# Mrs. Kristi Smith's Second Grade

### Weekly Update - March 18, 2016

*** There has been another strategy sheet added to the "Strategy Resources for Parents" folder under the "Content" section of my Edline page. New this week is a strategy sheet for helping children read nonfiction books.***

In honor of St. Patrick's day we shared two special books. One about leprechauns whose job it is to leave the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the other about a man who tricks a leprechaun (or was it the leprechaun who tricks him?).

## Writing Workshop

We were so excited to kick off the nonfiction writing unit that we are piloting for Teacher's College this week. The students are so enthusiastic about the important work that they are doing to help the authors of this new unit.

We then studied some nonfiction books under the document camera and made a list of some of the "moves" we could be using in our own nonfiction writing. We added some of these to our classroom chart so we have a visual reminder in case we need inspiration! The students went off to write and to incorporate the "moves" (a.k.a text features - diagrams, charts, bold words, glossaries, definition, steps, etc...) we studied into their writing.

## Math Workshop

This week in math I spent several days working with small groups of students to strengthen skills based on the unit six assessments and daily work. When I met with students we would do some work together and then before sending them off I had them correct the errors on their math tests. Everyone worked very hard! Students used Aleks and Connect Ed when they were working independently. They chose math games to play based on skills they feel are more challenging for them and skills they need extra practice with.

We were also able to complete some work in unit seven. We recorded scores for a basketball game using a twenty sided dice and then students used these scores to practice adding multiple two digit numbers. They also had to compare scores and find the differences between numbers.

We began our school wide fact fluency challenge this week. More specific information and our scores from this week can be found below in the Interesting Tidbits section.

## Social Studies

We read a wonderful book this week titled The Name Jar about a young girl who moves to America from Korea and thinks she needs to change her name. The girl is worried that no one will ever pronounce her name correctly and so her classmates begin to help her find a new name. In the end the little girl keeps her name "Unhei" which means grace in Korean and along the way she makes new friends. Students were then asked to find out information about their own names for their homework assignment. We will be sharing our name stories next week. We also spent time this week finishing our Family Treasures posters.

## Interesting Tidbits...

Last Friday you should have received the following papers in your child's backpack. If you have already returned everything - thank you! If you have not returned them yet please do so as soon as possible. Jump Rope for Heart is happening Tuesday and students will not be able to stay after school without the signed permission slip.

• Information and Release Forms for the Pilot Unit
• Parent Conference Confirmation Slips
• Jump Rope for Hear Permission Slips

This week we began the Fact Fluency Challenge. The children at Allgrove School will be tracking their math fact computations from March 14th through April 8th. Each classroom will be keeping track of the number of math facts the students in the classroom complete correctly. We will be creating paper chains with each link representing a certain number of facts completed. These will be posted on the bulletin boards outside each classroom. We can't wait to see how many facts we can collectively complete over this time period. It will also present a great opportunity to visually represent very large numbers. Help by studying your facts!

Here are the number of facts completed correctly when combining the everyone's timed tests...

Monday - 543

Tuesday - 578

Wednesday - 530

Thursday - 524

Friday - 938 (more students reached the 100 problem timed tests)

Week #1 Total = 3,113

## Upcoming Events...

Hot Lunch for the week of March 21st...
• Wednesday - cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza
• Friday - No School

Jump Rope for Heart

• March 22nd - after school event - signed permission slip needed to stay for the event.

Spring Parent Conferences
• March 30th, March 31st, and April 1st - these are all early release days for students.

Fact Fluency Challenge

• March 14th through April 8th - be sure to check out our paper chain when you come for parent conferences!