Life in Seussey Second

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April21

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April 24-28, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 15(week one)
Phonics Words:  drier, funniest, happier, sunniest, windier, call, own, bluest, healthier
Vocab Words:  droplet, puddle, cause
Grammar Skill: Review simple sentence structure

Math

Chapter 17: Picture Graphs
Vocabulary
: picture graph, key, symbol, record, tally chart
Objectives:

  • Read, analyze, and interpret picture graphs
  • Complete picture graphs
  • Make picture graphs
  • Solve real world problems using picture graphs

MIFChapter17

Cursive

Week 13 Uppercase Letters are: D, S, I, and J!
*Last week of cursive!*

Let’s finish strong and have 100% of students completed their homework!  Don’t forget to watch, practice and leave a comment.  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.

Second Step

We have now gone through all of the lessons in our Second Step program.  Next week we will be reviewing the skills we have learned so far.  Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their individual growth and learning.  This will help them retain and apply the concepts and skills learned.  The more students review and practice, the stronger their skills become.

Some important concepts we have learned this year: Empathy, focused listening, STEP, consequences, choices, belly breathing, positive self talk, name your feeling, and being assertive.  Please feel free to ask your child about these concepts and how they can use them at school and home.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Lunch: Sub Sandwich
  • “droplet” note card comes home, due Tuesday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 

  • Lunch: Lasagna Bake
  • “puddle” and “cause” note cards come home, due Wednesday
  • K-1 Music Program @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • ½ Day SIP DAY
    • Students are dismissed at 11:15am
  • Secretary’s Day
  • Read Grandma’s Ring out loud, book and slip signed and returned tomorrow

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken and Waffles
  • St. Jude Benefit 5-8pm
    • Talent Show 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Lunch: Bosco Sticks
  • POETRY CAFÉ!
    • Don’t forget to RSVP!
    • Parents and Grandparents are welcome to join us for all or part of the day

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • One week away from finishing cursive writing! WHOO-HOO!
  • Learning about alliteration and trying to incorporate it into our writing as much as possible
    • Check out our Padlet:
  • Discovering the onscreen keyboard on our Chromebooks and finding EMOJIS!
  • Mrs. Pitzer introducing us to #BookSnaps
  • Reviewing subtraction and bar models during math workshop
  • Creating our own timelines
  • Celebrating Earth Day by exploring a HyperDoc

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April14

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April 17-21, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 14 (week two)
Phonics Words:  babies, candies, cherries, flies, supplies, hold, have, memories, trophies
Vocab Words:  provide, obtain, wages
Grammar Skill: Adjectives and Adverbs

Math

We’ve spent this week reviewing our skills for adding 3 digit numbers. This is an important concept that 2nd grade students are expected to master before heading to 3rd grade.  We’ve done some fun activities to help us practice this skill.  Next week we’ll head on to reviewing subtracting and bar models. This will also be another great way to reinforce addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers

Cursive

Week 12 Uppercase Letters are: Y, Z, Q, and X!

As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Pitzer Poetry Café

Friday, April 28, 2017 is Poetry Café Day in second grade!  Information came home last week to fill you in on all of the poetic fun!  Grandparents and or parents are more than welcome to join us for all or part of the day as we discover so many different ways to write, read, listen to and enjoy poetry.  Please let me know if you plan on attending by filling out the  bottom part of the form.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 17, 2017 

  • No School!

Tuesday, April 18, 2016

  • Lunch: Nachos
  • “provide” note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 12 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  • Lunch: Hot Dog
  • “obtain” and “wages” note cards come home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 12 Video and comment by today
  • Board of Education Meeting 7pm
    • DGS students will be presenting!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken and Noodles
  • Phonics Practice Paper (front and back), due tomorrow

Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Lunch: Cheese Pizza
  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Theme 14 Test

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • 11 weeks of cursive under our belts…2 week left!
  • Comparing and contrasting vocabulary pictures for a vocabulary discussion by using TodaysMeet
  • Exploring PublishYourDeisgn – Lego Builder to turn writer’s workshop into a makerspace
  • Building our poem with virtual Legos
  • Students cashing in on their poetic quest prizes and earning bonus points!
  • Reviewing addition and basic facts in math to prove mastery
  • Improving our fact fluency accuracy to 96% for both addition and subtraction
  • 10 Seussville Citizens leveled on the Super Improver wall
  • Collaborating with our friends during our makerspace writer’s workshop
  • Using Google Forms to evaluate the Lego Builder tool
  • Laughing at where Mr. Wright put eyes on the pile of mulch becusae it reminded us of a pretty hysterical emoji

