Second Grade News You Can Use
February 16-19, 2016
A Note from Mrs. Graham
The student who is ready to learn...
- comes into class, unpacks folder and planner putting them on the desk, and begins morning work without reminders
- takes care of bathroom needs and asks for water breaks when we are not in the middle of a lesson
- listens completely to instructions and asks questions after instructions are given for clarity
- follows directions quickly on class time instead of in their own time
- speaks clearly when spoken to and listens when others are speaking
- works independently when asked to do so during small group time
- is a self starter and stays on task
- completes homework, meets AR goals, and is prepared for tests with little help from parents
- is not a distraction to self or to others
- stays seated during instruction, on the carpet, and when eating in the MPR
- walks, stays quiet, and does not touch the walls or others in the hallway
- can use the bathroom in the hallway without being reminded not to talk or play
- uses utensils, napkins, and good manners like not talking with a mouthful of food
- can keep desk, locker, and other personal space organized
- can dress, keep appearance neat and can tie shoes
- can speak respectfully to authority even when angry or disappointed
- can speak kindly to peers and seeks help when needed to resolve conflict
- helps keep the classroom healthy by cleaning up messes and by practicing healthy habits like covering coughs and sneezes, keeping hands and fingers out of nose and mouth, and by washing hands when necessary.
Teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic is the easy part. Teaching this other stuff turns out to be the challenge. I hope you will support your student by supporting me through the rest of this school year. I look forward to being able to enhance our curriculum in response to a class full of students who are ready to learn.
March 4-Second Grade AR deadline for 3rd term
March 4-5-Spring Consignment Sale
March 11-Grandparent's Day
March 14-18-Spring Break
I will be rescheduling parent/teacher conferences during the next three weeks.
New List Words: horn, story, fork, score, store, corn, morning, shore, short, born, tore, forget
Challenge Words: report, force
Words from Writing: really, Mrs. Graham, and very
Test will be on Friday, February 19, 2016.
Essential Question: What makes someone a hero?
High Frequency Words: I've, begins, being, flower, ground, laugh, ready, stood, tall, very
New Vocabulary Words: depended, sore, sprang, studied, gazing, hero, exercise, overlooked
Vocabulary Strategies: Prefix (over)
Grammar: Commas in a Series
Comprehension Skills: Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language
Writing: Narrative Writing: Fictional Narrative
Fluency Homework: Dex The Heart of a Hero will be due Friday. Focus on intonation rather than speed. When good readers read aloud, they use proper intonation to emphasize certain words and emotions. This means they change their voice so the listener can understand the mood of the story.
Most of us have the concepts of adding and subtracting and can add and subtract three digit numbers with and without regrouping. Those of us who know our facts are able to complete our work and homework in short order. Continue to work on those addition and subtraction facts to improve speed and accuracy in problem solving.
Theme: Christians will spend eternity in heaven
Memory Verse: Luke 16:31
If they will not listen to Moses, then they will not believe someone who has risen from the dead.
New this week: American Cultures
Students will compare and contrast the American Cultures of the past to cultures found in America today including African American, Hispanic and Asian American cultures.
New this week: Animals
Students will learn that many different kinds of animals live in different environments on Earth. They will understand that animals have different systems that perform different functions-movement, digestion, respiration, etc. They will also explore the life cycles of animals.