It was good seeing several of you t for STEAM night! I know the architecture Lego room was a hit!
Just a reminder that our field trip to Cobb Safety Village is Wednesday. Please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes and preferably pants. (If a girl would prefer a skirt or dress please make sure to have shorts or leggings underneath). If your child is bringing a lunch make sure it is packed in a DISPOSABLE bag. Also, the high is 68 degrees, so a light jacket would be good opposed to a heavy coat they need to carry around all day.
Here is a glimpse of our week:
Writing- Opinion Writing: We are focusing on expanding our letter writing and organizing our opinions into topics: favorite parts, favorite characters, why we like the title, pictures, cover, etc.
Grammar- Shades of meaning with adjectives: We are focusing on making our adjectives stronger. For example, good--great--amazing---fantastic---spectacular
Math- We are looking how to add/subtract 10s and 100s within 3-digit numbers. We are then moving into addition and subtraction within 3-digit numbers using various strategies. (Parents: please avoid using the standard algorithm. It is different than the current strategies we use in class and is not taught in second grade. Please refer to pamphlet below to assist your student with math strategies during homework. Please let me know if you need help with these strategies at home.)
Reading- We are continuing to travel "around the world" as we explore different versions of Cinderella from countries from all across the globe. We will compare and contrast the story elements and explore the differences in plot that make them similar and different from one another.
Phonics- Our spelling pattern this are words ending in -le, -al, or -el syllable patterns. Our spelling words are: puddle, saddle, bottle, table, noble, bridle, nickel, label, global
High Frequency Words are....
Content- We will be exploring the life of Jackie Robinson and his contribution to baseball and as the first African American Major League baseball player.
Have a great week!
We have several things going on at school this week so I'm going to begin with reminders first.
1) Doughnuts with Dad (2-5 campus) is THIS WEEK. Thursday, January 26th from 7:15-7:45 am for last names A-L. Friday, January 27th from 7:15-7:45 for last names M-Z.
2) STEAM Night is also THIS Thursday night, January 26th from 6:30 to 8:30. There are two sessions. There will be presentations/activities from many different STEAM professionals from 6:30-7:20 and The Fun Science Guy will present in the cafeteria from 7:30-8:00. Refreshments will be available to purchase in the cafeteria from 6:00-6:30 pm.
3) Cobb Fire Safety Village Field Trip- February 1st. Please get those permission forms into me as soon as possible. A big THANK YOU for those of you who have done so already!
Back to regular HW this week.
Here is a glimpse at our week.....
Writing- We are continuing our unit of opinion writing focusing on writing about reading. We will begin writing multiple pages soon compared to the letter writing we have been focusing on the past few weeks.
Math- We are going to be adding and subtracting within 1000 this week using various place value strategies. (Numberline, Fast 10 and 100s, expanded form).
Reading- We are looking at fairy tales from around the world. Our focus will be on the story of Cinderella and the different interpretations of the story from around the globe. We will be comparing the differences and similarities of the plot and characters from the different versions.
Grammar- We are learning about shades of meaning, looking at verbs that are synonyms but relay stronger meaning. For example walk would be a "light" word, clump would be a "medium" word, trudge would be a "strong" word. Another example nibble-eat-devour; toss-throw-slam
Phonics- We have another variant vowel patter this week, the "aw" sound. Our spelling words are: crawl, small, boss, draw, stall, gloss, salty, bossy, jigsaw
High Frequency are....
Content- We are going to wrap up our government discussion from last week: rules and laws, who makes them (President, Governor, and Mayor), and where they are made (D.C., Capital,White House and State Capital). We are also wrapping up Martin Luther King and introducing Jackie Robinson this week.
We will have a guest speaker from the Cobb Safety Village coming on Wednesday morning, so much sure to ask your student about what we discussed for fire safety at home.
Hope you have a great and let me know if you have any questions!
Welcome back from another long weekend! Your students have been learning about the native Georgian, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on the Civil Rights Movement. It was exciting for them to learn why we had the Monday off from school to honor his work.
The homework this week is an extension of last week, it is the same sheet for Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Thursday night homework will have to do with fire safety as we prepare for a visit from a local firefighter next week to introduce to fire safety and the Safety Village. You will need to help your student complete this, seeing as there are questions about fire detectors and fire exits.
There are also Cobb Safety Village permission forms coming home today for our field trip on February 1st. I will need those sign and returned ASAP.
In addition, if you have not signed and returned the envelope that the report card came home in, please do so. This lets me know you have seen it. I also need them to send 3rd quarter report cards home in. Thanks for those who have done this already! :)
Here is a glimpse of our week....
Writing- We are continue to look how we can write opinion letters about our reading and providing reasons for why we like them. For example: What is your favorite part? Who is your favorite character? Who is your favorite author?
Grammar- We are continuing identifying verbs in sentences.
Math- We are looking at strategies to add and subtract numbers within 100. Last week we made quick tens and hundreds (looking for math facts 6+4, 7+3, 20+80). This week will we resume using this strategy within more difficult number sentences.
Reading- We are continuing to look and fables and folk tales that we began last week. We will be looking at character personification and the moral/lesson of the story.
Phonics- Our pattern this week is looking at variant vowel sounds, focusing on the "oo"/ "u" that makes more of a "uh" sound. Our spelling words are: brook, push, pull, bush, look, full, bully, bookshop, seagull
High frequency words are:
Content- We are finishing up with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week
A few important reminders.....
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February 1st- Cobb Safety Village Field Trip
The hoidays are switfly approaching and we are quickly wrapping up our 2nd quarter of school! I can't believe we are almost halfway done. This week is mostly review and getting our final assessments finished before break. Here is a glimpse of our week...
