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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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Polar Express!

We are watching the Polar Express tomorrow. My beloved Netfix account has been blocked from our school. Does anyone have the movie that we could borrow? Please comment on here or email me @ lchatterton@wcpss.net.

Also, I already sent a note home explaining the day. Just to clarify, your child can bring in a peanut-free snack to share with the class, a blanket and a stuff animal to snuggle with during the movie.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quarter 2, Week 8


Case 21 Testing

Next week all second graders will be participating in Case 21 testing. More information is forthcoming! This test will not be used in any way to determine your child's report card. This will be used for data purposes to determine what the second grade class needs to work on and what we already understand. I will be going over test taking strategies tomorrow during our research time. 

Pictures:
In research on Tuesday, I taught the concept of timelines. I shared pictures of myself from birth to now and we documented it on a timeline. My students were very eager to share their own personal timeline. If you would like to bring in pictures documenting your child's growth through the years, please do. These pictures will not be cut or glued, just shared during our morning meeting time. 

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.)
  • Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

Language Arts

  • Know and use various text features (ex: captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently
  • Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (ex: toss, throw, hurl)
  • Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support opinion, use linking words (ex: because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section

Research

  • Understand how various sources provide information about the past
  • Understand how various cultures influence communities
  • Understand the purpose of timelines and why we need them

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Specials!

This week our specials are:

Monday: STEM

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Gym (wear appropriate shoes)

Thursday: Art

Friday: Gym (wear appropriate shoes again!)

Quarter 2, Week 7



We have an Early Release this Friday, Dec. 7th with school dismissing at 1:15.

This week our featured text is Goldilocks Returns by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Our targeted words for the week are:

Goldilocks Returns

  • finicky
  • laden
  • stunning
  • ghastly
  • mere
This week, we will cover the following in each subject:

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

Text Features
  • Know and use various text features (ex: captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently
  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe
  • Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in the text
  • Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
  • Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support opinion, use linking words (ex: because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects (ex: read a number of books (texts) on one topic to produce a report (review): record science observations

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