Sneak Peek

2T Edison School * December 15 to 23, 2014 * Mrs. Tallman

2T Community


Edison School is collecting mittens, hats, scarves and gloves for the annual Mitten Tree. Please send in new items by December 19th. The school is also having a Holiday Collection for Mrs. Kredatus, Mr. Pugh and Mr. Ed. Please send in a donation by December 19th. Mark the envelope "Holiday Collection".


This week Edison School will enjoy the sounds of the season! Our annual Holiday Concert is this Tuesday Decemembr 16th, at 2:00 (doors open at 1:45). Come, slow down and enjoy the students as they help us get in the spirit by singing holiday songs!

Literacy

This week, we are going to answer the question, “How do you know if something is a fact or an opinion?” First, we will read an Informational Text called Jellies. We will then read another called Meet Norbert Wu. As we read, we will keep talking about the Big Idea, “Nature can teach us many things.”


Target Vocabulary: millions, choices, drift, simple, weaker, wrapped, disgusting, decide


Phonics Skills: Contractions

Spelling List 10: don't, that's, we'll, I've, didn't, it's, wouldn't, they're, you've, I'm, can't, wasn't, because, they, really **you're


Vocabulary Strategy: Base words and suffixes: -er -est


Comprehension Skill: Identifying statements as fact or opinion.


Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/clarify – Good readers monitor their understanding. While reading, they ask, “Does this make sense?” If it does not, they go back to clarify.


Writing

During Writer’s Workshop, we will begin a unit on poetry. The students will learn the “ingredients” needed to write poems. First, find a small object, or moment or detail that holds a big feeling. Then, look with poets eyes and see ordinary things in a new way. We will learn that poems have their own music, the music of poems comes from the words we choose and how they are put on paper. Poetry is fun and exciting for young writers, they do not have to follow "the rules" when writing a poem! We will create a class poetry book by the end of this unit.

Math

Lesson 4-9: Partial-Sums Addition Algorithm

• Identifying the value of digits in multi-digit numbers

• Using base-10 blocks and fact extensions to add two 2-digit whole numbers

• Using ballpark estimates

• Showing understanding of addition and subtraction symbols


Unit 4 test: Thursday December 18th


Lesson 5-1: Exploring Rules, Sharing and Time

• Counting a collection of objects

• Matching the time on a clock with the digital notation

• Finding the rules for a group of sorted attribute blocks


Lesson 5-2: Points and Line Segments

• Solving number stories using addition facts

• Connecting points in a sequence

• Using a straightedge to draw a line segment

Science:

Changes Continue!

This week we will mix solids and liquids. We will observe and describe three solids: gravel, tissue and kosher salt and describe, record and compare how each solid behaves when mixed with water. We will try to separate the mixtures by using several methods. We will then compare and discuss the properties of two forms of sugar (solid & granulated) and investigate how granulated and sugar cubes dissolve in water. We will record and discuss our observations.

Happy New Year

I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday! I am looking forward to seeing 2T back together in 2015!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Ethan Lang! Ethan celebrates his birthday on December 29th!

Mark Your Calendars:

December 16th- Edison Holiday Concert 2:00

December 18th- Math Test Unit 4

December 19th- Spirit Day

December 19th- Report Card Day! Please sign envelope and return (keep contents)

December 23rd- Holiday Party

December 23rd- Half day (no need for a snack, we have our party!)

December 24-January 4th- Winter Break

Reminders

Students: Please return all work with your name and number!


Parents: Encourage independence and responsibility at home and in school.


Dress in layers: It may be getting chilly, but our classroom is still warm! Dress in layers to be comfortable and bring a water bottle to school each day!