No school this Friday! Teachers will be here planning away and getting ready for student lead conferences. These will be held February 22. Please sign up for a time slot to come and meet with your child will lead the conference and show you some of their goals and academics. These will be completely lead by your child. Do not worry, I will have a list of questions that you can ask your child. We will also run conferences in a group format, so several different families can sign up for the same time and sit with your child.
Please sign up for a time here to meet with your child:
We need stability chairs for flexible seating. Here is the link for a great kid size ball. They are $16 on Amazon and we would so greatly appreciate having a few of these in our classroom.
We would also love some scoop chairs. A pack of 6 cost $44
Reminder that our field trip is TUESDAY February 6. We are going to the Arvada Center to see Seussical. Please make sure your child arrives on time this day because we will be leaving right away at 9:15am. Please have your child bring a lunch from home. We ask that all items are disposable so that nothing gets lost or left behind (and it is a bit easier to transport).
Mrs. Vasquez will be here next Monday-Wednesday and will go on the field trip with the kids. She knows our school very well and I am sure you know her face. She is a bit of a celebrity around here :) I will be in Chicago with 4 other Southmoor teachers and the Imaginarium Team visiting schools and engaging in observations. We hope to bring this new knowledge back to Southmoor to develop the school’s vision for the next several years! I will be here Thursday and Friday.
In Superkids we will:
-Read Pattern Words with long e spelled -ey, -ine, -eeze, -ease, and ie
-Understand and use conjunctions and, but, and or
-Identify and use compound words
-Use syllables to read longer words
-Use spelling rules to encode words with ie and ei
Ask your child, to use their spelling words in a sentence. What do they notice about the spelling patters that make the long e sound? We know we must memorize the way these words are spelled. However, we can group words together to make them easier to remember.
In guided reading,
We are reading a realistic fiction book called Tornado. To calm the fears of family member’s sons as they wait out a tornado in a storm cellar, Pete tells some well-worn stories of his childhood dog, Tornado: how he arrived intact in his doghouse during another tornado; how he could do a card trick; how he met the cat Five-Thirty; how he was reunited with his previous owners. Other stories will have to wait for another storm.
Ask your child to write a summary of what they have read. We are working very hard on writing summaries.
wanted… (what did the character want)
but… (what was the problem)
so… (how did the character try to solve the problem)
then.. (what was the resolution)
In writing we will:
We will continue to use the writing process to publish our personal story. Ask your child, what memory they chose to publish? How are they working in the revising stage to add more detail and go deeper? What was their opening sentence? We are working very hard on writing an opening sentence to hook our readers and adding a closing sentence to end our writing.
In math we will:
Finish up our data and graphing unit. We will take our unit post test on Thursday. Monday we will take our Unit 5 pretest and then begin our new unit on Wednesday. Our new unit will cover: addition and subtraction of multi digit numbers, fluency within 100 and place value.
Ask your child: what is the difference between a line plot and a bar graph? What is a picture graph? Ask your child to create a survey question, ask the survey questions to memory of the family and then create a line plot.
Hello Families!! I hope you had a relaxing and warm weekend. The children have been doing outstanding in class. Everyday they make me smile. Thank you for sharing their joy with me.
Class Wish List
We are still in need of exercise balls to use for flexible seating
1/24 ECE/Kindergarten Round Up (8am)
1/24 Dine Out (Papa Murphy’s)
2/26 Passion Projects
2/26 Birthday Celebrations
2/26 Google Virtual Reality presentation (Google is coming here!!)
1/26 January Birthdays
2/1 Dart Mania Fundraiser
2/6 Field Trip to Arvada Center to see Seussical
2/5-2/7 Mrs. Brady in Chicago with other Southmoor staff for a learning trip
2/7 Internet Safety Presentation
2/14 Valentine’s Day Party- more information to come
A few goals we have been working REALLY hard on are:
Math writing: We are working to explain our thinking. This is a school wide goal and we have been working very hard to explicitly explain why and how we solved a math problem. Another huge part of this is naming our strategy. What did we do to solve the problem? Did we use up and down addition, sticker notation? Please help me encourage the children to grow their thinking and analyzing brain!
