wear a shirt related to the NFL/College football or regular Friday standard attire shirt. Please sign up here to volunteer: https://signup.com/go/fuaUnqQ

 

Building Activities Next Week

Next week, our class will learn about how small parts make up one object of matter. On Tuesday, students can bring in building blocks/toys (Lego, Kinnects, Blocks, Lincoln Logs, etc.) to share and use for a building activity! Students can share building supplies on Tuesday and use the supplies for a building activity on Friday. I have some extra building supplies in class for students to borrow as well.

Frozen Friday

 

This year, fifth grade will be selling Frozen Friday passes, which help support their overnight field trip to Space Camp. Students who purchase a Frozen Friday pass will receive a fruit-based frozen treat each Friday. Please visit www.teasleypta.com to order a yearly or quarterly pass by Friday, August 30th. The first Frozen Friday will be served on September 6th.

Week of Monday, August 26

Here is what we are working on in 2nd grade: 

Writing: We continue to explore Narrative Writing, as we work through the writing process to pre-write, draft, revise and edit, publish, and share! We have exploring the characteristics of Narrative Writing, and our focus will be on writing an introduction to “hook” or “lead” the reader. Students will:

ELAGSE2L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Students should keep writing notebooks/binders at school in order to keep track of all writing resources and pieces all year!

Reading: As we continue daily independent practice to build stamina and increase fluency, we will concentrate on how a reader uses the pictures to understand the characters, setting, or plot in the story. Students will:

ELAGSE2RL1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

ELAGSE2RL7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

ELAGSE2RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. (End of the year goal is DRA Level 28M.)

Students should have at least one Media Center book with them at school every day! We will visit the Media Center as a class every other week to check out or renew books. In addition, students may check out books before 7:50 am and during Recess.

Math: We have begun an exploration into the base ten system. We are investigating representing numbers with base ten blocks and understanding that there are different ways of showing the same number (efficient and inefficient). 

Students will:

MGSE2.NBT.1: Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; and understand that 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens, called a “hundred.”

Students should continue to review mental adding and subtracting skills with facts 1-20 at home! We will begin tracking our fact mastery in class very soon!

Science Inquiry: We continue to explore matter and the Key Concepts of FormCausation, and Change, as we develop the Central Idea, “Changing physical properties may affect classification.” Our inquiry learning will include some awesome hands-on activities, as we develop understanding of the changing states of matter.

Students will: 

S2P1: Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the properties of matter & changes that occur in objects.

  1. Describe & classify different objects according to their physical properties.
  2. Explain how structures made from small pieces can be disassembled & then rearranged to make new/different structures 
  3. Observe & construct an explanation that some changes in matter caused by heating & cooling can be reversed & some cannot.

Words of the Week (Spelling) Update: We have decided, as a 2nd grade team, to differentiate our spelling this year. This means that students will be given a spelling list that fits their individual needs.

Students will be given a word card to be glued in agendas that will have either list A or list B highlighted. These are the words that your child will be practicing in class for their assessment. All students will practice the words in the BOTH list. One week, your child may be on list A and the next week they may be on the list B depending on their prior knowledge of the weekly skill. The skill is the same for both lists but the rigor of the words is differentiated.  At the end of the week (Friday), the students will take an assessment on the words. They will be expected to spell their words, spell words with the same patterns, identify and fix incorrectly spelled words, identify correctly spelled words, and use the words correctly in a sentence.

Please let me know if you have any questions about our spelling system or your child’s words.

Field Trip: On Tuesday, our class will go on a field trip to the Fire Safety Village! Students should wear standard attire clothes that allows them to participate in a variety of movements activities, we recommend PE attire. Since we do not have class t-shirts yet, students may wear a collared standard attire shirt or a Teasley t-shirt. If students are bringing lunch from home, it must be completely disposable. It will be a wonderful day learning about safety!

Media Center Checkout: Our class will visit the Media Center this Friday to check out and renew books!

Science Inquiry Donations:  Thank you to the families who have offered to donate supplies for our upcoming experiments!

Target Days Switching This Week: Due to the field trip on Tuesday, the Target students in our class will go to Mrs. Blaylock on Wednesday this week only.

Early Release: This Wednesday, August 28 at 12:30 pm!

PTA Meeting/Ice Cream Social/IB Info Night: This Thursday at 6:15 in the Cafe!

Absent Notes

If your student is absent, please send in a handwritten note to school or an email to teasleynotes@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 20

Changes in Transportation: If you need to change your student’s transportation, please send in a clear handwritten note with specific dates or days of the week. Changes in transportation can only be accepted in handwritten notes. We want to make sure all students and teachers are aware of daily transportation. Thank you!

Matter Museum: We are accepting Matter Museum (solids, liquids, and gases) donations through Friday! We have had some great sharing yesterday and today!

Monday, August 19

This week…

Writing: We will continue to classify sentences, as our focus turns to applying the rules of capitalization and punctuation when writing. We will explore the characteristics of Narrative Writing, and we will begin the process of planning and pre-writing. Students will:

ELAGSE2L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE2W3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

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Reading: This week, we will focus on asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in text. We will continue daily independent practice to build stamina and increase fluency. Please remember that students should always have at least one Media Center book at school every day! Students will:

ELAGSE2RL1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

ELAGSE2RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. (End of the year goal is DRA Level 28M.)

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Math: We will continue to practice and apply strategies for addition and subtraction within 20: making a ten; doubles; doubles plus 1; and using a number line. In addition, we will review and practice fact families and skip counting. At home, students can review these adding strategies as they become fluent and automatic with facts 1-20. Students will:

MGSE2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.  By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

MGSE2.NBT.2 Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

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Science Inquiry: We have begun the year with the Transdisciplinary Theme How the World Works: an inquiry into the natural world and its laws. In this unit students will develop an understanding of the Central Idea: Changing physical properties may affect classification. The Key Concepts that go along with this unit are Form, Causation, and Change.

 

This week, we will explore the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) with a Matter Walk and our Matter Museum. We will sort and classify objects using their physical properties, and we will inquire into how these properties may change. Students will:

S2P1. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the properties of matter & changes that occur in objects. a. Describe & classify different objects according to their physical properties.

Important Information:

Student Numbers: Students use their school ID numbers (written in front of agendas) for the Cafe, Media Center, and logging on computers at school. Thank you for supporting your student in memorizing this number!

Fire Safety Forms: Thank you for sending in permission slips, student waivers, and student homework for the Fire Safety Village! These are all required for our field trip next Tuesday!

Papers Sent Home: On Monday’s, I try to send home classwork with grades and/or feedback. This week, the papers will go home on Tuesday instead. 2nd Grade follows the 3-2-1 grading scale like 1st Grade. The 2nd Grade Report Card Rubric for individual standards will be listed on most assessments as well.

Math Workbooks: Today, students received the 2nd Grade Math Workbook Volume 1. These can stay at home for students to practice math skills and extend their learning at home.

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