May 8 - Walk & Bike to School
May 13 - PTO Meeting
May 21 - Planetarium Visit at East-1 pm
May 24 - Spring DIBELS 12:30 pm
May 27 - No School
May 31 - School Carnival
June 3 - Field Day
June 4 - 2nd Grade Picnic
June 5 - Last Day of School
Today, in your child's Tuesday Folder is a Transportation Form (it's pink). This MUST be filled out for all children. This lets us know what school your child will attend next year and if they need busing. Children who bring the form back tomorrow, will get a small treat from me.
The dome area of the school can be quite drafty and cool. Please send a sweatshirt to school with your child every day. Thanks!!
We're on Unit 10 - Money, Decimals and Place Value
Children who have not mastered addition and subtraction fact fluency are working in small groups to master strategies to add and subtract in their brains. Ask your child what strategy they're working on!
We're all working on improving our reading fluency by reading plays. Each child will be assigned a character and will read the script to match the character's expression.
We just finished up our state reports. We're now working with a partner to write and preform a puppet show. Look for these performances to come on Seasaw!
• Technology and Tools
• Plants and Animals
• Growing and Changing
• Matter and Energy
• Energy, Motion, and Force
Unit 1 introduced students to the scientific method.
We're currently in Unit 2. We're learning about how scientists use technology and tools. We'll learn and practice building simple machines. At the end of the week, children will be challenged to engineer a machine to ring a bell from a meter away using a combination of simple machines.
Have a fantastic week!
Spring arrives tomorrow, yay!!
Leprechaun bingo is Thursday, please bring your donations to the office as soon as possible. Children are also encouraged to wear green and gold. Thank you for all of your help!
We just started Unit 9 in reading. In this unit, we're focusing on:
1. Cause and effect - in a story deciding what happened and why it happened
2. Determining the point of view - first, second, and third person
3. Text structure - What type of story is this? Sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, etc.
Standards we've recently finished:
1. Theme - What is the main message of the text.
2. The difference between a fact and an opinion
3. Compare and contrast two different stories
4. We're also working on advanced phonic sounds and vocabulary.
IXL Language is excellent for at home phonics and reading practice. Encourage your child to spend some time of IXL Language over Spring Break!
We're currently on our poetry unit. We're learning how to rhyme and create a poem using figurative language. We've learned about: similes, metaphors. onomatopoeias, personification, alliterations, hyperboles, and idioms. Your child can log onto their Google Classroom, Writer's Workshop and show you what they've recently been working on.
We just finished Unit 8 in math, fractions. This is not a second grade standard, so it's an introductory unit. Additional standards we focused on were:
Example of problems:
12 + a = 20 35 - b = 20
(184.108.40.206) Balance the equation
Examples of problems:
8 + 2 = 6 + ? 12 - 6 = ? + 4
We're currently on Unit 9, measurement. This unit includes a great deal of vocabulary that you can help with at home.
We have learned or will learn:
The U.S. Customary System of Measurement: inch, foot, yard and mile.
Capacity: ounce, cup, pint, quart, half-gallon, and gallon.
Metric system: millimeter, centimeter, decimeter, meter, and kilometer.
Capacity: milliliters and liters
We'll also learn about perimeter and area. If you have any opportunities to use this vocabulary and examples in everyday life, I would appreciate it!
NWEA testing -
Each year, we take a summative assessment to assess the growth in our students from one grade to another. Mankato Schools use the NWEA assessment. When your child took the assessment in first grade, everything was read to them. This year, they read it all on their own. Each assessment has between 40-50 questions. On Tuesday, April 9th, we'll take the NWEA math assessment. We'll take half the assessment in the morning and finish the second half in the afternoon. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11, we'll take the reading. I try to pump them up and encourage them to do their best, but as you can imagine, it is a little stressful for some. Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and eats breakfast, so they'll be "fueled up" for the test. I'll remind you when the time nears. Thank you!!
Hello Kennedy Families!
We just started Unit 6 in reading. This unit focuses on summarizing text. We'll learn and practice the strategy "Somebody...wanted...but..so...then" to help us summarize a fictional story that has a problem and a solution.
Then, throughout the unit, we'll also practice summarizing informational text in the following ways:
• summarize information by stating the big ideas
• make generalizations, judgments, and opinions
• distinguish between more important ideas and less important ideas
• stop to collect their thoughts about a topic before, during, and after reading
Unit 5 reading assessment results came home today. This was the first time we took the assessment online. I didn't mark questions incorrectly on the computer printout, only on the cover page. Please review with your child, sign the back of the pink parent letter, and return to school tomorrow. The standard RI.2.2 (Main Idea) continues to be a challenge. We'll continue to work on it in Unit 6 and reassess next week. Some ways you can support this at home while reading non-fiction, ask, What is the main idea of this paragraph? Can you find a topic sentence? What are some details that support the main idea?
