February Updates

  • Candy Grams are on sale the week of February 5th before school – proceeds benefit Relay for Life
  • February 6th – Marlow’s Spirit Night
  • February 7th – No specials
  • February 8th – Progress Reports go home
  • February 9th – Jump Rope for Heart – wear sneakers!
  • February 14th – Valentine exchange and meeting with our book buddies – don’t forget to wear pink!
  • February 16th – No after-school activities
  • February 19th-23rd – Winter Break
  • February 27th – Firefighters visit for fire our upcoming Fire Safety Village visit
  • February 28th – Spring picture day and moon calendars due

Valentine Exchange: A letter went home last week with details about our Valentine exchange,

and our class roster is on the back to help you address your valentines. Please make sure the

box has your child’s name clearly written on it. Also, please make sure you child sends in a

valentine for every student in our class (we have 22 students).

 

 

 

 

Quarter 3 Notes

Dear parents,

We spent Thursday and Friday reviewing and getting back into our daily routine. The students really enjoyed sharing about their break. We also did some writing on our New Year Resolutions!

How will Quarter 3 begin?

Reading: We will begin our unit on fables, folktales and fairytales and we will look specifically at characteristics of fables. We will learn how to identify the central message or moral. We will also finish up our class read aloud of Charlotte’s Web.

Grammar: We will begin learning about adjectives and how to use them when we are writing.

Writing: Our writing focus in quarter 3 is opinion writing. We will learn how to support our opinions with reasons and details.

Math: We are going to begin this quarter by building upon what we already know about place value to compare 3-digit numbers. We will learn to use the symbols for greater than, less than and equal. We will also continue working on 2-digit subtraction strategies and learn how to add and subtract up to four 2-digit numbers.

Social Studies: We will begin this quarter by studying two famous Georgians: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson. We will learn about each of these Georgia heroes and learning about their major contributions.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • January 9th – High Touch High Tech visits about stars – Thank you TR Foundation!
  • January 9th – Super Specials – Art and PE
  • January 10th – No Specials
  • January 15th – No School – MLK Jr. Day
  • January 17th – Sam’s BBQ1 Spirit Night

  

 

Nutcracker Field Trip December 5th

On Tuesday, December 5th we have a performing arts field trip to see THE NUTCRACKER. You have already filled out the permission slip / donation back during the first week of school. We will have lunch in the cafeteria before we depart. We will have snack when we return from the field trip. Please be sure to send your child in his/her GREEN class t-shirt. We are all looking forward to this fun event!

Week of October 23rd Update

Parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me this week. Talking with you about your children is one of my favorite things. As always, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to reach out. Wow! Thank you for all the books I/we received from the book fair. The kids and I appreciated each one and they make a great addition to our classroom library.

~ Lisa Boland for being Mystery Reader this week

~ for initialing your child’s agenda each day

~ for responding to your child’s take home journal every weekend

~ for checking Dojo for behavior updates

~ for encouraging your child to practice on DreamBox

Typing Practice: It’s never too early to begin sharpening typing skills. See below for some typing practice ideas.

Extra Resources/Challenge Ideas/Standards on Blog: Please be sure to visit our class blog. I have added Quarter 2 standards so you can see what your child will be learning. I have also added some challenge ideas for home, which are optional. Additionally, I have been adding many helpful resources that will serve as extra practice for home. If your child completes any extra work at home, please have them bring it to school so I can see.

Optional Book Report: Students can choose a nonfiction topic and ask 4 questions that they want to learn. Then they will read a nonfiction book to help them answer their questions. After students have finished researching, they can decorate a pumpkin (real or fake). Please don’t have students carve the pumpkins, as they will rot! Students can bring this project to school before the due date if they choose. The project is due October 27th but students can bring it in early if they would like.

Math Facts: Students should be practicing addition/subtraction facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes.  When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals.

What are we learning?

Math – Skip counting with money and working on regular skip counting.  Skip count by 5’s, 10’s & 100’s we’re either adding or subtracting by each amount. Review skip counting (ex: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25…) then skip counting at various numbers (ex: 455, 460, 465, 470;   327, 332, 337, 342;    178, 173, 168, 163, 158, 153;    852, 752, 652, 552, etc…) We will also learn strategies to add two 2 digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Writing – We will be participating in the Bert’s Show “Big Thank You.”  Just in case you are not familiar with this wonderful activity, each year the Bert Show (a radio station in Atlanta) collects hand written letters of thanks and sends them to our brave troops overseas with hopes that every soldier receives a hand written letter on Thanksgiving Day.

In our informational unit, we will learn to write a topic sentence, use facts to develop points, and a closing sentence on a topic.

Reading – We will learn how to use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

Grammar/Phonics: We will learn how to use an apostrophe to form contractions.

