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nd2 Grade News Mrs. Ealy’s Class October 26, 2012 Letter from Mrs. Ealy Next Week’s Specials Dear Parents, It was very nice to meet with the rest of you this week at Monday – P.E. (Wear Sneakers) conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come in and meet Tuesday – Art and Computers with me to discuss your child’s goals for the year. Wednesday – Music and P.E. (Wear Sneakers) Please remember to read with your child each night for Thursday – Library and Music Friday – Wellness 20 minutes. At the beginning of each month a set of reading logs are put in your child’s OWL binder behind their planner. I will be checking over the October reading logs on Thursday November What We’re Learning About! 1st and the students will also be putting in the November logs. Math – We started off the week in math by playing a review game to This helps me keep track of who is reading at home for our Book prepare for our test. Students worked in groups to solve math It program. If the reading log is completed each month your child problems. They used white boards and markers to help solve the receives a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! problems. The kids had a lot of fun playing the game! We took our Unit 2 test on Tuesday. The tests are checked; however it takes time to Two notes were sent home today with your child. There orally assess all the students on skip counting. Tests will be sent home is a note about volunteering in the classroom, as well as a early next week. We also started our next unit on place value, money, reminder about our Halloween party next week. Please look for it and time. We spent time learning about place value using base 10 in your child’s OWL binder! blocks. Be sure to ask your child about cubes, longs, and flats! We also We have had some beautiful weather this week, however worked on buying items and showing two different ways we could pay it looks like the cold weather is on its way. Please check the for it. weather in the morning so students are dressed appropriately and Reading – During reading this week we started out reading groups! have a jacket if needed! The kids are excited to read with me at my special table and get new As a reminder, students will need a document books to keep in their book boxes. All students are grouped according portfolio by November 2nd to carry books back and forth from to their levels and reading needs. We also spent a lot of time school. We will be starting to use these the following week discussing fluency. When we are reading we want to make sure it for our classroom book n’ bag program. If you are unable to sounds like our normal talking voice and not a “robot.” I love hearing get one, please let me know. the students work on using their expression when reading! We also reached 30 minutes of reading stamina. We will continue to try to If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. increase that each day to try and reach 45 minutes! Remember you can reach me by our folder, by email, or by phone. Writing – This week in writing students worked very hard on publishing their first piece! Thank you to Mrs. Murdock for coming in to help type Sincerely, stories on Monday! After the student’s stories were typed they cut Mrs. Ealy them out and glued them into their books. They also spent a lot of time publishing them. On Thursday we split each second grade class in half. Each group consisted of half of Mrs. Gerken’s class and half of our • Please remember to return library books every Thursday! class. They students were able to pick a partner from the opposite • Please practice tying shoes at home! class to share their story with. At the end the students celebrated with a snack of pretzels, carrots, and celery. We are so proud of all of the Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember second graders for publishing their first piece! Social Studies – This week we started our first unit in social studiesOct. 31 Halloween Party 2:30-3:30 called, “What is a Community?” Students reviewed what a family is, brainstormed ideas about the needs of people, and we read a bookNov. 2 Document Portfolios Due about a little house that started out in the country and over timeNov. 6 No School became a city. As a class we compared the similarities and differences between a country and a city. We did a double bubble map which wasNov. 12 OPC Meeting @ 6:30 sent home. We will continue working on this unit next week and even Market Day Pick-Up possibly start our first lesson in science!Nov. 13 Picture Retake Day