Second Grade Rock Stars

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Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 11/08- Mrs. Martin attends a the CAG (California Association for the Gifted) Conference for Advanced Differentiation in the Classroom with Common Core
  • 11/10- No School
  • 11/11- No School- Veterans Day
  • 11/13- Board Meeting at 6:30pm
  • 11/14- Last Day of the Trimester
  • 11/16- Last Day to Sign up on the Portal for a Conference and fill out the Pre-Conference Form HERE
  • 11/17-11/21- Parent Teacher Conferences (SIGN UP HERE) Need the Directions?
  • 11/20-11/21- Early Out Days (1:10pm Dismissal)
  • 11/21- Crazy Hat Day
  • 11/24-11/28- No School- Thanksgiving Week
  • 12/18- Talent Show Applications Due (Fill it out HERE!)
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Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

We are rockin' at reading! We've recently learned about reading by being fortune tellers and news reporters. You might wonder what on earth either of those things have to do with learning how to become a better reader...the answer is...a whole lot! We learned about Madam, who predicts the future and we did the same while reading That's Good! That's Bad! We used what Madam is good at to help us become better readers and predict the future of the what was going to happen in the story next. We even referred to our crystal ball to help us see what was on the next page. We also learned about Quincy the Questioner, he is a news reporter. He asks the hard questions to find and understand the story. He mostly asks thick questions. Thin questions are questions that have their answers right there on the page. Think questions are questions that you must think about to answer and are the answers are not right there on the page; they allow you to make connections to the story in order to answer. With thin questions you doing more finding in the book to answer, while with thick questions you are doing more thinking and connecting in order to answer. When readers are connected and thinking deeply while reading, that's when they love what they are reading and gain the most from what they are reading. As news reporters, we read Put Me in the Zoo and came up with thin and thick questions. Then we read in partners and came up with our own thin and thick questions. We met back together to debrief and reflect and came up with one last thick question...ask your child what exactly that was! If you heard that I can make red dots appear out of thin air like the character in the might be right! Also, don't forget to also ask your child the difference between a thin and thick question!

Writing that tops the charts

We have been working hard on our assessments in writing! Students are really doing great with moving through the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.) Next week we will create and write our very own fractured fairy tales, after reading many versions, comparing and contrasting them to the original, and analyzing the points of view of the characters, we are ready to write our own!

Tuning in to Math

In Math we practiced adding with regrouping and reviewed money by making our own ice cream sundaes. We decided what we wanted, added it up by lining it up and regrouping, then we showed it in coins. Phoebe and Nate both had a lot of adding to do as they bought the biggest sundaes that I have ever seen....way to take on a challenge!

What did the Rockstars do this weekend?

CLICK HERE or go to to share about your weekend. We will talking about our weekend in class when we get back on Wednesday! You can add a picture or a video! I can wait to see and hear about everyone's weekend!
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Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Place Value: Thousands

Reading: Fables, Central Message or Moral of the Story

Writing: Writing our own Fractured Fairytale

Grammar: Thesaurus and Synonyms

Conventions: Quotation Marks

Social Studies: Maps (finishing up)

Spelling: e_e words (long e sounds due to the "silent" or "magic" e at the end)

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Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

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