Science/Social Studies – We will begin studying our 3 heroes who founded GEORGIA – James Oglethorpe, Mary Muscgrove and Tomochichi.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 23rd-27th – Red Ribbon Week – We will have dress-up theme days!

Monday: Wear Red to show that you love yourself and others. Be drug & bully free!

Tuesday: Wear Neon to show that you are too bright to use drugs or bully others!

Wednesday: Wear Tie-Dye/Peace Signs to say “Peace Out” to drugs & bullying!

Thursday: Wear Sweatshirts to show that it’s “No Sweat” to be drug & bully free!

Friday: Wear Team Gear to show that kindness is a team sport – be drug & bully free!

October 23rd-27th – Bus Driver Appreciation Week – make a card for your bus driver thanking them for getting you to and from school safely!

October 26th – Foundation Monster Mash 6:00-7:30 pm

 

 

 

Week of October 9th Update

Parents,

WOW! We have made it through the first quarter of school! Can you believe it?

~ for signing up for conferences so quickly!

~ to Mrs. Lambert for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

~ for initialing your child’s agenda each day.

~ for responding to your child’s take home journal every weekend – we will continue with this journal this Friday.

~ for checking Dojo for behavior updates

Optional Book Report: Information regarding this project is attached. Students can choose a nonfiction topic and ask 4 questions that they want to learn. Then they will read a nonfiction book to help them answer their questions. After students have finished researching, they can decorate a pumpkin (real or fake). Please don’t have students carve the pumpkins, as they will rot! Students can bring this project to school before the due date if they choose.

Math Facts: Students should be practicing addition/subtraction facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes.  When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals.

What are we learning?

Math – Students will continue working on money. We will discuss word problems involving money (example:  Isabella found 3 dimes, 1 quarter, and 5 nickels on her walk.  How much money did she find?).

Writing – I will be wrapping up writing conferences and students will publish their final copy of their small moment narrative

Reading – Nonfiction Launch: As nonfiction readers we will grow our knowledge by putting together the details we read by asking questions. “What is the book teaching me?” “I notice…” “I wonder…” We will learn how to explore everything nonfiction by slowing down and studying the nonfiction text features.

Science/Social Studies – We will begin our study of seasonal changes this week in science.  I will share a Brainpop video about the seasons and we will start to chart different facts about each season. We will also read the story Little Tree by Loren Long and focus on the different versions of a tree during the different seasons.

Health: We will learn about healthy eating choices and how what we eat can affect our bodies in many ways.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 10th: Flippin’ Pizza Spirit Night

October 12th: Early Release (no after school activities)

October 16th-20th: Conference Week/Book Fair

Week of October 2nd Update

Parents,

I hope that you all had a wonderful break whether you traveled or stayed in town. If you get a chance, please upload a picture to the class Padlet (link is below). I enjoy getting a sneak peek into what you all did, and the class does too! All you have to do is double click on the screen and it will allow you to upload a photo or two.

https://padlet.com/marieagow/3m9ljyypnbtw

Math Facts: Students should be practicing addition/subtraction facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes.  When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals.

What are we learning?

Math – We will continue to use addition and subtraction strategies to solve 1-step word problems. I have attached an explanation of the CARE strategy we have been using in class. We will begin learning to count money (pennies, nickels, and dimes). Students should be able to name coins and their values, add a collection of coins and answer simple word problems about coins (example: If you have 3 dimes, 2 nickels and 4 pennies – how much money do you have?).

Writing – Narrative pieces; we will continue to strengthen our small moment stories by using mentor texts and revisions.

Reading – Students are reading one on one with me this week for end of quarter reading assessments. We are also learning how to use context clues to help identify unknown words in a reading passage.

Science/Social Studies – We will begin our unit on government. We will learn why we need rules and laws, and we will identify elected officials at local, state, and national levels.

Health: We will learn about healthy eating choices and how what we eat can affect our bodies in many ways.

Important Dates to Remember:

October 2nd: Super Specials

October 5th: No Specials

October 10th: Flippin’ Pizza Spirit Night

October 12th: Early Release (no after school activities)

October 16th-20th: Conference Week/Book Fair

 

 

 

Week of September 18th Update

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We will have another busy week before our FALL BREAK begins! 

Thank You!

~ to Michelle Rafael for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

~ for responding to your child’s take home journal every weekend.

~ for initialing your child’s agenda each day.

~ for signing up for Seesaw, Dojo and Remind.

