Important Reminders, Highlights, and Exciting News
Week of September 19th
We are so very proud of our Spectacular Second Graders! Each day, they strive to demonstrate our school's Core Values of Mind, Heart, and Effort in multiple ways. We celebrate and appreciate all of the growth and progress that are making already as we continue our transition into Second Grade! We are very excited about our future and educational journey as it unfolds ahead!
Both classrooms 101 and 102 are working hand and hand to ensure that our content, experiences, and resources are parallel. As educators, this is our heartfelt and dedicated commitment to the students and families we are serving this school year and beyond.
We are very grateful for this opportunity to work with all you! Thank you for your interest, support, and enthusiasm for our teaching and learning! We are enjoying a very exciting and magical school year!
New Member of our Second Grade Team!
Welcome to Ryan Peterson and his family! Ryan is in 102 and received a warm welcome on Monday! We are happy you are all at Edgebrook and will do our best to make you feel welcome!
Early Dismissal Reminders
As with any planned early dismissal, please let your child's teacher know in writing as soon as you are able the time of pickup for early dismissal, reason and whether or not the child will be returning.
We are not always in our classroom at that time and will have a better chance of coordinating in a timely fashion if a heads up is provided, Thank you so much for your support and cooperation!
Teacher Information Form
Please complete and return this form to your child's teacher as soon as possible. It is invaluable in communicating background information to us as we get to know your child this school year.
Thank you so very much for all that already provided information about dismissal schedules. If your child's after school schedule changes at any time, then please let your child's teacher know of the change in writing as soon as possible. If you have not already, please inform us of your child's afternoon schedule if it involves a special group pickup from school or delivery to the Gym for Park District. Please notify us of any changes or additions.
Some students have communicated that they would like to attend Park District, but will will need confirmation from you to be sure of this registration. We want to make sure that your child gets to the proper location at 3:30PM.
Parents' Daily Assignment Book Check
Please remember to sign your child's Assignment Book each night as confirmation of review and receipt of these important deadlines as well as dialogue with your child regarding their Sticker Chart for all of the school days they stay at Green or Higher.
If they have not done so, then their day will indicate the descending color they received. Our progressive behavior incentive system begins each day with all students on Green or "Ready to Learn." The colors are arranged as follows from the top down. Pink "Super Student," Purple, "Great Job," Blue "Good Choice", Green, "Ready to Learn," Yellow, "Think About it," Orange, "Teacher's Choice, and Red, "Parent Contact." The last move would result in a Student Behavior Form being completed in school and signed by the teacher as well as the parent at home. This progress informs our citizenship awards as well as our classroom climate and teamwork.
Students who reach Pink or "Super Student," are honored the following school day with a special certificate. We have a Hall of Fame for those students who collect five days on Pink and earn special gems symbolizing their amazing progress on their clip. The students are very motivated to try to reach Pink each day. Please join us in celebrating encouraging this progress! Thank you for your continued support and partnership!
Blended Learning: Daily Five Literacy Tasks
We are enjoying immensely our Daily Five Literacy Task Learning Cycles. The students have latched onto the routines and are immersing themselves in these literacy tasks! Throughout the past few weeks, we have been reinforcing and practicing our routines and expectations for Word Work, Work on Writing, Read to Self, iPads , and teacher-guided group expectations. The students have latched onto the routines and are immersing themselves in these literacy tasks!
Blended Learning: Differentiated Math Centers
Our Math Centers are an exciting addition to our math lessons!
In addition to IXL and Khan Academy practice and enrichment, we will be working on MARS Tasks, Problems of the Month, Hands-On Math Games to build our Math Fluency and Scavenger Hunts and Scoot Games. The students are loving these opportunities to extend and enrich their learning!
Our Featured Author of the Month: Kathryn Otoshi
The Second Grade is enjoying the collection of books written by author
Kathryn Otoshi!! We are enjoying and exploring her thoughtful and award winning literary works! The students are welcome to look at our local library for any other works by our celebrated Author of The Month!
Her reading selections include: One, Zero, Two, and and many more! If you are able to check any out, then we will share them and return the loaned book to you as soon as possible. On Monday, September 12th, we enjoyed close reading the book One and analyzing the character building messages embedded in her heartfelt story and illustrations. In the coming weeks, we will be reading and discussing other reading selections published by this amazing author!
Our Inquiry Project and Investigation Log Journals!!
"Ideas come from curiosity." ~Walt Disney
This school year our students are so very fortunate to have a dedicated journal (their composition book) to record their observations, research as they create inquiry projects as a source for enrichment! The students are very excited and have already been researching student-selected and student-centered topics of their choice. Please refer to the additional reference information found below for additional specifics and guidelines for presentation ideas. Extra credit will be awarded for mind, heart and effort invested in their special work!
