This week will be a busy in our classroom! I have worked hard to build a schedule that is balanced between the fun of the holidays and the structure of our academics.
We will be assessing students in both math and reading this week. Since we are taking our end of unit Wonders assessment, there will not be any spelling homework. Students will read two stories, answer questions, and write responses to a few open-ended prompts. As well, students will be asked to complete an unassisted writing piece.
In Mathematics, we will wrap up our unit on subtraction strategies. The students have been exposed to multiple approaches to subtraction, many which we were not taught in school. The underlying goal is to build number sense and awareness. When students begin to use the US traditional algorithm, they will typically make mistakes due to their lack of thinking flexibly about numbers. Learning many paths to subtraction often alleviates these mistakes as students become more efficient mathematicians. We will end our week with the Unit 3 math assessment.
Next week we will celebrate the fun of the winter season in three special ways. First, students will have a chance to travel to all of the second grade classrooms to participate in a winter activity. When they are with me, we will design a roof that can hold a heavy amount of snow. With Mrs. Marchesseault they will create a snowman picture frame. With Mrs. Prive they will grow snowflake crystals, and with Mrs. Wawrzyniak they will create holiday potpourri. Second, we will make a special something that they can bring home as a gift for you on December 23rd.
Finally, the students will participate in our Polar Express Day on Friday, December 23rd. On Thursday night, I will send home their “homework” in an envelope. The envelope will contain a letter and a golden ticket inviting them to the Polar Express. Please have the students bring the ticket to school with them on Friday. Students will be invited to wear their pajamas on this day. We will provide popcorn, hot cocoa, and candy canes for snack, but please do send a lunch or plan for your child to get a grab and go. The whole day is a SURPRISE for the students, I will only be telling them through the “homework” letter on Thursday night.
As a reminder the 23rd is an early release (12:00).
Enjoy your holiday season with your family, and I look forward to seeing everyone again on January 2nd.