Conferences:

If you haven’t already done so, please click the link below and sign-up for a conference date/time.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545a9a828a57-conference

DreamBox:

Timber Ridge Elementary School has purchased DreamBox Learning’s Math

Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning program that helps all students

achieve better, faster math proficiency. Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link:

https://play.dreambox.com/login/xe2y/bgkc

To access DreamBox on iPad, go to http://www.dreambox.com/ipad, or search for

“DreamBox Math” in the App Store. Download DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox

Math Blue to ensure your student has access to the full catalog of DreamBox Learning

Math lessons. When prompted in the app, use this School Code:

xe2y/bgkc

Homework: Students will have a spelling test on Friday. You can find the weekly words in your child’s agenda and on our blog. The suggested spelling practice activities on the choice board will be located in your child’s binder, and three activities will be due every Friday. I also ask that students alternate between reading for at least 15-20 minutes, and practicing their addition AND subtraction math facts.

Students will be required to visit https://readtheory.org/ each week. They will read a passage and then to take a quiz based on what they have read. They should only complete one passage (with questions) each week. Please have them work on this homework task independently.

Math Facts: Students should be practicing math facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes.  When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals. DreamBox is also an option for practicing math facts.

 What are we learning?

Math – We will continue to use addition and subtraction strategies to solve 1-step word problems. After our break, we will begin learning to count money (pennies, nickels, and dimes).

Writing – We will continue narrative writing. We are really focusing on writing in complete sentences. Students will continue their personal narrative. We are working on focusing on a small moment, and elaborating on that moment in order to write a super detailed story. We will also focus on making sure that we are writing complete sentences that include appropriate capital letters and punctuation.

Grammar/Phonics – The vowel teams ai and ay make the sound of long a. The vowel team ai generally comes in the middle of the syllable with a consonant sound after it. The vowel team ay generally comes at the end of a syllable.

Ex:  train – say

Collective Nouns – a word for a specific group of nouns.

Ex: a group of ants is called a colony

Reading – We will continue to describe the overall structure of a story.  We will also use illustrations as well as words to understand the characters, setting, and plot of a story.

Science/Social Studies –We will begin learning about states of matter.

STEM: Stuck Like Glue Challenge – Thank you for sending in donations! We will actually complete the activity on 9/20 instead of 9/21.

Important Dates to Remember:

September 19 – Super Specials (Music & PE)

September 19 – Zaxby’s Spirit Night

September 21 – No Specials

September 22 – No after school activities

September 25-29 – Fall Break

September 13th Update

Happy Wednesday! I hope all of you enjoyed our extended weekend, and were safe and sound at home.

Thank You!

~ to Melissa Rhoden for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

~ for responding to your child’s take home journal every weekend.

~ for initialing your child’s agenda each day.

~ for signing up for Seesaw, Dojo and Remind.

Treasure Box:

We are in need of items such as fun pencils or little toys for our treasure box.

DreamBox:

Timber Ridge Elementary School has purchased DreamBox Learning’s Math

Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning program that helps all students

achieve better, faster math proficiency. Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link:

https://play.dreambox.com/login/xe2y/bgkc

To access DreamBox on iPad, search for “DreamBox Math” in the App Store. Download DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox

Math Blue to ensure your student has access to the full catalog of DreamBox Learning

Math lessons. When prompted in the app, use this School Code:

xe2y/bgkc

I will be introducing DreamBox to students today in the Computer Lab. Students will mainly be using DreamBox during math rotations at school, but practicing at home is strongly encouraged as well.

Seesaw: Thanks so much to those of you who have signed up! Please let me know if you need another QR code to sign up. We started adding work to student portfolios this week, and will continue to next week!

Homework:

  • Read for 20 minutes/practice math facts/DreamBox
  • Spelling – Due to our two inclement weather days, we won’t be introducing new spelling words this week.

Math Facts:

Students should be practicing math facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes.  When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals.

What are we learning?

Math – We will continue to use addition and subtraction strategies to solve 1-step word problems.

Writing – We will continue narrative writing. We are really focusing on writing in complete sentences. Students will continue their personal narrative. We are working on focusing on a small moment, and elaborating on that moment in order to write a super detailed story. We will also focus on making sure that we are writing complete sentences that include appropriate capital letters and punctuation.

Grammar/Phonics – When 2 vowels are paired together in the same syllable they generally make a long vowel sound.  These letters form a vowel team.

Ex:  rain, may, beach, sheep

Irregular Plural Nouns

Ex: foot-feet/man-men

Reading – We will be reading Thunder Cake. We will focus on the structure of a story (beginning, middle, and ending) and the details that make up each part. We will also continue to work on identifying character traits, as well as how a character responds to a challenge in a story.

Science/Social Studies –We met our first American Hero in social studies last week – Sequoyah was a Cherokee and invented a syllabary alphabet so that the Cherokee would have a written language. We will begin learning about states of matter next.

STEM: Stuck Like Glue Challenge – Sign-Up Genius coming soon!

Important Dates to Remember:

September 15 – Fall Carnival 5:30-7:30 PM

September 19 – No specials

September 21 – Super specials (PE & Music)

September 25-29 Fall Break