Fall is definitely going to be in the air over the next few days friends! Please make sure your kiddo is bringing in a lightweight jacket each day. As long as it is not raining, we will go outside for recess through the fall months.
Please note that we will NO LONGER be selling Chicken Biscuits, and the Fall Color Run has been cancelled.
As I am sure you are aware (haha), this Thursday is Halloween. Students may donate $5.00 to Relay in order to dress up on this day. Please do not allow your kiddo to wear face masks or makeup, and we ask that all costumes are school appropriate (nothing too scary, and no play weapons). We will be having P.E. on Thursday, so please make sure your kiddo still wears their tennis shoes. We will not have time for them to change shoes before we go. Although 2nd grade does not have parties or centers on this day, please know that each class has holiday themed academic activities throughout the day.
Here is a look at what we are working on this week…
Phonics: Sounds of ou/ow…Word lists came home today. We will still pre-test on Thursday, and if necessary, test on Friday.
Reading: How can I ask and answer questions in an informational text? Students will practice using text evidence to answer informational text questions. When practicing this at home, please make sure to ask questions around text feature information as well (captions, maps, graphs, diagrams, glossary, etc). These features can sometimes be overlooked when reading non-fiction texts.
Writing: This nine weeks we will be focusing on informational/ explanatory writing as well. Today we wrote thank you notes to those serving in the military for Bert’s Big Thank You project. They will be delivered this week. The rest of the week will focus on writing a “How to” writing. We will learn how to decorate a pumpkin using the art of Zentangle, and then write about the process.
Math: We are working on one of our biggest skills in 2nd grade…using place value strategies to add and subtract within 100. This week we will focus on addition. Students came home today with an example of how we use base ten blocks, expanded form, the open number line, and the hundreds board to solve addition equations. We will NOT be using the traditional algorithm this quarter. Technically that is not a skill introduced until 3rd grade, however in quarter 4, we will use base ten blocks to introduce the algorithm to get kiddos ready for 3rd grade. If you have any questions on how to use the strategies with your kids, you may also view the videos I have created on the “Math Videos” page on the home page of my blog. Homework came home tonight, and will come home Wednesday as well. There is NO math homework on Thursday.
Science: We are wrapping up our unit on STARS. This week students are working in groups to create a Star show in order to teach others what they have learned. Each group is responsible for creating a show name, writing a script for each group member, and developing some type of model to show why the sun is actually not the largest star. On Thursday and Friday, students will be working with Mrs. Sherman to create a green screen backdrop and record their show. Cannot wait to see these!!!
Important Dates to Keep in Mind…
Wednesday, October 30: Spirit night at McDonalds at Brookstone! 4-7pm
Thursday, October 31: Relay Donation of $5 to dress up (no chicken biscuits)
Tuesday, November 5: Election Day…No school!
Thursday, November 7: Family Bingo Night 6:00
Thursday, November 14: Huey Luey’s Spirit Night
Friday, November 15: Smencil Sale
Tuesday, November 19: K, 2, 4 Thanksgiving Feasts (please look for more information to come on our class time)
Have a great week!