Collins' Corner

December 8, 2014

Important Dates



December 10 - Fun Fitness

December 19 - Economics Shopping Day

January 6 - 8:00 MAP Testing (Math)

Please note...

  • The last day to purchase a yearbook is Friday, December 12. No orders will be accepted after this date.

  • Last week we spent some time with our intec specialist for an Hour of Code, which is an introduction into computer programming. If your child is interested in working on this at home, the website is Learn.code.org, and they can begin on course 1. You can also purchase the app Kodable, which is the app they worked on in class.

  • Please send in a new dry erase marker for your child at your earliest convenience. We use these daily and they are beginning to dry out.

  • Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately and brings a coat to school. Our recess time is 10:30 and it is very cold at that time.

  • We are interested in gathering interesting information about places all across America. One way to do this is to collect postcards from family, friends, work associates or anyone you know who lives outside South Carolina. We would like to ask everyone to spread the word to ask these people to send our class a postcard that tells something interesting about where they live or are traveling. I do want to stress that we want to learn something from the postcards that we receive. The students do not have to write the postcards or even know the people that they are coming from. Our goal would be to have cards from all fifty states by the end of the year. I thought that this might be a great time to start this program because many of you are traveling or will be talking to people during the holidays. If your child wants to write a note and mail the postcard as you travel, that is great, but they can also just bring it back to school with them. There is no limit or quota per student. We are working together as a team. I hope that we get some really interesting cards about places across our country. Our mailing address is: Mrs. Collins' Second Grade Class, LMES, 1531 Three Dog Road, Chapin, SC 29036.

Language Arts

The spelling lesson this week is on the long i sound which is made by igh as in high. Today we talked about the long i sound and that the gh is silent in this spelling pattern. We are also looking at the suffixes er and est.


This week we are working on determine the meaning of unknown words using context clues. We are doing a lot of practice together in class and will continue to work on this throughout the year.


We are in the process of publishing our first book review, and will begin our second book review this week.

Math

We are continuing to work in chapter 4 of My Math which is subtraction with and without regrouping of two digit numbers. This week, we will practice rewriting problems horizontally to vertically, as well as solve word problems with two digit numbers.


There will be an addition fact test this Thursday. Please continue to help your child study for these tests.

Social Studies/Science

We have completed the economics unit, and will have an economics test on Wednesday. Your child should have brought a review sheet home today for the economics test, as well as their social studies notebook.


We will begin a science unit on magnets this week.