Friday, September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

Important Dates:
Sept 22- K-2 Assembly
September 22- T-shirt money due
Oct 9: Tentative conference date (schedule will come later via sign-up genius)
-Library books are due every Tuesday. 

Spotlight Stallions:
This week’s Spotlight Stallion is… Irene!
We will spend the week getting to know more about Irene and celebrating her as a part of our class!  Congratulations!!

Stallion Key Maker (monthly):
Will start at the September assembly.

Wish List:
-Straight straws (no bend)
-Small (bathroom) Dixie Cups

A Week of Learning:
Writing:  We will continue to prewrite and draft personal narratives with a beginning, middle, and end.  We will complete our district On-Demand Writing Assessment.

Spelling and Grammar: said, these, they, our, very, with, went
We will continue nouns by working with singular and plural forms.

Reading: Students will compare the plots of fiction stories written by the same author.

 Math: Students will practice place value through a variety of problem solving activities. There will be some challenges for kids who are really solid on the concepts and some time for review for kids who still need more practice.

Science: Our focus this week is comparing how heat causes change in different materials.  We will plan and conduct several experiments, and discover some surprising outcomes.

Bits and Pieces:
-Class t-shirt information came home in this week’s Thursday folder.  Please return order form and $6 by next Friday, September 22. 

-Pictures posted in the Google Shared File: Cracker Lab 

-A homework page is linked to the “Homework” page on my blog.  Please use this to help guide your homework at home.  These pages do not need to be turned in. 

-I am re-sending Xtramath flyers to all students who haven’t logged in to their accounts.  Please remember this is a great tool for practicing math facts. 


-RAZ kids subscriptions have been updated.  I will enter each student in and choose the starting reading level according to my latest testing.  Please be sure and encourage your student to take the comprehension questions seriously.  Scores are sent to me each week.  If I notice a trend in a certain area I will let you know via email.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Important Dates:
Sept 22- K-2 Assembly
September 22- T-shirt money due (Information to come 9-14)
Oct 9-10: Tentative conference dates

Spotlight Stallions:
This week’s Spotlight Stallion is… Parker!
We will spend the week getting to know more about Parker and celebrating him as a part of our class!  Congratulations!!

Stallion Key Maker (monthly):
Will start at the September assembly.

Wish List:
- Thank you for filling my three lunch slots.  If you would like to still volunteer, there are open slots at the end of the year. 


-To provide support after hurricane Harvey, Sommer Elementary adopts Carroll Elementary in Sheldon ISD! We have begun talking as a class about this campus in the Houston area which is trying to recover from the impact of the storm. We will brainstorm ideas of things they may need and collect them here in the room.  They are not in a position to receive provisions yet, but our administration is in contact with their principal and will soon let us know how our students and community can help. Ultimately, we hope to establish communication directly between another second grade class.  Sommer Stallions will show love to Carroll Colts!!
A Week of Learning:
Writing:  We will prewrite and draft personal narratives learning strategies to ensure that our stories have a true beginning, middle, and end. 

Spelling and Grammar: after, because, over, have, saw, then, there, what
This week we will learn about nouns, both common and proper.  The students will need to know the difference between the two and be able to capitalize the proper nouns.

Reading: In Reader’s Workshop we will be focusing on main characters and setting. We will also be comparing and contrasting stories by the same author.

 Math: Continuing our place value study, students will learn what numbers are odd and even, get a refresher on greater than/less than, and practice skip counting from different numbers. This is something you could practice at home easily!

Science: Classifying Matter…. Students will sort objects by observing physical characteristics such as relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is solid or liquid.

Bits and Pieces:
-Class t-shirt information will come out next week.  T-shirt orders will be due September 22nd. 

-Library books are due every Tuesday. 


-I have sent a link to pictures that were taken this week of our Slime lesson and wearing broccoli from Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, a book we are reading.