Mrs. Crooks's Second Grade Scoop

2015-2016 Volume 8

Table Talk

The information in this newsletter is designed to help with daily conversations with your child. It lets you know what your child has learned and what he/she/they will be learning in school. It also includes any updates and reminders.


Theme: Friendship

Essential Question: How do friends depend on each other?

Last Week:

We read Sled Dogs Run. We described how the beginning introduces the story and the end concludes a story. We also described how characters responded to major events in a story. We identified what a blurb is and listed the elements of a blurb ( short, introduces main characters, tells the problem, hooks potential readers). We created a whole group blurb for Sled Dogs Run and worked with partners to create a blurb for Sheila Rae, the Brave.

This Week:

We will finish Unit 1 by creating a blurb independently. We will use a checklist to make sure that we have included all of the elements of a blurb and edit it for CAPSS (capitalization, appearance, punctuation, spelling, sense). We will work on comprehension skills by reading and answering questions in small groups.


Last Week:

We learned about the short o sound spelled o and the long o sound spelled oconsonant e.

This Week:

We will be learning about the short u spelled u and the long u spelled u consonant e.


Choose one menu item each night or create your own activity and write what you did in your spelling notebook. On Wednesday have your child/children practice their spelling words to prepare for the test. While preparing for the test have your child practice writing several of the words in a complete sentence.


The spelling test will consist of 5 words from the spelling list given, 2 words that the students will apply previous learned skills, and 3 high frequency words from the list given. The words are graded for accuracy and capitalization. The students are also required to choose one word from the test and use it in a meaningful sentence. The sentence is graded for CAPSS (capitalization, appearance, punctuation, spelling, and sense).


Last Week:

Grammar: This week we learn how to add inflectional endings (ed and ing) to change the tense of a verb. We will also learn how to place commas when writing a series of things.

Writing: We will continue to revise and edit our work to revise our writing. We will also begin to publish our first piece of writing.

This Week:

Grammar: This week we will learn the CVCe syllable rule. We will also learn how to use commas in a series.

Writing: We will continue to revise and edit our work to revise our writing. We will also begin to publish our first piece of writing.


Last Week:

We learned how to apologize. We spent most of the week working on anti-bulling activities. Each day we wore a color to represent a word.

Monday- Blue (Kindness)

Tuesday - Green (Equity)

Wednesday - Yellow (Empathy)

Thursday - Red (Respect)

Friday - Purple (Positivity)

This Week:

We will be finishing up our health unit by learning how to keep ourselves healthy.

Volunteer Training

Make sure that you become volunteer trained so that you can be a part of our class field trips, parties, etc. . Click on the link below.

Star Student

Our Star Student for next week is Andrew!

Congratulations, Andrew! You are truly a WISE WESTY!

Birthday Celebration

Our November birthday celebration will be on Thursday, November 5th (3:00-3:30). We will celebrate the birthdays of Caleb, Andrew, Ryan, and Adeline. Parents are welcome to come celebrate. If your child would like to bring in something to share with the class, we are requesting indoor/outdoor recess equipment, books, crafts, etc.

Important Dates

  • 10/13 Library - Have your child bring in their library book(s).
  • 10/16 School Closed (MSEA Convention)

  • 10/30 Fall Harvest Celebration - Tentative date for 2nd grade party (9:45-11:15)

  • 10/30 Schools Closed 3hrs early - End of the first marking period

  • 11/6 Spirit Day

  • 11/13 Schools Closed - Conference Day (Sign Up to be sent soon)

  • 11/16-11/20 American Education Week - Grade 2 Visitation Day TBD

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here is my contact information:

Lynn Crooks:

West Towson Phone: 410-887-3869

Assignment Book/ Take Home Folder: write a note in either

**I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but sometimes I am unable to, so please allow me 24 hours to respond.

A Few Moment

Here are some pictures of learning and/or events.

Blue for Kindness

Green for Equity

Yellow for Empathy

Red for Respect