Writing About Math:
C circle numbers and labels
U Underline the question
B Box important math words
E eliminate words you do not need
S solve and show your work
-Decode Pattern Words with long a spelled -ey, ay, ange, and eigh
-Use context clues: STRATEGY: if we come to a word we do not understand, skip the word and read to the end of the sentence and see if the rest of the sentence helps you understand that word.
-Understand and use adjectives and adverbs
-Understand and form contractions with “will”
Ask your child: to write a short story using adjectives and adverbs. Can you name the adjectives and adverbs?
In guided reading:
We will begin a new Book Club. We will start reading the book, Breakout at the Bug Lab.
Objectives we will focus on this week are:
-Understand idioms and abbreviations
-Determine important ideas
Ask your child: Name the character traits of the main character in the book. -Identify what an idiom is.
We will continue to work on our personal stories. We are working very hard to get our writing ready for third grade. We are including many details in our writing and expanding our thoughts. For example, if we are writing a story about the first time we went skiing, we can include the sequence of events and details that makes us feel an emotion. We want to make our writing exciting for someone else to read. We have been also giving each other lots of peer feedback about how we can always improve our craft.
Objectives we will focus on this week are:
-Sequence events or steps
Dictate and write narrative texts
-Use the writing process to draft a personal story
-Use descriptive language, including vivid imagery
LISTENING AND SPEAKING
-Ask and answer questions
-Describe personal experience
We will analyze and evaluate data using bar graphs and line plots.
Ask your child to think of a “survey question” (What is your favorite pet? dogs, cats, fish, hamsters) Then have your child ask friends and family their surgery question. Finally, have your child create a bar graph to represent their data.
Welcome back! I hope you all had an amazing break and got to spend time with family and friends. The children had a wonderful first day back and were so excited to see their friends and get back into the swing of things.
I am so very thankful for your contributions to my class teacher gift and the individual gifts, surprises and cards and handmade goodies. I am so very thankful for all of your support each and everyday! Thank you form the bottom of my heart!
We will have our first field trip of the year on Feb 6. We will go to see the play Seussical at the Arvada Center. I currently have two chaperones and can take one more volunteer, The bus will leave at 9:15 and we will return no later than 2:00. You child will need to bring a disposable sack lunch on this day.
I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen along side 3 other teachers at Southmoor to go on a learning trip to Chicago Feb 6-8. We will observe schools and help Southmoor develop our future in personalized learning for the next several years. I am absolutely honored, thrilled and excited to be on this committee. I am dedicated to Southmoor and it’s community, our growth and our students. It is such an exciting time! Mrs. Vasquez will be our sub for those three days. She is well known at Southmoor and loved very much!
We have started Class Dojo as a fresh start for behavior incentives. The children will be able to cash in their point every Friday at our class store. They will have the option to save their points form week to week. My hope is to keep the rewards fun and not just material objects from the target dollar spot (even though it is hard to not stop and look overtime I visit Target). Rewards will include extra recess, bringing stiffs to school, sitting at the teacher desk for the day, buying a wobble seat for the entire week ect. the class will also earn rewards for their cumulative total, such as a class popsicle party.
This week in Superkids, we will:
-Read Pattern Words with final ff, ll, or ss after a short vowel
-Identify nouns and verbs
-Distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences
-Read and write words with suffixes -able and -ible
-Identify parts of a letter
In guided reading we will: begin reading a new non-fiction Super Magazine called Color Crazy. This issue is all about colors and might change the way we think about how colors are used. Ask your child about the food coloring carmine. What is is made out of? What color is it? What kinds of things is it used for?
Here are the literacy standards we will focus on this week:
Connect text to self or experience CO.2.1.1a CO.2.1.2a
Recognize text features CO.2.2.2b.ii CO.2.4.1c
Respond to text CO.2.1.2a CO.2.2.2a.i CO.2.2.2d.ii
Determine important ideas CO.2.2.2a.i
Use pictures CO.2.2.2c.i
Make and confirm predictions CO.2.2.2a.i
Determine cause and effect CO.2.2.2a.i
Generate questions CO.2.1.2a.iii CO.2.2.2a.i CO.2.4.2a.i
Draw and support conclusions CO.2.2.2a.i
Follow written directions CO.2.2.2b.iv
In writing, we will:
begin new unit on writing personal stories. We will think of memories in our life that have a feeling attached to them and then we will use these memories to write a personal story. We will discuss why writing about memories that are attached to a feeling will give us more details rather than writing about the time we sharpened our pencil. Each day, once child will be the story teller and share their memory. We will then give each other feed back about what we think the most important event was and how we might be able to add more details. Ask your chid to identify 4 or 5 memories that are important to them.