Second Grade in Pictures

 

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April7

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April 10-14, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 14(week one)
Phonics Words:  locks, buses, cakes, passes, peaches, use, year, catches, officers
Vocab Words:  market, business, prepare
Grammar Skill: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Check out this song we used this week to learn about prefixes and suffixes:

We have learned 78 vocabulary words: cabin, visit, memory, tradition, relatives, generation, rely, role, member, identity, sibling, symbol, fascinate, exploration, journal, measure, calendar, interval, daily, orbit, position, solar, ray, rotate, crossing, rural, build, purpose, social, urban, reside, route, state, journey, boundary, terrain, essential, wheel, machine, reduce, labor, effort, attract, magnet, object, operate, field, effect, result, vote, wait, government, duty, election, contribute, police, volunteer, participate, influence, emergency, nourished, farming, maintain, bounty, various, produce, freight, consume, distribute, available, taste, range, interest, earn, increase, value, browse, and spend.

Your child should be able to define each of the above words.  A great way to practice is to encourage your child to use the above words when writing or speaking.

We have learned 55 phonics patterns: diagraphs (ph, sh, th, ch), short vowels, ake, ine, oke, ute, ail, ain, ay, eed, ea, eat, oat, ow, ue, ui, or, orn, art, ir, urn, air, ear, eer, ore, are, ire, oom, ew, au, aw, awn, alk, all, ood, ook, ank, ink, unk, ice, age, arge, oil, oy, ound, out, ow, contractions, kn, wr, dge, tch, adjectives –er, prefix un, and suffixes (-ful, less, -er, -ly).

Once we learn a pattern above your child is held accountable to spell words with that pattern in them correctly.  While there are a lot of them now, we had a new set each week.  During that week your child participates in a lot of practice in order to help move into the mastery stage.  Another way to practice is to encourage your child to use these patterns while writing and or make a list of as many words as they can with any given pattern.

Please feel free to check out Spelling City on our Symbaloo.  This is a great way to practice our vocabulary and phonics pattern words at home.

Math

Next week, we will be taking an opportunity to review addition skills and strategies.  By the end of second grade, students are expected to have mastered this concept.  This way, they can better understand concepts in 3rd grade.  There will be fun activities and I can’t wait to celebrate how much they have grown!

Chapter 2: Addition
Vocabulary
: add, place value chart, regroup
Objectives:

  • Use base-ten blocks to add numbers without regrouping
  • Use base-ten blocks to add numbers with regrouping
  • Add up to three-digit numbers without regrouping
  • Add up to three-digit numbers with regrouping
  • Solve real-world addition problems

This is a great chapter to brush up on math facts.  Check out this great website:   http://www.mathfactspro.com/mathfactfluencygame.html#/home
Students can practice basic facts and it allows you to pick the operation, how many problems and then reports how long it takes you to answer.  There of course is a paid version but the free version is just as great!  You can also use flashcards and or the Fast Math App.  If you are having trouble with when to practice you can try a little bit each night or designate certain nights of the week for practice; whatever works the best for your family.  I know third grade teachers highly appreciate as much fact fluency as possible!

Cursive

Week 11 Uppercase Letters are: N, M, W, U and V!

As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 10, 2017

  • Lunch: Cheeseburger
  • “market” note card comes home, due Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 11 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 

  • Lunch: Chicken Alfredo Twist
  • “business” and “prepare”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 11Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Lunch: Grilled Cheese
  • Registration for current students closes
  • Watch Cursive Week 11 Video and comment by today

Thursday, April 7, 2016

  • Lunch: Spaghetti
  • Mr. Horrie’s Birthday

Friday, April 8, 2016

  • No School! Easter Break!

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Beginning 3rd grade Boot Camp! We all started out as privates and are trying to earn our way up the ranks by showing Mrs. Pitzer we are ready for 3rd grade!
  • 3 Seussville Citizens leveling up on the Super Improver Wall #2Psuperimprovers
  • Exploring 2 new tech tools: an interactive white board and Lego Builder
    • On the interactive whiteboard we became familiar with the tool by recording what we want to be when we grow up
    • The Lego builder we explored/build and then shared what we learned
  • Learning about figurative language and how much fun it is to write/read
  • Discovering –ful, -less, -er, and –ly suffixes
  • Wrapping up our unit on telling time
  • Realizing we have learned how to write 7 genres this year: personal narratives, expository texts, letters, biographies, opinions, stories, and poetry!
  • Using Padlet to write Haikus: https://padlet.com/spitzer/gzqy9ktv3p6c 
  • Listening to our new read aloud: The Bag Beginning by Lemony Snicket and performed by Tim Curry who does all the characters voices!

