Monday, March 16

Good morning, 2nd graders!

I miss you all and cannot wait to see the writing brainstorming, reading responses, and shape hunt you share on Seesaw today!

Students must be logged into their student account on Seesaw. Student logins were handed out on Friday in class and in student bags placed outside the school building. If you need the student login for Seesaw, email me and I will send it to you.

Every day, students will have reading, writing, and math activities on Seesaw. Also, I shared some optional/extension activities such as choice boards and science/inquiry. These are not required, just fun opportunities for students to extend their learning if they finish the daily activities early.

Right now, Class Dojo is having technical difficulties. Please email me or message me on Seesaw.

Thank you for your feedback and patience as this is new to all of us! #teamteasley

Digital Learning on Monday, March 16

Beginning Monday, March 16 and throughout the remainder of this time outside of school, we will teach and learn through Digital Learning! I am confident that this will be a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone- teachers, parents, and students alike. I want to make this experience as easy, efficient, and engaging as possible. However, please work with me as best you can while we navigate how to help your students succeed. This is new for all of us.

If your student was absent today: I placed a bag with their name on it outside the front entrance of the school building. The bags contain notebook paper, spelling words and activities, Seesaw student login, and Dreambox (new math website) login information.

Seesaw: 2nd Grade at Teasley will mostly use Seesaw to share learning activities, videos, and feedback. Today, students received papers with their student login for Seesaw. This is different than the parent login. The student login allows students to view and submit learning activities and assignments. Other helpful resources include the Cobb Digital Library and Clever, both found on the Cobb County website (cobbk12.org).

Digital Learning Activities: Every school day, learning activities in reading, writing and math for the day will be found on Seesaw by 9:00 am. We will integrate inquiry into those subject areas. Students should follow directions via the assignments on Seesaw to complete and/or uploads activities/assignments. The daily learning activities should take students about one hour total to complete independently. Some students may take longer and others will finish in less than one hour. Similar to the classroom, students who finish early can read, free write, practice math skills, or work on any academics with other online resources from the class blog, Cobb Digital Library, and Clever.

Mrs. Swanson’s Office Hours: My office hours will be 9:00 am – 10:30 am daily. I am happy to answer any questions or help students with their activities. Feel free to reach out to me via email, Class Dojo, or Seesaw. I will give feedback on Seesaw to submitted assignments. Students are also welcome to send me videos or messages with any other academic activities they have completed this week.

Dreambox: In addition to the student Seesaw login, students received information for DreamBox. Dreambox is a math website through Cobb County that can be found on Clever.

Cobb Digital Library: 

  1. www.cobbk12.org
  2. Select “Parents”
  3. Select “Cobb Digital Library”
  4. Select “Mackinvia”
  5. Login using lunch/students # and password.
  6. Check out many databases such as Tumble Books and Pebble Go.

Clever:

  1. www.clever.com/in/cobb
  2. Select “Active Directory”
  3. Username is firstname.lastname
  4. Password is student’s personal password
  5. Select many programs such as Brain Pop Jr., Seesaw, Studies Weekly, and Dreambox

I look forward to teaching your students and working with them this week through Digital Learning! Continue to stay tuned to updates from Cobb County School District.

Monday, March 9

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

Writing: Students will apply learning by writing an opinion/persuasive piece which highlights one of the historical figures from Georgia. Students will state an opinion and give supporting reasons to answer the question, “Who was a strong leader from Georgia who made positive changes in our world?”

Standards:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Reading: This week’s activities include a review of previously learned reading skills from the past nine weeks, along with a review of words with the vowel teams, au/aw, ou/ow, oo/ew, oi/oy. We will also be checking on fluency and comprehension skills for reading levels this week.

Standards:

ELA2RL1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

ELA2RL2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

ELA2RL6: Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

ELA2RL9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures.

ELA2RF3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

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Science Inquiry: Students will continue exploring the central idea of, “Positions on Earth determine observable sky patterns.” In addition to understanding the predictable patterns of the Sun and Earth, students will describe, illustrate, and predict how the appearance of the moon changes over time. Students can use this website to check the nightly moon phases: https://www.moongiant.com/phase/today/

Standards:

S2E2: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to develop an understanding of the patterns of the Sun and the moon and the sun’s effect on Earth. 

