nd2 Grade News Mrs. Ealy’s Class May 11, 2012 Letter from Mrs. EalyDear Parents, Next Week’s Specials Monday - Wellness On Wednesday our Unit 10 math tests were sent home andmost students did a good job. However, I did notice that students who Tuesday – Artmay have struggled on the test, knew how to do the problems, but madea simple mistake like not looking at the sign and added instead of Wednesday – Music and Computerssubtracted. We have been working very hard in class on building stamina Thursday – Music and P.E. (Wear Sneakers)not only in reading, but other areas as well. We have been practicingtaking our time, reading the questions carefully, looking at all the Friday – Library and P.E. (Wear Sneakers)possible answers, and rechecking our work before turning things in. Wehave been talking about all of these test taking strategies to help preparefor the MEAP next year. What We’re Learning About! Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts athome. I am very happy to say that on the last timed test every studentimproved their addition and subtraction scores! Everyone is doing a Math – This week we started Unit 11, which is on Whole Numbergreat job. During the last week of school we will be having a 2nd grade Operations. We worked on finding the amount of change given whenmath tournament for addition and subtraction facts. The top student in buying certain items. Many students are still struggling with thiseach class will compete with each other to see who knows their facts the concept. We spent an extra day this week just reviewing. Pleasefastest. It is still anyone’s game! Please be sure to be practicing counting continue working on this at home!by 3’s and 4’s over the next week. I will begin to assess students on thatconcept the week of May 21st. Reading – During reader’s workshop for the rest of the year we will be It has been a warm and sunny week. Students have spent a lot building our stamina for 3rd grade and making plans for our readingof time outside for recess, wellness, and PE. However, the air lives. This week we started talking about making reading goals for theconditioning works great in our room; therefore we can be very cold summer.inside. It’s great to dress in layers, because in most cases it’s been chillyin the morning, but hot in the afternoon. Writing – This week we continued our short realistic fiction unit. The The second grade classes will be making tie dye t-shirts to wear students came up with ideas for their realistic fiction story and startedon the day of our party in June. Our plan is tie dye the t-shirts with Mrs. developing their characters in their book. Next week we will map outGerken’s class on Thursday, May 31st. Please start sending in white t- our stories and begin writing!shirts for your child to tie dye. I will keep them here at school sostudents don’t forget them on the day of painting. We are really excitedto have the entire second grade in matching t-shirts! Science – This week we started our last science unit on plants. The I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day. Enjoy every students took a “plant walk” around the back of Oxbow to look for different types of plants. The students collected leaves and we mademinute of the day with your kids and family leaf rubbings in our plant books. We also made a KWL chart about If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. what we know about plants and what we want to learn.Remember you can reach me by our folder, by email, or by phone. Sincerely, Mrs. Ealy Upcoming Events and Dates to • Please remember to return library books every Friday! • Please remember to return Weekend Writing every Friday! Remember SAVE THE DATE Friday, May 18, 2012 May 14 OPC Meeting Oxbow Carnival 5:30pm May 18 Spring CarnivalIt will be a very fun night filled with tons of games, food, face painting, a May 28 Memorial Day – No Schoolphoto booth, and mileage club! You can pre-order tickets using the form that was sent home this week or buy them at the carnival. I will be May 31 Tie Dying T-shirts! working at the milk bottle game and I hope to see everyone there!!