Second Grade in Pictures!

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March31

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April 3-7, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 13 (week two)
Phonics Words:  careful, farmer, fearless, handful, slowly, set, sometimes, heard, ruffle
Vocab Words:  value, browse, spend
Grammar Skill: Adjectives

Adjectives Grammaropolis:

Math

Chapter 14: Time
Vocabulary
: hour hand, minute hand, minute, hour, o’clock, after, clock face, A.M., P.M.
Objectives:

  • Use the minute hand to show and tell the number for every five minutes after the hour
  • Show and tell time in hours and minutes
  • Use A.M. and P.M. to show morning, afternoon, or night
  • Order events by time
  • Determine how much time has passed

MIFChapter14

Cursive

Week 10 Uppercase Letters are: T, F, H, K!

Oh dear we have fallen behind on posting our comments on time.  We only have 4 weeks left so let’s finish strong!  As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Second Step

This week we applied the STEP problem solving strategy!  We learned that when you explore consequences of each solution, you could realize you either don’t agree on a solution and or you may need to try to come up with new ideas.  We also learned the importance of compromise so you can get back to your activity in a timely manner.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 3, 2017 

  •  Lunch: Chicken Patty
  • “value” note card comes home, due Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 10 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 

  • Lunch: Beef Taco
  • “browse” and “spend”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Parent’s Club Meeting 7pm
  • Watch Cursive Week 10 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Lunch: Fish Nuggets
  • Watch Cursive Week 10 Video and comment by today

Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken Tenders
  • Phonics Practice Paper comes home (due tomorrow)

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Bosco Sticks
  • Spirit Day!

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning and reading so many different types of poetry!  How many types of poetry can your child name and explain?
  • 9 weeks of cursive under our belts…4 weeks left to go!
  • Navigating our Time Investigation HyperDoc
  • Learning the importance of managing our time and putting first things first
  • Inferring cause and effects while reading throughout the week
  • Enjoying our time with Mrs. Stoller!

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March18

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March 27-31, 2017
(Enjoy spring break March 20-24, check out what to expect when you return March 27)

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week.

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 13 (week one)
Phonics Words:  undo, unjust, unload, unpack, unsafe, maybe, start, understand, unicorn
Vocab Words:  interest, earn, increase
Grammar Skill: contractions

Check out these videos to review pronouns and get your brain thinking about contractions:

Math

Chapter 14: Time
Vocabulary
: hour hand, minute hand, minute, hour, o’clock, after, clock face, A.M., P.M.
Objectives:

  • Use the minute hand to show and tell the number for every five minutes after the hour
  • Show and tell time in hours and minutes
  • Use A.M. and P.M. to show morning, afternoon, or night
  • Order events by time
  • Determine how much time has passed

MIFChapter14

Cursive

Week 9 Uppercase Letters are: C, E, G!

As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Second Step

This week we learned how to take responsibility.  Student will further cement their knowledge of the problem-solving steps by using them to come up with positive solutions to interpersonal problems.  This lesson sets positive norms for how students should handle situations where they have hurt someone else’s feelings or upset someone else.  In particular, students work on coming up with ways to make amends, so problems are resolved rather than escalate.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 27, 2017 

  • Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
  • Watch Cursive Week 9 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 

  • Lunch: Turkey and Cheese Croissant
  • Watch Cursive Week 9Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)
  • Online Registration for current students begins

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • Lunch: Meatloaf
  • Watch Cursive Week 9 Video and comment by today
  • State of Schools at DVMS: 2nd grade is performing

Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Lunch: McRib
  • Club Yearbook Pictures
  • Phonics Paper comes home today due tomorrow!

Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Lunch: Nacho Bites

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Making sure to respect our reader and work hard on our spelling
  • Becoming more detailed in our artwork AND in our writing.  Elaboration is very important especially in helping our reader to understand our text.
  • Learning how important directions are in every subject area
  • Discovering more about Fractions via a HyperDoc

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March10

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March 13-17, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 12 (week two)
Phonics Words:  closest, nearer, softest, strongest, younger, hard, last, hottest, tougher
Vocab Words:  available, taste, range
Grammar Skill: Review Pronouns

Check out some of the way cool videos we watched to enhance our learning this week:

Elements of a Story:

Possessive Pronouns:

Math

Chapter 12: Fractions
Vocabulary
: equal, unequal, whole, fraction, one-half, one-third, one-fourth, unit fraction, same, greater than, less than, like fractions
Objectives:

  • Identify whether a shape is divided into equal fractional parts
  • Read, write, and identify unit fractions for halves, thirds, and fourths
  • Show fraction and a whole using model drawings
  • Compare two or more unit fractions using models of the same size
  • Order two or more unit fractions with or without the use of models of the same size
  • Identify fractions that name more than one equal part of a whole
  • Use models to add and subtract fractions
  • Add or subtract like fractions

MIFChapter12

Cursive

Week 8 Uppercase Letters are: R, L, A, O

As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Science

Second Step

This week, we practiced the first part of STEP problem solving process wish is Say the problem without blame.  In order to do this we need to calm down and then state what we want or need.  Can your child take the following scenario and practice saying the problem without blame?

Scenario
Student A wants to play with other friends but Student B only wants student A to play with them.  They are using words like you always play with them and you never play with me.

How could you follow the first part of STEP?

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 13, 2017

  • Lunch: Cheeseburger
  • “available”  note card comes home, due  Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 8 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 

  • Lunch: Corn Dogs
  • Watch Cursive Week 8 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Lunch: Tater Tot Bake
  • Spring Pictures: Students will have to have had a form turned in to get their pictures taken
  • “taste” and “range” note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 8 Video and comment by today
  • Board of Education Meeting DHS 7 pm

Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Lunch: Shamrock Chicken Nuggets
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Pitzer
  • Phonics Paper comes home today due tomorrow!

Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Lunch: Cheese Pizza
  • Wear Green
  • Report Cards!

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning all the lowercase cursive letters and beginning the journey into uppercase letters
  • 6 Seussville Citizens automatically leveled up on the Super Improver wall for watching and completing all 7 weeks of cursive thus far
    • The chance starts over this week! Are you up for the challenge?!
  • Prioritizing assignments in Canvas (leaning management system)
  • Focusing on saying problems without blame
  • Writing stories that have problems and solutions
  • Determining Importance by finding the main idea and supporting details
  • Going on a Fraction Investigation all thanks to Google Docs!

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March3

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March 6-10, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 12 (week one)
Phonics Words:  batch, bridge, hitch, judge, ledge, happy, open, badger, punch
Vocab Words:  freight, consume, distribute
Grammar Skill: Possessive Pronouns

Math

Chapter 12: Fractions
Vocabulary
: equal, unequal, whole, fraction, one-half, one-third, one-fourth, unit fraction, same, greater than, less than, like fractions
Objectives:

  • Identify whether a shape is divided into equal fractional parts
  • Read, write, and identify unit fractions for halves, thirds, and fourths
  • Show fraction and a whole using model drawings
  • Compare two or more unit fractions using models of the same size
  • Order two or more unit fractions with or without the use of models of the same size
  • Identify fractions that name more than one equal part of a whole
  • Use models to add and subtract fractions
  • Add or subtract like fractions

MIFChapter12

Cursive

Week 7 Lowercase Letters are: x, z, B, P

This week we are finishing up lowercase letters and starting uppercase!  As soon as your child learns the uppercase letter that starts their name, they can begin writing their name in cursive in class!!  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Second Step

It’s that time of the year where we are all feeling a bit cranky with our friends.  Check out Kid President share 20 things we should say more often:

Which one can your family say over the weekend and next week at school?

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 6, 2017 

  • Lunch: Hot Dog
  • Book Fair Dress Up Day: Yellow, Blue, and White
  • “freight”  note card comes home, due  Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 7 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 

  • Lunch: Homemade Chili and Crackers
  • Book Fair Dress Up Day: Crazy Socks
  • “consume” and “distribute”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 7Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)
  • Read A Breakfast Story out loud (Signed slip and book due Wednesday)
  • Parent’s Club Meeting @7pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

  • Lunch: No Lunch
  • SIP ½ Day of School 11:15am dismissal
  • Book Fair Dress Up Day: Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat
  • Watch Cursive Week 7 Video and comment by today

Thursday, March 9, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken and Waffles
  • Book Fair Dress Up Day: Pajamas
  • Phonics Paper comes home today due tomorrow!