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Math: Students will show their understanding of the value of coins and a dollar bill, by using strategies to solve word problems with money. Example: Sandra went to the store and received 76¢ in change. What are three different sets of coins she could have received? Fact Fluency will be evaluated this week as well.

Standards:

M2MD8: Solveword problemsinvolving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.

Important Information:

Picture Day: This Thursday, March 12 is Picture Day! Everyone will be in the class picture. If you want to purchase individual pictures or the class picture, please send in the form and payment on Thursday. Students will keep in their backpacks until we go to the Media Center to take the picture.

Report Cards: Report Cards for Quarter 3 will be on ParentVue next Friday, March 20. Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, March 2

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

Writing: This week, students will apply learning to write opinion/persuasive pieces about favorite books they have read.

Standards:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Reading: Students will continue to work with the points of view of different characters in stories, as well as shades of meaning among closely related verbs and adverbs.

Spelling words for the week include silent letter combinations: wreck, wrap, debt, doubt, lamb, dumb, thumb, knew, knife, knot, write, knee, half, knock, gnat. Spelling words are assessed this Friday.

Standards:

RL6: Determine the differences in the points of view of characters including different voices for each character.

L5b: Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss/throw/hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin/slender/skinny). 

RF3e: Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (silent letter combinations).

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Science Inquiry: Students will continue to explore the central idea of, “Positions on Earth determine observable sky patterns.” In addition to using text, videos, and other classroom resources, discovery will occur during hands-on activities. Students will have opportunities to predict, observe, conclude, and formulate further wonderings!

Standards:

S2E1: Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about stars having different sizes & brightness.

S2E2: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to develop an understanding of the patterns of the Sun and the moon and the sun’s effect on Earth. 

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Math: Students will continue to explore money and the relationships between the values of a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar bill. Students will count coins and understand the connection to skip-counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. Students will use strategies to solve word problems with money. We will end this unit this Friday.

Standards:

M2MD8: Solveword problemsinvolving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?

Important Information:

Class Wish List: Sheet protectors, construction paper, colored copy paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray.

Book Fair: The Book Fair is here all week! Students can shop before and during school! Our class will do some shopping and wish list creating on Wednesday morning.

Specials Night: Join your amazing students to see the incredible activities they do in Specials this Thursday 6:30-8:30

Breakfast with Buddies: We are excited to announce our first annual Breakfast with Buddies! Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual morning eating donuts with your child.  This event will take place the morning of Friday, March 20th from 7:20-7:50 in your student’s classroom.  Maximum of 2 grownups per student.

Monday, February 24

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

Writing: This week, students will combine learning about dental hygiene and persuasive writing. Students will compare/contrast proper and improper dental hygiene care and will write an opinion piece to state an opinion, supply reasons, and provide a conclusion.

Standards:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

HE2.1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. 


Reading: Students will work with the key concept of Perspective through various stories read aloud and independently. Students will consider the points of view of different characters in stories. Students will also distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs and adverbs.

Spelling words for the week include silent letter combinations: wreck, wrap, debt, doubt, lamb, dumb, thumb, knew, knife, knot, write, knee, half, knock, gnat.

Standards:

RL6: Determine the differences in the points of view of characters including different voices for each character.

L5b: Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss/throw/hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin/slender/skinny). 

RF3e: Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (silent letter combinations).

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Science Inquiry: This week, students will begin with a provocation into our new Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time. In this unit, students will work with the key concepts of Perspective, Change, and Causation and will explore the central idea of, “Positions on Earth determine observable sky patterns.” We are excited to incorporate into this unit our learning experiences from our visits to the Tellus Museum and the Star Lab.

Standards:

S2E1: Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about stars having different sizes & brightness.

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Math: Students will continue to explore money and the relationships between the values of a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar bill. Students will count coins and understand the connection to skip-counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. Students will use strategies like “hairy money” and number bonds to count sets of coins. Students will begin to explore creating different sets of coins to represent the same value.

