### FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016

Hello parents. We have been busy learning so many new concepts in all of our subjects. If your child is experiencing difficulty with their basic facts, please make sure that they are working on them at home. Also, if your child's DRA score was below a 24 at the end of 2nd marking period (identified on their report card), please make sure they are working extra hard on their reading at home.

## Daily Take Home Folders

Parents, please remember to review the contents of your child's daily folder and have them return it to school each day:)

Thank you!!

## VALENTINE FUN

As most of you know, 2nd graders do not receive letter grades. My philosophy is that children don't come to school for grades, but to learn and grow. I am working hard to make sure everyone grows. It is important to let you know what progress your child is making. The following is the system we use...

S means your child is doing a Satisfactory job and has met the goal

P means your child is progressing toward the goal

N means your child needs some improvement toward the goal

AC means there is some concern regarding your child's progress and together we need to be working to help them work at progressing toward the goal

## Our Schedule

Recess and Lunch: 11:16 to 11:56 (We go to recess first)

Gym: Mondays and Wednesdays (Remember to wear gym shoes)

Music: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Movement: Gym and Music together

Library: Thursdays

## February and March Birthdays

Happy Birthday Griffyn Nester on February 8th

Happy Birthday Nathan Crawford on February 10th

Happy Birthday Jackson Curl on March 10th

Happy Birthday Kaylee Tomlinson on March 14th

## Math

Students will be assessed on Topic 9 at the beginning of next week (February 22nd - 26th). In this topic students have learned about subtracting 2 digit numbers from 2 digit numbers. They have learned about the concept of regrouping or "exchanging" as I like to refer to it.

In topic 10 students will be learning about place value to 1,000. Students will learn to read, write and compare numbers. They will understand the digits have different values depending on their place in the number.

In topic 11 students will learn how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. They will re-visit the concept of regrouping numbers.

## Informational Writing

We are just beginning our Informational Writing Unit. The students have been exposed to many different informational texts. We have learned about the features of informational or non-fiction texts. Some of the features we see include; photos, captions, maps, bold words, and diagrams. The students will be selecting their topic to research based on their interests. Once they have chosen their topic they will research to find out more about their topic. They will chose from either animals, sports or places.

## Social Studies

We have wrapped up our learning about Core Democratic Values (common good, justice, truth, popular sovereignty). Students created a poster demonstrating their understanding of these values).

In this next unit we will explore economic concepts. Students will learn how we have unlimited economic wants and that these wants are desires that can be satisfied with goods and services. Students will also understand the effects of scarcity. In addition students will learn that when we make a choice between goods and or services we have an opportunity cost (that which we have not chosen). We will revisit natural and human characteristics in relation to the goods that we have because of both natural and human characteristics.

## Science

We are wrapping up our unit on Properties of Matter. In our next unit we will be exploring our Earth. Students will learn concepts about water: where water is found and its uses at both home and school. Students will also look at different landforms we see on our earth: rivers, oceans, lakes, hills, valleys, plains, and mountains.

In reading we are learning about THEME. The theme is often referred to as the message, the lesson or the moral to a story. This is particularly difficult for students but is important. Students are asked this on the Developmental Reading Assessment and they need to be able to state the theme when being assessed. Review the anchor charts below to see how you can help them at home.

All students received an AR Reading Goal for third marking period. This goal was determined by their STAR Reading Score. I hope this encourages students to read and take quizzes. Quiz results can tell them so many things. Did I read the book carefully?, is this book too hard or too easy?, Can I challenge myself a little bit more? etc... Next year your child's reading grade may be based partly on whether or not they have met their reading AR Reading Goal.

You can keep track of your students progress when they take an AR test. I have sent home the Renaissance Home Connect letter that tells you how to check on your child's progress.

## Students Who Complete This Will Earn a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza Certificate

Don't forget to complete the February Reading log.