I hope everyone had a great Spring Break! As you know the last quarter is packed full of both content and events so I will do my best to keep you updated with both!
A glimpse at this week.......
Writing- We are wrapping up our "Travel Brochures" where we wrote about our opinion of the best dream vacation trip. We did a "virtual field trip" before the break and got to explore different places around the world (national parks, beaches, cities) and used our research to help our writing.
Reading- We are looking at the author's purpose of writing: to persuade, to inform, or to entertain. We call this "PIE" for short. You can ask you students this question at home? Why is the author writing this? Are they trying to entertain us with a story? Are they giving us information? Or do they want to us to change our opinion about something? (this one is good using local advertising signs :)
Grammar- We are going to review irregular past tense verbs (that do not follow the add an -ed pattern: keep-kept, run-ran, break-broke, etc.) and also begin root words and identifying prefixes and suffixes.
Math- We are going to doing word problems in small group with week, reviewing addition and subtraction with multiple 2-digit numbers/ 3-digit numbers, and finally talking about odd and even grouping before we head into arrays. ( I am going to look for array videos so you can practice with your student at home).
Phonics- We are taking verbs and turning them into nouns by adding an "er" or "or". Our words this week are:
Pattern Words: painter, writer, farmer, actor, sailor, visitor, swimmer, runner, robber
High Frequency: answer, different, later, while, first
Content- We are moving into economics this week learning about scarcity, opportunity costs, limited/unlimited choice, supply and demand. Although we might see these as challenging concepts, it always amazes me that with the right examples it clicks in their brain (talk about video games, toys, and shopping and they are all ears :)
We have some major event around the corner!
Mark your calendars for:
April 10th-18th - GA Milestones (We are NOT taking them, but just so you are aware the rest of our building is)
April 21st- Campus Clean-up from 10am-12pm at 2-5 campus
April 25th- Author Visit by Deborah Hopkinson
May 2nd- STEM Day
May 4th- Field Day and Box tops are due PLEASE SEND IN YOUR BOXTOPS!! :)
May 10th- Field Trip to the Cobb Safety Village
May 14th- Field Trip to the Art Barn
May 18th- 2nd Grade Awards (Time in the morning TBD)
May 22nd- Early Release
May 23rd- Early Release and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!
Let me know if you have any questions! Have a great week!
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This week we are learning about the legendary Jackie Robinson and in honor of his baseball legacy, we will be doing a STEM project this Friday, incorporating our GA historical figure, Black History month, measurement, pushes and pulls, and our engineering skills. We are need of supplies for our project: Any recyclable goods both cardboard and plastic will be fine. Our objective is to build a baseball tee to hit a real baseball off of.
In addition, I have begun using Seesaw in class. We are still in the launching period, but will make it available to parents come March. The students are loving having the online journal and can't wait to do math using it!
Here is a glimpse of our week...
My apologies for my lack of blog posting last week. I had a rough time with all the contagion spreading lately and am finally on the up and up this week. I'm excited to be back finally for a full week. We started our week off with a special Skype session with a park ranger from Denali National Park in Alaska. We got to hear all about the sled dogs they use in the winter to haul equipment around the park and the students loved it. We incorporated our reading lesson, reading an article about the park and the use of sled dogs, and we even got to do a few cool activities to imitate sled dog adaptations. Please make sure to ask your student about it! :)
Here is a glimpse of our week......
Writing- We are looking at the nominees for the Caldecott Awards that is coming up next week. We are determining which is our favorite and supporting our opinion with reasons. We are pretending our audience is the Caldecott judges, convincing them which one we think should win.
Reading- This week we are comparing and contrasting two versions of the same story. For example we are doing the traditional 3 little pigs and comparing it with The True Story of the 3 little pigs from the wolf's perspective.
Math- We are taking 3 digit numbers and adding and subtracting increments of 10 and 100. For example 789-400, 678+40
Phonics- Are pattern this week are vowel teams that make the "oo" or "uh" sound. Our words are: brook, push, pull, bush, look, full, bully, bookshop, seagull
High Frequency are: leave, read, away, saw, later
Content- This week we are starting Jackie Robinson and talking about his character traits, accomplishments, and impact on baseball.
Its been awhile since I have posted, but now we are back to our (semi) full week schedule and back in action! By now, all of you should have received your child's Quarter 2 report cards. As always, please email me if you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss in person (since we do not have school-wide conferences like we did for 1st quarter). Please make sure to SIGN and RETURN the report card envelope to insure that you received the report card, the report card itself is for you to keep.
Homework will also be back to normal. I have a reading log this week, instead of the reading passages and will do the same for next week until we are on a regular 5 day week.
Here is a glimpse of our week....
We will be taking the Reading Inventory and Math Inventory this week. Please email me if you would like your child's report, I will send them by request.