Here are the writing standards we will focus on this week:
-Recognize plot CO.2.2.1c.i
-Identify author's purpose CO.2.1.2a CO.2.2.2b.iii
-Recognize that writing has different purposes CO.2.3.1f
-Distinguish between reality and fantasy CO.2.1.2a CO.2.2.1a.ii
-Generate ideas before writing CO.2.1.1b CO.2.1.2a CO.2.1.2a.ii
-Use the writing process to plan a personal story CO.2.3.1c
In math, we will begin our new unit about data. We will analyze and interpret picture graphs.
We will also spend much of the next two weeks focused on math writing and how to better explain how we solved a problem. We will begin using a math writing rubric and the peer feedback process. Please look for the math writing rubric and writing prompts to start coming home with homework. Ask your child how they can get a 4 in on the math writing rubric.
We must state the answer. Name our strategy and justify our answers in each step.
I know, it sounds like a lot but this will really help our mathematician brains develop into deep thinkers. If you have ANY questions or would like to see an exemplar writing sample, please on’t hesitate to contact me.
Can you believe it is almost winter break?! This week the children now have flexible seating choices that they are able to make every morning. No more assigned seats? I know, brave of me since this group is so chatty but they have really shown leadership the past few weeks. We now have a floor table, a wobble table, a standing table and a traditional table!!
BUSY next few days. Please check out the updates..
This Thursday we will have a pizza party for Read-a-Thon. We were one of the classes that read the most minutes! Thank you for your support and I am so proud of your children. The pizza party will be during lunch time, so they will not have to bring a lunch this Thursday. Thank you PTO!!
This Friday, we will have another party :) The kids asked me if we could have a party because I am graduating this Saturday. Of course, I said we could have a graduation party!! After all, I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for them! I will officially have my Masters and be endorsed in Early Childhood Special Education. Hooray!! We will just be having cookies, doing some dancing and a little extra recess.
This Friday is the last session of Passion Projects. After break they will get to choose a new PP.
NEXT Thursday, we will have a Polar Express Party. the children can wear pajamas and bring stuffies. We will make hot chocolate, decorate cookies and watch the Polar Express.
Please look for the Sign-Up Genious. We will need donations of frosting, sugar cookies, sprinkles, a big jar of hot chocolate and small Styrofoam cups.
This week in Superkids, we will:
-Understand and discuss the meaning of Memory Words feather, weather, meant, breath, already, instead, healthy, heavy, breakfast, break, steak, great
-Encode Pattern Words with -ōld, -ōst, -īnd, and ea/ĕ/
-Read and write words with suffixes -ful and -less
-Appreciate and use similes
Ask your child: how doe the suffix -ful and -less change the meaning of the word?
In guided reading, we will:
red a new chapter book called, Wagon Wheels
We will work to master these comprehension reading skills for fiction:
Determine important ideas
Draw and support conclusions
Connect text to self or experience
Determine cause and effect
Ask your child: What is the plot of Wagon Wheels. What initial problem did the family face and how did the problem get solved?
In writing, we will:
write an advice column similar to what we read in our Super Magazine. The children will think of questions and give advice to their friends about how to solve a particular problem.
Ask your child: What question are you helping your friend answer and what is your advice?
In math, we will:
continue to work on place value and adding two digit numbers within 100.
This week we are solving for problems with the Change Unknown and the Start Unknown
Ask your child:
Sally had 34 star stickers. She bought some more star stickers at Sticker Station. Now Sally has 34 star stickers. How many star stickers did Sally buy at Sticker Station?
This is a Change Unknown problem. Ask your child the following questions:
I hope you all had a fantastic break. I was very busy getting all of my final papers submitted for my practicums and classes. I graduate December 15th and to get everything almost done is such an exciting feeling! I am SUPER thankful for that. I have missed all your children and am excited to hear about all the fun things that may have done over break. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and for sharing your children with me. I am grateful for our amazing year so far in second grade!
