Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

We are learning how to write a book report in our skills area.  The students need to have the title of the book, the main characters, the setting, and the plot.  We are working on this together.  They seem to think it is really fun.
We have no spelling words this week.  Enjoy the break from spelling.
We are still learning about the Greek civilization and the contributions they made to us today.
In math we are working on adding doubles plus one. (2+2=4+1)  Most of the students are catching on.  This is just one method to try and help them add numbers quickly.
Remember there is no school next Monday, October 23.

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

Thank you to everyone for attending the parent-teacher meetings last week.  As I showed all of you, your children are doing very well in second grade!
Our spelling words for this week are contractions.  We have been working with contractions the last two weeks.  Please look for the spelling list that was sent home today.
We are still on our unit on Ancient Greeks in social studies.  
I am planning the chapter 2 math test for tomorrow. (Tuesday) This is on place value to hundreds.  I read the tests out loud to the students, so if they will listen they should do just fine.
We have a marvelous opportunity to have the Hoogle Zoo visit our second grades tomorrow.  They are binging some animals and speakers to inform us.  We are excited about it.
Have a great week.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 3017

October is here already!  Please remember that this week is SEP's for all elementary schools in Iron County.  School will be dismissed at 2:30 every day, even on Wednesday this week.  It makes things a bit confusing.  I am looking forward to visiting with each of you.
We have new spelling words that can be found on the side of this blog.  I also sent home the spelling words on paper today.  (Monday) This wee we will drop the final 'e' and add ing to our words. This is going to take some work to master these words.
We are still working on place value in math, hundreds, tens, ones.  We are adding 10 to a number and adding 100 to a number.  We are also subtracting 10 or 100 from a number.
We will be starting a new unit in our Listening, The Ancient Greek Civilization.  
Thanks for the tuna cans.  We are making our crystal gardens on the day of SEP's so that you can take it home with you.  It is much less messy if you take it the day it is made.  Just put it on a counter or shelf and watch the magic.  It will last for only a few days.  I hope your family will enjoy them.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

A bit chilly this morning.  Please remember to send a jacket for recess time. 
 Our spelling words for this week are trying to teach us to listen for the sounds /e/ + /d/, /d/, and /t/.  These sounds are spelled the same.  It will take some work at school and at home to get these 10 words down.  A copy of the spelling words is in your child's folder.  You can also find them on the side bar of this blog.
We are also working on contractions.  We are teaching that a contraction is a new word made up of two words in which some letters are replaced by an apostrophe.  While driving in the care maybe you could play a contraction game.  What are two words that make it's?
In math we are working on place value.  Today we are going to the thousands place.  We have two students in our class who have reached writing to 1,000 by ones.  This is worth cheering about.
In Social Studies we are still learning about Early Asian Cultures.
Thanks to all who have returned the Parent-Teacher-Conference papers.  I am looking forward to meeting with you and your student next week.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

Fall is finally in the air.  It is a bit chilly at morning recess so a light jacket or sweater will probably help your child be more comfortable.
I sent home the new spelling words for this week.  We are using the sounds of the letter 'n'.  The sound of 'ng' is also /n/.  Everyone did a great job last week on the spelling test.  Whatever you did to practice at home do it again.  It worked!  The words were sent home and you can find them at the side of this blog.  
In Social Studies we are learning about China and some of the contributions that the Chinese have made that we still use today.  
A little story that we read in class was sent home to read aloud to you.  (The Chips)
In math we are working on 3 digit numbers with 0 in the ones place.  (270, 360, 820, etc.)
I sent home the Parent Teacher Conference papers today.  Please look at your scheduled time as see if that will work for you.  If your time doesn't work for you please give me some idea of what would work.
We are learning computer keyboarding.  They know the home row, a s d f j k l ;, pretty well.  We are now learning d e c with capitols and using the space bar and the tab key.  If you have a keyboard that they could use to practice on at home that would be great.  Out next letters will be k i ,.  
Thanks for reading with your child every night.  We are making progress.