Sneak Peek

2T Edison School * January 4, 2016* Mrs. Tallman

2T Community

Happy 2016!!

It has been a while since we’ve all been together in our 2T community. As we readjust to the school day, we will review our routines and procedures in Room 5. We will begin the new year with clean desks, neat chair buddies and organized book boxes! We will set new learning and personal goals for 2016.

Literacy Co-teaching

In the first few weeks of January, Mrs. Warfield will be working with small groups during our Reader's Workshop. She will be reading with students and doing some word work lessons as well. We are so grateful that Mrs. Warfield has been able to fit Room 5 into her busy schedule!


We will read New Year's inspired books and learn about New Year's resolutions and how people from all around the globe celebrate the New Year. Students will discuss their own family traditions for New Years's and write their own resolutions as a culminating activity.

This week, we are going to answer the question, “What can we learn from the way a character acts?” First, we will read a folktale called How Chipmunk Got His Stripes. We will then read a traditional tale called Why Rabbits Have Short Tails. As we read, we will keep talking about the Big Idea, “Nature can teach us many things.”

Target Vocabulary: curled, direction, healed, height, toward, tunnel, tease, brag

Phonics Skills: Base words and endings –ed,

-ing (including spelling change of Drop Final e); words with consonant/vowel (CV) pattern

Spelling Words: liked, using, chased, making, hoping, asked, standing, riding, baked, spilled, closed, hiding would, own, kept *practicing

Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms

Comprehension Skill: Understanding characters – tell more about characters

Comprehension Strategy: Summarize – stop to understand important events as you read


Persuasive writing is our new writing unit. The second graders will first learn that persuasive writing attempts to make someone feel or think a certain way. Our unit will begin with practice on identifying the difference between a fact and opinion, followed by writing a few examples for practice. To get their feet wet, everyone will write a short persuasive paragraph about their favorite place to visit. When the students have a better understanding of persuasive writing, we will discuss the specific details a persuasive piece MUST have. First, they must write the name of the subject under discussion; for example; book, place, show or outfit. They should then use descriptive words to make the reader feel good about their topic. Finally, they will use choice words to make a powerful ending. We will spend time learning how to do each of these things. It promises to be a fun process.


Changes Continue!

We will identify a mystery mixture by trying to separate it buy using methods we have learned already. We will also learn about what causes a chemical change and look for things that are present during a chemical reaction as we observe mixtures of baking soda and water and baking soda and vinegar. We will finish the changes unit and take a reflective assessment about what we have learned.


Chapter 4 Lesson 1 Using Part-Part Whole in addition and subtraction

Use bar models to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Apply the inverse operations of addition and subtraction.

Lesson: Chapter 4 Lesson 2 Adding On and Taking Away Sets

Model addition as joining sets.

Model subtraction as taking away.

Apply the inverse operations of addition and subtraction.

Lesson: Chapter 4 Lesson 3 Comparing 2 sets

Model addition as comparing sets.

Apply the inverse operations of addition and subtraction.

Mark Your Calendars:

January 4th- School Resumes

January 11th- WEB Project Introduced

January 15th- Half Day Teacher In-Service

January 18th- No School MLK Day

January 20th- Monday Schedule

January 29th- Character Counts Assembly


Send a Note to Let Me Know:

Please send in a note or email to notify me if your child is leaving school early or coming to school late. I can order lunch for students arriving late to class and I will be better able to prepare homework and have students packed and ready to leave early without interrupting the class. Thanks!

• Please have your child put their name and number on all assignments.

*Please label all of your child's belongings!

*It is still warm in our classroom, please help your child to dress appropriately and to bring a water bottle each day!