We just finished Unit 5 in math, Geometry. Three standards were assessed and your child's proficiency levels were included in the Tuesday Folder.
Monday, we started Unit 6. In this unit, students focus on:
• interrupting graphs and graph varieties
• solve addition and subtraction story problems
• introduce and practice array models
• develop procedures for multiplication/division problems
IXL focus this week: R2, R9, R11 and R5
WEDNESDAY: Reading logs due - Please make sure your child reads for 20-30 minutes every school night. This is their homework and an expected behavior at Kennedy. Each child should have at least 10 PAWS each week. We will have a reward party at the end-of-the-year for kids who completed their at home reading.
FRIDAY: Library day, please encourage your child to check out books each week. If they finish their book and want to check one out earlier, they just need to let me know and I can send them to the library earlier.
Have an awesome week!
We're currently wrapping up Unit 4 in reading. We'll be taking the Unit Assessment later this week. These are the focused standards:
RL 2.1 “I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.”
RL 2.2 “I can recount stories and determine their lesson or moral.”
We take the Winter DIBELS assessment next week. This assessment gauges your child's growth, so far this school year.
Phonics / Spelling
This week - sound of or
We've been introduced to Google Docs. This is a digital format for writing. Your child will use Google Docs all throughout their schooling here in Mankato. We learned how to create a document, name it, type, change the font and size, and return to the next line. Your child can access their Google Docs by logging into their OmnID Portal on the Mankato Area Public Schools link, found on our class website and then enter their user name and password.
Look for fun digital writing projects in the future!
Students have been introduced and enrolled in Google Classroom, as well. This is a way for me to assign work digitally to each child. You can have your child show you what they're working on by again having them sign into their OmniID Portal on our classroom website and go to Google Classroom.
We've been very busy learning how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. These are the strategies we've recently learned for subtraction. We do not learn formal algorithms in second grade. The strategies we teach focus on mental math and flexible thinking.
We're starting Geometry this week. In second grade, we focus on similarities and differences among shapes. The unit includes a lot of vocabulary, such as:
2D shapes and their names
3D shapes and their names
vertex and vertices
Have a great week!
December 13th at 9:30 and 1:00. Same concert at both times. Come to the time that works best for you!
Today, in your child's Tuesday Folder is their assessment results for Unit 2. Please look over the results with your child and rip off the top sheet, sign the back and send it back to school. This will communicate to me that you've received the information.
This week, we started Unit 3 in reading.
The standard focus is: RI 2.3 Identify sequence of events:
Determine the order of events for stories and for topics such as history, science, or biography.
WEDNESDAY: Reading logs due
FRIDAY: Children's Museum field trip in the AM.
Library day, please encourage your child to check out books each week. If they finish their book and want to check one out earlier, they just need to inform me and I can send them to the library earlier.
MATH - Unit 4 (Add and Subtract 2-Digit Numbers)
We've been working on double digit addition. There will be many "strategies" taught, and your child will be encouraged to use the strategy that works best for him/her. These strategies are not like the traditional method that you or I learned when adding multiple digits. Studies show that the traditional methods increase errors and takes away from the value of each digit (i.e. in a problem like: 54+23 we would say 4+3 and then 5+2 instead of 50+20). Plus, with these new strategies you will notice your child attempting to solve problems mentally which will be the ultimate goal. You may be tempted to "teach" your child the traditional method and some only want to do that already, but I ask that you allow your child to teach YOU these new strategies. Keep in mind that not all strategies are a good fit for all students. I encourage the student to stick with the strategy that they can connect with and are most comfortable with. When students become more fluent in their adding, they will begin to realize that some strategies work best for certain problems and some for others. Last week, we learned the skip strategy and this week we're focusing on the jump strategy. Have your child show you how to add 62+39 using each strategy.
Have an awesome week!
Word Study vs. Spelling Tests
In second grade, your student will practice a phonics pattern each week. We'll build, write, and read words with the week's focus and then check to see how well the pattern has been mastered on Friday. The spell check on Friday, will be done with a partner and it's called a Peer Check. You hopefully saw one in your child's Tuesday Folder. Children take turns being the teacher and the student. The student has two tries to spell the word correctly and if it's still wrong, the word is spelt to them by their peer. Some parents in the past, have preferred to check the phonics/spelling patterns at home with their child before Friday. You will find all the words on our classroom website under the tab, Weekly Phonics Pattern #Spelling. This week's pattern is Open Syllable. In an open syllable, the vowel says it long or "name" sound.
