Mrs. Campisi's Second Grade Class

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November 9, 2018: Newsletter

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Congratulations to Melinda Selvaraj and Andy Perkins for being awesome Star Students last week and this week! We loved learning about them:) Happy Birthday wishes go to Sam Drake!  Thank you so much to the kind volunteers who provided donations and time for our Harvest Centers, Fall Festival, Box Tops, and Canned Food Drive…our class appreciates you!
Upcoming Events:

November 14:  Ford’s Friends and Family Thanksgiving Feast: 10:35-11:20.

November 19-24: Thanksgiving holidays: No school! 🦃🦃🦃

December 17: 2nd Grade Holiday Party: 9:15-10:15

December 19:  2nd Grade Talent Show:  Gym:  8:15

What have we learned? What will we learn?
READING: For the past few weeks our focus has been reading nonfiction text and finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational stories: Who? What? When? Where? What? How? We have been noticing how authors organize nonfiction writing by main ideas and details. This will direct us in our informational writing! Please encourage your child to use our fabulous Cobb Digital Library as a resource to MANY books and databases of information. At home, simply click on the link on Ford’s web page. Your child’s username is their 365 one: [email protected] Passwords are the ones they use at school. Students should know these. This past week, students chose a topic to research. This research will be used to write an informational story. We are using CDL and our Learning Commons books!
PHONICS/SPELLING: This week’s spelling pattern focused on the “Bossy R” patterns of long a: -are, -air, and -ear.   Next week we will explore diphthongs: -oy and -oi.  Students are expected to use these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR: Now that we know what pronouns are, we have learned what reflexive pronouns are and what they modify. This week we studied root/base words and how they can be changed with prefixes and suffixes. We are using the root word and prefixes/suffixes to determine the meaning of words.
WRITING: We are learning how authors organize informational writing: with main ideas and supporting details. Students read informational books and digital resources about spiders and created an organizer to write about the information read before writing a story. Last week students chose their own topic to research! They are excited about this!
MATH: Students LOVED learning about all the ways numbers can be added and subtracted to 100 with many strategies! Now that they are comfortable with strategies, we are using them to solve one step word problems within 20 and also to 100. We are using the model drawing approach to organize our problem solving. Next week we move on to 2 step word problems: addition and subtraction. Check out a great web resource for your child to practice model drawing and problem solving. You can find it in the web link page on this blog under Math: Thinking Blocks!
SOCIAL STUDIES: We kicked off our unit studying Georgia’s native Americans: the Creek and Cherokee. Our class is loving learning about where the Creek lived in Georgia and the resources they used from Georgia’s rivers to build homes, gardens, and villages. Next week students will recreate a Creek village on a map! Next week we will also dive into the biography of the Creek chief, Tomochichi, and his role in the founding of Georgia!
STEM: After learning about Force: Pushes and Pulls, we had a great time designing in last week’s STEM challenge: designing a device that could change the speed and direction of an object! Check out your child’s “sailcar” in their Seesaw portfolio. A QR code was given at conferences and an email was sent this week to help you access Seesaw. Simply follow the directions to download the app and see all the awesome creativity and problem solving going on in our class! We also LOVED learning about pushes and pulls through creating homemade catapults and doing some “pumpkin chucking” in class. Students were introduced to centimeters and meters to measure distance.

I hope your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am SO THANKFUL for you and your wonderful children!!

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October 26, 2018: Newsletter

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Congratulations to Hailey Nadeau and Alexis Sobol for being awesome Star Students last week and this week! We loved learning about them:) Next week we look forward to learning more about Melinda Selvaraj!
A huge thank you goes to our room mom, Mrs. White, and all the parents who donated to put our Fall Festival basket together!  It is out of this world:)  We also appreciate our awesome Earth parents who gave a great lesson about the 3 Sisters Garden and seeds today.  We plan to plant our companion plants on our next sunny day.

Upcoming Events:
October 31: 2nd grade Harvest Centers (THANK YOU to all who have donated and offered to help!) and Foundation fundraising day: Wear a COSTUME to school for $2.00! Please wear school appropriate costumes: no masks or accessories, please!
November 2: Ford Bingo Night
November 6: Teacher Work Day: No school
November 14: Ford’s Friends and Family Thanksgiving Feast: 10:35-11:20. Please RSVP asap!!

