Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!


  • Thank you parents for meeting with me last week! It is so wonderful being able to meet with you to discuss how much your child has grown! I have been thinking often this year about how hard it will be to say goodbye to this amazing group of Rock Star students after two years with them; I tear up whenever I think about it. I realize that I will not only be losing these amazing and wonderful students at the end of the year, but also their fabulous families. It is going to be hard to say goodbye! Ok...enough gushy stuff! Let's discuss what we've been up to!
  • What an eventful time of year this has been! Who couldn't mention what a phenomenal job our famous people did on their living museum speeches, on character acting, as well as costumes? I mean…I felt like I was in an episode of Quantum Leap, in a sequel to Back to the Future, or had leapt right into the Magic Treehouse Series! It was fabulous! The students persevered as our room was packed for the entire hour and they were in character the whole time! Way to go Rock Stars!
  • We have been working hard to learn many different ways to show and notice multiplication. Ask your child how we have used each of these: Circles and Stars, Repeated Addition/Skip Counting, Cubes, Rows and Columns, Arrays, Using Money, and Making a Table. Students are really making the connections and getting a solid foundation on all of the different ways to show and make multiples.
  • We have also been studying rocks. What "Rock Star" doesn't like rocks? We had a geologist come in and show us about the three different kind of rocks. Her name was Mrs. Martin! No, it wasn't me, that was actually her name! We made her an honorary "Rock Star" for her amazing knowledge on rocks and for the fact that we believe she belongs in our room! We have been learning about sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, igneous rocks, and crystals. Ask your Rock Star about each of these! See the pictures near the bottom of the newsletter for visuals of our rock visit!
  • Check out the websites listed in this newsletter to help your child further at home with math facts and tricky spelling

Check out our Living Museum Video!

Living Museum Biographies

Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Multiplication and Review of Time and Fractions


Reading: Non-Fiction Text Features, Valid and Relevant Resources, Review of Short and Long Vowels, Making Connections to Text.

Writing: Transition Words and Plot

Grammar: Review Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Conventions: Commas and Quotation Marks

Science: Basics of Erosion

Spelling: "ea words" as in reach. Then, "ie words" as in thief.

Life Trait: Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when speaking and listening.)

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 03/31-04/05- Scholastic Book Fair on DP Campus
  • 04/01- Talent Show Forms Due to Miss Toni or Miss Aimee
  • 04/02- Parent Advocacy Meeting at 6:30pm on DP Campus
  • 04/03- Middle School Fairy Tale Play in PW Cafeteria
  • 04/04- Spirit Day "Culture Day" Students can dress out of uniform if they dress in a different culture
  • 04/05- Kid's Fair at Arden Fair Mall starting at noon
  • 04/05- International Festival 3-7pm on DP Campus
  • 04/07- WAVE Meeting 6:30 DP Campus
  • 04/08- Talent Show Auditions at NP3 Gym from 4pm-6pm
  • 04/10- WCS Board Meeting 6:30 DP Campus
  • 04/12-04/27- Spring Break (No School)
  • 04/27- Dr. Saladin Dentist Fundraiser
  • 05/01- Fog Willow Field Trip and "Plant Life Cycles"
  • 05/03- Natomas Duck Pluck Festival

Check out these websites!

For Practicing Math Facts:

  1. http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/maths1.html (timed math fact practice)
  2. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/mathman/mathmanmenu.htm (like pac man, but with math facts!)
  3. http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/thats_a_fact/english_4_6.html (math fact practice- easier to use with a mouse if it the typing one is too hard for them)
  4. http://www.hoodamath.com/mobile/games/mathtimedtests.html (math timed tests)
  5. http://www.arcademics.com/games/grand_prix/grand_prix.html (a car racing game for multiplication practice where they can play against others)

For Practicing Sound-Alikes (like their, there, they're, and more!)

  1. http://www.spellingcity.com/sound-alikes.html

Challenge of the Week

Question:

What would 5 till 7 look like on an analog and digital clock? (Show both!)

Remember: The Challenge of the Week is accepted any day throughout the week for a chance to use the computers for the 7 minutes of quiet time after lunch!

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

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