This week (Feb. 21-24)...
Math: Students have begun a new unit on patterns (Unit 6). Students will focus on identifying repeating and additive (growing) patterns, matching patterns, and determining what comes next, skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's forwards and backwards, even and odd, and solving word problems. Please visit the IXL website (2nd Grade Objectives on Patterns) and the games for patterns under Useful Links on my page for more practice! The unit test is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, but may be pushed to February 24 to give students a little extra time.
Social Studies: The unit on Famous Americans has started. Students are learning about the contributions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The test is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24. Please review the study guide sent home earlier. You can also visit solpass.org (3rd Grade) for even more practice.
Reading: Students are listening to read alouds to to inspire persuasive writing. Students are also practicing making and checking their predictions as they read nonfiction in guided reading groups.
Writing: Students will learn about and practice persuasive writing using the OREO (Opinion, Reason, Reason, Reason, Opinion) graphic organizer.
100th Day and Valentine's Day
Students had such a great time celebrating 100th Day with a 100th Day Challenge! Students rotated through nine stations which consisted of doing jumping jacks, burpees, stacking cups, alphabetizing words, memory match, writing as many words as possible and more! Each station lasted 100 seconds! Students also really enjoyed Valentine's Day when they had a chance to exchange their Valentines and then topped it off with Jump Rope for Heart!
February Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book order forms have been sent home. You can send in your payment to me (checks only) by Feb. 24. Ordering online is the easiest and quickest way to get your books and you will have until the end of the month to place an order. Please use my class code: PC39N.
Students are required to read four nights a week (20 minutes each night). Make sure students write the name of the title on the log and minutes read. Parents must initial each entry. Please total number of minutes at the bottom. Comprehension question cards have been issued to parents at conferences to use at home with students. If you would like extra practice in reading and/or math, students can now visit RAZ Kids (reading) and www.ixl.com (math) at home.
Birthdays are always special days for children. If your child is celebrating a birthday and would like to share it with the class, I ask that you let me know in advance. All food treats will be distributed during lunchtime. You can bring them at lunchtime to the cafeteria. Our class currently has 26 students, so please bring enough for everyone! As an alternative to food, please consider nonfood items such as pencils and erasers or you can even donate a book to the library in honor of your child! If invitations to birthday parties are distributed at school, all students in the classroom must receive one in order to avoid feelings of exclusion.