What have we learned?  What will we learn?
READING: Last week we focused on reading poetry and learning about rhyme, alliteration, and regular beat. This week, our focus has been reading nonfiction text and finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational stories: Who? What? When? Where? What? How?.
PHONICS/SPELLING: This week’s spelling pattern focused on the “Bossy R” pattern of /or/. Next week we continue R-controlled vowels: /er/. Students are expected to use these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR: Now that we know what nouns are: singular, plural (as well as collective), we are learning about what PRONOUNS are. Students learned about commonly used pronouns this week. They had a great time creating their own monster and monster stories based on several monster themed children’s’ books! Students applied as many pronouns as possible within their silly stories! Next week we will learn about reflexive pronouns.
WRITING: We are reading mentor nonfiction texts and studying the way author’s set up main ideas and details that support them.  We learned all about the Cobb Digital Library and its valuable researching resources this week! We have explored these before, but now students know how to access web pages and popular databases through CDL. Next week we will write a nonfiction story about Spiders together.  After, students will make their own”hot topic” list as a premise for their research and  informational writing! I encourage families to use this approach at home through the Ford website as we do not support Google searches for research here at school. We start our research next week!
Weekly, our class has been enjoying creative writing in Daily Five. We have had a blast reading the silly tales of the season students are creating as well as sentence starting stories and friendly letters to others!
MATH: We are knee deep in addition and subtraction math strategies of 2 digit numbers to 100. Students learned four different ways to add 2-digit numbers last week. This week, students learned how to subtract 2 digit numbers using Whole-Part-Part, Hundreds Board, and Number Line. Next week we will learn about solving one and two step word problems (+/-) to 20 using learned strategies. Students are picking up on these strategies well! Because each one appeals to the learning styles of different students, students are encouraged to use the strategy that works best for them when solving problems.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We have wrapped up our study of the founder of Georgia, James Oglethorpe. We learned about his character traits and contributions to our state. Students LOVED putting together a timeline of his life. With partners, they depicted a portion of his timeline in a drawn picture and again in the form of a Lego build. We enjoyed walking through our “James Oglethorpe Timeline Museum” on Tuesday.
SCIENCE: We kicked off our unit about FORCE this week. We are concentrating on pushes and pulls. Students loved sorting pushes and pulls and exploring hands on magnet stations in class. Next week we plan to design devices that will change the speed and direction of an object in STEM! Be looking for it in your child’s Seesaw journal!
This week our class experienced 2 wonderful speakers: a nuclear pharmacist who told us all about her career and how she uses Science, Math and Technology. We learned so much about not only medications and how they are made, but also the different types of pharmacists that there are…amazing! We also learned from author, Suzanne Slade, through a Skype session.  She talked with us about the perseverance it takes to be an author and her LOVE of writing!
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Ford Fall Festival tonight!  THANK YOU so very much for supporting our school! Have a great weekend!

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October 12, 2018: Newsletter

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What a fabulous week! Congratulations to Avonlea Pounds, our star student last week and Nicole Caslavka, our star student this week.  Thanks to those parents who encouraged the PTA Reflections program. It was nice to see the students’ pride as they were recognized for their creativity!

Important reminders:
Oct. 15-19:  Conference week/Early dismissal: 12:15!  Book Fair (Students may purchase before or after school.)
Oct. 31:  Students may come to school in costume (Ford Foundation donation) for our fall harvest centers. Thanks to those of you who will sign up to help or donate! More info is coming your way thanks to our fabulous Room Mom, Mrs. White!

What have we learned?  What will we learn?
READING: Our focus has been reading text and locating context clues to determine unknown vocabulary. This is an ESSENTIAL skill to practice to grow as a reader! Now that Quarter 2 is upon us, we are DIVING into NONFICTION resources! I am encouraging all students to find great nonfiction books as they check out from the library or read from Raz Kids.
PHONICS/SPELLING: Last week we focused on long vowel E digraphs spelled -ee, -ea, and -ie. This week we focused on long I digraphs spelled -igh and -ie. Students studied, located, and worked on spelling words with this pattern. Next week we will explore the R-controlled vowel: -ar.  Students are responsible for applying all high frequency words as well as learned spelling patterns in everyday writing!
WRITING: We have wrapped up our first quarter standard of narrative writing. Quarter 2 introduces INFORMATIONAL writing.  We will use nonfiction mentor texts to guide our writing!
MATH: Last week we practiced skip counting and counting money: pennies, nickels, and dimes when given information in word problems. We then moved into learning addition strategies this week! Students have learned 3 strategies so far for adding 2 digit numbers to 100: number line, expanded addition, and part-part-whole. Next week we will introduce partial sums and using a hundreds board to add. Students have been taught that there are MANY ways to get to the correct answer in Math.  Our class is very excited about learning all the ways. Thanks for your support at home!
S.T.E.M.: What a fabulous trip to Tellus we had! Students enjoyed learning about Matter in a hands on way. Thanks to all who could come and share in that experience with us! We wrapped up our unit on Matter this week by working with a partner to explore how matter changes. Students used the Engineer Design Process to create an insulator to keep our beloved Tacky the Penguin ice cube from melting! Check out your student’s awesome collaboration and project in their Seesaw portfolio! The partner groups worked very hard!
SOCIAL STUDIES: We are starting to learn about the founder of the colony of Georgia, James Oglethorpe. We will learn how Oglethorpe’s contributions shaped the state we live in today. We are integrating our non-fiction reading as we read James Oglethorpe’s biography along with other resources and explore the timeline of his life.
Thanks for supporting our learning here at school! I look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you next week at conferences!