Writing- We are beginning Opinion Writing by identifying the difference between fact and opinion. We will then pick a familiar school topic (lunch, recess, specials) and write our opinions about it for practice.
Reading- We are talking about Fables this week. We will talk about the lessons learned, character traits of the characters within the story, and story elements (beginning, middle, end, problem, and solution).
Math- We are taking a look at multiple 2-digit addends this week. For example: 23+56+32+ 91= ___. We will not be going more than four addends on this standard.
Grammar- We will take a look irregular past tense verbs, like we did with irregular past tense nouns. We will review verbs and the normal past tense, then move into common irregular verbs.
Phonics- Our pattern this week is the "oo" sound. We will focus on the following patterns:
"ew", "ue", "ou", and "oo"
Pattern Words: brew, soup, blue, clue, blew, group, cashew, cartoon, pursue
High Frequency Words: through, enough, off, soon, why
Content- We will begin our study on Martin Luther King Jr. this week and identify who he was, where he lived, and why he is one of our GA historical figures.
A few reminders....
Thanks and have a great week!
I hope everyone was able to have a restful and stress-free Thanksgiving Break with your families! We have a lot coming up in the next month!
Here is our week at a glance.......
Writing- We are starting a new informational writing about historical figures: Mary Musgrove, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, or Sequoya . The students will pick ONE figure and write 3 chapters: Who were they?, What were their accomplishments, and Fun Facts.
Grammar- We are wrapping up possessive nouns and beginning root words (this will lead into prefixes and suffixes). We will look at the importance of finding meaning in the root word to help understand a word. Example: Untie, Helpful, Graceful
Reading- We are looking at the importance of asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading, including using illustrations to help find meaning in the text.
Math- We are covering several things this week in math: time, non-standard units of measurement, and standard units of measurement. I will be introducing inches, feet, centimeters and meters this week. We will continue measurement into next week as well. Don't be afraid to get that ruler out at home and measure things around the house!
Phonics- This week's pattern is the "r" controlled air/are/ear. Our spelling words are blare, hair, bear, flare, pair, wear, repair, cherry, barely. High frequency words are: important, left, need, together, took.
Content- We will be talking about bartering and trade as our economic standard and moving into force for science, including pushes, pulls, friction, and momentum.
A few reminders:
Don't forget that we have Election Day tomorrow and there will be NO SCHOOL! This week is pretty light and lean.
Here is our week.....
Writing- finishing our third chapters in our informational books on pumpkins and starting our final drafts.
Reading- We are taking a look at what types of reasons do non-fictional authors use to support the topic or point they are trying to make.
Math- We are beginning two-step word problems this week. I'm hoping to get a video up soon explaining how I approach 2-step word problems. We are still using the CUBES method, but we now have two equations to set up and understanding WHAT the question is asking becomes crucial for these problems. Please continue to work on these skills in our homework this week.
Phonics- Our spelling pattern is "R" controlled vowels and this week its "o" that getting controlled. :) Our spelling words are: score, fort, horn, shore, short, thorn, before, forest, hornet
High Frequency words are: began, first, little, back, never
Content- We are finishing up James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove and how they impacted GA. For extra practice go to PebbleGo Biographies and they should be listed.
A few important reminders.......
- Please send your child to school in tennis shoes Friday on the chance they are PE
- November 13th is Open Office Hours for Dr. Szwec AND Los Bravos Spirit Night
-November 20th-24th is Thanksgiving Break: No School
That's all I got! I'll reach out if I remember anything I left out. Have a great week and happy voting!
Or happy fall for those that do not celebrate.
A huge thank you for those who volunteered and brought in pumpkins and supplies last week. The kids had a blast, we are going to check in later this week and see if we had any growth over the weekend/week (I'm thinking it may have been too cold).
Although the festivities are super fun in the evening please do not send your student in costume tomorrow UNLESS you are participating in the Jr. Beta Club fundraiser: Book Character Costume Day. If you do send them in costume, please provide a change of clothes (in case it gets too distracting, hot, itchy, etc).
Homework has CHANGED and requires a little more adult involvement. Part of the homework process now is to be timed while reading aloud. The directions for adults are at the top of the page. This is the only part you will need to help with daily. The rest they should (however not always) be able to do on their own.
Here is our week.....
Writing: Continuing our informational writing on pumpkins. This week will finish chapter one: introducing pumpkins and will begin chapter two: how to grow a pumpkin.
Reading: We are continuing to make connections within a text including connections between people, ideas, and steps in a procedure.
Math: We are continuing to use strategies within two-digit addition and subtraction. We are also starting word problems within 100 as well.
Phonics: Our pattern this week is "ar" words. Our spelling words are smart, scar, shark, start, star, spark, market, garlic, party. High frequency words are: away, left, near, play, until
Content: We are finishing up Sequoya and beginning James Oglethorpe.