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This is my 6th year teaching! I am a Michigan native and moved down to North Carolina to have my dream classroom!
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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Newsletter Week 5, Quarter 1

Upcoming Events! 
Interims  Aug. 27

Fall Pictures Aug. 29

Fun Run Sept. 13

McTeacher Night Sept. 18

Picture Make-ups Sept 26

Report Cards Sept 28

Early Release @ 1:15 Sept. 28

Buffalo Lanes LMES Day Sept. 29

What are we learning this week?
Math:We are comparing two and three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >;, =, and < symbols. We will record the results of comparisons. We will also use place value to understand properties of operations to add and subtract.

Reading: We are learning how to be in-charge of our own reading. We will learn how to be the "boss" of our own reading through making decisions based on habits, volume and stamina.

Writing: This week we will be revising, editing and publishing our favorite piece of writing.

Science: We will understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects. We will illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and columns of air.

We will be switching classes between 2nd grade teachers in Math starting this week! This will help differentiate ability levels to meet the needs of your child. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Newsletter Quarter 1 Week 4

Can you believe it's week four already?
Here is what we are learning about this week:

Writer’s Workshop-   We will use literature connections to think of topics to write. We will also expand our sentences. We will be choosing a writing goal for ourselves!
Math- Read, count aloud and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names  and expanded form.
Reader’s Workshop- We will examine schema in order to add new learning or take out misconceptions from mental files. In addition, we will be learning two new reading strategies:
  • look carefully at letters and words to read with accuracy
  • use context clues to understand a word (use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning?
Science: We will be discovering sound and learning more about vibrations, pitch and volume. 

We are still in need of paper towel rolls. 
The special schedule is the same all quarter. 
Specials Schedule for the Week:
Monday- STEM
Tuesday- Music
Thursday- Art
Friday- Guidance
Please dress your child in appropriate shoes!

Homework: We have a new three week homework schedule for weeks 4-6. I have students working on homework after 3:45. I provide homework help everyday! 

Hope to see all of you at Open House on Tuesday at 6:00 to 7:30! : )

Saturday, August 18, 2012

We love Reader's Meeting!

Everyday after Reader's Workshop our class comes together for a quick meeting. We share favorite books, reading strategies and special things that we notice about ourselves as readers. This gives your child a great opportunity to reflect and encourages every child to make the most of their reading time!

Skip Counting!

On Friday, we learned how to count by 2's up to 200! Your child has a 200 chart in his/her folder with a page protector. Please have your child count aloud by 5's, 10's and 2's! Practice makes permanent! In groups, we order three digit numbers by 2's. We had a blast!

Showing Our Thinking!

The second week of school we represented numbers in different ways. Students were challenged to show which three digit number was greater and why. Their job was to explain it in any form. It was fascinating to see what they came up with and how they explained it!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Newsletter Quarter 1, Week 3

What We’re Learning About this Week!

Writer’s Workshop-   We are continuing to learn how to be independent writers. Students will learn how to plan a story, how to retell their story across pages and how to add details.
Math- We will compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >;, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract. They will also count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

Reader’s Workshop- Students will:
  • ask and answer different types of questions
    • Predicting - set purpose for reading, help move reading forward
    • Clarifying - make meaning more clear, aid in understanding
    • Wonder - "I wonder..."
    • Author's Craft - "Why did the author...?"
    • Higher Order Questions - go beyond the text
  • compare ways that we ask and answer questions about stories to how we ask and answer questions about informational text
  • use prior knowledge to connect with text
Science: We are discovering sound and making connections, observations and discoveries.
We now need paper towel rolls. We will be using these as number scrolls and helping your child count to 1000! The more rolls you bring the better!
Thank you for bringing in the toilet paper rolls! We are making our kazoos this week!

We have an early release on Friday @ 1:15!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Newsletter Quarter 1, Week 2

What are we learning this week?
Writer’s Workshop-   We are learning how to be independent writers. Students will learn how to plan a story, how to retell their story across pages and how to add details.
Math- You child will be learning to represent ones, tens, and hundreds in different ways. Write 2 and 3 digit numbers through 200. Compare totals of ones and tens.
Reader’s Workshop- We are learning how to ask and answer questions before, during and after reading. We will continue to practice building our stamina. We will read and think deeply about the most important parts of a story, especially the beginning and ending. Finally, we will practice speaking in complete sentences with a partner. 
Science: Students will be able to listen to, identify, and describe various sounds with the whole group.   Students will be able to listen to sounds heard while playing the mystery sound game and identify the mystery objects with a small group.  Students will be able to share their sound discoveries and predictions with the whole class. Students will be able to independently record their mystery sound predictions and the real sounds on the Mystery Sound sheet. 

Please bring in 1 or more toilet paper rolls for your child by Friday. We are making an instrument!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

First Week Recap

2nd grade had a great first week! We went over procedures and shared many things about ourselves to build our classroom community.

Thanks to Lake Myra, all teachers received IPads with KEYBOARDS! Now, I can easily take pictures during class and post on here. I thought I would share a picture of one of my "children".