Mrs. Krajewski's Second Grade Scoop
September 12, 2014
What's Going On?
I have one correction from last weeks newsletter. Our class will be having Ms. Monson for gym this year. They will have Ms. Luberda also as they work very closely together, but their assigned teacher is Ms. Monson. I would like thank one of our parents for sharing a success that she and her daughter discovered on xramath.org. They did it on the computer and on an Ipad and felt the I-Pad was easier due to the keyboard. No stress without an I-Pad because the keyboard will become familiar with practice.
I met with some moms the other day who offered to help out with parties and activities. One person offered to organize a theme basket contribution for our school fundraiser way later in the year. I am just asking if anyone has connections to any great themes? Thoughts on this are Badgers, Brewers, Packers, or any other ideas you have. Mrs. Kaminski will be selecting a theme at some point in the future so I thought I would ask early. Please let me know if you have a great thought or connection, otherwise I am sure you will hear more in January or so.
We have been reviewing short and long vowels and vowel patterns this week. I had the opportunity to read with and assess each child on Thursday in preparation for guided reading. The routines of independent skill work were being established this week for reading to self, Weekend News, spelling work, word work, and practice writing. These will be used for Daily 5/Centers while guided reading is being taught.
Spelling/ Words Their Way
Thank you for your assistance with week 1 of spelling. Your child should have brought home week 2 list today. Today we started our first word sort for Words Their Way. The children were assessed to identify precise phonetic and spelling patterns that they are secure on and what they need to learn. They will be working with the sorts here at school for one week before moving on to the next sort. There are periodic assessments to check for application to writing. More to come as we progress.
Throughout the school year we will be alternating between science and social studies. Our first science unit is insects. We are observing Painted Lady larva and will be observing mealworms. We address skills such as classifying, sorting by characteristics, learning life cycles, and body parts of an insects.