Mrs. Fore's 2nd Grade

Teasley Elementary School

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Class Updates

I hope everyone is having a relaxing and safe Labor Day Weekend! Remember, there is no school on Monday. Several parents have had questions about extra work, so I wanted to make sure to address this with everyone. This year, Teasley has become a “Homework Free” school. There will be no work sent home for students. Instead, it is our hope that families will enjoy this time together and have experiences which will enrich their lives and increase opportunities for learning  There are so many wonderful things to learn outside of the classroom!

To address the questions about students who may need additional practice, there are many things parents can do to support learning at home. First of all, ASK QUESTIONS! Ask your child to tell you about his/her learning. Be specific! Here are some ideas:

“What are three words you used during (math, science, social studies, inquiry) today?”

“What are you working on as a (reader or writer)?”

“What connections did you make today?”

Equally important, is providing an opportunity for AT LEAST 20-30 MINUTES OF READING EACH DAY! This can be achieved by reading alone; reading to or listening to someone; reading with a book on CD; or reading online (don’t forget Raz-Kids). https://www.raz-kids.com/  Just read!

Of course, if there are areas of concern, it is important that we keep the parent/teacher lines of communication open. I am happy to respond to emails, schedule a conference, or call to discuss your child. Our first formal conference is scheduled for the week of October 15-19, but we can talk before then, if needed!

Finally, I have added two links to my blogroll. There is a Parent Guide from the National PTA which gives an overview of what your child will learn in 2nd grade this year. Also, there is a link for websites that your child can use at home for extra practice. Have fun!!

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Week of 8/27

Here is what’s happening around Teasley!

DON’T FORGET! WEDNESDAY IS AN EARLY RELEASE DAY!

STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED 2 HOURS EARLY.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN WRITING, IF YOUR CHILD’S DISMISSAL PLAN WILL BE DIFFERENT THAT DAY.

 

 

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August 20-24

Smile! School Picture Day is Monday, 8/20. Pictures for the yearbook will be taken, so please be sure your child is at school, on time, and dressed in Standard School Attire! Thank you!

Here is what we are learning this week in 2nd grade!

Writing: We are working on writing a personal narrative. To meet this standard, students are expected to write to 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. Last week, students began working on a piece titled, “The Balloon Experience,” in which they tell about our inquiry lesson into the states of matter. (Ask your child to tell you about it!)

Reading: We have been working on building stamina during independent reading time. This week, we will begin working on finding the main event and supporting details in the fictional and informational text we read. We will explore informational text to learn more about the questions we have about matter.

Math: In number talks, we will review making 10 on a 10 frame. During our math workshop, we will work on representing numbers using base-ten blocks. To meet the standard, students should be able to read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

Unit of Inquiry: We will continue with the theme of “How the World Works” and the idea that “changing physical properties may affect classification.”

Remember, we are a NO HOMEWORK school.

We strongly encourage daily reading of at least 20 minutes!

 

 

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This week, we continued with rituals, routines, and expectations. Each classmate signed the “Classroom Agreements” chart, which will be posted in our room the entire  year. It serves as a reminder of what we think is important for creating an environment conducive to learning. By now, you should have heard about some of the incentives we have in place to reward positive behaviors. The Smart Jar, Skittles, Tiger Paws, and the Chair of Honor, are just a few! In addition, we will incorporate the IB Learner Profile Traits as we strive to be learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Thank you for talking with your child about the importance of following the Classroom Agreements so that each student has an opportunity to learn and succeed in our classroom!

Don't Forget Clip Art GooglePicture Day is Monday, August 12th. Students should wear Standard School Attire. Please do not send the order forms or payment until that day!

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We had a fabulous first week in 2nd grade! We have been working on rituals and routines. We have also been learning a lot about each other and how to work as a family. As a class, we developed our “Essential Agreements.” These are the items we agreed would help make our class the best it can be! Now we are ready to get to work!

    

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Welcome Back!

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 1st.

School begins at 7:50.

I can’ wait to see you there!

 

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