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.
Welcome to Second Grade. Together we will learn, wonder, grow, explore, make mistakes, play, laugh and inspire each other to be the best that we can be.