In Superkids we will,
-Read words with gn/n/, wr/r/, and mb/m/
-Encode Pattern Words with kn, gn/n/ and wr/r/
-Read and write words with prefix un-
-Use a dictionary or glossary to determine spelling, pronunciation, and definitions
Ask your child, when a word ends in mb what letter is silent (the b)
What letter is silent in Kn, wr and gn (the first letter)
COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES/SKILLS FOR NONFICTION
-Determine important ideas
-Determine cause and effect
-Respond to text
-Give and support opinions
-Draw and support conclusions
-Connect text to self or experience
-Recognize text features
-Make and confirm predictions
-Compare and contrast texts or pictures
Ask your child, what article they read each day? What is the new issue of Super magazine about?
In Writing, we are beginning a new unit called Explanations. What does this mea? (to tell someone about something).
Ask your child to make a list of things they like to do. Ask them, using transition words, can you explain to me how to _____.
Classify and categorize words
Structure a piece of writing by using sequence words
Write expository texts and focus on a central idea
In math, we will begin a new session.
In this session, we will add and subtract within 100. Students will solve add to and take form story problems. Students will also determine whether a given equation equals 100.
-Children will use know combinations to add two or more numbers.
-Children will find the difference between 20 and a given number
Ask your child:
-How does knowing 6+6 help you solve 5+6 or 7+6
-If you have 2 strips and 6 single stickers + 2 strips and 3 single stickers, how many does you have? Show the equation and sticker notation.
I am so very grateful for all your support. Your children bring me such joy each day! Thank you for trusting me with them and being a partner in their education. I am one very, very lucky teacher!!
This week in Superkids, we are working on words with the soft g and the soft c sound.
Tip: soft c sounds lie an S and soft g sounds like a J when followed by i-e or y
In writing we will continue to work on our friendly letters.
-Dictate or write questions of inquiry
-Edit and rewrite sentences
We will be “elaborating” on our rough draft. How can we make our letter better. the children will give each other feedback and help each other add expanded details to their writing. Ask y
our child what does it mean to elaborate in your writing? Who are they writing a letter to?
In literacy we will read the book Mercy Watson Fights Crime. This book is about a pig who wonders downstairs to find some delicious toast but instead finds a cowboy robber in her kitchen. Ask your child to tell you what the theme of the books is, the problem and solution. Every night have your child make a prediction about what they will be reading tomorrow.
-Understand figurative language
-Make and confirm predictions
-Understand cause and effect
In math, the children will use palce value to represent a 2 digit number as tens and ones.
Ask your child:
What strategies can we use to solve this problem? 53+______= 70
If I have 47 stickers, how can I represent this in tens and ones. Use "sticker notation" and write an equation. What number is in the tens place and what number is in the ones palce?
Keep logging those minutes. We can earn a pizza party for being the class with the most minutes. The purpose of read-athon is to get kids EXCITED about reading. If you do not have sponsors, please do not stress. You can still log your reading minutes.
November 14: Denis Vega author visit
November 15: Read and feed. Bring your favorite snack to school to much on while reading AND the Ballet will be visiting us to read us the Nutcracker
November 16: Thanksgiving Lunch 11:55-12:25 COME and read with us after lunch form 12:30-12:45
November 17: PAJAMA and stuffy day
No school: Holiday Break November 20-24
This week is a bit crazy. ...
Wednesday, the second grade teachers will be in building but we will all have subs because we will be planning for our project based learning units.
Thursday: I have super exciting news!! As of 3:30ish TODAY I became an AUNT!!!! She is my first niece and I am so very thrilled. I can’t wait to share the news with the kids tomorrow. This means I will be taking a half day on Thursday to go and meet her!
Friday: NO SCHOOL
Monday: I am out because I am celebrating my one year anniversary!
I know, lots of big news. Thank you for your understanding and I can’t wait to meet with all of you next week for conferences. Please do not hesitate to email me, but Friday afternoon-Monday morning I will be out of email range. I will get back to any emails that afternoon (promise)! :)
Speaking of conferences, if you have not yet signed up, I am going to start putting you my calendar. I need to attempt to meet with all of you to talk about all of your FABULOUS children. So now is your chance.. go and sign up before all the good times are gone. Quick, go!
