VASEK'S VISION

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14-18, 2014

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS COMING WEEK...

Math: Students will begin preparing for the second grade district benchmark in math. We will be reviewing all concepts taught in math and learning about the genre of test taking. Students will learn to show all of their work (testing style) and then choose and circle the correct answer when given choices (seems easy but many forget to choose!). The next few days will be very important review days. Please make sure that your child will be in school on April 15th, 16th and 17th especially!


Reading: On Monday, students will continue to review for the Reading benchmark, which will be given on Tuesday. For the remainder of the week, students will read tall tales, like Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill. Students will analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about theme and genre in these tall tales. Students will also learn about exaggerations that are tied to the actions and traits of the characters in the tall tales.


Writing: We are “Zooming in” on writing this week with our focus on Small Moment Writing (personal narratives). Students will learn to take a small moment from a special day or event, and stretch it out to write a vibrant, detailed story.



Science: This week students will measure, record, and graph weather information, including temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, and cloud coverage, in order to identify patterns in the data. Students will also identify the importance of weather and seasonal information to make choices in clothing, activities, and transportation.



PBL: Thank you to all the parents for visiting our classroom on Friday for the gallery walk of our PBL presentations. The students loved having you here and we appreciate your support.

PRACTICE TESTS

This week has been filled with benchmark practice! Test taking is a skill all of its own that takes time and practice getting used to. As you look through your child's Thursday folder please look carefully over the benchmark practice sheets. On Friday the students will be developing a poster of Test Taking Tips based off of what they have learned after taking a few practice tests.

Throughout the week we noticed that students who did not prove or show their thinking would sometimes get a wrong answer. We are still working on showing our work, taking, out time, and doing our very best. Thank you for taking time to go over these practice tests with your child!

X-TRA MATH

Congratulations to: Aarav, Achintya, Akriti, Dar, Nayana, Nicola, Randy, Sithmi, Tate, and Vedant for completing at least 3 sessions of X-TRA MATH practice this past week. Also, congratulations to Vedant, Randy, and Varsha who earned mastery certificates!!


Make sure to work hard on your 3 days of practice each week. It will pay off in 3rd grade!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU....

WOW. Thank you for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! I was so pleased and surprised to receive the many handmade and purchased cards, chocolate candy, Barnes and Noble gift cards for books, restaurant gift cards, and the delicious Thursday lunch from Olive Garden.


Also, the Shutterfly class memory book is truly a keepsake! Your children are very photogenic!! Thanks for all of your kind remarks. I really appreciate all of you and so enjoy teaching your children!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

April 3-Cassia

April 8-Jayson

April 13-Nic

April 26-Akriti

April 28-Kaylee

ON THE CALENDAR...

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday April 15-17 District Benchmarks for Second Grade

Friday, April 18 No School

Thursday, April 24 Wear BLUE for Autism Awareness

Thursday, April 24 Parent Input Sheet due for the following school year

E-BACKPACK

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!

https://drive.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/folderview?id=0B6MTD-CnFpCYQVcxcGlnQmpOSXc&usp=sharing#

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