Hallman News

April Edition

Important Date

Thursday, April 14, 2016: Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, April 26, 2016: Music Program at PVES (more information to come)

What's going on in Reading?

This month we are sharpening our skills by proving our thoughts about a text using evidence in our reading responses. You may hear your child say, "Poof! Here's my proof!". Everyone created a wand to help remind them you must always have proof from the text in your answer (aka details to support thinking). Encourage your child to prove their thinking about the text by asking them to show it to you.

We are also now practicing "reading to learn" with nonfiction articles paired with our story of the week. Students are pulling information out of nonfiction articles to complete a graphic organizer. They are using the graphic organizer to help guide their writing in Google Classroom. Last week we read Salt in His Shoes and paired it with a nonfiction article on Michael Jordan. Ask your child what we created after our book and article study. I will tweet a few pictures later in the week.

Finally, the end of the year is rapidly approaching. I wanted to let you know the grade level reading expectation for a 2nd grader in North Carolina is a level M. In order to best prepare your child for the final assessment, I will send home Level M question stems with report cards on Thursday to practice with. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

What's going on in Math?

This month in math we are reviewing our quarterly assessment. We are also looking at shapes in geometry and arrays to start thinking about multiplication for 3rd grade.

Students will continue to take a pretest at the beginning of a new concept. The results of the pretest will determine math groups to remediate skills or enhance understandings of concepts.

Math journals can go home nightly to review previously learned content. Please encourage your child to play a math game with you from their journal. If your child can explain how to do something and solve the problems correctly, they truly understand the content.

Weekly Math homework will continue to take on the form of a specific skill to review each week. Please make sure your child is showing all work for any problems involving math equations. Not showing work will result in the homework being marked incomplete. Thanks so much for your support with this matter.

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Problem Solving

Did you know we have problem solving pencils to help us answer word problems correctly?