News from Mrs. C's Room

April 7-11th

Tidbits From the Teacher

Thank you for all of the help with our Austin Zoo field trip last week!! It was a lot of fun trying to find animals that fit the list of our scavenger hunt.

We are trying to settle back into our normal routine now that our second PBL unit is over. We have just enough time to ready everyone for the district benchmarks in second grade reading/writing and math next week! Please don't plan on checking your child out of school for appointments or other activities on April 15th or 16th!

Things to Do/Remember:

1. Please remember to initial each time your child completes his/her Xtramath for the day. This fact fluency is part of homework and children are expected to complete at least 3 assignments per week.

2. Please read the special letter in your child's take home folder about my big move next year!!!

3. April is Autism Awareness month. We'll be wearing blue to show our support later in the month.

Class Wish List

- We need AA batteries for our cameras and flashlights.

-Any Books (picture or chapter) that you are no longer reading at home would make great additions to our class library

Dates to Remember

April 15 & 16th: Second Grade Benchmark Tests

April 18th: School Holiday!!

What We'll Be Learning...

Math: Students will begin preparing for the second grade district benchmark in math. We will be reviewing all concepts taught in math and learning about the genre of test taking. Students will learn to show all of their work (testing style) and then choose and circle the correct answer when given choices (seems easy but many forget to choose!). The next few days will be very important review days. Please make sure that your child will be in school on April 15th and 16th especially!

Reading: Students will continue to study fiction texts this week, specifically folktales and fairy tales. Students will read more versions of Cinderella and compare the texts, thinking about the setting, the country/culture of origin, theme, plot, and characters. Later in the week, students will practice being a “reading detective” by reading passages with multiple choice questions to help them prepare for the upcoming Language Arts benchmark on April 15th. Please make sure that your child will be in school on this day and the next day- April 16th.

Writing/Grammar: Students will also be working on editing and revising in order to be prepared for an upcoming benchmark on April 15th.

Science: This week students will be observing and identifying how magnets are used in everyday life. We will be learning vocabulary terms related to magnets. We will be determining if objects are magnetic or not. Students will demonstrate how magnets are used in the world around us.

PBL: Thank you to all the parents for visiting our classroom on Friday for the gallery walk of our PBL presentations. The students loved having you here and we appreciate your support.

Fun Friday

Austin Zoo

PBL Gallery Walk