The second week of school found the students beginning to feel more confident about class and school-wide routines. The children are branching out within the classroom and are making new friends. I am impressed with their kindness and hard work. We continue to build our class community, and are systematically increasing the academic demand.
There was a great amount of excitement this week as the class voted to bank their 10 class points and earn 10 more. At 20 class points the students have voted to get a class pet. This week we will begin our research on class pet possibilities. Mrs. Charles has created a collection of books for us, and we will spend time in the library researching about animals on pebblego.com. This will help us make an informed decision about which class pet we should get, as well it serves as a wonderful kick-off to our unit on animals, animal adaptations, and habitats!
In writing this week, we will continue to practice planning a story, focusing on how to zoom in on a small moment in time to write about. As well, we will begin to talk about using a writing checklist to review our work, and the importance of details. I am so impressed with the love of writing in this class. The students have so many wonderful stories to share!
This week in Math we will continue our focus on number lines, and connect this to number grids and skip counting. As well, we will begin to build extended rek-n-reks to use as a math tool. You may be wondering, “What is a rek-n-rek?” I have included a quick youtube video link below that shows you what a rek-n-rek is and how it can be used. I plan to share the extended rek-n-rek at Back to School Night on Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4kfZS4U1Y
We are wrapping up our first week in Wonders this week. We have practiced many of the routines we will use each week, including the spelling pretest, word sorts, vocabulary routines, and high frequency words. This week we will continue to learn the remaining second grade reading routines, including interactive readings, reading responses, and literacy games.
Homework alert: Last week we spent time reviewing the spelling homework routine. I will talk more about this at our Back to School Night on Tuesday, but wanted to give you a little more information. For the first month of school, students will only have spelling homework. Students will take a pretest on Monday, and the results of that pretest will determine their spelling words for the week. I will highlight the words they should study (words, and the number of words will vary from child to child). The students will have a menu of options for spelling homework each week. The expectation is to study spelling at least three nights a week. You and your child can pick the spelling options that work best for your family. As well, you can create your own and put a quick note on the homework page. At the end of the week, you will initial the three activities your child completed, sign the bottom of the page, and ensure your child brings it back to school on Friday.
This week I am sending home the spelling homework we have been practicing. The only homework you child will need to do this week is: Create a plan for homework Find a quiet place Think about the best time to do your homework Gather supplies you may need for homework Show your mom and dad your Spelling Menu. Explain the homework we practiced in class this week.
You don’t need to complete three additional spelling activities, as we are just preparing for homework this week, but if your child is over the moon for homework-feel free!
Back to School Night: Back to School Night is this Tuesday from 6:40-7:10. Children are welcome to attend. I will do a brief presentation and then you will have time to tour the classroom with your child. This is a great time to make sure your email address I have registered for our class website is correct, as this is the hub of communication for our classroom!
Book Fair: The students browsed the Book Fair on Friday morning. Students can bring in money to buy books along with a wish list this week, or you can buy at the Book Fair at Back to School Night. As to not compete with the Book Fair, I will not send home a book order this month.
I think that is it, but feel free to leave a comment if you have additional questions, or if I have missed something!
Upcoming Dates: 9/16-9/23: Book Fair, Main Hallway 9/19: School Picture Day 9/20: Back to School Night (6:40-7:10) 9/28: School Board Meeting & PTA Meeting