Each “hair” represents 5 cents. Students count hairs to show the value of the coin. Count by 5’s for the silver coins, then STOP and count by 1’s for the pennies.

 

 

Standards:

M2MD8: Solveword problemsinvolving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?

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Important Information:

Class Wish List: sheet protectors, glue sticks, colored copy paper, and construction paper

Read Across America Day: This Friday is Read Across America Day! Students can dress up as their favorite book character! 2nd grade is dressing up as crayons from, The Day the Crayons Quit. I will provide hats for students to decorate if they want to! Students can dress up as their favorite color crayon on Friday. Also, students may dress up as their favorite book character or wear normal Friday standard attire.

 

Monday, February 10

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

Writing: Students will continue to explore persuasive writing by providing reasons and examples to support their opinions.

Learning Targets:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Reading: This week, students will work with fairy tales and will compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story. Students will consider the characters, setting, problem, and solution to find similarities and differences in the two stories. The spelling patterns this week will be “ough” and “augh”.

Learning Targets:

ELA2RL9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors from different cultures.

ELA2RF3e: Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (silent letter combinations).

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Math: This week, students will begin an inquiry into money. Students will discover the relationships between the values of a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar bill. Students will count coins and understand the connection to skip-counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. Students will begin to explore creating different sets of coins to represent the same value.

Example:

Sandra went to the store and received 16¢ in change. What are three different sets of coins she could have received?

Learning Target:

M2MD8: Solveword problemsinvolving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.

We are also reviewing math fact fluency 1-20 this week.

Social Studies Inquiry: Students will continue with inquiry into our government and the current elected officials in office today: President, Governor, Mayor. Students will further develop the Key Concepts (Function, Responsibility, Change), as they reflect on how strong leaders affect change.

Learning Target:

SS2CG2: Identify the following elected official of the executive branch and where they work: President (leader of our nation) and Washington, D.C. – White House;

Governor (leader of our state) and Atlanta, GA – State Capitol Building; and Mayor (leader of a city) and city hall.

Important Information:

Valentine’s Exchange: If your student would like to participate in the exchange this Friday, they should bring a valentine for every student in our class. A list of student names was sent home last week. Students can also bring in their own Valentine’s box or create one with bags provided at school.

Pajama Day for $1: This Friday, we will have  Pajama Day Fundraiser for $1! The proceeds benefits a local nonprofit that supports families and children in need in Cobb County.

Read Across America Day: On Friday, February 28th, Teasley will celebrate Read Across America Day! Stay tuned for more information on the 2nd grade book character costume!

Class Wish List: Sheet protectors, construction paper, and colored copy paper

Breakfast with Buddies: 

Parents/Guardians of Teasley K-2nd Graders, 

We are excited to announce our first annual Breakfast with Buddies! Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual morning eating donuts with your child.  This event will take place the morning of Friday, March 20th from 7:20-7:50 in your student’s classroom.  Maximum of 2 grownups per student.

 

Monday, February 3

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

Writing: This week, students will focus on the craft of persuasive writing. Students will practice writing persuasive statements and developing reasons to support their opinions.

Learning Targets:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Reading: Students will continue with fables and folktales and will apply their learning by comparing and contrasting two or more versions of the same story by different authors from different cultures. In addition, students will explore using adverbs to describe verbs, adjective and other adverbs. The spelling patterns this week will be “ough” and “augh”.

Learning Targets:

ELA2RL2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures and determine central message, lesson, or moral.

ELA2RL9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors from different cultures.

ELA2L1: Uses and identifies adjectives and adverbs and chooses between them depending on what it to be modified.

ELA2RF3e: Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (silent letter combinations).

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Math: Students will continue to explore addition and subtraction to include two three-digit numbers. Students will use strategies to solve equations with and without regrouping. Students will continue to practice and apply mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction facts.

Learning Target:

M2NBT7: Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method.

M2OA2: Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

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Social Studies Inquiry: Students will continue with the Transdisciplinary Theme, “How We Organize Ourselves” and will shift focus from historical leaders to the government leaders in office today. Students will develop the Key Concepts of Function and Responsibility as they identify the elected officials of the executive branch and where they work: President, Governor, Mayor.

