# "OWL"Standing Classroom News

## Classroom Curriculum

Week of March 9, 2015

Marvelous Math:

Weekly Learning Target: I can use equal groups to multiply and divide.

*We have finally completed learning all of the material from this unit. We will work on reviewing for our chapter test. We will take the test on Wednesday. Our next unit of study focuses on the standard and metric systems of measurement.

*I have included the IXL math link below. This is a free math website and an excellent resource for practicing math concepts and skills at home.

Weekly Learning Target: I can name a variety of traditional tales.

*Throughout the week, I will read the students a traditional tales story. The students will use the elements that we learned about each tale to properly identify the story. We will review at the end of the week and take the quiz next Monday. Today, your child brought home a study guide in the orange homework folder to help prepare them for the traditional tales quiz. It really does make a difference when you take the time at home to study with your child.

Words are Wonderful:

Writing:

Weekly Learning Target: I can write to entertain others.

*This week, students will complete their narratives. I will also prompt the students to write a narrative which I will score and report on the report cards for the third marking period.

Word Study:

Weekly Learning Target: I can spell jellybean and elephant words.

*Students will use the skills we have learned from previous word sorts to correctly spell jellybean (or one syllable) and elephant (multi-syllable) words.

*Don't forget to visit www.spellingcity.com for a fun way to practice spelling words. See link below.

IB Unit of Study: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Water is a natural resource that is crucial to the survival of all living things.

Weekly Learning Target: I can explain why water is an important natural resource.

*This week we will finish learning about why water is such an important resource and why it is crucial for the survival of all living things. We will explore how much of our body is made up of water, and how much water a person needs to drink daily to stay healthy and hydrated. Current actions to be looking for: Your child weighing themselves to determine the amount of water that they should drink each day or asking for water as their drink choice when they normally would pick a different option. If your child takes one of these simple actions, snap a picture and either email it to me or send in a copy to school for our class action board.

The month of March is Reading month, and State Road Elementary always goes all out to plan a lot of fun activities to get your child excited about reading.

*The theme for this year's reading month is Dive into Reading. Our whole school has been transformed into an ocean habitat.

* Besides the many fun activities that take place at school every day, we are asking all of the students to read, read, read at home.

*Last Friday, your child brought home a reading calendar to track how many minutes they spend reading each day.

*The goal for 2nd grade students is 80 minutes from Friday to Thursday.

* Students need to return the reading calendar each Friday in their homework folder, and I will send it home with them on Friday afternoon.

*Students will need to spend more than the nightly 10 minutes shown on the homework calendar in order to meet the goal.

*If a child meets the 80 minutes of reading, they will receive a coupon to enter into a weekly prize drawing. If a child exceeds the goal and reads for 160 minutes, they will receive two coupons, and so!

*The top reader in our class will have the opportunity to soak a teacher during the closing assembly at the end of the month.

*The top three readers in our class will receive a special reward from Mrs. Mullins... to be determined.

## Mark Your Calendar with These Upcoming Events

March 12: State Road Night at Hungry Howies

March 13: Favorite Hat Day at school

March 20: Exercise Outfit Day at school

Popcorn Day

March 24: 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing

March 26: State Road Night at Leo's Coney: Kindergarten teachers hosting

March 27: Beach Day at school (no bathing suits)

March 30: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Look for the sign-up schedule soon

March 31: All school field trip to IMAX movie at Trillium theater

April 1: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Look for the sign-up schedule soon

April 2: Half Day of School : Dismissal at 11:55 a.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Look for the sign-up schedule soon

April 3: No School: Spring Break begins

## Typing Web

This is a free online typing program that teaches proper keyboarding skills. In the future, students will be taking state assessments on the computer where they will be asked to type to compose opinion, informational, and narrative pieces of writing. It is going to be crucial that even the youngest of students have a strong knowledge of a computer keyboard. I encourage you to utilize this program with your child at home. I have included the link to the program below. I have set-up an account for each child.

Username: your child's first initial, full last name, and oo... for example, cmullinsoo