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!
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.