Mrs. Carroll's Notes:
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun filled Winter Break and students are refreshed and ready to get back to the serious business of 2nd Grade.
Mid-Year testing started in December and will continue the next couple of weeks, primarily in Reading. The results will come home as soon as all students are tested. Some testing is done whole class, some with the use of technology and some testing is one on one. Results will guide instruction and help me to meet your child's education needs specifically in order to meet end of the year standards.
Student Council Meeting Friday, January 10th
AR Club is back in full swing Thursdays at 8:10 AM
9:00 Bell Work (Usually writing or word work)
10:25 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)
**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.
January at a Glance
Reading - January is a time to evaluate how far we have come and to look forward to where we need to end up. The end of the year requirement is that students demonstrate comprehension of leveled text through a written summary and a written response to several comprehension questions, as well as oral reading fluency of end of the year leveled text. We will be doing a lot of shared reading and writing and group work this month to lay the foundation for students in this area. Asking comprehension questions at home each night and having your child tell you about what they are reading will help to support this work.
Writing - We are currently working on a Snowglobe writing activity. It is a fun way to kick off the new year. Projects will be on display by January 17th. Be sure to stop in and see your child's project! We will also be wrapping up our nonfiction unit by publishing one piece of nonfiction writing.
Social Studies - This week we jumped back into Social Studies after completing our Science unit on Balance and Motion before Winter Break. The unit is North and South American communities. We will spend a few weeks working on map skills and geography, before comparing and contrasting a few cities/cultures around the world. The kids are already having fun making a map of the classroom and using their new knowledge of grids to solve secret riddles.
Math - We finished the measurement unit (Module 2) just before Winter Break. Before we begin Module 3, we will practice telling time and counting money. Students will continue to practice their math facts in order to master all addition facts by the end of the year. We want these facts to be quick and accurate so they can concentrate on more difficult addition and subtraction, as well as multiplication in the months to come.