Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break!
This week we will be busy with a few different projects. First we will begin working on our next writing passage. Our theme will be around Martin Luther King Jr. and the difference he was able to make in the world. We will be thinking about what one thing WE could change with our own two hands to make a difference in the world. Next, we will be working on our resolutions for the New Year.
-January Book Report guidelines will go home today. Students are reading an unrealistic fiction story. Think Magic Treehouse, Flat Stanley, ect. Students MUST bring their book in by Friday, January 10th for approval if they did not choose a book from class. This report is twofold. First, students are to dress up as a character in their book. Second, they are to complete the character wheel template given to them in their report and RECREATE the character wheel onto a poster board. You may help them to draw the wheel onto the poster board. In regards to their costume, please have students come to school IN COSTUME to eliminate wasting time changing into their costume. They may bring a change of clothes to change into if they wish. Book reports are due Friday, January 31st. We will have a second grade celebration of our character dress up that afternoon to show off all their hard work.
– We will begin cursive this month! The kids are very excited to learn cursive and are eager to start. We will begin learning uppercase letters in class. Each day, I will send home a copy of the cursive page they practiced in class for homework. It is important that students do not try to write their name in cursive before we get to it in class. It is hard to wait, but once they begin to practice writing their letters the wrong way it is difficult to change. Thank you for sending the same message at home!
– Math Facts: We will begin our subtraction math facts this month as nearly everyone has completed their addition facts! Hurray! Please be on the lookout for a new subtraction page that will go in their binders, just as their addition facts did.
– Report Cards will be going home January 16th
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a humerous fiction, Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Grammar: We will begin working abbreviations
Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working root words
Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Cause and Effect, as well as humor in writing.
Phonics: Compound Words and the schwa vowel sound.
Math: We finished our fourth chapter with a chapter test before school got our for winter break. They did incredible!! This week, we are starting Chapter 5, which is two digit subtraction.
History: We are starting a new unit this week called Americans Move West. We begin with ways of moving west, and what life was like on a frontier.