Have you heard your child singing this song? Thursday was the 100th day of school. We had fun with our hat fashion show. The kids did some great writing about their hats. I'm sending all their drafts home. Using the standards from the Common Core (CCSS), I focus on what my students can "own" in their writing. Your child should be able to tell you the parts of an informational paragraph (the second grade CCSS). An interesting lead, (3) facts, a stretch of a fact, and a concluding statement. You'll notice the kids hand write their first draft. A teacher types it just the way the student wrote it (as much as we can). Then the student gets it back for proofreading and revisions. Depending on how soon your child gets their first draft in, they will have had 2-4 times to rework their paragraphs. You can get an idea of what your child is doing automatically (starting capitals, ending punctuation, and spelling) and the kinds of mistakes they can catch by looking at the different drafts they have. For the final draft I correct all the spelling, starting capitals, and ending punctuation but the writing is all theirs.
In math we did a mid-year check-in that was done over three days. The class as a whole scored well. I will share the results at the March conferences*. We also continue to work on problem solving and showing models or representations of our work, with more of a emphasis on subtraction. The exchange we did this week is in the folders. If your child used an open number line ask them to explain it to you.
This Wednesday is Valentines. Your child doesn't have to pass out Valentines, but if they do there should be a Valentine for each student in the class. There is a class list in the folder.
Also in the folder is a two-sided game board for practicing math facts. (If your child is already fluent with addition math facts I didn't put it in their folder--don't hold me to 100% accuracy with who is and who is not fluent, I'm not done assessing that.) I think the games are well explained in the directions, but you should know I did not introduce it in class.
Our Colonial Day will be on Friday, June 1st. If you are not familiar with Colonial Day, you should know that you will want to be there for at least part of the day. We do three "reenactments" that all take place in the morning. I'll need about 14 volunteers to help with the morning and about 7 in the afternoon. Much, much more on that later, but I wanted to get the date out.
*We have March 13 and 15 as noon dismissals so that we can do conferences. I will get a sign-up genius set up for conferences either this weekend or next.