Mrs. Turley's Tidbits

Week of 10/11 - 10/14

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A fun-filled, fantastic week for all!

Thank for your understanding this week with my absence from the classroom. Lovely little lady - Payton Olivia Turley - arrived the evening of 10/10 and caught us just a bit unprepared. She and mom are doing fine and enjoying being home with big sister Katelan. Thanks for the many warm wishes and congratulations...they're much appreciated!


This week we introduced the suffixes -es, -s, -ed, -ing, -er, and -est. We went over that -s and -es makes a word plural. We only add -es when the word ends in

-s, -ch, -sh, -x, or -z. We went over the -ing suffix and that is added to a word showing that an action is happening now vs. an -ed suffix that is added to a word that shows that an action has already happened in the past. Finally, -er and -est are used to make comparisons. -Er is used when comparing two things and -est is used to compare three things.


We looked at character's point of view. We had a really fun activity where we joined together with Ms. Valentour's class and read, "Hey, Little Ant." We saw the different point of view from the boy and the ant. It was fun to work with our same numbered partner from the other second grade class.


We finished up our Real-World Experience for Measurement and Data which was constructing a paper bird house and graphing the results of the class. We also made corrections to our Unit 1 Measurement and Data Test. The first test will be going home next week in the homework folder . Included with the Post-test is the Pre-test along with a growth report (you will see how much your 2nd grader grew from the pre-test and the corrections that they made after the Post-test). You will also see their reflection sheet-the only thing marked on that will be the type of mistake they made-a simple mistake, math mistake, or process mistake. We had a discussion about this type of mistake--a simple mistake would be you just wrote the wrong number. A math mistake would be an addition, subtraction, or measuring mistake. A process mistake would be making a mistake during your process-like forgetting an x on your graph for example.

This the grading scale was changed for math--if you child scored 80-100% they would be Meeting our 2nd grade standards. If they scored between 66-79% they would be Developing our 2nd grade standards. If they scored 65% and below they would be Beginning our 2nd grade Standards. To be Extending at 2nd grade--your child would have to show they knew the 2nd grade Pretest and are ready to work on 3rd grade standards for that unit.

Ten Marks - Our District Math Coach Rachel Manjarres joined us for 3 days this week to teach our classroom about our new computer math program called Ten Marks! Our class loves it! I am able to pick lessons that align with the units that I am currently teaching in math, so it's a great teaching tool. The kids also collect coins to open up a game to play for 10-30 minutes, depending on how many coins they have! Second graders CAN play Ten Marks at home. A letter is coming home today explaining how to play Ten Marks at home!

Writing Workshop:

We worked on taking one of our pieces of narrative writing and looking closely at it with our narrative check-list this week. Next week we are going to be writing our post-assessment. Over the weekend, it would be great to brain storm with your second grader some small moment stories they could write, so they have some ideas in their minds!

S.T.E.M. : Our STEM Engagement Activity with Mrs. Love this week had us working on the IPad minis to do some more "coding." I think we might just have eighteen future computer programmers on our hands!!

D.A.R.E.-We had our first D.A.R.E. lesson with Officer Hogan from the Woodridge Police Station today. This program consists for four lessons and targets safe practices both personally and in the community.

National Feral Cat Day - Ms. Valentour explained to both 2nd grades the importance of feral cats in the community. October 16th is National Feral Cat Day and it's celebrated in all communities. Ask your second grader why it's so important and what marking can be found on a feral cat and why cats should be left in their community and not taken to a shelter.

Upcoming Special Events...

October 21st - School Spirit Day - Wear school colors of red and gray!

October 21st - Anti-Bullying Assembly - 10:00 a.m.

October 24th - Red Ribbon Week begins

October 28th - End of First Quarter; School Spirit Day!

October 28th - Halloween Dance: 6:30 p.m. in the Meadowview Gym

October 31st - No School; Teacher In-Service