Mrs. Carroll's Notes:
Every grade level has 30 minutes set aside this year for students to get exactly what they need above and beyond the grade level instruction that takes place during the reading block. Some students will receive enrichment, while others will be in smaller groups concentrating on reading skills or strategies that they need more practice with. 2nd grade small group intervention with Mrs. Neimeyer, Mrs. Fromme and Mrs. Vishnitsky started last week. Students who are not leaving the room to meet with one of these teachers will stay in class and participate in reading activities that extend beyond our morning instruction. Students will often have extra time to take AR tests, write about their reading and read additional material on their level (both fiction and nonfiction). Small groups will receive additional instruction in reading strategies they still need to master.
STARS Behavior Charts:
Thanks to Colleen Chatham (a para at our school) who made mini-charts for each student! I will put the chart in your child's homework folder. When your child tells you what color they are on, you will be able to see exactly what that means. If your child ends the day on yellow, orange or red, there will be a note on the homework connection.
AR Club started October 3rd. This club is by invitation only to provide a small group atmosphere for students to get some extra reading practice. We focus on nonfiction text. If your child is struggling to keep up with expectations of AR quizzes during class, this is a great option for them. Our current AR goal is to have 5 points by Friday, October 25th.
There is a slight change to our afternoon schedule. We are going to have snack BEFORE Math. Students are really struggling to stay on task and pay attention during math. I am hoping a snack will give them the energy they need to tackle an afternoon of learning each day. Please be sure to send a nutritious snack each day. Thanks!
9:00 Bell Work (Usually writing or word work)
10:20 Brain Break
11:15 Recess/Lunch (In Cafeteria 11:35-12:00)
12:50 Reading Intervention (All kids get what they need to be successful and grow to their full potential!)
2:30 Social Studies/Science
3:15 PAT (**See below)
3:25 Reflection - 100 Days of Learning
**PAT is Preferred Activity Time. Students earn 10 minutes of PAT daily when they complete their homework and stay on yellow or above on the STARS Behavior chart.
Words Their Way
October at a Glance
Reading - We are starting a 2 week unit focusing on nonfiction text features and using sticky notes to share our thinking as we read. Remember, reading is more than figuring out the words, but thinking about what you read and checking for understanding. 2nd graders are required to be able to write about what they are reading for the new report card. We will also continue our work with reading strategies. Our goal is for students to realize when they make a mistake and reread to fix it.
Writing - We will spend one more week wrapping up our study of narrative writing. Students are choosing their favorite book (written by them) to revise and edit. We will share them during an author's celebration next week. Our next unit is writing to inform. Students will learn several ways to share information and then choose a topic they are an expert on. When we finish this 6 week unit, parents will be invited in to hear their child share their Expert Book.
Social Studies - Our Communities unit will continue 2 more weeks and we will be working with maps for 2 weeks. Watch for lesson tests to come home at the end of each week. Most or our work is in class discussion, group projects and writing in our SOS notebook.
Math - We are taking our time, working through the first math unit. For some, it may seem slow, but we are building an understanding of 10. How to make ten and how to break out ten in order to quickly add larger numbers. The emphasis with math this year is being able to explain your thinking. Please make sure your child is ALWAYS showing their thinking in some way as they complete homework.
Steps for Word Problems:
*Read the question (circle important information).
*Solve the problem (pictures are very helpful).
*Write the number sentence. (i.e. 12+6=18)
*Write the answer with words. (i.e. Sally made 18 cookies.)