Important Dates and Headlines:
9/2 – LABOR DAY- NO SCHOOL!
9/4-6 – Specials schedule change due to testing in 1st & 3rd grades
9/9 – FACT Clubs begin
9/9-12 – Specials schedule change due to testing in 3rd, 4th, 5th grades
9/12 – 18 BOOK FAIR
9/12 – Concert on the Green!
9/14 – East Cobber Parade
9/23- 27 – FALL BREAK! NO SCHOOL!
The surprises just keep coming!! Thank you to everyone for the class wish list contributions of jump ropes, chalk, playground balls, ball chairs, wobble stools, candies, hand sanitizers, classroom books, paper goods, gift cards, etc.!! We will put all of your generous gifts to good use throughout the year!!
Today, we practiced logging in to RAZ-Kids and Moby Max. Login information was sent home. Please encourage your child to use these awesome resources at home often!
Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, 9/4. Please order online if you are interested. Books will be delivered to school and sent home with your child. They have tons of titles (not just what’s on the flyer), and I always earn a lot of books when families order. It’s a win-win! go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. My class code is NN2RH.
The Fair at Mt. Bethel will begin on September 9. This is another way to get great books and help the school at the same time!
This week we started introducing our manipulatives for OG math, and have been working on fact fluency strategies. If your child is not fluent in math facts, please spend a few minutes a day to reinforce these skills through game play to make it fun and engaging. Card games, dice games, are great ways to practice. There are many ipad apps too. Moby Max is a fantastic resource!!
We’ve been spending a lot of time on practicing habits of what good readers do to grow. We will continue to employ these habits as we begin to become more cognizant and interactive with our text. Help at home by talking with your child about their books, asking them to retell, explain the problem, how a character is changing or reacting to a problem, etc. Let them read to you their favorite parts or parts that gave them big feelings!
We’ve been hard at work planning our first full blown personal narrative using a story map strategy, This group has a lot to tell. I can’t wait to see how the stories develop! We will add craft moves and revise as we go!
We are wrapping up our study of the three levels of government (city, state, and nation).
This week we launched our science unit by dispelling misconceptions of what a scientist is and what a scientist does. With a little help from Ada Twist, Scientist and some research, we changed our minds’ pictures from crazy, wild haired, lab coat & glasses wearing people mixing chemicals in labs to scientists working in all sorts of environments asking and answering questions about all sorts of things. In second grade, we are ALL scientists!!
Information on the MBES Science Fair went home earlier this week. Encourage your aspiring scientists to sign up and show their creativity and expertise in this non-judged event. It’s a night of fun and exploration all in the name of Science!
For project ideas, check out:
Science Buddies: http://www.sciencebuddies.org
Science Fair Guide: http://www.science-fair-guide.com/Default.asp
Registration form, complete rules and other information can be found at on the MBES Foundation Website
THANKS AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!!