Week of 11/5
Nov. 2 - Picture retakes- let me know if you want your child's picture redone.
Nov. 12- PTO meeting 6 pm
Nov. 13 - 2hr late start
Nov. 13, 15, and 19 - Conferences 3:30-8
No School, Nov. 20-23
Nov. 29 - Bingo Night
December 7th - Second Grade Field Trip to the Children's Museum in Mankato
December 13 - Winter Music Concert - 9:30 and 1
Have a great week!
October 30, 2018
We just wrapped up Unit 2 in math. We've learned multiple strategies for adding and subtracting one-digit numbers quickly. I completed a Math Running Record on each child that places them in a fluency level. Each child is working through learning facts at their own individual rate. I will share more with you at conferences.
Our next unit is focused on place value, time, and money. The standard goals for Unit 3 are:
1. Read, write and represent whole numbers up to 1000. Representations may include numerals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, words, pictures, tally marks, number lines and manipulatives, such as bundles of sticks and base 10 blocks (220.127.116.11)
2. Use place value to describe whole numbers between 10 and 1000 in terms of hundreds, tens and ones. Know that 100 is 10 tens, and 1000 is 10 hundreds. (18.104.22.168)
3. Compare and order whole numbers up to 1000. (22.214.171.124)
4. Tell time to the quarter-hour and distinguish between a.m. and p.m. (126.96.36.199)
5. Identify pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Find the value of a group of coins and determine combinations of coins that equal a given amount. (188.8.131.52)
This week in small group, we're focusing on different forms for numbers. You can quiz your child by asking them what is standard form, written form, and expanded form in representing numbers.
Written: Four hundred twenty-one
Expanded: 400+20+1 = 421
The two standards we'll focus on mastering over the next two weeks are:
RL 2.1 & RI 2.1 - Ask Questions:
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI 2.2 - Main Idea and Detail:
Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within a text.
Kennedy is in need of donated kids clothes for when children have accidents or spill at lunch. If you have clothes to donate, please bring them to the office. We can always use winter clothes too. Thanks!
Also, if you have any books you every want to donate to our classroom, I would love to add them to our library for kids to read and take home.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
October 9. 2018
Thank you all for encouraging and supporting your child in Kennedy's at home reading program, PAWS to Read. Our goal is 10+ PAWS per week. If your child needs additional books for reading at home, I have bookbags and books to send home with them at their "just right" reading level. Just let me know, through Remind, and I will send books home. I just ask that you help ensure the books will be returned when done.
Reading logs due for check in tomorrow, thanks!!
Last week, we began learning the six syllable types. We refer to them as, CLOVER.
C = closed syllable - follows a CVC pattern, like mat
L = consonant le - follows the end pattern, ble, in the word ta-ble
O = open syllable - follows a CV pattern, such as cu, in the word cu-pid
V = vowel teams - follows the pattern of 2 vowels next to each other in a word, like the two ee's in speech
E = silent e - follows the pattern CVCe, as in spike
R = r-control - follows the patterns with the sounds: ar, er, ir, ur, and or
Learning these syllable types will help us learn how to read and spell multisyllabic words.
Small group math rotations are in full swing. Students rotate to four stations: teacher table, desk work (independent work), IXL, and Fact Fluency tubs.
One of our second grade standards is fact fluency, the ability to add and subtract facts with automaticity and strategies. I have completed a math running record with each child. This information places children in a level for fact development. After a child works through a level and shows mastery, they will move on it the next level. If they need additional practice, I will then send games and work home for you to practice with your child. If you want to know what level your child is currently working in, you can send me a Remind message and I will let you know. Otherwise, we will discuss it at conferences next month.
The levels are:
+0 and +1 Facts
Add Within 10 (facts under sum of 10)
Friends of 10 - (every number has a partner)
0+10, 1+9, 2+8. 3+7, 4+6, 5+5. 6+4, 7+3. 8+2, 9+1, 10+0
4+4, 5+5, 7+7 etc.
4+5, 5+6. 7+8, etc,
LEVEL 7 - Make a Friendly Number
Make 10 First, then add the rest - (9+5 is actually 10+4)
Add within 20
We're focusing on sentence structure. We've learned every sentence has a subject and a predicate. This week, we'll practice fixing sentences by adding uppercase to the beginning and punctuation to the end. We'll also work on identifying the sentence type.
All our writing continues to develop as we work on being creative and writing about what we’re most interested in.
