February 28, 2014
What I Really Want Your Child To Bring Home Every Day
I hope at the end of the day, when you ask your child, "What did you do in school today?" your child can give you a better answer than, "Nothing." In fact, what I really hope is that you don't even have to ask. I hope that your child is so excited about what they learned that they will blurt out a summary without any need for prompting. I hope your child doesn't dwell on what was taught, but on what was learned. Most importantly, I hope your child can't wait to see just what we will learn the next day.
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." -Lily Tomlin
Important Dates to Remember
Tuesday, March 4-Mustang School Store
Tuesday, March 4-Dr. Seuss Cafe
Friday, March 7-Spirit Squad practice 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 11-P.E. program *Don't forget to send in R.S.V.p.*
Thursday, March 13-60th Anniversary Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14-Spirit Squad practice 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Monday, March 17-Spring Break begins
I Will Be A Hummingbird
This week the students created a mini-project called, I will be a hummingbird. It is based off of a short video we watched as part of our thinking activity. This story has such a wonderful message.
Students took total control of this project. It was so fun watching them create the entire project all on their own. A special thanks, again, to Anna-Lynn Morris for coming over on her lunch hour to help us edit. Below is the link to their project. The orginal video (it is very short) is also posted on our Weebly under the Learning Videos tab. The Tree, another short clip we used for learning to write leads, is also on there. They both have powerful messages.
Don't Forget to Send in February Reading Calendars!
Coming Up This Week...
Reading-In conjunction with our social studies unit, we will be reading a story out of our new reading series, Journeys. Our story this week is called Dex the Heart of a Hero (genre-fantasy) and Heroes Then and Now (Genre-Informational/Biography)
Essential Question-What makes someone a hero?
Target Skills-Compare & Contrast, Figurative Language
Target Strategy-Monitor and Clarify
Writing-Narrative Writing-The Best Homework Excuse Ever. (Teaming with Technology project)
Social Studies-We will be focusing on heroes: past and present. Students will be working in pairs and researching a hero such as Jane Goodall, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Helen Keller, Ichiro Suzuki, Louis Braille, Harriet Tubman, and Joe Kittinger to name a few.
Math-We have been working on subtracting three digit numbers. This is a difficult skill for second graders. We will continue working on Topic 11 this week and will test on Wednesday. On Monday, I will be sending home an optional 3 digit addition/subtraction practice sheet along with the weekly homework.
This Week We Will Begin to Use Our Brand New Reading Series-Journeys!
The entire district adopted a brand new reading series this year. We will officially jump start this program next year, but will begin to dabble in it for the remainder of the year.
There are so many components that I love about this program and the stories are incredible!
P.E. Program-Tuesday, March 11
Great Lego Website-Build With Chrome
I showed the students this site today. A great, creative tool for those kids that love Legos!
(You do have to go through Google Chrome.)
Time Capsule Project
Regulary Spelling List 22
Challenge Spelling List 22