Second Grade Rock Stars

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

These Rock Stars are really Rollin'! Friday's highlights are having Ms. Wilhelm (our Vice Principal) join us in our Friday Closing Circle, seeing some amazing hair, and having an absolute fabulous and artistic day in Art! Ask your child what they shared as their plan for this weekend during Closing Circle...then ask them to name another person's plan for the weekend.

Other highlights for the week include students matching up based on doubles facts, finding the range and mode on several data sets, making a line plot and bar graph out of their data, writing about something that is important to them, beginning Guided Reading Groups, and focusing on understanding what they are reading and continuing to read with expression. These are some ravishing readers!

(Ask your child if they can tell you what ravishing was a Rock Star Word of the Day and one that was used all week long.)

Reminders for those helping students at home:

This is tricky concept and the text book and homework pages were harder than they needed to be (and very confusing!)

Mode is the number that shows up the most in the data set.

Range in the highest number in the data set minus the lowest number in the data set.

Have your child solve this problem:

  • Data set: 1, 5, 2, 7, 4, 5
  • What's the mode?
  • What's the range?

Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter!

Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Median, Place Value

Reading: Expanding Vocabulary- "tuning" into interesting words

Writing: Using sensory writing to draw in a reader: sound and touch

Grammar: Nouns (proper and common)

Social Studies: Maps and Directions

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

9/16- Volunteering in Class Begins! Woo Hoo!!!

9/17- Library

9/18- WCS Strategic Planning Meeting 5:30pm at 1931 Arena Blvd.

9/20- Road of Life Map Due!

9/23-9/27- Scholastic Book Fair at Del Paso Library!

10/7-10/11- No School!

10/19- Fall Festival

What's this Mr. Stick?

We learned how to draw Mr. Stick this week! Mr. Stick is our Margin Mascot for our Writer's Notebooks (and will likely filter through other subjects as well). It might sound crazy, but Mr. Stick is more than just one quick illustration, it's a way of reflecting on their writing and learning. It is a required part of their writing that is easy and quick to draw, but can show emotion and must include a speech bubble. Mr. Stick is not to relay facts (we just took or learned those), but to move their thinking to the next level about the information. I am going to say this up front so you won't mistakenly think Mr. Stick is about drawing a cute little picture to accompany our writing or notes. This is ultimately a writing assignment (preceded by quick drawing of a stickman) that aims to make students think deeper about their classroom and content through original words given to Mr. Stick. We will sometimes use Mr. Stick to reveal how we feel about a concept, reveal insightful thoughts about the content, or reflect about their writing, or to reflect on their connections or "take" on the concepts or learning. It's something we all can draw (with directions) and use to show our deep thinking and reflections! Mr. Stick will evolve throughout the year and I'm excited to see all of the ways the students use it this year!

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

Answer to the questions!

mode: 5

(5 shows up twice and the other numbers show up it shows up the most)

range: 6

(even though there is not a 6 in the data set! Highest number (7) minus the lowest number (1) is the 7-1=6