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Second Grade News 5/24/19  

                                                          May 24, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            As we wrap up our school year, the children have been working hard on their assessments. We are almost done with the major ones and I am impressed with the growth I have seen so far. Your children are to be commended for working hard and giving their best, which is not always easy this time of year.

            In June, I plan to do classroom campout activities, which will include crafts and snacks, as well as fun reading, science and math activities. I will be asking for craft/food donations next week, so please help out if you can.

 

                           Specials’ Schedule for May 26th-May 31st

Monday No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday: library  

Wednesday: computer

Thursday: gym

Friday: art

Wishing You a Happy and Family Filled Memorial Day Weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                               

 


Second Grade News 5/17/19  

                                                                               May 17, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            I am happy to report we have invited a former student in to work on her pre-student teaching requirements. I am excited to serve as a mentor to Bailey Smith as she works toward her certification. I was fortunate to teach her twice, once in my first year of teaching at Voluntown, in second grade, and once again in fourth grade. She will be observing, providing learning support, and teaching short lessons and skills under my direction, over the course of the next month. Bailey will be in on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

            We had a chilly, but fun field trip to the Southwick Zoo on Tuesday. The children were very well behaved and enjoyed adventuring around the zoo to see the huge variety of animals they have. It was a pleasure to take this group out. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who were able to help make this a successful outing. Your involvement is appreciated.

                           Specials’ Schedule for May 20th – May 24th

Monday: library                       Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer                  Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                               

                                             ASSESSMENTS

                       May is a big month for our final assessments.

We continue to teach new material, while also spiraling back to review key skills so that the kiddos will feel more comfortable and confident during testing. These tests are important as they are intended to show the growth each child has made over the course of the year.

 

-I started DRA assessments this week and will continue to administer them to individuals next week.

 

                                      IMPORTANT DATES

-The STAR Math test will be given on Wednesday, May 22nd .

-The STAR Reading test will be given on Thursday, May 23rd.

Please be sure your child is well rested and that he/she has a healthy breakfast as we would like everyone to do their very best.

We test first thing in the morning, so please have your child in and settled on time. Thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated.


Second Grade News 5/3/19  

                                                                                           May 3, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade

     Happy Friday and Happy Field Trip Day!

Here is a short and sweet note to let you know what is coming up. I hope you have a great weekend!

                                                Mrs. Weir           

                           Specials’ Schedule for May 6th – May 10th

Monday: library                       Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer                  Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                                UPCOMING

-Our field trip to the Soouthwick Zoo is coming up on May 14th. If you plan to chaperone, please make sure you have filled out the DCF form and met with Mrs. Suffoletto prior to our trip. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS made to this policy, so please plan ahead.

 

-We will be leaving school promptly at 8:40AM, so you will need to drive your child to school that day. Please have your child in his/her homeroom, by 8:25AM.

-The fee for this trip is $16.50 per person, which includes a train ride on the Woodland Express.

***PLEASE SEND IN ALL ZOO TRIP PAYMENTS BY Wednesday, May 8th.

I need to know a definite count by then and have all funds in hand so that I can have a check drawn up. Thanks for understanding.

(I did extend this as I know it can be tough to swing two field trip fees.)

If this fee is a hardship, please contact me privately.***

 

                                            

 

 

ASSESSMENTS

May is a big month for our final assessments.

We continue to teach new material, while also spiraling back to review key skills so that the kiddos will feel more comfortable and confident during testing. These tests are important as they are intended to show the growth each child has made over the course of the year.

                                                

IMPORTANT DATES

-The STAR Math test will be given on May 22nd .

-The STAR Reading test will be given on May 23rd.

Please be sure your child is well rested and that he/she has a healthy breakfast as we would like everyone to do their very best.

We test first thing in the morning, so please have your child in and settled on time. Thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated.


Second Grade News 4/26/19  

                                            April 26, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            It’s been a wonderful week in Second Grade. The kids were all happy to be back in school with their friends and to set about the business of working our way to summer. It has been a very smooth learning week and they should be proud of themselves!

            A special thank you going out to Mrs. Oulton for coming in to teach a hands-on lesson working with acids and bases. The children were very excited to wear goggles and use simple science equipment that they were allowed to take home. The experiment involved mixing different liquids in the cabbage juice to see how it reacted and how it affected PH.

 

             Here’s what we’ve been up to this week in Second Grade:

Reading: This week our theme was Helping Planet Earth, which was very appropriate, as we celebrated Earth Day on Monday. We did note that every day should really be Earth Day, as it’s important to take good care of the planet we live on, in order for it to be safe and comfortable for us, and the creatures that depend on us to take care of it. Our focus skills this week included generating questions and organizing information we have learned onto webs. Students applied these skills by creating questions before and as they were reading their leveled selections and by summarizing the steps to recycling plastic.

