Mrs. Crooks's Second Grade Scoop

2015-2016 Volume 17

Table Talk

The information in this newsletter is designed to help with daily conversations with your child. It will let you know what your child/children will be learning in school. It also includes any updates and reminders.


Unit 4

Theme: Unique

Essential Question: What does it mean for someplace, something, or someone to be unique?

This week we will use images and text features to help clarify the texts that we will read. We will also identify the main topic and key details. Finally we will describe the connection between two unique places by comparing and contrasting specific points.


Have your child choose a book from their guided reading independent level. This was given to you at conference time. Updates will be sent out after the next guided reading assessment. Then have your child read independently for at least 20 minutes. Finally have your child retell what they have read using transition words. If the book is a nonfiction he/she can tell you important facts they learned.



Long u sound spelled u, ew, ue, and u_e. We will use this sound and spellings in order to read, write, and spell words.


Each night have your child choose one of the activities from the spelling menu. Your child/children may create a different activity to practice their words. Please remember to sign their spelling homework each night.


The spelling test will consist of 5 words and 3 high frequency words from this week's list. It will also include 2 words from previous skills. The students will then choose one word and use it in a meaningful sentence. This sentence will be graded for CAPSS.


This week will focus on expanding our sentences to include more details.


I saw a dog.

I saw a brown dog.

I saw a big brown dog running.

I saw a big brown dog running after a cat.

Content (Social Studies)

This Week we will begin a new unit in Social Studies called The United States. Our focus will be on laws, community leaders, democratic ideas, and maps.

Box Tops

Please send in Box Tops as you get them.
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Volunteer Training

Make sure that you become volunteer trained so that you can be a part of our class field trips, parties, etc. . Click on the link below.

Star Student

This week our Star Student Eva!!

Congratulations Eva! You are truly a Wise Westy.

January Birthday Celebration

Our January birthday celebration will be this Thursday, January 7th (3:00-3:30). Parents are welcome to come celebrate. If your child would like to bring in something to share with the class, we are requesting indoor/outdoor recess equipment, books, crafts, etc.

A Letter From Ms. Patrick

Dear families,

Thank you for the gift that was put together for me! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. It has been an absolutely wonderful experience being in Mrs. Crooks’ classroom and working with your children. I look forward to coming back in late January as a full time intern.

Happy holidays!

Ms. Patrick


Just a reminder that we have Library each Tuesday. Please remember to have your child/children to bring in their book(s) to renew or return for new ones.

Important Dates

  • 1/4 - Schools reopen
  • 1/7 - January Birthday Celebration (3:00-3:30)
  • 1/8 - Spirit Day
  • 1/18 - Schools Closed (Martin Luther King's Birthday)
  • 1/19 - School Closed for Students (Teacher Professional Development Day)

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here is my contact information:

Lynn Crooks:

West Towson Phone: 410-887-3869

Assignment Book/ Take Home Folder: write a note in either

**I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but sometimes I am unable to, so please allow me 24 hours to respond.

Sharing Our Dioramas

Roll A Snowman Game

Winter Celebration