Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

Contraction Surgery

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 10/27-10/31- Red Ribbon Week (See what to wear each day!)
  • 10/27- "Kick off Red Ribbon Week" (Wear red)
  • 10/28- "Sock It to Drugs Day" (Wear crazy socks)
  • 10/29- "Team up Against Drugs Day" (Wear your favorite team's jersey)
  • 10/30- "My Future is Bright Day" (Wear neon colors)
  • 10/31- "WCS Rules Day" (Wear school uniform)
  • 10/31- Library Day! Yay! (Bring back library books if they have not already)
  • 11/04- Olympic Triathlon Event Day
  • 11/06- WAVE Meeting 6:30pm
  • 11/10- No School
  • 11/11- No School- Veterans Day
  • 11/13- Board Meeting at 6:30pm
  • 11/14- Last Day of the Trimester
  • 11/17-11/21- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 11/20-11/21- Early Out Day (1:10pm Dismissal)
  • 11/21- Crazy Hat Day
  • 11/24-11/28- No School- Thanksgiving Week
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Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

This week was a busy week!


We were surgeons! Yes, you read it right...surgeons! We performed surgery on words this week! We learned all about what surgeons do and how smart they are. We also learned about contractions and why they exist. We then performed surgery on words to make contractions in order to say the words quicker and easier. We used our scalpels (scissors) to cut out the letters that were no longer needed, then stitched the words back together (glued), and then we needed to show the scar (the apostrophe) of where the letters came out. They even filled out their own contraction surgery book showing their work. If you missed the video at the top...make sure to click on it to see the surgeons in action!


In math, we have continued to work on regrouping and connecting the showing with the doing. Knowing why we carry the tens is just as important as the how we regroup. We learned the trick..."If it is 10 or more, carry the tens next door. If it is 9 or less, let it rest!" Have your child explain to you why they carry the tens next door using academic mathematical language!


In reading we compared and contrasted the story of Cinderella with the story The Rough-Face Girl. We took a close look at the similarities (comparisons) and an ever closer look at the differences (contrasts). The students and I really challenged each other to think deeply about the difference between the two stories and why those differences were important to the story and the people that would have retold that story. See our Venn Diagram chart below to see what they came up with!


Next week, we will be traveling the world to hear other Cinderella-style stories with a focus on understanding point of view and continuing to work on our comparing and contrasting skills. Check out our stories and travels HERE!

Click the next button after you get to the webpage to travel!

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Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Place Value and Addition

Reading: Point of View, Review of Comparing and Contrasting

Writing: Narrative Writing Pre-Assessment and Assessment

Grammar: Dictionary Skills

Conventions: Apostrophes and Commas

Social Studies: Maps

Spelling: a_e words (long a sounds due to the silent or "magic" e)

Event: Red Ribbon Week

NWEA Testing

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Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

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