Room 101

Important Reminders, Highlights, and Exciting News

Week of May 23rd


We are so very proud of our Spectacular Second Graders! Each day, they strive to demonstrate our school's Core Values of Mind, Heart, and Effort each school day and in multiple ways. We celebrate and appreciate all of the growth and progress that has been made, to date. We are very excited about our future and educational journey as it unfolds ahead!


Both classrooms 101 and 102 are working hand and hand to ensure that our content, experiences, and resources are parallel. As educators, this is our heartfelt and dedicated commitment to the students and families we are serving this school year and beyond.



Important dates to remember...


Red Light, Green Light Mama and Me assessment will be administered on Thursday, May 26th. Vocabulary cards will be due and submitted for credit.



Progress Reports were sent home on Friday, May 20th. Please sign and return as confirmation of your receipt and review.


***Room 101 will be taking the NWEA MAP tests next Tuesday, May 31st

(Reading) and Wednesday, June 1st (Math). There are some helpful practice websites for our upcoming tests listed at the bottom of this newsletter.



Friday June 10th is Field Day—More info to follow…



Math Chapter Twelve



In Math, our emphasis is Geometry. We will be extending and enriching our understanding of Geometry. Our Essential Question is "How do I use shapes and equal parts?" We will be utilizing hands-on manipulatives and IXL to enhance our knowledge and understanding mathematical problem-solving strategies!



We will be administering a 7 Minute Addition Timed Test Wednesday, May 25th and an 8 Minute Subtraction Timed Test on Thursday, May 26th



Science



In Science, we are exploring Force, Balance, and Motion with the addition of Simple Machines this Fourth Quarter!!


Social Studies



We are journeying back in time to America's Founders. Using a supplemental and informative Social Studies Weekly Publication, the students were able to apply a close reading strategy entitled Three Reads to enhance and enrich of key vocabulary, main ideas and supporting details related to this unit.


Language Arts


Reading Response Journal (RRJ)



On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, your child will be assigned a Reading Response Journal entry on a book of their choice. Please use the classroom modeled example to guide you. They will be collected on Thursdays and credit will be given for their effort.




This week we will continue our entries for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The RRJs will be submitted for credit on Thursday May 26th.



Spelling



This week's words emphasize the long i sound spelled _igh, _y, _ie, i, and i_e


and the long o sound spelled _ow, oa_, o, and o_e.


dry, tie, fight, why, tow, soap, below, bike, cone, oak




Reading



Our reading selection is Red Light, Green Light Mama and Me

written by Cari Best and illustrated by Niki Daly. Vocabulary cards will be submitted on the day of the test to be administered Thursday, May 26th.



Genre


Realistic Fiction

is a story that did not happen, but the characters, places, and events in the story seem real.



Vocabulary cards


Vocabulary cards will be completed and submitted for credit on the day of the test. Please help your child to make sure these are completed and can be used as a study tool in anticipation of the upcoming test.

Vocabulary cards will be attached at the time of test collection for credit.



Comprehension Skill-

Asking Questions

As you read, ask questions about what you want to learn from the story.



Vocabulary -


A vocabulary study card will be completed for each of these key vocabulary words. Our procedure will be modeled and time will be given in class to complete these. They will be submitted for credit on the day of the assessment.


automatically, perched, practice, public, recognize

Vocabulary Strategy-Context Clues


Context clues in the text help you find the meanings of the words.

Grammar Focus and Emphasis

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Comparative Adjectives

An adjective describes a noun or pronoun. You can use comparative adjectives to compare nouns or pronouns.


Most adjectives that compare two nouns or pronouns and

end in -er

.


Most adjectives that compare more than two nouns or pronouns end in -est.



Some adjectives use more and most. Use more to compare two things. Use most to compare two or more things.

Ongoing Information

Our Inquiry Project and Investigation Log Journals!!

"Ideas come from curiosity." ~Walt Disney


This school year our students are so very fortunate to have a dedicated journal to record their observations, research as they create inquiry projects as a source for enrichment! The students are very excited and have already been researching student-selected and student-centered topics of their choice. Extra credit will be awarded for mind, heart and effort invested in their special work!