The Classroom/Homework page will be updated weekly or as needed to inform our students and families of upcoming important reminders, announcements and our anticipated homework for the week.
Please remember to visit our school's website at and select the Classes/Homework page regularly in order to facilitate our Home-School partnership as well as your child's progress this school year. Please also note that you child has a personal Assignment Book that will contain "Real Time" updates regarding daily Homework assignments and expectations. Please check your child's assignment book each night to monitor any additions or revisions to our schedule. We will utilize their performances to inform and shape the pace of our lessons.
Weekly Reminders and Content Specific Guidelines
RAZ-KIDS (These Logins and Parent Information will be sent home in your child's Black Folder this week.)
Our beginning independent reading level for Second Grade is Level K. The year end goal is for each child to be reading at the End of Second Grade Level-P or higher.
Please encourage your child to practice at home at least on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least each school week. Keep in mind the desired benchmarks and your child's progress to guide the time that will be needed to keep progressing in this content area. You may need to increase the frequency based on your child's progress, to date. Please see below for additional expectations for Raz-Kids practice.
Students should read for at least 15 Minutes a day or longer this week.
We are suggesting that the students Read Out Loud to an Adult for at least fifteen minutes for homework on Mondays and Wednesdays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, complete at least one Raz-Kids reading selection and test.
In Second Grade, they will have daily Read to Self opportunities as part of our Daily Five Literacy Tasks. They each have an individualized book bin with "Good Fit" books. They may check out a classroom library book to assist with these journal entries.
Reading Response Journal (RRJ)
Students are expected to respond to his/her reading in the RRJ (Reading Response Journal) using the Thinking Stems provided on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The purpose of this homework is to enhance and improve reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension. Please remember that daily reading it is an essential part of your child's daily homework
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, your child will be assigned a Reading Response Journal entry on a book of their choice. Please use the classroom modeled example to guide you. They will be collected on Thursdays and credit will be given for their effort. We modeled an example of an entry for our RRJs on Monday, September 12th. Please refer back to it to assist your child. These entries will be assigned for Monday, September 19th, Tuesday, September 20th, and Wednesday, September 21st. They will be submitted for credit on Thursday, September 22nd.
Please refer back to the Thinking Stems stapled inside the cover of your child's Reading Response Journal (Red notebook). An additional copy was included in your Parent Night Information Packet.
We recognize that Active Readers use Thinking Stems. These will deepen our students' interaction and response to their given texts and reading selections. Students should vary the thinking stems throughout the year. Please see your child's example to guide their homework responses.
Each Monday, or the first school day of the week, students will be given an ungraded Pretest of the week's spelling words in their red Language Arts journal. We will reinforce the phonics, spelling patterns, and meanings of the week's words. The assigned list will emphasize spelling patterns. On Fridays, or the last school day of the week, the tests will be administered. The test will consist of their recall as a guide as you study the words each night. The test will consist of their recall of the assigned ten words.
This week, we have ten assigned spelling words which emphasize the long o sound spelled o, o_e and the long u sound spelled u, u_e.
menu, nose, most. cure, joke, unit, vote, soda, mule, fuse
A Pretest was administered on Monday, September 19th and a Spelling Test will be administered on Friday, September 23rd. Please see your child's progress on the Pretest to facilitate your review this week.
Our first reading unit of the school year is all about Kindness. In the coming weeks we will explore our Essential Question "How can you show kindness to others, and why is it important?" We are launching this unit this week! Our first reading Selection from the Imagine It hardcover reader is entitled Because of You written by B.J. Hennessy.
In Second Grade, we will be be analyzing and discussing our reading selection and evaluating how it relates to our theme and extending their knowledge through the study of spelling words, vocabulary words, and grammar focus.
Fiction is a made-up story that entertains readers.
Vocabulary cards -
These words can be found in the glossary located at the back of our reading textbook. We will be modeling the procedure for preparing individualized vocabulary cards with the children to facilitate their understanding and recognition of the selection's key terms.
We will be taking time to model the procedure for preparing each vocabulary card with the children.
Please make sure that each vocabulary card contains the vocabulary word on the plain side, the vocabulary word rewritten on the first line of the lined side, followed by the definition, and your name on the last line. An illustration may be included on the front plain side for extra credit. These will be submitted for credit on the day of the test. Tests will be administered on a date to be announced.