Friday, March 10, 2017

  • Lunch: Bosco Sticks
  • Grand Event for Book Fair at Lunch
  • Book Fair 2:45pm-6pm

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning cursive letters: n, m, v, y
  • Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
  • Trying green eggs and ham made my Mr. Pitzer! He woke up at 5am to make us breakfast!
  • Navigating Canvas to submit assignments
  • Reading rubrics to make sure we understand the guidelines for an assignment
  • Checking our grades and reading Mrs. Pitzer’s feedback in Canvas
  • Adapting to changes, inconsistencies, and difficulties with technology
  • Practicing how to be a master problem solver

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February24

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February 27-March 3, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 11 (week two)
Phonics Words:  knee, knight, wrap, wreath, written, once, week, gnaw, wrestler
Vocab Words:  bounty, various, produce
Grammar Skill: subject and object pronouns

Last week we learned about similes.  A simile is when you compare two things that seem different and you use like or as:

Math

Chapter 11: Money
Vocabulary
: $1 bill, $5 bill, $10 bill, $20 bill, cent sign, dollar sign, decimal point, table
Objectives:

  • Recognize $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills
  • Show and count money using coins and bills to $20
  • Write money amount using dollars and cents
  • Write dollars as cents and cents as dollars
  • Compare amounts of money using tables
  • Use bar models to solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction of money

Check out this FREE app Fresh Pick to practice money skills in a fun way: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fizzys-lunch-lab-fresh-pick/id573537290?mt=8

Cursive

Week 6 Lowercase Letters are: n, m, v, y

Their homework is to watch the video and leave a comment on the blog.  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Science

What do bears, cats, dolphins, and horses have in common? They’re mammals! We’ll be spending some more time classifying different types of animals during the next few weeks. Here are some questions to get you thinking!

  • How would you describe a mammal?
  • Are there other types of animals besides mammals?
  • What is a habitat?
  • What is a food chain?
  • What is the difference between endangered and extinct?

Second Step

This week we started working on applying all of our Second Step skills so far.

  • Focus attention
  • Listen
  • Use self-talk
  • Be assertive
  • Name our feelings
  • Calm down strategies
  • Use S.T.E.P to solve problems

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 27, 2017 

  • Lunch: Chicken Patty
  • “bounty”  note card comes home, due  Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 6 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

  • Lunch: Sub Sandwich
  • “various” and “produce”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 6 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Watch Cursive Week 6 Video and comment by today

Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken Noodles
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Friday, March 3, 2017

  • Lunch: Pizza Bread
  • Spirit/Popcorn Day

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning cursive letters: d, g, and q
  • 3 Seussville Citizens leveling up on the Super Improver Wall
  • Focusing on being a ROYAL when no one is watching
  • Exploring money via a HyperDoc
  • Check out how we used money this week on our Padlet: https://padlet.com/spitzer/MoneyNumberTalk
  • Jamming out to contraction tunes to help us master this phonics pattern
  • Beginning our Story Genre!

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February17

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February 20-24, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 11 (week one)
Phonics Words:  don’t, I’ll, wasn’t, we’ve, you’re, early, without, doesn’t, your
Sight Words: We have learned all of the second grade sight words for second grade!
Vocab Words:  nourished, farming, maintain
Grammar Skill: personal pronouns

Math

Chapter 11: Money
Vocabulary
: $1 bill, $5 bill, $10 bill, $20 bill, cent sign, dollar sign, decimal point, table
Objectives:

  • Recognize $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills
  • Show and count money using coins and bills to $20
  • Write money amount using dollars and cents
  • Write dollars as cents and cents as dollars
  • Compare amounts of money using tables
  • Use bar models to solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction of money

Check out this FREE app Fresh Pick to practice money skills in a fun way: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fizzys-lunch-lab-fresh-pick/id573537290?mt=8

Cursive

Week 5 Lowercase Letters are: d, g, q (qu)

Their homework is to watch the video and leave a comment on the blog.  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework on time.  I loved the comments that have detail (specifics) AND followed the rules of writing!

Second Step

This week, we continued to learn how to solve problems using the STEP acronym:

Say the problem: without blame
Think of solutions: safe and respectful
Explore consequences: what will happen
Pick the best solution: make a plan.

How can your child use these new strategies at home?

