Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 7 -- 10/16

Dear Parents,

Fall is here, along with the appropriate weather!  Miss Garcia and myself have to admit that we are definitely fans of this cool, crisp weather!  Please be sure that with cooler weather your student is dressed for comfort with at least a light jacket or sweater for recess time.  Also be sure the jacket or sweater is marked with your child’s name, the lost and found table is very full and many articles of clothing do not have names or names that can be read.

Math
In math we spent the week on Part-Whole Word Problems.  Word problems are always a bit tricky for students.  As we work on them we are "dissecting" the problems looking for the important clues, to help us to understand and answer the problems.  Students are working on identifying whether a number in the problem is the "whole" or one of the "parts".  Our mantra has been...
Part + Part = Whole (If the problem gives you the parts, you would add to find the whole.)
Whole - Part = Part (If the problem gives you the whole and a part, you would subtract to find the other part.)
In our answer we are writing an equation and writing an answer sentence.  Below is an example.    

Part-Whole Word Problems
Sarah drew 7 pictures on Saturday.  She drew a few more pictures on Sunday.  She drew 15 pictures altogether.  How many pictures did she draw on Sunday?

Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Children In Yard Free Stock ...
Sat.
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Sun.
Sun.
Sun.
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Number Bond     (Whole 15 -- Part 7 = Part 8)
Equation:  15 -- 7 = _8_                  or              7 + _8_ = 15

Answer Sentence:  Sarah drew 8 pictures on Sunday.
Our work with word problems will be ongoing.

Here's the homework for this week.
Mon.  IXL E.12 Addition word problems - one digit
Tues. IXL E.14 Write the addition sentence - one digit
Wed.  Worksheet Branch Addition (2-digit + 1 digit numbers)
Thurs. Worksheet Branch Addition (2-digit + 1 digit numbers and 2-digit + 2-digit numbers)

Language
In Language, students started learning about verbs.  We created a circle map that included many verbs.  Students listened to a verb "rap" and joined in by demonstrating the verbs being rapped.  We have spent time working on objectives on IXL Language having to do with verbs.  Students are enjoying doing IXL on the Star Board.
Writing
Second grade writers have completed their first piece of writing that has gone through the complete writing process, a riddle about themselves.  The riddles will be  hanging up in the hallway with their self-portraits.  Hopefully parents will be able to stop by and try to guess which riddle belongs to your child.
Projects
Although our Tribes in Action Project is taking longer than anticipated, we started  working on writing scripts this week!!  This part of the project is very time consuming as each group meets with their teacher and the script is written together based on the group’s prewriting.  We are hoping all scripts are completed this week.  Miss Garcia and myself are so proud of all groups.  
Just a reminder...Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Rowlett have started taking reading groups.  That means your child will have a book to read and at times questions to answer for homework every night!!  It is very important that they complete their reading nightly so that they are ready to participate in their reading group the next day.
Here's wishing you a great week!



Monday, October 9, 2017

week 6 - 10/9/17


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                                                                                                                  October 9, 2017
Dear Parents,

With fall temperatures settling in, it’s time to start marking sure that your child has a jacket or a sweatshirt to wear outside.  Please be sure that your child’s outwear is clearly marked with their name, remember that after several washings those names begin to fade.  Our “lost and found” table can be piled high and it is helpful if your child’s belongings are marked.


Math
In Math we spent time comparing and ordering up to 3-digit numbers and working on the concept of counting on and back with numbers within 1,000 by 1's, 10's, and 100's.  Students discovered patterns as the counted on and back.

Homework

Monday
Worksheet pgs. 31 & 32
Tuesday
G.2 Write addition sentences to describe pictures
Wednesday
Worksheet - Problem solving with number bonds and equations.
Thursday
G.3 Add a 2 digit to a one digit number without regrouping

Language
Our work with singular and plural nouns continued this week with irregular.  Some examples of irregular plural nouns are child/children, foot/feet, and man/men.  Students also learned that some nouns are the same in both the singular and plural forms like fish and fish.