 

Math: We started Chapter 11: Measurement. The children estimated the length of classroom items and school spaces. We need to measure some things outdoors on the playground, but the weather did not cooperate today. The kids measured those items using the appropriate measuring tool (inch ruler, yardstick, or measuring tape) in inches, feet, and yards. We continue to use Reflex Math daily as time allows. Students are encouraged to use the Reflex Math site at home, as well as in school, to help them build their math fluency. Twenty minutes a day produces a solid growth rate in fact fluency.

 

Fundations: Students marked and coded d-syllables in one and two syllable words containing the ee, ea, and ey vowel teams. We also reviewed four other syllable types. The children also practiced spelling their trick words.

 

Science/Social Studies: We are working on an integrated Earth Day folder project. Students also read and responded to the Scholastic News article, We Otter Be Doing Something. Of course, we had our special cabbage lab as well!

Writing: All students finished up their bunny stories to go with their art project. These are on display in the hallway. The kids are becoming more proficient at using a children’s dictionary to solve spelling issues in their own writing. Each student wrote about a memory from their Spring Break and we are in the process of sharing these in Author’s Chair.

                             Specials’ Schedule for April 29th – May 3rd

Monday: library                       Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer                  Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                                UPCOMING

-Our field trip to the EcoTarium is coming up on May 3rd. If you plan to chaperone, please make sure you have filled out the DCF form and met with Mrs. Suffoletto prior to our trip. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS made to this policy, so please plan ahead.

-We will be visiting the Southwick Zoo, as a follow up to our animal diversity science unit, on Tuesday, May 14th.

-We will be leaving school promptly at 8:40, so you will need to drive your child to school that day. Please have your child in his/her homeroom, by 8:25AM.

-The fee for this trip is $16.50 per person, which includes a train ride on the Woodland Express. If this fee is a hardship, please contact me privately.

***PLEASE SEND IN ALL ZOO TRIP PAYMENTS BY FRIDAY, MAY 3rd. ***

 


Second Grade News 4/5/19  

                                          April 5, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            It’s been a busy week in Second Grade. Here are some of the many things we have been up to:

Reading: This week our theme was Animal Survival. We shared an article about a gentleman who saved a flock of orphaned geese and a story about the survival of a lone goose with a misshaped foot. We focused on making connections between related events in the story, looking for causes and effects. This work continued with our leveled readers in small group work.

 

Math: Students worked on telling time on the hour, on the half-hour, and on the quarter-hour. We used our hula hoop models to make it easier for students to see how analog clocks are divided into smaller segments. We also worked on problem solving, using the strategy of looking for patterns. Students are encouraged to use the Reflex Math site at home, as well as in school, to help them build their math fluency.

 

Fundations: We continued working with d-syllables this week. Students marked and coded d-syllables in one and two syllable words. We entered several Words of the Day into our Student Notebooks and used the spelling option section to help us spell words with long a in the middle of the word, such as case. The children practiced their trick words from this unit as well.

 

Science/Social Studies: We continued reading and responding to our Women in Mathematics Scholastic article. Today we worked on the Mystery Doug Mystery: How Many Types of Animals are There? Students compared groups of animals, deciding how they are the same and how they are different, based on their characteristics, then sorting them into groups.

Writing: Students continued with their non-fiction book writing. This week, we focused on adding adjectives to our pieces to make them more descriptive. We worked in partners and each student made some recommendations to his/her partner on where he/she could add adjectives to make their writing stronger. We also practiced using children’s dictionaries to help improve our independent

spelling.

Grammar: We practiced reading and editing sentences. Students also practiced forming plural nouns by applying spelling patterns we have been working with. (Ex. pony to ponies, beach to beaches)

                             Specials’ Schedule for April 8th – April 12th

Monday: library                       Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer                  Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                                UPCOMING

-Our field trip to the EcoTarium is coming up on May 3rd. If you plan to chaperone, please make sure you have filled out the DCF form and met with Mrs. Suffoletto prior to our trip.

-We have set the date for our second field trip. We will be visiting the Southwick Zoo, as a follow up to our animal diversity science unit, on Tuesday, May 14th.

-We will be leaving school promptly at 8:40, so you will need to drive your child to school that day. Please have your child in his/her homeroom, by 8:25AM.

-We try to maximize our time at the zoo and it takes an hour to get there.

-Chaperones are welcome. We encourage parent participation on our trips.

-The fee for this trip is $16.50 per person, which includes a train ride on the Woodland Express. If this fee is a hardship, please contact me privately.

 


Second Grade News 3/29/19  

                                         Second Grade News

                                           March 29, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            I am so happy to be back in the classroom this week! Allergy and voice issues over the past week were challenging. I missed several days on top my conference days and I have really missed the kiddos.

 

Reading: This week our focus was on animal behaviors. Our main skill focus this week was cause and effect. We also continue to work on main ideas and details to help write simple summaries. Students compared and contrasted different animal types to note what traits animals shared and which ones were different. We used Venn Diagrams to help us sort the traits.