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 20, 2017

  • No School – President’s Day!
  • Watch Cursive Week 5 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

  • Lunch: Grilled Italian Chicken on Bun
  • DHS Cookie Sales
  •  “nourished”  note card comes home, due  Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 5Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Lunch: Spaghetti
  • Watch Cursive Week 5 Video and comment by today
  • “farming” and “maintain” note card comes home, due Thursday
  • Read The Great Watermelon Contest out loud (slip and book returned)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

  • Lunch: Alphabet Chicken Buddies
  • Phonics Paper comes home (due tomorrow)

Friday, February 24, 2017

  • Lunch: Cheese Pizza

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning cursive letters: u, w, c, o and a
  • Practicing connecting o and a when writing cursive words
  • Focusing during Spotlight on Grammar so we can learn about collective nouns
  • Enjoying our Valentine’s Day party (thank you to all who volunteered their time and supplies)
  • Surprise visit from Mrs. Pitzer, Mr. Pitzer, and baby Oliver
  • Showing off our smartness and wrapping up the CoGAT testing

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February 13-17, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 10 (week two)
Phonics Words:  chow, found, ground, stout, trout, ready, ride, boundary, snowplow
Sight Words: ride, year, without, might, money
Vocab Words:  participate, influence, emergency
Grammar Skill: Collective Nouns

Math

Due to CoGAT, we will not be starting a new math chapter.  This would be an excellent time to practice basic facts.  Have your child make their own flashcards.  We have been been saying the whole fact out loud.  For example if the flashcard says 2 + 3, instead of a student only answering 5, they would say 2 + 3 = 5. Facts 1-20 for both addition and subtraction must be mastered by then end of second grade.

CoGAT Testing

Next week, during our math instruction, we will begin taking the COGAT testing.  CoGAT Tests – The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) are administered to all students in 2nd and 4th grades.  This exam provides information about the level and pattern of cognitive development of students that may not be captured by grades or other academic measures. The test measures general and specific reasoning abilities which are influenced by both in school and out of school experiences.  It provides information on a student’s ability to learn new tasks and solve problems. These abilities are assessed in three ways: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. The verbal exam measures verbal inductive and deductive reasoning skills and includes items such as: verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies. The quantitative portion of the exam includes quantitative relations, number series, and equation building. The Nonverbal test presents novel problems to students using geometric shapes and figures in which students must use strategies for dealing with new material.  CogAT tests will be administered the week of February 22nd.  For more information regarding CogAT tests go to http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAT7/learnmore.html

Cursive

Week 4 Lowercase Letters are: u, w, c, a, o

Their homework is to watch the video and leave a comment on the blog.  When you leave a comment on this post, you can tell us something you noticed, something you are proud of or something you are still struggling with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so we know that you completed your homework.  I have been noticing the last 2 weeks, we have been forgetting.  If you get an oops slip, remember it is your job to still watch the video and post on the blog.  I just know we can get back on track and look forward to seeing your reflections!

Second Step

Next week, we will learn how to solve problems using the STEP acronym: Say the problem, think of solutions, explore consequences, and pick the best solution.  Once they’ve calmed down and stated the problem without blaming, students are ready for the next three problem solving steps.  Think of solutions builds cognitive skills and helps students avoid jumping at the first idea that comes to them, thus preventing hasty and possibly more aggressive responses.  Emphasizing the importance of safe and respectful solutions builds prosocial norms and help students employ perspective taking to think about the effects of their actions on others.  The third step, explore consequences, helps students think through cause and effect and avoid solutions that will cause more problems.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Lunch: Meatball Sub Sandwich
  • “participate”  note card comes home, due  Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 4 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)
  • Bring your decorated Valentine’s Day box
    • Be as creative as possible
    • Please have a hole already cut that is large enough to fit Valentines
    • Make sure to have a Valentine for each member of our class
  • CoGAT testing begins

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

  • Lunch: Heart Nuggets
  •  “influence” and “emergency”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 4 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties @1:45pm

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Lunch: Hot Dog
  • Watch Cursive Week 4 Video and comment by today
  • Board Meeting @ 7pm

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Lunch: Chili and Crackers
  • Phonics Paper comes home (due tomorrow)

Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Lunch: Bosco Sticks

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Learning cursive letters: p, r, s, and t
  • Exploring rounding and estimation via a HyperDoc
  • Being flexible and understanding in our first full week with Mrs. Stoller
  • Studying our teeth in science class
  • Creating a media recording for a phonics assignment in Canvas
  • Setting AR Goals for February and March on Seesaw
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