Can you? This year is flying by. We are off to a good week and are jumping into quarter two curriculum where we are picking up the pace in math with double-digit addition and subtraction, two-step word problems, and diving into non-fiction, poetry, and more context clues for reading. Conferences are right around the corner and I'm looking forward to meeting you all one-on-one to discuss your child's successes within the classroom.
Next week will be all half-days, so please have arrangements for your child's dismissal at 12:20 each day. If they will be something other than their normal transportation please send a note. In addition, there will be no clubs next week.
Here is a glimpse of our week this week:
Writing: We (finally) finished our second personal narrative and are moving into scientific lab reports as our informational writing. We are kicking off the unit by learning about the different types of scientist there are and what their jobs entail. We then become scientists ourselves, conduct an experiment ( or a few) and write about our hypothesis, procedure, data, observations, and conclusion. We are starting off with a matter related experiment and will eventually move into experiments with forces (pushes and pulls) that go with our science standards.
Reading: We are learning about different elements of poetry: rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and rhythm.
Math: We are reviewing our strategies for solving within 20 and working on one-step word problems within 20 as well. We are working on two different types of word problems: 1) Missing addend and subtrahend (middle number). We call this "Part Unknown" in 2nd grade terms. 2) Total or Difference Unknown. Students see this as the standard way of solving word problems, just finding the "answer" as they say.
Here is an example of each:
1) Susie picked 10 apples. She ate some apples for snack. Now she has 7 apples left. How many did Susie eat?
2) John has 8 toy trucks. His mom gave him 11 more. How many toy trucks does John have now?
Phonics: We are focusing on vowel digraphs that make the long "e" sound: -ey, -ie, -ee, -ea
Are spelling words are dream, feel, yield, cream, wheel, field, greedy, increase, relief
High Frequency words include: always, play, school, sometimes, while
Content: We are wrapping up laws, rights, and the role of government leaders (mayor, governor, and president). We are moving into Creek and Cherokee Native American history at the end of the week. This standard is linked with our Georgia history standards as we get to dive into the native people groups of Georgia and build upon our understanding of GA regions and rivers.
A few important reminders:
Whew, that was a lot to cover. Let me know if you have any questions!
Have a great week!
I hope you had a great fall break with your kids! I was happy to see them back today and loved hearing about all their adventures over the break!
We have a few important reminders so I will put those first. This week is pretty busy......
Tuesday is Zaxby's Spirit Night on Spring Road. Hope to see you there!
Here is our week:
Writing: We are writing personal narratives about our fall break, focusing on the key details.
Reading: We are reviewing the culmination of our standards for this quarter: Story Structure, illustrations providing meaning to our story, asking questions before, during, and after reading, and characters facing conflict and resolution.
Math: We are doing money this week, starting with reviewing coin value and moving into money word problems.
Grammar: We are doing collective nouns this week. (Example: pride of lions, herd of cattle, gaggle of geese)
Phonics: We are doing diphthongs that make a long "o" sound. For example: boat, woe, grow
Our words this week are: float, doe, grown, boat, shown, toe, below, yellow, toenail
High Frequency: began, big, off, once, saw, went, while
Content: We are finishing up matter and moving into government roles: President, Governor, and Mayor and roles within a community.
Have a great week! Let me know if you have any questions!
....for fall break! I hope you will enjoy your week off next week!
Here is a glimpse of our current week......
Writing- We are finishing the final touches editing and revising our personal narratives and publishing this Friday!
Reading- We are discussing how stories have a problem/challenge the character must face and how the character responses (what they do to solve the problem).
Math-We are looking at different strategies we can use to solve math facts within 20: number line, ten frames, making 10s
We are also introducing money coins this week: quarters, dimes, nickles, and pennies and learning their value.
Phonics- We are focusing on vowel digraphs that make the long "a" sound- ie (sleigh), ay (hay), ai (braid), ea (steak), ey (obey)
Our spelling words are: train, stay, eight, sprain, tray, freight, complain, obey, raisin
High Frequency: along, both, together, went, walk
Content- We are beginning matter this week and discussing teh physical properties: hardness, size, texture, color, odor, taste, and shape
A few reminders.....
I hope you were able to stay safe and dry with your children during "Irmacane" . We are so fortunate not to have been hit as hard as Florida and other parts of Georgia. This week is really going to be a catch-up/review week. There will also be NO PHONICS this week, as well as no spelling test on Friday. Homework is coming home today, so check your child's folder for that.
Here is our week at a glance....
Writing: We are revising and editing our personal narratives
Reading: We are learning how good readers ask and answer questions before, during, and after reading a text.
Math: We are continuing comparing numbers and will assess this week
Grammar: We will begin using context clues to find the meaning of unknown words and will continue that into next We will wrap up GA rivers (Savannah, Flint, and Chatahoochee) and assess on Friday
A few reminders......
Greetings parents and family!