The last day of each week for 15-20 minutes, we make time to catch up on work not completed throughout the week. The K in KMR, stands for catch up (Ketcup). The M stands for mustard minutes, or time owed for poor behavior choices. During mustard minutes, the child reflects on their behavior by writing a letter expressing what Kennedy rule they broke and what they'll do in the future to improve. Then R, relish, is free choice in the classroom as a reward.
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Have a great week!
September 25, 2018
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In my class, I try to make your child's special day enjoyable! It starts with them being my helper for the day. This includes being the line leader, lights person, and general helper for the day. We sing our special song and then the birthday child gets to select a fun classroom game or free time at the end of the day. If you're child brings a store bought treat to share with the class, I will pass it out in the lunchroom as a bonus dessert. I just ask that you don't bring anything that has to be refrigerated or cut into pieces.
Birthday Invitations: When children have a party outside of school, I understand how hard it is to distribute the invitations, but I only allow children to pass out invitations in the class if everyone is invited. Please understand any other way creates hurt feelings. Thank you for understanding!
Scholastic Book Order
In your child's Tuesday folder, the first book order came home. You can order online or send an order form in to school.
Book orders are due Wednesday, October 3rd. Our classroom code to order online is: HBBG6
HAVE a GREAT WEEK!
september 18, 2018
We’re continuing to learn a new reading strategy each day. As we learn a new strategy, it's added to our CAFE menu.
C - comprehension
A - accuracy
F - fluency
E - expand vocabulary
See the reading strategies tab on this website for all our strategies.
This week's focused strategies are under accuracy, the "Beanie Baby" Strategies. These are strategies we learn when we come to a work we don't know. See attached bookmark.
Daily 5 - We're working hard on building our reading and writing stamina. We've successfully mastered 11 minutes for both Read to Self and Work on Writing. Children were introduced to Listen to Reading today.
You might see random writing pieces coming home. As we learn our routines, children are creating original writing pieces of their choice. It's very important that we praise their attempts on spelling and not tell them that words are misspelled.
We established rules such as:
1. Write the whole time
2. Write at your desk or tummy write
3. Zero voice level
4. Get started right away
5. Underline words you don't know how to spell
6. If you can't think of something to write, start with a picture.
Resources we use for spelling:
We use a QuickWord Handbook. This is a little dictionary that has many common words listed and I can add words to it, too. This is a valuable resource we’ll use all year. We also add 5 new words to our class Word Wall each day to help as a quick reference tool.
We’re continuing to revisit First Grade math skills and learn math routines. We’re also starting to work with the online resources, IXL.
Bus evacuation drill is Wednesday. All children regardless if they ride the bus or not, will go through our 2nd grade bus safety curriculum.
1. DIBELS assessment this Friday.
2. Family Movie Night, Friday, September 21st, in the school cafeteria
Have a fantastic week!
September 11, 2018
It's been a great start to our new year. We've been working on classroom routines along with building a community of active learners.
One routine is Daily 5. Daily 5 is a classroom organization system which allows for student independence during reading. This independence allows me to teach small reading groups. We've started with Read to Self. We established the following rules and have been practicing them daily.
1. Stay in one spot
2. Read the whole time
3. Eyes in your book
4. Get started right away
5. Zero or one voice level
6. Just right books
7. Clean up when done
You might want to use these rules at home too.
We've been working on learning strategies all good readers use. We've learned that all readers, Check for Understanding. We stop along the way and make sure we understand the story. Good readers also, Cross-Check. If a word doesn't look right or sound right, we must go back and fix it. When we Cross-Check, we say:
Does it look right?
Does it sound right?
Does it make sense?
There are arm movements with the strategy. Ask your child to show you and use this strategy at home when they misread a word. You can say, "Let's cross-check that."
We're starting math out with a few inspirational lessons:
Lesson 1 - Brains grow and change
Lesson 2 - Mistakes are okay (9/11)
Lesson 3 - Believe in yourself
Lesson 4 - Speed is not important
Lesson 5 - Our brains think about math visually
We're also reviewing First Grade skills such as: money, time, calendar, patterns, and basic facts.
School rules- B.E.S.T.
and Bus Safety
1. Tuesday Folders came home tonight. (9/11). Please empty it and return it to school tomorrow.
2. Reading logs due for check in tomorrow, also. (9/12)
3. PTO meeting tomorrow in the Media Center at 6 pm (9/12)
4. Library on Friday
5. Two-hour late start on Tuesday, September 18th. The first bell will ring at 9:55 a.m. and the tardy bell will ring at 10:05 a.m.
6. Friday, September 21st, movie night in the school cafeteria
Children can bring their own water bottle to school. The bottle should be leak proof and kept on the floor by their desk.
Have a WONDERFUL week!