Mrs. Campisi's Second Grade Class

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February 15, 2018: Newsletter

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It has been a fantastic week in second grade!  Thanks so much for all the sweet Valentines you prepared for our class!  Congratulations to our past and present Star Students:  Parker Perkins and Nash Jarl.  We enjoyed learning more about these great students.  Happy birthday wishes go to Carson Seagraves and Joseph Reidenbach!

Thanks so much to our fabulous Earth parents who taught us about the changing seasons last week!  Students observed different plants and recorded their winter observations.

What have we been learning?

READING:  Last week and this week we focused on the point of view of various characters in a story.  We compared and contrasted the wolf and the pigs in the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Students focused on each character’s point of view and then used the evidence from the story to write an opinion paper about the point of view they most believed.  We continue to discover points of view in guided reading groups as well.
PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of  -le, -al, and -el at the end of words. Next week we explore compound words.  Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR: Students learned what adverbs are this week and how we use them in complete sentences to modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Next week we will learn about adjectives and how we choose between adjectives and adverbs when reading and writing.
WRITING:  This week students used what they knew about opinion story organization to organize and write an opinion story as a literature response.  Next week students will continue opinion writing as they respond to the book Cat Vs. Dog…Would you rather live with cat or dog from the story?
MATH: Last week we learned how to use place value strategies to subtract 2 numbers within 1000. This week we are jumping right in to a review of 2 step word problems within 100 using the same strategies.  This is a review from quarters 1 and 2.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Last week we wrapped up our study of Juliet Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts.  Our next famous Georgian to learn about in quarter 4 will be Jimmy Carter!
STEM/SCIENCE: Last week we studied the attributes of our closest star, the sun.  Students had a great time creating an interactive sun in the hall with all its parts and facts.  This week we are learning about other stars and their attributes as well as constellations.  We will compare and contrast our sun to other stars as a final assessment.

This week we had an amazing STEM focus day! Students were able to Skype with astronaut, Don Thomas. Mr. Thomas shared his personal photos and experiences of his Columbia space shuttle missions! To learn more about Mr. Thomas, visit his website at http://ohioastronaut.com/. This was a fascinating way to encourage our future astronauts and connect  what we have learned about the Earth, sun, and stars!

Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in the nightly homework of observing and recording our moon phases. Check out the website stardate.org for some fun facts and a current moon calendar (only for those cloudy nights!!).
Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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Newsletter: February 2, 2018

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We had a great 2 weeks together…back in school and working hard!  Congratulations to our star students last week and this week:  Darcy Austin and Sofia Xavier.  We loved learning more about and celebrating these great students!  Thanks so much for all the prompt support for our Great American Mail Race project.  The students have completed their letters, and we have sent our envelopes…hopefully we will get responses and some new pen pals around our nation and beyond!

Please welcome Sir Digs-A-Lot, our new class dwarf hamster!  We appreciate the Welborn family who is letting us use their hamster condo!  Several of our students did some fabulous research on the living habits of these cute and interesting little mammals…way to go!

Calendar:
February 7: Performing Arts Field Trip to the Cobb Energy Center: Ballet (No chaperones needed) WEAR RED CLASS T-SHIRTS!

February 9: Jump Rope For Heart, School Dance 6:30-8

February 14:  Valentine Holder CREATIONS due!  Please see the class list on the pages section of our blog for names!

February 19-23: Winter Break: No school

What have we been learning?

READING: Last week and this week we have been reviewing key details in nonfiction text by reading about Georgians, Jackie Robinson and Juliette Gordon Low.  We have also kicked off a fun unit of reading and comprehending folktales and fables!  We explored folktales from Japan and Africa and are learning about the central message or morals in Aesop’s fables.  Next week we will start to have fun with fairy tales as we discover character point of view.

PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of  -aw, -au, -a, and -o. Next week we explore the patterns that spell soft c and soft g. Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.

GRAMMAR:  Students learned what verbs are this week and how we use them in complete sentences.  Next week we will learn about closely related verbs and how we use them in our reading and writing!

WRITING: Students completed friendly letter writing this week and were assessed on their usage of commas and revising writing with guidance.

MATH: Last week we learned how to use place value strategies to add up to 4 2-digit numbers.  This week we are using the same strategies to add numbers to 1,000.  Next week we will review subtraction place value strategies as we subtract numbers within 1,000.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson were and their contributions to civil rights as well as how they were influenced by their environment.  This week we also learned about the character traits and contributions of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America.  We are proud to call these great people Georgia natives!

STEM/SCIENCE:  Next week we look forward to learning all about our sun and its attributes!  Students have already been taught about the Earth’s relationship with the sun when we had our amazing solar eclipse earlier in the year and in STEM class.  We will revisit this and more as we explore the sun and stars!  Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in the nightly homework of observing and recording our moon phases.  Check out the website stardate.org for some fun facts and a current moon calendar (only for those cloudy nights!!).

Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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January 10, 2018: Newsletter

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Welcome 2018!  Happy new year!  Although our schedule has been varied, this class has not missed a beat!  Thanks so much for reviewing your child’s quarter 2 report card and promptly sending back the signed envelopes.  Congratulations go to our past and current star students, Summer Leclair and Joshua Lawson!  We loved learning more about you.  Please check out our January/February reminders below:

January 11:  Publix Math Night: 6:30-8pm:  Come and join us for some hands-on, real life math problem solving at our Brookstone Publix!

January 25:  100th Day of School

February 7:  Performing Arts Field Trip to the Cobb Energy Center: Ballet (No chaperones needed)

February 9:  Jump Rope For Heart, School Dance 6:30-8

February 19-23:  Winter Break:  No school

READING: In quarter 3 we dive even deeper into nonfiction text!  We are continuing to review key details in passages.  Readers are also understanding the main idea and details that support the main idea.  We are integrating our Social Studies and our Reading as we read biographies and other nonfiction resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  Next week we will focus on the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson.
PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of -oo, -ew, -ou, and -ue. Next week we explore the patterns that spell short /oo/ as in “book”. Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR:  As we learn the parts of a friendly letter, we are focusing this week on where commas go in the greeting and closing of letters.  Next week we learn about simple and compound sentences and how we can use these in our reading and writing.
WRITING:  Students are enjoying learning how to write correct friendly letters.  We are learning the parts of  a friendly letter and extending to other types of letters!  We are learning the difference between a fact and an opinion that author’s write.  This will lead into our study of opinion stories coming up soon.
MATH: Before the break, students had a great time working in collaborative groups to make inch and centimeter snowmen together!  Check out our measurement winter wonderland in the hallways at Ford.  This week we have reviewed place value concepts of numbers to 1,000.  Students are learning how to compare numbers to 1,000 using correct symbols: <, >, and =.  Next week we learn how to add up to 4 2-digit numbers using place value strategies.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and his contributions to civil rights as well as how he was affected by his environment.  Students learned why we celebrate his birthday as well as his character traits.   Next week we will learn about Jackie Robinson and his contributions.   We are really enjoying learning about Georgia’s important people! Using a great app called Padlet, students responded to the question…”What is your dream for our world?”  Check out their answers below!

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

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Open House 2nd Grade Power Point

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Campisi Second Grade Open House Presentation 17-18-1u61hj6

 

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