# January's Newsletter

## A message from Mrs. Smith...

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. It is great to be back at school and to see everyone well rested. On Monday, the students shared their disguised gingerbread stories. The students enjoyed listening to their classmates as they found out what special activity they did over winter break. Thank you for assisting your child on this project! We all know that the New Year brings a time for us to set new goals. We discussed some of our own personal goals with what we want to learn, read, and what type of new food item to try as our 2016 goals. These are currently being displayed on their lockers and I will be sending home within the next two weeks. I'm looking forward to the remainder of the school year as we continue to grow both, academically and socially.

Best,

Mrs. Smith

## Math

The students have been focusing on measurement by measuring objects with a ruler in inches and centimeters. We have incorporated estimation (making a guess) of how long an object would measure and the right unit of measure (feet, inches, centimeters, yards, meters). Estimating happens all the time in our daily lives without us thinking about it. We discussed that when someone ask, "How long do you think it will take to get to our destination?", that we are estimating a time frame. I encourage you have your child practice at home measuring with a ruler, but before they measure to estimate in both inches and centimeters the length or width. Please continue to use IXL and Moby Max weekly!

## Literacy

Right before winter break, we focused on book comparisons. As a 2nd grade team we compared different variations of "The Gingerbread Man". We read 5 different versions of the book and discussed the characters, the setting, the problem, the solution, the repeated phrase, and the lesson of the story. I highly recommend checking out at your local library different Gingerbread Man books. We were able to tie our unit into a writing activity that required us to fill out a Venn Diagram by choosing 2 books and writing down how they were the same and different. We also were able to create a holiday gift for you! They had a blast preparing their decorated gingerbread's. I hope they have found a nice spot in your homes to remember for many years to come!

## Writing

We continue to focus on opinion writing pieces. The students also published an opinion piece about which season they think is the best. They had to state their opinion with three reasons. Each student goes through the writing process (Pre-Writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Teacher Conference, and Publishing) and the area we continue to focus on is our revising. Students are taught to revise by adding carrots to add more details to their writing pieces. We will be focusing a lot on revising this month as we learn about adjectives to help describe nouns. Please encourage your child to help you at home to write grocery lists or to-do lists, which is also a form of writing.

## Social Studies

We finished learning about community leaders and how to be a good citizen in our own communities. The students had a fun time writing a news report based on an article we read from our chapter on community leaders who voted to build a dog park. We watched a news clip to see how reporters present their stories on the news to help write their reports. We also learned about what types of choices we can make to be a good citizen based on how Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated positive character traits as they listened to the people and helped enforce those changes.