Writing- We are finishing up our scientific writing on topics we are experts in. We are writing our chapters and conclusions this week. We will revise, edit, and publish next week.
Math- We are reviewing all the math from this quarter and finishing up measurment with metric and standard measurement units.
Reading- We are reviewing the standards from this quarter. We are also continuing our sled dog read alouds- we will compare and contrast different dogs, describe thier character traits, talk about the sequence of events, and
Phonics- Our pattern this week is "oo" with the vowel blends of "oo" (moon) "ew" (screw), "ou" (soup), "ue" (glue)
Spelling Words are: brew, soup, blue, clue, blew, group, cashew, cartoon, pursue
High frequency words are.....
Content: We are finishing up allocation of goods and services this week: contest, trade/barter, force, lottery, majority rule, sharing, price, first come/first served, and personal characteristics.
A few reminders....
Greetings parents! STEM day on Friday was a success thanks to all my volunteers who brought materials in and our special guest who formly worked at the Weather Channel. A THANK YOU to all of you! KSE is now (as of last Friday) officially a STEM certified Cobb County school, something we have been working towards the past couple of years! Super exciting!
Don't forget our field trip is Tuesday of this week. We are going to see the Nutcracker at Cobb Civic Center (a slight change from the Energy Center that was mentioned on the permission slips).
We also had a special guest Skype with us yesterday from Denali National Park in Alaska. The park ranger shared with us about Denali's sled dogs, thier adaptations, and how they serve the park. We are going to be incorporating this into our reading this week and a future STEM project with building sleds. Make sure to ask your child what they learned, I'm sure they will have lots to say!
Here is a glimpse of our week.....
Writing- We are continuing informational writing on our expert topics and linking it back to scientfic writing. Example: Cleaning: Cleaning uses friction, motion, change in position, pushes, pulls, force, etc.
Math- We are continuing measurement in both metric and standard units of measurement. We are using both yard sticks and meter sticks this week.
Reading- We are linking articles of Denali National Park and various sled dogs. We will be talking about context clues to discuss unfamiliar words, comparing and contrasting different articles on a similar topic (sled dogs), and character traits.
Phonics- This week's pattern is "ow" and "ou" making that "ouch!" sound. Our spelling words are down, shout, mouth, town, sprout, south, surround, powder, outside.
Our high frequency words are...
Content- We are continuing our economic standards of goods and services, scarcity, and opportunity to costs.
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with friends and family. I'm not sure if it was just me, but Monday came to way too fast. That early alarm was a hard wake up call. :)
We are going to be having another STEM project this Friday and both Jeni (room mom) and I have sent an email with the items we need by this Wednesday (no later than Thursday). Please read over those items and let me know if you can pick them up on your weekly shopping list. We would truly appreciate it. Out STEM project is focusing on the problem of roads during the snowpocalypse and the most effective methods for melting ice on our roads.
Here is a glimpse of our week:
Writing- We are beginning informational writing. We are going to pick a topic we are experts in that we can apply our scientific words: force, motion, friction, pushes, pulls, position, etc. Students can pick a topic that they enjoy that includes a scientific element. I am modeling with "How to Clean", but topics can range from skateboarding, gymnastics, playing on the playground, etc.
Math- We are beginning measurement this week. We are looking at how to estimate length and measure using different tools: one inch tiles, ruler, yard stick,
Reading- Asking and answering questions in non-fiction texts. Our reading material this week is leading up to our STEM project about matter change on Friday. We are reading about snow, blizzards, and the properties of matter.
Phonics: Our pattern this week is "oi" and "oy" diphthongs. Our spelling words are: point, broil, boy, joint, spoil, toy, enjoy, poison, oyster.
High Frequency words are:
Content- Mary Musgrove, Tomichichi, and science related to our STEM project on Matter and the Snowpocalypse
A few reminders....
Hope you have a restful few weeks before the second whirlwind of holiday fervor! Let me know if you have any additional questions!
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A note from our counselors:
We will be doing our “Angel Tree” again this year at King Springs. Students, staff and community members sponsor King Springs’ families in need during the holiday season. Please assist us in helping these families in our school community by allowing your child(ren) to select an Angel(s) from the Angel Tree. Please complete the attached Angel Tree Permission Form and return it to your child’s teacher or just write a note telling us how many angels they can have and what color you would like. We will be collecting gift cards for our families in any denomination (please write the amount on the card). All the details and dates are on the permission slip. Thanks so much for any help you can give!
Greetings Parents! We are looking forward to you joining us for lunch this Wednesday for our Thanksgiving lunch at 11:56am! Don't forget next week is Thanksgiving Break. We also have Progress Reports coming home on Thursday this week. Lastly, homework is different this week. Each student has been given a Thanksgiving Activity Tic-Tac-Toe board. They must complete three in a row (down, across, or diagonal) and may complete more if they want. It is due on Friday.
Here is our week.....
Writing- Finishing our lab reports and beginning informational writing on topics we are "experts" in.
Math- We are continuing to look at word problems with missing parts. Check out last week's post for examples of each type of problem. (result unknown, difference unknown, change unknown, start unknown, comparing)
Reading- We are looking at author's purpose and the author's main ideas and details within passages/sections of non-fiction writing.
Phonics- High Frequency words are NOT in homework this week, but are listed here and will be given as morning work practice. We are looking at words that make the r-controlled long a sound like "air".
Our spelling words are: blare, hair, bear, flare, pair, wear, repair, cherry, barely
Content: We are finishing up James Oglethorpe and moving into Tomochichi and Mary Musgrove. We are looking at their help in the founding of Georgia, how the three worked together to build the first English colony on the land. All three historical figures can be found on PebbleGo Biographies on cobb.mackinvia.com/ for more activities and information.
Upcoming events and reminders....