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Monarchs are here!

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Monarchs hatched video

Monarch release video

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Newsletter August 10, 2018

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WOW!  What a great week!  It was wonderful to see parents at Open House last night.  Thanks for taking time to come in and learn about our classroom.  Click 18.19 Open House PP to review my second grade Power Point if you missed or want to review.  Thank you for taking time to attend, and thank you for signing up for the many volunteer opportunities we have!  I am very blessed to have such a nice group of students and parents.   Thanks for sending your child to school prepared with supplies and for those families who chose a star to donate items for our classroom!  Very happy birthday wishes go to Kaleb Akridge, our first birthday student of the school year!   A few reminders:

Please turn in your class t-shirt order with $5 asap!

*  A Fall Picture Form is in your child’s red folder today.  Please fill this out if you want to order a package and send back with your child on picture day, Wednesday, August 15th.  ALL children will get a picture made for the yearbook!

What are we learning?  What will we learn?

LANGUAGE ARTS/READING:  This week we read books with cooperation and building a classroom family as the central themes.  Students were also individually assessed on comprehension and vocabulary levels.  Next week we will introduce Daily 5 CAFE Comprehension strategies:  what it means to read “Good Fit” books, check for understanding, 3 ways to read a book, using visualization to comprehend, and reviewing key details in a story (who, what, when, where, why, how).

PHONICS/SPELLING:  Next week’s patterns will include a review of initial and final consonant blends (2 and 3 letter) and digraphs:  ch, th, sh, and wh.  There will not be a spelling test next week.  Our first differentiated spelling test will be on August 23rd.

*  Spelling words will be in your child’s agenda for Unit 1 on Friday, August 16th.  Please encourage your child to find time during the week to practice their words and the spelling patterns.  Tests will be given on Thursdays along with dictation.  Check out our Spelling City website for fun ways to practice spelling words at https://www.spellingcity.com/campisiford/.

WRITING:  We have learned what great writers do and purposes for writing.  Students were asked to write a narrative with an organizer and one without an organizer as a pre-assessment to this quarter’s narrative writing.  Next week we will brainstorm small moments and start to organize ideas for writing.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Next week we will kick off the study of our state, Georgia.  We will learn about it’s geography and the five regions of Georgia:  Appalachian Plateau, Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain.  We will discuss our connections to well known places and resources within each region!

MATH:  Students were given pretests this week to determine math readiness for Quarter 1.  Next week we will be reviewing basic addition facts and strategies:  Math vocabulary, counting on, counting up, doubles and doubles plus one, and making ten.  We have been reviewing mental math strategies (decomposing numbers 1-9).  Please make sure your child practices addition and subtraction facts to 20!!!  Our standard is to apply them mentally and fluently!

SCIENCE:  Students set up their S.T.E.M. daily journals.   We discussed what S.T.E.M. is and enjoyed a cooperative S.T.E.M. project this week to work on problem solving skills with partners.  Check out how we worked together to “Save Fred” in your child’s Seesaw portfolio!

HEALTH:  We explored healthy vs. unhealthy food choices last week.  Please be aware that we have a “Peanut Safe” room!  Please refrain from sending in snacks with peanuts in them.

Have a super weekend!

 

 

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August 3, 2018: A GREAT FIRST WEEK!!

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 What a wonderful first week we had in second grade!  Our class is a VERY SWEET and hard working one.  I am so proud of all my students for making it through a great week of routines, meeting new friends and teachers, and getting acclimated to new expectations (and familiar ones):).  Please give your child a hug for being great listeners and friends to others this week!

Parents, please join me on Thursday, August 9th from 6-8 for Ford’s Open House.  We will discuss 2nd grade procedures and expectations and take a look at our curriculum together.  I look forward to seeing you again!  Feel free to come to one of the 2 sessions available:  6-7, 7-7:45.  There will be a PTSA meeting afterwards.  Thanks so much for your support!

Please refer to this blog biweekly for class newsletters.  I will publish reminders that pertain to our class as well as the skills and standards being covered in class.  Check out the links and pages on this site to access information like class lists, spelling words, and web links/apps to explore.  It is a one stop shop!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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