It's hard to believe we are already in our 3rd week of school! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your letters about your children and getting to know them over the past few weeks. Here is a glimpse into our week this week and what we will be doing for our Eclipse day next Monday!
Writing: We are continuing our writing launch unit and discussing what good writers do when they are finished, can't spell a word, need more to write about, and how they can evaluate themselves as a writer with a rubric.
Reading: We are continuing our launch unit and beginning to discuss how good readers share their thinking with others, ask questions (who, what, when, where, and why), and always think (make predictions, connections, figure out new words) as they read. Please encourage your children to do this with you as you read aloud with them at home.
Math- We are going over place value this week, identifying the value of the hundreds place, tens place, and ones place. We are beginning with base 10 and will gradually (over the upcoming weeks) introduce other strategies such as expanded form for place value.
Phonics- We are continuing to review digraph blends this week. Spelling words and our weekly Friday spelling test will begin NEXT WEEK. I will also begin our Word Work rotation next week for reading when we start working with our high frequency words and spelling words.
Grammar: We are expanding our noun knowledge with plural nouns. We are identifying why specific nouns need a capital letter.
Content: We are gearing up for Eclipse Day, by understanding moon phases this week and the moon's relationship with the earth and sun. We will discuss on Friday what we can expect to see on Monday!
Important Eclipse Info:
Next Monday we will be having a grade-wide rotation Eclipse Day! Each class with get to rotate teachers and experience different activities relating to the solar eclipse! This will be a fun and exciting day, but please know that 2nd grade Cobb County students WILL NOT be viewing the Eclipse outdoors. We will be live streaming through the Tellus Museum telescope broadcast. Some of you asked about Eclipse glasses. The school did order some, however the 3rd-5th grade students who will be viewing the Eclipse outdoors get 1st priority with the glasses and it is not guaranteed 2nd grade will be receiving any. As a reminder, students who are checked out early must be present until 11:15 to considered “in attendance” for the school day. Please contact me with any additional questions if I left any unanswered.
Clubs: After-school clubs are back in full swing and man do they look fun! As fun as they are, it is extremely helpful that I know who is club in the afternoon and also if it changes your child's afternoon transportation. If they do not have a note indicating a transportation change, I will have to send them home their normal way. Sometimes the clubs do not give us a roster and I have no idea who is participating in robotics on Monday, piano on Tuesday, WaytoPlay...and all the other 50 clubs :). I appreciate the heads up!
Forms: I am still missing forms from a handful of students. Please get those in ASAP. If you need a copy of anything, please let me know and I will be happy to send it in!
*****OPEN HOUSE at the 2-5 campus has been changed from Monday, August 21st to Thursday, August 24th. *****
Thanks for all you do! I couldn't do my job without wonderful parents like you!
I do apologize for the late post, my only excuse being I've been a little under the weather this week. Back to school means back to germs too sadly!
Here is an update and glimpse into our week:
Writing: This week we have focused on how good writers write stories from their hearts. We have thought of great ideas to write about, by thinking of the things that mean the most to us. This will set us up for next week as we continue our writing launch unit and setting up good writing routines within the classroom.
Reading: We are continuing to examine what good readers do as they read: asking questions, making predictions, rereading, picking out "just right" books, and finding books that are interesting to us.
Math: This week we have reviewed skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s. We are noticing the patterns of what his happening in each of the place values: ones, tens, and hundreds.
Phonics: We are reviewing beginning and ending consonant digraphs. We are focusing on how two consonants can come together to make a digraph or "new sound". Examples are ch, sh, ck, th, ng, st, sk, etc.
Grammar- We are reviewing nouns: person, place, or thing. This is going to set us up for next week as we get into what nouns need a capital letter: proper nouns.
Content- We have begun talking about the rotation of the sun and moon to set us up for the solar eclipse happening August 21st. We also talked about seasonal changes and are planning to go observe a tree (which will be a year long observation process) once the rain stops and weather permits. We will observe the seasonal changes that accompany the trees changes throughout the year.
Our specials schedule has changed. We now have the following:
Wednesday- PE (please send your child in tennis shoes or sneakers this day)
Fridays- BLOCK SPECIALS (this varies each week, so please send your child to school on Fridays with PE appropriate shoes in case they have PE)
Just a reminder August 21st is a big day for two reasons: The Solar Eclipse meaning late dismissal at 3:25, an hour later than usual. In addition, OPEN HOUSE is also that night time TBA.
Mrs. Bosworth, our music teacher has also asked us to support the following KSE fundraiser and it is fun one! Come support our school and Melody Makers at SunTrust Park.
Greetings Parents and family!
I am so excited to be back at school and am privileged to be teaching your wonderful students this year. Each week I will post a glimpse of what we are doing in each subject and will also be posting parent resources in the "parent resource" page tabbed above over the course of the school year. I will also provide important upcoming events and other important school-wide information, so please make sure to check the blog weekly for updates.
Here is a glimpse of this week.....
Writing- We will be doing some fun back to school writing as well as some pre-assessment writing to kick start our school year. This will give me the opportunity to see where each student is in their writing process and will give me a great starting point to compare to as they improve throughout the course of the school year.
Reading- We are going over classroom procedures for our reading lessons, work time (Daily 5: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing) and share time (a time to wrap-up and share what we learned during reading)
Math- We are going over classroom procedures for our math lessons, work time (Daily 3: Math by Myself, Math with Someone, Math Writing), and share time (what we learned during our lesson and work time). We are also learning about collecting data and displaying it in pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots.
Phonics- We are reviewing long and short vowel sounds. We will not start weekly spelling words until week 4.
Grammar- We are reviewing the components of a sentence (capital letter, punctuation, does it make sense- who and a what)
Content- We are reviewing seasonal changes and will have our first tree observation to observe the characteristics of a tree in summer (we will continue to observe it throughout the school year and record our observations). We will also conduct our first STEM activity: Saving Fred! Be sure to ask your kids what they did for that one. :)
Homework this week is an "All About Me" bag. The directions will come home on Monday in their homework folder. This folder is to come home and be returned to school DAILY. If you have any questions, transportation changes, etc., please put those in the "Notes" section of their homework folder.
August 21st is OPEN HOUSE so mark your calendars!
A great resource for upcoming events is the King Springs PTA website: http://www.myvlink.org/ksepta/
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I'll be happy to get back to you!