Fontaine Flier

February 21, 2014

Important Dates to Remember

Saturday, February 22-Skating Party at Skate City (4:30-6:30)

Wednesday, February 26-Individual and class pictures (Fliers were sent home in backpacks this week.)

Tuesday, March 4-Mustang School Store

Friday, March 7-Spirit Squad practice 7:45-8:15 a.m.

Thursday, March 13-60th Anniversary Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 14-Spirit Squad practice 7:45-8:15 a.m.

Monday, March 17-Spring Break begins

Our Next Teaming with Technology Project

For our next Teaming with Technology Project, students will be writing a narrative piece entitled The Best Homework Excuse Ever. This week we learned how to write two different types of leads: a sound effect lead and a snapshot lead. We also learned how to write a narrative piece using a graphic organizer. Students finished the prewriting step of this process today and will start developing their story next week. The final project will be a short animated film of their story, similar to the "Draw My Life" videos. I love this project because it incorporates writing, reading (fluency), illustrating (which they all love), and technology. I love that their writing is connected to something they are excited about because they naturally want to use great word choice, interesting ideas, and sentences that feel good coming out of your mouth. They also are more motivated to edit and revise knowing there is going to be a wide audience that will be viewing their work.

Coming Up This Week...

Reading-We will studying the mystery genre for the next couple of weeks. This week we will be reading The Pine Park Mystery, a mystery written in the form of a play. We will learn how to identify the plot in a story and how to use context to confirm the meaning of unknown or multiple meaning words. Since this is a play, we will be working on fluency as well. We will also learn the prefixes: pre, re, mis, and under.


Spelling-Prefixes re- and pre-.


Writing-Narrative piece-The Best Homework Excuse Ever. (More information found in the Teaming with Technology section.)


Science-In science this week we will be studying dental health. We will be learning about the different parts of the tooth, the types of teeth we have and the job they do for us. We will also talk about things to do at home that will keep our teeth and gums healthy.


Math-We finished the first half of Topic 11 this week and learned several addition strategies for solving three digit addition problems with regrouping. We will continue to review this skill throughout the week, but will also be starting on subtracting three digit numbers with regrouping.

Genius Hour

Genius Hour is quickly turning into my favorite time of the week. It is so much fun to sit back and watch these second graders in action. I wish you could be a fly on the wall and see all the collaboration, creativity, communication, and problem solving that is going on. I am so impressed with how they are handling it. Many of them are finished with their research and are now working on their project to present to the class. Some are creating power points, posters, Animoto presentations, or publishing a book and making a paper slide video. Today we talked about" thinking outside the box" and presenting their topic in a creative and innovative way. There is no official deadline for the first project. Collaborative groups will present as they finish up their project and feel they are ready.

Specials Schedule

Monday-Art

Tuesday-P.E./Music

Wednesday-Computer/Spanish

Thursday-P.E./Music

Friday-Genius Hour/Library/Spanish

Congratulations to our Students of the Week: Mia Krannawitter and Adelyn Ramaekers

Regulary Spelling List 21 pre/re

remove

return

recycle

replace

recall

preheat

prepay

preschool

preview

prefix

swimming

doing

go

good

new

maybe

near

park

Challenge Spelling List 21 pre/re

retail

remodel

recycle

recount

prevent

receive

reject

preschool

preview

prefix

precaution

prewriting

refinish

premise

prescription

proceed

knew

new

Have a Great Week!