Writing
In writing, we had the pleasure of meeting with students.  Together we reviewed their riddles.  It was great to be able to discuss the editing and revising they had done on their riddles.  All students are working on their final copy.  It is a very big deal to have almost completed our first writing that has gone through the entire "writing process".  It was a lengthy, but very valuable process.  The riddles and the self portraits will be displayed on the bulletin board outside of Room 17 and Room 5 by the end of the week.   I wonder if you will be able to guess your child's riddle by their clues and self portrait.

Projects
Project groups have come up with characters, settings, a problem, and a solution to illustrate their Tribe Agreement.  We are now in the process of writing the scripts with each group.  This is a very time consuming part of the project. Miss Garcia and myself are hoping that all scripts will be written this week and we will be able to share our presentation date shortly.

Wishing everyone a great week!!

Sincerely,

Anne Bloomfield and Shannon Garcia

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week 5

                                                                                                                           October 2, 2017                                                                                   
Dear Second Grade Families,

The weather is getting cooler, soccer, football, and other fall activities are in full swing.  Mrs. Bloomfield and I are loving that our second graders are in their school routine.

Wall Ball continues to have its good days and bad days.  Next week, there will be NO Wall Ball in 2nd grade.  Please do NOT send your child to school with tennis balls and a mitt.

There are many teachers, staff members, aides and parent volunteers that are at Oasis Academy on a daily basis.  Together, we try our best to keep each other informed of incidents that occur at our school.  This week we discussed the difference between a “tattle” and a “report.”  Please make sure to have this conversation with your child so that they can report to a trusted adult if any situations occur.

An example of tattling is “he/she is looking at me, he/she touched my whiteboard, they took my pencil and I had it first.” Etc....
An example of a report is “a stranger came to the gate at recess and offered me candy OR asked me my name” OR “ A student fell in the hallway and is bleeding and they need help.”

Math
Last week in math our focus was to continue renaming 3-digit numbers.  This is challenging concept but the students of Room 17 are beginning to be pros.  It has taken a lot of work with manipulatives and working with partners but I believe we have it!!  Here is an example of a few of the combinations students could come up with.  We will continue to work on this skill daily just to be sure that all students have a firm understanding of it!

375
Hundreds
Tens
Ones
3
7
5
3
6
15
2
17
5
2
16
15


Along with renaming we continued to work with writing numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded form and comparing 3-digit numbers using <, >, and =.

Homework October 2-5
Monday
IXL M.6 Place Value up to 100
Tuesday
B.1 Comparing numbers up to 100
Wednesday
B.3 Put numbers in order up to 100
Thursday
No homework due to assessment

Language
We finished our Tree Maps to help us see the different ways to make singular nouns (names one person, place, or thing) into plural nouns (names more than one person, place, or thing).  As we make nouns plural, students are learning about the irregular forms of plural nouns, which include changing the “y” to an “i” and add “es” (cherry = cherries), adding “es” (lunch = lunches), and changing the “f” to a “ves” (scarf = scarves).  This week we will work with irregular nouns such as child-children, tooth-teeth, goose-geese etc.
Writing
We are hoping to have our “Who Am I?” writings finished by Tuesday.  The 2nd grade students have been working on their art piece to go with it.  They are drawing their self portraits to go with their writings.  Mrs. Bloomfield and I hope to have them hung up in the hallways be the end of the week.  Stop by to see how creative your kiddos are!
Projects
Second grade students have been working on our first project--Tribes in Action.  During the first 4 weeks of school we worked on learning about the Tribes Agreements--Attentive Listening, Mutual Respect, Appreciations/No Put-Downs, and Right to Pass.  Students ended the week with a clay activity that involved Attentive Listening and Mutual Respect.  They started out with “magic clay”.   After discovering their color, students divided their clay into 3 parts and traded with students that had a different color.  With trading completed students mixed clay colors together, ending up the activity with 6 different colors.
This past week students were broken into groups.  We will continue this week creating puppets and writing short puppet show scripts that shows each agreement.  We will have a firm date for the puppet show this week and will put that in the blog for next week (at this point it will more than likely be September 19th or the 20th at 2:30 pm).  Again, look for an exact date and time on next week’s blog.
Loving Learning,
Mrs. Bloomfield and Miss Garcia