Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter
For the Week of September 9th-13th
Week in Review
What We Will Be Learning This Week.....
What you can do at home: Practice telling time on analog clocks. The expectation is that students will understand how to tell time TO THE MINUTE and differentiate between am/pm by the end of 2nd grade. Also, ask your students to justify why one number is bigger than another (why is 96 bigger than 69? how do you know? Focus on place value)
Reading: This week, we will continue to focus on Making Connections in our reading using text-to-self and text-to-text connections. We will be reading a variety of texts, both informational and fictional. I will also begin assessing each student's independent reading level, something that will be shared at conferences.
What you can do at home: When students are reading to themselves or if you read together, as them if they have any connections to the text. Get them to dig deeper by asking, "what does this connection help you understand about the story?" FYI, a text-to-self connection is when something in a story reminds you of something in your own life. A text-to-text connection is when one book reminds you of something in another book.
Science: Yay, our first week of Science! The big focus will be on Science Safety. This week, the students will conduct classroom investigations following safety procedures. The students are expected to identify and demonstate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.
What you can do at home: Ask your student how you can be safe in a science lab. Why is safety important in when performing experiments and/or investigations?
Writing: In writing this week, we will be continuing to set up expectations for writing workshop. The mini-lessons will be centered around telling stories in illustrations and drawing even hard-to-make ideas! These sessions will teach students that writers can decide on a topic, envision it, and then record that meaning on the page with drawings that are representational.
What you can do at home: Encourage your student to write at home and to include illustrations with their writing. Reading picture books with illustrations and text, and books with labeled drawings (think Richard Scarry) shows students that you can represent ideas with pictures and words.
On the Calendar....
Tuesday, September 10th @ 6:30 pm....PTA Meeting and Club Night
Friday, September 13th....Library Day and Book Orders Due
Monday, September 16th...Homework Due
Wednesday, September 25....Early Release, Parent Conference Day
Wednesday, October 2nd.....Picture Day
Monday, October 14th... Savannah's Birthday!
Friday, October 25th... Jake's Birthday!
Tuesday, October 29th.....TAG Parent Info Night
Taking a Survey
Students survey the favorites of the class to make make graphs.
Rigna and Avni play with base ten blocks!
Jayden shows Armaan his geo blocks while Alex reads at the library.
A reminder to students about what "fair" means in our class!
This anchor chart helps us to be a REAL reader during Read to Self! It's a lot more challenging to read to self when there are 23 other people in the room! Being able to focus is key.
Mrs. Cormack Can Be Either!
I can be sweet Ms. Nelson or the intimidating Viola Swap! The choices we make decides what kind of teacher Mrs. Cormack will be!