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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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Monday, November 26, 2012

Special Schedule

Our Special Schedule is different this week:

Monday: STEM

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Guidance

Friday: Guidance (again)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Flat Stanley

This past week, Flat Stanley came to visit Lake Myra all the way from Rochester, Michigan. 

Researching Weather

Here are a few pictures to what we have been researching! 

Below is a few pictures of our class constructing our parachute men! We learned that when air is trapped in the parachute it slows down the man when he falls. 

We also did an experiment with compressed and decompressed air. Our question was: What happens when I push air into a smaller space? We used two syringes and a plastic tube in partners. 
The third experiment was using a cloud guide to help us identify clouds.  We learned about three types of clouds and researched information using our schema, videos and articles. We even went outside to investigate, but to our dismay it was a cloudless day. 

I hope you enjoyed your time with your family this weekend! 

Quarter 2 Week 6


Nov. 26th - Nov. 30th:

This week, we will cover the following in each subject...and much, much more!

Math

  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between additon and subtraction
  • Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations
  • Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions (ex: by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.)
  • Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members


Language Arts

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis in decoding words. Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words
  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe
  • Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure
  • With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing

Research

  • Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us takes up space and has mass
  • Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather
  • Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: temperature, wind direction, wind speed, precipitation
  • Recognize the tools scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons
  • Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns of weather to time of day and time of year

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quarter 2 Week 5


Welcome to week 5!

Last week, we had our snow-cone party! Thank you to the PTA for coming and serving us on Friday afternoon. We were BEYOND excited. 

The next half day is schedule for December 7th, 2012. It was originally November 30th on certain calendars, but that was a mistake.  

Second grade interim progress reports will come home Wednesday, Nov. 21st.  Please sign and return them with your child. 

Please remember, if you would still like to see me for conferences, please send me an email @ lchatterton@wcpss.net or call the school and leave me a message. 

Parent Resource Room:

The Parent Resource Room is now open! Attached is a letter from Mrs. Ferguson and the Parent Resource Team.

Nov. 19th - Nov. 21st:

This week, we will cover the following in each subject...and much, much more!

Math
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between additon and subtraction

Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations

Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions (ex: by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.)
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members

Language Arts

Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe

Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in different voices for each character when reading dialogue aloud

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words

Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure

With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing

Research

Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us takes up space and has mass

Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather

Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: temperature, wind direction, wind speed, precipitation

Recognize the tools scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons

Monday, November 12, 2012

Qtr 2 Week 4

Thank you to all the families that donated food for the food drive our class WON! We are celebrating with a slushy party this Friday! 

We have extended the Food Drive beyond the school's competition last week. As a class, we have set a goal for each child/family to bring in at least 3 non-perishable food items.


Thank you for turning in your slips for conferences that I sent out on October 25th. If you feel that you still need to meet with me and you didn't sign up. You can email me at lchatterton@wcpss.net.

Keep in mind that I only check homework folders on Friday. If you have a note, tell your child to give it to me directly. I will also remind them. 



What are we learning this week?

Math

  • Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations
  • Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions (ex: by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.)
  • Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members

Language Arts

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words
  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. Build on other's talk in conversations by linking their comments tothe remarks of others.
  • Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe
  • Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure
  • With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing

Research

  • Understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change
  • Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us takes up space and has mass
  • Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their basic properties

Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events:


Interims Nov. 19

Holiday (no school) Nov. 22-23

1st Grade Winter Program Dec. 6

Weather Wise (In-House Fieldtrip) Dec. 11

Report Cards Dec. 20

Track-Out Day (last day of school) Dec. 20

Track-In Day (first day back to school) Jan. 2
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day!


          In honor of Election Day, our class researched and voted our choice for America's next President. We learned vocabulary such as ballot, campaign and term. We also learned rules that Americans need to follow in order to campaign for presidency. We were very surprised to find out that Obama is much younger than Romney! We inserted a little timeline lesson and it's interesting to see how children react to speaking about the 20th century. It is such an abstract concept that they tend to think I am ancient when I tell them the year I was born. This is very humorous!  
           We experienced what it meant to vote on something and not always win. This is a very hard lesson! We used our own thoughts (not our friends) and ideas to decide who should be America's next President. After we voted, we wrote about what we would do if we were President.  Enjoy!