Weekly Update September 9, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We’ve had a busy week this week in second grade. We shared our Labor Day weekends, as well as worked hard to make up for a lost day with our studies.

Important Dates:

-Sunday, September 15th we will be celebrating Constitution Day. Please join us from 2-4PM for a celebration of our Constitution and 50th anniversary for Wood Acres. Second grade will be performing the Wood Acres Pledge in front of the quad.

– Monday, September 24th and Tuesday, September 25th will be Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you to those of you who have already signed up. I will be sending home schedule slips next Friday for the day and time I have assigned for us to meet.

– Monday, September 30th Book Reports are due. Children were sent home with their chosen books. Thank you to those of you who checked in with me in regards to using a book from home. Please let me know if you have any questions!

This Week:

Reading: Next week we will begin our story Diary of a Spider. Our essential question we will focus on will be, How do good friends act? *Special Note* We will begin using the testing material provided by The Journeys curriculum moving forward. Initially, previous tests were created to gauge student readiness for these new and challenging exams. I believe students are ready to take on the next step for testing, and moving forward these will be our weekly testing material.

Phonics: We will be working on long vowels o and u and e

Grammar: We will be working on identifying nouns

Target Skill: Cause and Effect as well as figurative language

Writing Skill: We will be focusing on a “true story paragraph.” This is where the paragraph should focus on one important thing that happened to the writer- in other words, the main idea. All sentences in the true story should be about the main idea

Vocabulary: Context Clues

Math: This week we are moving right along in our textbooks and will be busy working on fact families, missing addends, and counting up to subtract. Next week we will begin our week with our final Check Progress. The chapter 1 test will be sent home as a practice test. Further information to follow as it approaches. Also, please be sure to be practicing those math facts each night. Students are moving along with their facts, however, it is important that they continue to work on facts that they have already mastered. We are still doing two minute “mad minutes” and are having some trouble getting all the way through. Practice, practice, practice!

History: This week we did a lot of work with our preamble as well as learning about the original flag and what it represents. We are moving along in our flip-books- I cant wait to show off their hard word. I have an extra credit activity for them. If they are able to memorize the preamble by September 13th they will receive 10 bonus points on their test as well as a 20 point warm fuzzy from me, or an extra large warm fuzzy from Mrs. Leagan. There is a fantastic Schoolhouse Rock video of the preamble online that they kids have loved using. It’s catchy and really helps them memorize the words! Link below 🙂

Science Blurb from Mrs. Leagan:

Your student will get their first science quiz back and I will say that everybody did a very good job on it. For this assessment, I read and led them through this quiz step by step. I feel this process will be done for a while until I can see they are ready to take a quiz or test independently by themselves.

We are nearly done with Investigation 2 on Weight. Later this week, we will begin Investigation 3 which will teach our young scientists about Volume which is the amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space. Next week, our Beaker Buddies will lead a lesson on Volume, so your student will have one-on-one support to help understand this topic which can be confusing. New vocabulary words will be introduced this week, so please review with your student so he or she can better understand this new topic.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

  • Close Home School Partnerships