Mrs. Crooks's Second Grade Scoop

2015-2016 Volume 16

Table Talk

The information in this newsletter is designed to help with daily conversations with your child. It will let you know what your child/children will be learning in school. It also includes any updates and reminders.


Unit 4

Theme: Unique

Essential Question: What does it mean for someplace, something, or someone to be unique?

This week we will introduce our new unit them by defining unique. We will start to look at a variety of texts/genres and identify what makes each unique.


Have your child choose a book from their guided reading independent level. This was given to you at conference time. Updates will be sent out after the next guided reading assessment. Then have your child read independently for at least 20 minutes. Finally have your child retell what they have read using transition words. If the book is a nonfiction he/she can tell you important facts they learned.



Long e sound spelled e, y ie, ee, and ea, We will use this sound and spellings in order to read, write, and spell words.


Each night have your child choose one of the activities from the spelling menu. Your child/children may create a different activity to practice their words. Please remember to sign their spelling homework each night.


The spelling test will consist of 5 words and 3 high frequency words from this week's list. It will also include 2 words from previous skills. The students will then choose one word and use it in a meaningful sentence. This sentence will be graded for CAPSS.


We will be completing our Animal Sign Project. We will finish researching our animal. We will then look at signs to determine features and information that our sign should include. Finally we will create an animal sign. We will use a checklist to help us monitor our project.

Content (Science/SOcial Studies)

This Week:

We will share our dioramas that we made by taking a gallery walk.

We will start our new Social Studies Unit - The United States. We will begin this unit by discussing laws and rules.

Box Tops

Please send in Box Tops as you get them.
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Volunteer Training

Make sure that you become volunteer trained so that you can be a part of our class field trips, parties, etc. . Click on the link below.

Star Student

This week our Star Student Maitland!!

Congratulations Maitland! You are truly a Wise Westy.

January Birthday Celebration

Our December birthday celebration will be this Thursday, January 7th (3:00-3:30). Parents are welcome to come celebrate. If your child would like to bring in something to share with the class, we are requesting indoor/outdoor recess equipment, books, crafts, etc.


Just a reminder that we have Library each Tuesday. Please remember to have your child/children to bring in their book(s) to renew or return for new ones.

In Need of...

Our classroom is need of several items. If you would like to donate them we would greatly appreciate it.

  • white 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock
  • thin dry erase markers

Important Dates

  • 12/15- Library (have your child/children bring in their library books)
  • 12/22 - Winter Celebration (2:00-3:30)
  • 12/24 - 1/3 - Schools Closed (Winter Break)
  • 1/4 - Schools reopen

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here is my contact information:

Lynn Crooks:

West Towson Phone: 410-887-3869

Assignment Book/ Take Home Folder: write a note in either

**I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but sometimes I am unable to, so please allow me 24 hours to respond.

Ms. Patrick's Last Day (Until January 25th)