Sneak Peek

2T Edison School * September 22, 2014 * Mrs. Tallman

2T Community

We will be sharing our All About Me Books that we have been working on since the first week of school. Each child will read their book to the class and then they will bring it home to share with their families.

Congratulations on our first Sparkle Jar reward!!!! Students enjoyed choosing a prize from the Prize Box last Friday. We voted on the reward and it was a great way to end the week last week! Keep up the good work Room 5!


The students of 2T are becoming experts in their school environment. They have been working hard to learn about our Daily 5 routines and Café Menu strategies. As a result of their efforts, we will begin Journeys this week! We will stretch our first unit of Journeys over two weeks to allow us to revisit our routines and expectations to ensure success throughout the school year.

Journeys is our comprehensive language arts and literacy curriculum which encompasses reading strategies, phonics, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and high frequency words. It works in collaboration with the Daily 5 and The CAFÉ. Each week, we will focus on a theme and read realistic fiction and informational, nonfiction texts. I will inform you of the specific skills and strategies and will send home the Family Connection each week. The Family Connection directly corresponds to the skills and strategies students will be working with during the week. It also suggests fun activities you can do with your child to support their learning.

This week, we will begin to explore the theme Neighborhoods. Through our reading we will visit neighborhoods both imaginary and real, filled with friends to meet. We will begin by reading about Henry’s move into a new neighborhood. As we follow his search for a pet in the realistic fiction selection, Henry and Mudge, we will think about and discuss the question “Why is the order of events in a story important?”

Target Vocabulary: curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, row

Phonics Skills: Words with short a (can); words with short i (dig)

Grammar: Subjects

Comprehension Skill: Sequence of events – tell the order in which things happen

Writing Focus:

As the students continue to write stories from their personal memories, they will learn different writer’s crafts to help enrich their stories. The events in a story are written in order and writers use transitional words to help the reader understand the progression and timing of the story. Through modeling the students will observe the use of transitional word and have an opportunity to use them. The students will also begin on a journey to learn about how best to revise and take charge of their own writing.


· Lesson 1-9: Equivalent Names for Numbers

o Showing numbers different ways; coins,

o tally marks, dice, fact families

o Review basic calculator functions

o Skip counting by 2’s and 10’s

o Key Vocabulary: equivalent names, program

· Lesson 1-10: Counting Patterns

o Skip count 6’s, 7’s and 4’s using the

o Calculator

o Identify the ones digit in numbers

· Lesson 1-11: Relations (<, >, =)

o Compare numbers

o Calculate and compare the values of

o combinations of coins

o Read, write, and explain the <, >, and =

o symbols

o Key Vocabulary: is equal to, is less

than, is greater than

· Lesson 1-12 Exploring Temperatures, Base-10 Structures and Dominoes

o Counting by 1’s, 10’s and 100’s with base

o 10 blocks

o Using Dominoes to identify equivalent names for numbers

o Practicing addition facts with dominoes

o Reading a thermometer and recording the temperature

o Key Vocabulary: temperature, thermometer, Fahrenheit, Explorations, base 10 blocks, cube, long, flat

Social Studies:

This week, students will practice the skill of cooperation and working with others. Students will describe a neighborhood and compare an aerial photograph and a map of a neighborhood. We will use addresses to identify where we live, and locate communities, states, the US and selected countries on maps and globes. We will then compare cities, suburbs and rural farming areas.

Mark Your Calendars:

September 23rd- Living History Meeting 7:00 Art Room

September 24th-Library Begins!

September 26th Spirit Day

September 30th- Vote for the Bond Referendum

October 6th- Fire Truck Visit

October 6th- Anti-Bullying Assembly

October 7th- School Pictures

October 8th- Book Fair Shopping Day


Send a Note to Let Me Know:

Please send in a note to notify me if your child is leaving school early. I will be better able to prepare their homework and have them ready without interrupting the class. Thanks!

• Please have your child put their name and number on all assignments.