Month: August 2019

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.

Thursday, August 15

Words of the Week: Tomorrow, we will have our first assessment of our Words of the Week! Students will spell and sort words (in agendas every week) based on patterns they notice in class. Students have spent time in the Word Work Center this week practicing as well and should not have to practice at home unless their families wish to.

Fire Safety Forms: Please complete all Fire Safety forms for our upcoming Field Trip!

Wednesday, August 14

Media Center Books: Today, students attended Media Center Orientation and checked out books! These books may be read at school and at home. At least one of the books must be brought back to school every day for independent reading time.

 

TARGET Information Meeting

When: 8:00 – 8:45 am on August 19

Location: Teasley Media Center

Parents, if you have questions regarding Gifted Eligibility in Cobb County, please join us for this informational meeting. We will review the process and qualifications for elementary grades gifted eligibility.

Monday, August 12

This week, we are:

Writing: We will begin our Writing Workshop with an inquiry into the types of sentences. Students will make observations about the three types of sentences (Asking, Telling, Exclamatory) and will begin practicing sorting, as well as creating each type. This inquiry activity will help guide us into our unit on Narrative Writing.

Reading: We have begun Reading Workshop by practicing independent reading to build stamina. In addition, we will inquire into strategies to increase fluency and comprehension. This week, students will practice asking and answering questions stories related with IB concepts and Learner Profiles such as Caring and Open-Minded.

Math: We have begun our inquiry into math with a review of strategies for addition and subtraction to 20. These include making a ten, doubles, doubles plus 1, and using a number line. This is a great jump start to students working on mastering their addition and subtraction facts 1-20!

Science Inquiry: We have begun the year with the Transdisciplinary Theme “How the World Works: an inquiry into the natural world and its laws”. Students will develop an understanding of the Central Idea, “Changing physical properties may affect classification”. Students will also explore Key Concepts such as form, causation, and change. At the end of this week, students will move into classifying the states of matter based on physical properties.

Important Information:

Class Wish List: Band-aids

Fire Safety Village Forms: The Fire Safety Village requires all students to complete the homework sheet and student waiver. Please complete and return these two forms as soon as possible! The student waiver is mandatory for students to attend the Fire Safety Village.

Class Instagram: @SecondwithSwanson

Monday, August 5

This week, we are:

Reading: introducing Reading Workshop, classifying genres of books, and building reading stamina. Students received a set of review words from 1st grade to practice phonics, reading, and spelling skills (grab, club, spun, flag, trip, skin, spent, sunk, grand, lamp, rift, blend, west, help). These words are glued or written in agendas, based on student preference. We will take a practice assessment on Friday. Students will practice in class but are welcome to use resources from the blog as well.

Writing: introducing Writing Workshop as well as writing narrative, opinion, and informational on-demand pieces to review skills from 1st grade.

Math: introducing Math Workshop and reviewing skills from 1st grade.

IB Unit: introducing classifying throughout the subject areas and with community-building activities.

Important information:

Forms in Cobb Folder: please return completed Clinic Card and Receipt of Parent Information.

Beginning of Year Letter: I am enjoying the letters so far from parents all about their student! Feel free to write, email, or Dojo Message me a letter with any wonderful information about your student.

Field Trip Permission Form: This week, we will send home a permission form for the field trip to the Fire Safety Village on Tuesday, August 27th! Please complete form and return as soon as possible! There is no payment required for this field trip.

Birthday Treats: Teasley will allow birthday treats beginning on Monday, August 12. Please prearrange with me. Teasley permits individualized packaged treats to be passed out at recess or lunch.

Class Dojo Points: Today, students demonstrated incredible behavior and leadership! The daily goal for Class Dojo points is 5, resulting in a weekly goal of 25 points. Students will track their daily and weekly Dojo Points in agendas. If a student receives at least 25 points in a week, they will be eligible to select a Class Coupon on Monday morning!

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