Mrs. Gaston's News

March 22, 2017

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Pizza Party

On Friday, March 24th (this Friday) we will be having our Market Day Pizza Party celebration. We have ordered pizza for the entire second grade and hope to have a picnic outside. Your child will not need to bring lunch on this day unless you feel that they will need it. The only items we may need sent in will be drinks, chips, and a sweet (could be cookies, fruit, etc.) If you would like to send any of those things in, email me.


Upcoming important dates:

March 24- Market Day Pizza Party
March 28-Fun Run Kick-Off
March 29-Scholastic Book Orders Due
April 6-Fun Run
April 7-Field Trip to Lazy 5 Ranch
April 10-14 Spring Break
April 17- No School

Curriculum Corner:

Our content focuses will be:
Science: Animal Unit

L.5A.1 Classify animals based on their physical characteristics.

L.5A.2 Explain how different bodily structures help different animals survive.

L.5B.3 Analyze and interpret data about how animals survive when their environment changes.

L.5B.4 Explain how animals can change their environment.

We are beginning this week with exploring animal groups. Next week we will move into individual/group projects. Each child will choose an animal they want to study and the standards will be taught through this research/study. At the end of our unit, you will be invited in to see your child present their projects. Each child/group will make a power point in class.

Writing: Informational Writing

We will be working on writing using our research on animals. Students are expected to write an introduction, body, and closing for their research paper. They will be taking notes to help them write this paper and create their power point presentation.

Reading: Reading for Meaning

We are working on reading to take "stop and jot" notes. We will be focusing on Non-Fiction books about animals over the next few weeks. We are also talking about using dictionaries and context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words in our reading.


We started our unit on time on Monday. Students are expected to tell time to 5 minute intervals. Extension groups will be working on time to the minute and elapsed time.

2 MD 6 Use analog and digital clocks to tell and record time to the nearest five minute interval using a.m. & p.m.
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Field Trip

We are very excited about our upcoming field trip to Lazy 5 Ranch on Friday, April 7th.
We will be leaving at 7:45 on the dot. It takes well over an hour to get to the ranch and we want to make sure we are there in time for our 10 o'clock wagon ride. It is very important that your child arrives at school before or as close to 7:40 as possible.

What to wear: please send children in athletic wear and athletic shoes, no sandals or flip-flops

Lunch: If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please make sure that it is in a paper-bag (labeled with their name) that can be disposed of at the farm. Please do not send lunches in lunch boxes, because we will have nowhere to store them.

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Scholastic Book Orders Due Wednesday, March 29th!!!!!

Go online and order using code: LK6KR
Send your orders in with your payment anytime on or before Wednesday, March 29th.
Flyers can be found in your child's homework folder today.