I hope you had a lovely long weekend with your kiddos! I wanted to make you aware that due to limited grades, several weeks of review, setting up classroom routine with small group, etc., 2nd grade collectively does not send out progress reports for quarter one. I will be in contact with you individually to let you know if there are any concerns at this time with your child. If you see "ones" on papers coming home, do not fear! I am continuously pulling small groups based on my student's performance and reteaching. I will let you know if there are areas that are concerning me across the board.
Here is our week at a glance.....
Tuesday was a catch-up day this week/review day.
Writing- We are expanding our writing by adding details to our beginning, stretching out our middles with interesting events, and wrapping up our endings with a detailed solution or lesson at the end.
Reading- We are finishing up how illustrations add meaning and detail to a text and will begin asking and answering questions about key details in a text.
Math- We are doing a combination of word problems and comparing numbers this week (greater than, less than, equal to).
Phonics- Our pattern this week is open syllables (where the vowel "rings out"). Our words are cry, go, she, fly, we, so, baby, robot. High frequency words are: done, don't, know, once, because, together.
Content- We are finishing up Georgia regions and moving into Georgia river by the end of the week.
A few reminders....
It was so good seeing many of you at Open House! I hope I was able to answer many of your questions and I am happy to answer any you still have. This Wednesday, August 30th, will be an early release day. Dismissal will be 2 hours earlier than usual at 12:30 . Click www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/calendars/event.aspx?ID=75 for more details.
Our week looks like this:
Writing: We will draft the middle and ending of our personal narratives. In our middle we will discuss the things that get in our way or stop the character from getting what he or she wants or from solving their problem. The ending will focus on solving the problem or getting what the character wanted.
Reading: We are still exploring story structure and will take our assessment mid-week. We will then move into clues the illustrations of a text offer the reader and how illustrations help answer questions about the text.
Math- We are still investigating place value and are beginning to explore expanded form. For example 243= 200+40+3, separating out the hundreds, tens, and ones. We are also going to begin word problems this week starting with addition "result unknown" and "part unknown" This means that either the answer is what the student is trying to solve or the first part of the problem and the result are given, but the 2nd addend is what the student is trying to solve. You can click on this link for a great sample lesson of teaching "result unknown problem" https://betterlesson.com/lesson/594016/change-unknown-word-problems and if you would like extra practice at home there are tons of free (or for a small fee) worksheets online, just google image search for "2nd grade result unknown word problems" and there will be an abundance!
Phonics: We are practicing the CVCe pattern this week (or the magic "e" as I like to call it). We are focusing on how "sneaky e" makes the vowels long. Here are our spelling words for the week: crate, stroke, glide, reptile, naptime, mistake
High frequency words: another, don’t, kind, put, saw, sound
Content: We are finally getting to Georgia Regions this week, we are a little behind in content, but are making headway. Please see last week's blog for the specific regions and areas we will be identifying and learning about!
A few reminders.....
Wednesday is Early Release at 12:30pm
Monday is NO SCHOOL due to Labor Day Weekend
Make sure to take advantage of Cobb Digital Library. Click here to login: http://www.cobbk12.org/cdl.aspx
Make sure to scroll down to "King Springs"
Login: Student Number
Another great reading resource at home is RazKids that is already set up to your child's reading level https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login
Click on your student's name
Password: Student's First Name (example: Joe)
Don't forget to this is the last week to buy Braves tickets to support KSE and KSE's Melody Makers singing the National Anthem! Hope to see you there!
As always don't hesitate to shoot me an email with any questions or concerns! Have a great week!
That's right! This week is the first week of spelling words and our first spelling test THIS Friday. Each week I will post the spelling words on the blog, along with our high frequency words for the week. Your student will also be working on these words throughout the week in our "Word Work" rotation during our Daily 5 reading rotations.
Don't forget OPEN HOUSE is this Thursday from 6:00-7:30! Hope to see you there!
Writing- We are beginning personal narratives this week and focusing on strong beginnings and middles of our story with descriptive characters, setting, and problem.
Reading- We are focusing on story structure this week: beginning, middle, end, problem, and solution. We will be looking at different passages and stories to identify these features.
Math- We are continuing place value practice with hundreds, tens, and the ones place. Please continue practicing this at home with your student, as well as practicing skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
Grammar- This week is regular plural nouns. Nouns ending with "s", "es" and "ies"
Spelling/Phonics- Our words this week are: shock, fish, chunk, rock, trunk, dish, napkin, magnet, and basket. High frequency words are: eat, food, sometimes, soon, watch. Making flashcards is a great idea for extra practice at home! :)
Content- We are reviewing cardinal directions and diving into our Georgia geographical regions this week: Appalachian Plateau, Blue Ridge, Coastal Plains, Piedmont, and Valley and Ridge regions.
Homework will begin Tuesday instead of Monday due to the eclipse.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks and have a great week!
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!