Friday, October 21, 2016

     Happy Friday!  It was actually nice to have the kids the whole week this week (after two four-day weeks).  We did a lot of work with doubles and doubles plus or minus one.  I think I have assigned fact strategies to be practiced to everyone.  The visual part of developing fact strategies or working toward fluency with the strategies is the important part.  That means that you should be using visual representations (ten grid cards or the mini rek-n-rek) to practice the strategies.  If this doesn’t feel clear, please let me know and I’ll try to connect with you to make it clearer. 
     I added some information to the Science and Language Arts pages in the blog.  We’ve been talking about seed dispersal in science.  In Language Arts we read two books about doubles and then compared them.  This comparing of two texts is a second grade common core standard.  We also studied ou/ow words this week.  The Sitton spelling curriculum refers to ou as the most deviant vowel team in the English language.  That quote always makes me smile.  It’s why I tackle that vowel team first.  Now that we’ve learned that vowel team, we know four different syllable types:  Open, Closed, Silent E, and Vowel Team.  Ask your child if they can give you examples of each of syllable type (in class I wrote ho, hop, hope, and how/hoe, that might help if they need a clue).
     Next Friday, October 28 we will have our Halloween parade and special snack.  The parade starts at 9:15 in the K/1 pod.  They swing around and pick-up the second graders.  All three grades then parade throughout the school.  Parents are invited to watch the parade—we go through the gym in a serpentine fashion, so that’s a good place to catch us.  Then you are all invited back to the classroom to hang out and have the special snack with us.
     Just to make things more complicated, we are also having our Kids and Community Assembly next Friday.  Our team color for that is yellow.  If your child can bring a yellow t-shirt for the assembly that would be great.  Extra credit if the costume is yellow--just kidding.  On the costume topic…second graders are expected to be independent with putting their costumes on.  If there are complicated parts to your child’s costume, please simplify it for the school parade.  We ask that parents do not come to the classroom to help with costumes—again, working toward independence.
     This weekend I will be setting up a sign-up genius for fall conferences.  I listed the dates below.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Whaley

Dates:
Friday, October 28th  Halloween parade, special snack, & Kids & Community Assembly
Tuesday, November 8th  Picture Re-take day.  Let me know if you want retakes.  I have to sign-up for a time slot if I need it.
Wednesday, November 9th Parent-Teacher Conferences (2-4ish pm)

Monday, November 21st Parent-Teacher Conferences all day

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