Starting tomorrow evening I am going to start signing you guys up and sending out emails :) If you need help signing up, please call me or email me and I will be happy to assist.
Halloween Party TOMORROW!
Please don’t forget to send your child in with their goodies from the sign-up genius. I broke it down below, I don’t think I missed anything but please double check me!
Please send your child’s costume to school in their backpack. No weapons or anything scary. Please leave special accessories at home if you are worries that they may get lost or broken. We will change at 1:30
I have Diana and Emily coming to help with party set up and the costume change around 1:30.
Parade and dance outside (as long as the weather holds) 2:30-3:00
Classroom Party: 3:00-3:30
-Craft Station with Olivia H
-SLIME Station with Mandey B
Donations : 5 bottles of glue -Cerey
large bottle of contact solution- Nancy and Emily
food coloring and mixing bowls/spoon- Olga
Veggie Skeleton: Diane
Plates and napkins: Cerey
Clean up: Mandey and Diane (THANK YOU THANK YOU)
Please let me know if anyone else would like to volunteer or bring anything else. Go ahead and shoot me an email or comment here!
Thank you of all of you donations, volunteer time and support! I appreciate all you do!
This week in Superkids:
Students will read words with ow, ou/ou/; ow/ō/ sounds.
Students will read Pattern Words with ow, -ound, -out, -ouch, and -our
Students will encode Pattern Words with ow (grow), ow (now), ound, out, ouch.
Students will understand and discuss the meaning of homonyms.
Students will read words with tag-along e
Ask your child, What sound do the letters -ow and -ou make? When do you know to use the ow in the word (at the end: grow) when do you know to use the ou in a word (when you hear the sound in the middle of a word: ground). What is the tricker in snow? What sound does the -ow make in snow (the long o sound)
In guided reading, students will continue to read non-fiction texts to determine cause and effect, determine important ideas and use graphic organizers to summarize important details. Ask your child about the article Night Lights. What were the jobs of the 3 people that were interviewed? Why were their jobs important?
This week in math:
Your child will take their Unit 2 post test. We have finished our unit covering fractions, arrays and geometry. This week, the children will take an i-ready growth monitoring test and practice addition and subtraction facts. We will take our Unit 3 pre-test on Monday.
This week in writing,
We are learning to organize information using graphic organizers. i am going to introduce Thinking Maps to the children. These are wonderful tools to help children organize their thoughts before writing. i will post more information about this next week. We will also start learning how to write a formal letter. We had some practice writing our pencils but our format was pretty loose.
Mrs. Brady Weekly Homework
No Homework This Weekend!
*Notes from Mrs. Brady:
-Mighty Moose: Congratulations to this week’s Mighty Moose winner, Eli!
-Days Off: We have no school Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27. These days off are meant to be a “Fall Break” for families to enjoy the season and relax. Students work hard each day in school, so we decided to have no homework over this long weekend. Kids can play, have fun with friends and family, and of course, read books of their choice! We look forward to having students come back to school on October 30th refreshed and excited to learn!
-Parent/Teacher Conferences: An email was sent out about how to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences on the Southmoor App. Conferences are the week of November 6-10. Please let me know if you have any trouble signing up.
-Halloween: We will have a school-wide parade followed by a class party on Tuesday, October 31. Students are allowed to bring costumes to school to change into before the celebration. Please avoid anything too scary, and no weapons are allowed. The parade starts at 2:00 and parents are welcome to join!
Have a GREAT Fall Break!
Spelling list (test on 11/2):
window follow yellow allow
tomorrow flower flour thousand house mouse our hour
couch frown sour
Parent Teacher Conferences are here! They will be held the week of November 5th, with the common conference night being on Wednesday November 8th. We have a new sign up system this year- it is all online. First, download the SOuthmoor App! Then, go to the Southmoor app.
From the Southmoor App:
From the Menu, choose Parent Teacher Confrences and follow the prompts.
I promise, it's super easy! Please let me know if you have any questions.