A vocabulary study card will be completed for each of these key vocabulary words. Our procedure will be modeled and time will be given in class to complete these. They will be submitted for credit on the day of the assessment.
Vocabulary Words for this selection: care, feelings, kind, precious, share
Vocabulary cards will be completed and submitted for credit on the day of the test. Please help your child to make sure these are completed and can be used as a study tool in anticipation of the upcoming test. Vocabulary cards will be attached at the time of test collection for credit. Test date will be announced in the future.
Vocabulary Strategy-Using Apposition
A definition is sometimes provided in the text right next to the word it is defining. Use apposition to find the meaning of the word.
Comprehension Skill- Making Connections
As you read, check to make connections between what you know and what you are reading.
Grammar Focus and Emphasis~Differentiating Common Nouns and Proper Nouns
Each reading selection focuses on at least one particular usage and mechanics principle.
A common noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. Common nouns do not begin with a capital letter.
A proper noun names a certain person, place, or thing. Proper nouns begin with a capital letter.
Throughout the school year, our Second Graders will be expressing their knowledge and thoughts in a variety of written expression forms throughout the school year. Continually, we will be modeling and reinforcing the components of writing an Constructed Response and responses to literature. In addition, we will be utilizing our Daily Five Literary Work on Writing to complete a minimum of two published student books throughout a given quarter. A chapter book will be considered two published works written by a students. Topics will be student-selected and reflect their ability to work throughout the steps of the Writing Cycle: Pre-writing, Student-Self -Edit of First Draft, Teacher Edit of First Draft, Publishing Final Draft with appropriate revisions made.
We will be reinforcing our Daily 5 Literacy Tasks and learning cycles as well as developing our very own stories during Work on Writing and Writing Workshop. In addition, on an on-going basis, our students are incorporating into their very own and original writing narrative and opinion writing.
In Science, we are continuing our exploration of Interdependent Ecosystems and Plants.
This quarter, we are exploring Communities. Using a supplemental and informative Social Studies Weekly Publication, the students will be able to apply a close reading strategy entitled Three Reads to enhance and enrich of key vocabulary, main ideas and supporting details related to this unit.
Please study your math facts each day for at least 15 minutes. Please utilize the addition and subtraction timed test contained in the Summer Learning Packet sent home on the last day of school. Our Summer Math Fluency Goal was to earn 50% accuracy, and our First Quarter's goal will be to advance to 60% or higher in the allotted time. Additional Master Copies of these were contained in your Parent Night Curriculum Packet.
Monday, September 19th-
Students need to complete workbook pages 53-54 and return and submit tomorrow to school for credit. Study your addition and subtraction facts daily (15 minutes). Please make copies of the 100 problem addition and subtraction tests that were included in the summer information packets as well as in Parent Night Information Packets to assist your child's mastery of these facts.
Tuesday, September 20th-
Students need to complete workbook pages 59-60 and return and submit tomorrow to school for credit. Study your addition and subtraction facts daily (15 minutes). Please make copies of the 100 problem addition and subtraction tests that were included in the summer information packets as well as in Parent Night Information Packets to assist your child's mastery of these facts.
Wednesday, September 21st-Day of 7 Minute 100 Problem Addition Timed Test
Students need to complete workbook pages 65-66 and return and submit tomorrow to school for credit. Study your addition and subtraction facts daily (15 minutes). Please make copies of the 100 problem addition and subtraction tests that were included in the summer information packets as well as in Parent Night Information Packets to assist your child's mastery of these facts.
Thursday, September 22nd-Day of 8 Minute 100 Problem Subtraction Timed Test
Students need to complete workbook pages 73-74 and return and submit tomorrow to school for credit. Study your addition and subtraction facts daily (15 minutes). Please make copies of the 100 problem addition and subtraction tests that were included in the summer information packets as well as in Parent Night Information Packets to assist your child's mastery of these facts.
Friday, September 23rd-Have a wonderful weekend!
Study your addition and subtraction facts daily (15 minutes). Please make copies of the 100 problem addition and subtraction tests that were included in the summer information packets as well as in Parent Night Information Packets to assist your child's mastery of these facts. Our next addition timed test will be administered on Wednesday, October 5th and our next subtraction timed test will be administered on Thursday, October 6th.
Thank you for taking time to sign your child's assessments and return them to school. As shared at Parent Night and in our Second Grade Informational Packets distributed at the beginning of our school year, these returned assessments are compiled into Student Portfolios and will be returned to you and your child at the end of our school year. They serve as a confirmation of your receipt of this important feedback and reinforce the Home-School Correspondence. This practice is part of your child's daily assignments. Thank you for your continued support!