Learning Target:

SS2CG2: Identify the following elected official of the executive branch and where they work: President (leader of our nation) and Washington, D.C. – White House;

Governor (leader of our state) and Atlanta, GA – State Capitol Building; and Mayor (leader of a city) and city hall.

Important Information:

Progress Reports: Next Wednesday, progress reports will go home to students who are currently demonstrating limited progress (1) on any report card standard for this quarter. We are checking in on reading levels and math fact fluency as well.

Class Wish List: Colored copy paper and sheet protectors

Valentine’s Day Exchange: Today, students received a paper with names of classmates if they choose to participate in the Valentine’s Day Exchange next Friday! Themed activities will be incorporated into our subject areas on that day as well.

Pajama Day: Valentine’s Day is also a Pajama Day for $1 fundraiser!

Compliment Party

Our class earned a Compliment Party for earning all 10 snowballs on our rewards chart for good behavior! Tomorrow, we will have our own Free Frozen Friday! I will provide chocolate, vanilla, and fruity popsicles in order for all students to participate. If students are passionate about bringing their own type of frozen treat or toppings, they are welcome to! Any absent students will receive their frozen treat on Monday.

Monday, January 27

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

Writing: This week, students will use checklists and/or rubrics to revise and edit their opinion pieces. Students will also explore the attributes of persuasive writing and the differences between persuasive and opinion writing.

Learning Targets:

ELA2W3: Write opinion pieces in which a topic is introduced, an opinion is stated, reasons are supplied to support, linking words are used to connect opinions and reasons, and a conclusion statement or section is provided.

ELA2W5: Focuses on a topic and strengthens writing as needed by revising and editing with guidance from adults and peers.

ELA2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Reading: In addition to reading informational text for inquiry learning, students will explore fiction in the form of fables and folktales. Students will also work to define, sort, and apply verbs and adverbs in text.

Learning Targets:

ELARI1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

ELA2RL2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures and determine central message, lesson, or moral.

ELA2L1: Uses and identifies adjectives and adverbs and chooses between them depending on what it to be modified.

ELA2RF3b: Decode and spell r-controlled words.

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Math: Students will continue to explore addition and subtraction to include two three-digit numbers. Students will use strategies to solve equations with and without regrouping (base ten blocks, number discs, expanded form, and number lines). Students will continue to practice and apply mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction facts.

Learning Target:

M2NBT7: Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method.

M2OA2: Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

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Social Studies Inquiry: Exploration of historical figures in Georgia’s history will continue with inquiry into the life and contributions of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. This week, students will practice the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to ask questions which deepen comprehension and stimulate new thinking about a topic. Students will further develop the central idea of, “Strong leaders affect change.”

Learning Targets:

SS2H1: Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history.

SS2G2: Describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS2H1.

 

Important Information

Parents’ Night Out: Parents, you deserve a Friday night out! Leave the childcare to the Teasley Staff where your kids will enjoy a pizza dinner and a fun-filled night of games, arts & crafts, a glow party, and more! The event will take place on Friday, January 31st  from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The cost is $25 per student and is for Teasley K-5 students only. Space is limited, so please register before January 28th  by visiting www.teasleypta.com/5thgrade. Additional pizza, snacks, drinks, and glow items will be available for purchase. All items will be sold for $1.00 – $2.00 each. We hope to see you there!

Six Flags Read to Succeed: On Friday, students received a yellow handout with a class code for Six Flags Read to Succeed! This year, students have the opportunity to log in minutes read online! This fun opportunity is not mandatory. More information can be found online with the link from the handout.

Class Wish List: sheet protectors and colored copy paper

Parents’ Night Out

 

Parents, you deserve a Friday night out! Leave the childcare to the Teasley Staff where your kids will enjoy a pizza dinner and a fun-filled night of games, arts & crafts, a glow party, and more! The event will take place on Friday, January 31st  from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The cost is $25 per student and is for Teasley K-5 students only. Space is limited, so please register before January 28th  by visiting www.teasleypta.com/5thgrade. Additional pizza, snacks, drinks, and glow items will be available for purchase. All items will be sold for $1.00 – $2.00 each. We hope to see you there!

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