In the past, many Second Grade students have enjoyed preparing an Inquiry Project of their own selection for enrichment and extra credit. They have worked individually or in small groups. Please know that as sources of enrichment, these projects are student-selected and are optional. They will have a chance to share their project with the class, when finished.


In addition, some students have used poster board to showcase their work, and others have opted to purchase the tri-fold version or create dioramas, or models to illustrate their knowledge and understanding. Again, that is purely option. Throughout the school year, we will dedicate some classroom time to collaborate with their peers to aid their research efforts. Upon completion, students will be able to share, and present their projects to the class.


Parents' Daily Assignment Book Check


Please remember to sign your child's Assignment Book each night as confirmation of review and receipt of these important deadlines as well as dialogue with your child regarding their Sticker Chart for all of the school days they stay at Green or Higher.

If they have not done so, then their day will indicate the descending color they received. Our progressive behavior incentive system begins each day with all students on Green or "Ready to Learn." The colors are arranged as follows from the top down. Pink "Super Student," Purple "Great Job," Blue “Good Choices”, Green, "Ready to Learn," Yellow, "Think About it," Orange, "Teacher’s Choice, and Red, "Parent Contact." The last move would result in a Student Behavior Form being completed in school and signed by the teacher as well as the parent at home. This progress informs our citizenship awards as well as our classroom climate and teamwork.

We have a Hall of Fame for those students who collect five days on Pink and earn special gems symbolizing their amazing progress on their clip. The students are very motivated to try to reach Pink each day. Please join us in celebrating encouraging this progress! Thank you for your continued support and partnership!


Daily Five Update


We are enjoying immensely our

Daily Five Literacy Task Learning Cycles.

The students have latched onto the routines and are immersing themselves in these literacy tasks!

Throughout the past few weeks, we have been reinforcing and practicing our routines and expectations for

Word Work, Work on Writing, Read to Self, iPads, and teacher-guided group expectations.



Differentiated Math Centers

Our Math Centers have been an exciting addition to our math lessons!

In addition to IXL practice and enrichment, we have been working on MARS Tasks, Problems of the Month, Hands-On Math Games to build our Math Fluency and Scavenger Hunts and Scoot Games. The students love these opportunities to extend and enrich their learning!




RAZ-KIDS


Please encourage your child to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least each school week. Keep in mind the desired benchmarks and your child's progress to guide the time that will be needed to keep progressing in this content area.

Our year end goal is for each child to be reading at the End of Second Grade Level-P or higher.

Please remember that you will be able to access your accounts throughout the summer and should utilize that time to make sure you have attained the goal.


Language Arts Reading-

Students should read for at least 15 Minutes a day or longer this week. We are suggesting that the students Read Out Loud to an Adult for at least fifteen minutes for homework on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, complete at least one Raz-Kids reading selection and test.

In Second Grade, they will have daily Read to Self opportunities as part of our Daily Five Literacy Tasks. They each have an individualized book bin with "Good Fit" books. They may check out a classroom library book to assist with these journal entries.

Signed Tests


Thank you for taking time to sign your child's assessments and return them to school. As shared at Parent Night and in our Second Grade Informational Packets distributed at the beginning of our school year, these returned assessments are compiled into Student Portfolios and will be returned to you and your child at the end of our school year. They serve as a confirmation of your receipt of this important feedback and reinforce the Home-School Correspondence. This practice is part of your child's daily assignments. Thank you for your continued support!

Please remember...


The Classroom/Homework page will be updated weekly or as needed to inform our students and families of upcoming important reminders, announcements and our anticipated homework for the week.

Visit our school's website at and select this Classes/Homework page regularly in order to facilitate our Home-School partnership as well as your child's progress this school year. Please also note that you child has a personal Assignment Book that will contain "Real Time" updates regarding daily Homework assignments and expectations. Please check your child's assignment book each night to monitor any additions or revisions to our schedule. We will utilize their performances to inform and shape the pace of our lessons.