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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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!