There is also a web link for those parents who have Nokia phones, here is the web link : https://webapp.mobileappco.org/m/southmoor/
This week in phonics students will:
- Spell and encode pattern words with aw/ô/, awn/ôn/, all/ôl/, aul/ôl/, al/ôl/
-Identify meanings and correct spellings of homonyms
Spell memory words from their week 4 homework list
Ask your child to identify the /ô/ sound in the following words: saw, claw, fawn, yawn, ball, call, haul, fault, salt, almost, always
In Literacy, students will read Snowshoe Thomson in guided reading groups. Comprehension skills they will focus on this week are:
-Determine important ideas: Good reader’s ask themselves questions before, during and after reading so that they understand what they have read.
-Sequence events or steps
-Summarizing- Good readers summarize the story after they have read, so they don’t forget important details.
Ask your child to sequence the steps that Danny and Snowshoe Thompson did when making the skis. Ask your child the importance of the letter that Danny wrote.
In math, students are learning about arrays. Students are learning how to make rectangular arrays, understanding how many tiles are in each row, column and the total number of tiles in each array. We have been making arrays with our bodies on the carpet. Ask your child: If I have 25 tiles how many rows and columns will I have in my array? If I have an array with 3 columns and 2 rows, how many total tiles will I have?
The kids received their first pen pal letter from second graders in San Francisco and are so very excited! We are working on writing our first letter back this week. Most of the students have never seen snow, but they can see the city right out their classroom window! We have received over 100 postcards, had to buy a new bigger map and will rehang them all this week! Thank you so very much. This is just incredible!
Last week was the BEST, best, best week of school yet!! I’m not sure if you have heard but this group is super, duper social ya’ll. Like I mean, every single one of them is BFF’s and not only are they social but they are extremely creative. Put social and creative together and well, let’s just say: we.like.to.talk.
But have no fear, after pulling out every strategy I know, mountains of positive behavior reinforcement, and making sure the morning begins with Art Start and allowing for plenty of time to work with our hands, giving each other feedback, and teaching each other how to do things using dry erase markers on tables; we have channeled al of that social talk to some pretty amazing academic conversations. Ask your child about math hash tagging. It’s brilliant (for me at least because they wait their turn to talk in a very excited way).
This week in Superkids, we are learning the spelling pattern that makes there /er/ sound: ar, ear and or. This is VERY tricky because the children know these combinations as making other sounds. Because these spelling patterns are so tricky, their memory words will also be spelling pattern words. Please have your child spend some extra time this week reading and writing these words. Ask your child to write their pattern words and sort them by pattern.
Your child will be able to:
Read words with or/ėr/, ear/ėr/, ar/ėr/
Associate ed with /ed/, /d/, /t/
Recognize -ed ending indicates past tense of verbs
Encode words with and without spelling changes before adding -ing and -ed
Add -er, -est to compare things
Add -ed, -er, -es, -est, and -ing to words with final y
In literacy groups, children are done reading Issue 2 of the Super Magazine and we are starting our second book club. We are reading Henry and Mudge. We are REALLY focusing on comprehension and slowing down. Many of us are rushing through our reading. I have told the children “We don’t read to race, we read to understand.” One of the strategies we are working on, is stopping after each page and asking ourself a who/what/when/where/why question. As a class, our comprehension scores are low and we have made a goal to have a GROWTH mindset and think about how we can get better. We know we need to stop, be thoughtful and think about what we are reading. You can help your child at home by having your child summarize whatever they may be reading to you at home. This is an excellent thing to do with chapter books. I will find some comprehension resources to send home too.
This week in Writing, children will continue our poetry unit and recognize and use onomatopoeia in a poem of their own. The children will also recognize alliteration and begin drafting a poem that used alliteration. Ask your child to imagine being at a sports game and then make a list of words that use onomatopoeia that they would hear.
In math, we are hard at work on Unit 2. We have been studying Geometry. We have no longer been calling simple shapes triangles, rectangles ect. They are instead POLYGONS! Don’t think about calling a square a square. No, way.. it is a quadrilateral. Ask your child: what is another name for a quadrilateral (they should be able to quickly tell you at least 5: any shape with 4 sides) and what are the attributes of a quadrilateral. Also, ask your child, what is a polygon (no curves, straight lines, no intersecting lines, closed shape). This week, we will discuss arrays and my hopes is that we will master this quickly and I can move them into a geometry project based unit with legos. Stay tuned…
So sorry I am behind on uploading pictures. I promise to do so very soon!