 

Math: We tested out of Chapter 9, which dealt with data and graphing. All students have been working on their Reflex Math accounts that I received the grant for. As part of the grant, I agreed to make sure students had 15-20 minutes at least 3 times per week to work toward “the green light.” I sent individual passwords home with students, so they can also play at home if they wish. We moved into Chapter 10: Time today. We built simple clocks from hula hoops and laid the foundation for telling time.

 

Fundations: We worked with d-syllables this week, (double vowel syllables) like in tail and toy. Students identified and coded this new syllable type. We practiced fluency with phrase scooping activities and repeated reading of the passage, “Cursive Letters.” Students also practiced their Trick Words with a Roll and Write activity.

 

Science/Social Studies: Earlier in the week, students designed an invention that might be made of futuristic materials, like glass that bounces and stretches like rubber. In today’s Mystery Science Lab, students designed and built base structures from note cards. We combined with Mr. C.’s class to explore what types of supports could be built using 20 3X5 note cards and 16 paperclips. The student task was to build a tall tower and then modify that structure to build one that could support the weight of a hardcover book. It was fun to watch the kids’ minds at work as they responded to arising challenges. We also began working on a Scholastic article about women in mathematics and science. We will continue with this article next week.

Writing: Students continued with their non-fiction book writing. This week, we focused on adding transitional words to help our writing flow. We learned a little ditty to help us remember to use them on every writing piece. Students also worked on their closing statement and adding descriptive adjectives. Free writing also continued and each student chose a piece for grading that they are proud of.

                             Specials’ Schedule for April 1st-April 5th

Monday: library          

Tuesday: computer    

Wednesday: gym

Thursday: art

Friday: music

Have a fabulous, family-filled weekend!

Mrs. Weir

                                                UPCOMING

-Our field trip to the EcoTarium is coming up on May 3rd.

-Please submit your child’s permission slip and funds as soon as possible as we do need to mail in a deposit. (If this fee is a financial burden for you, please send me an email and I will see what we can do.)

-More importantly, if you plan to accompany us a chaperone, please make sure your DCF Paperwork is complete and submitted for approval. -Mrs. Suffoletto is also planning meetings in April. You must meet with Mrs. Suffoletto and have all required paperwork in, well before the field trip. Please make arrangements soon, so we can all have a great time together.

 

Our second trip will also be in May. We plan to visit The Southwick Zoo as a follow up to our animal diversity science unit. More info to come as soon as the date is secured.


Second Grade News 2/25/19  

                                          Second Grade News

                                                     February 22, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            We have been working hard during this short week. The kids handled our days well and we are getting projects finished and moving on to new learning as well.

            Here are some of the things we have been up to in the classroom this week:

Reading: We wrapped up our theme of Keeping Safe and moved into Creatures Old and Older. We are learning about a huge ancient creature in the selection, Super Croc, and the small group selections which focus on extinct animals and living fossils. Our skill focus is identifying main ideas and building simple summaries.

Math: We started Chapter 8: Money. We reviewed the different types of coins and their values, as well as reviewing how to skip count coins of the same value. (I taught this skill in the fall, as it laid the foundation for money and made sense to combine practice during our skip counting lessons.) Most children do not have much real life experience with money. Practicing coin identification, (along with their values) and counting handfuls of change are great ways to support learning at home.

We also worked with friendly hundred numbers during our Number Talks, which aids in mental computation. (Ex. 49 + 198, can be seen as 47 + 200, which makes the numbers easier to add in your head.)

Fundations: We worked with two-syllable words ending with y, like penny, puppy, and silly. Two-syllable words ending in y have a long e sound. The children know to split the words into syllables between the double consonants, which helps them to read and spell these words one syllable at a time.

Writing/Social Studies: We continued working on our integrated social studies unit. These lapbooks include key information about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Students are finishing up the final component, which is a personal piece about If I were President.

                                                                 UPCOMING       

Specials’ Schedule for February 25th- March 1st.

Monday: gym            

Tuesday: art        

Wednesday: music

Thursday: library

Friday: computer

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Weir J

 

                                  READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK!

Monday, 2/25 Cat in the Hat – Wear stripes!

 

Tuesday, 2/26 Green Eggs and Ham – Wear green!

 

Wednesday, 2/27 Wacky Wednesday – Wear a mismatched outfit!

 

Thursday, 2/28 Fox in Socks – Wear a fun pair of socks or mismatched socks!

 

Friday, 3/1 The Sleep Book – Wear pajamas to school!

 

PLEASE NOTE: The primary teachers chipped in for a special Dr. Seuss themed cake. Please let us know if you DO NOT want your child to participate in this special snack time. Please sign below.

 

Yes, my child can have cake. ________________________________

 

No, I prefer my child NOT have cake. _________________________________-

 

 

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Second Grade News 2/15/19  

                                           Second Grade News

                                           February 15, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            Well, we finally got a snow day, but the kids (and their teacher) were very disappointed it didn’t stay long enough to have much fun in. We made the most of our days together and celebrated friendship on Valentine’s Day with a party at the end of the day. Thanks so much for the generous support we received from you. There was plenty of food for our grade level celebration. Mr. C., the kids, and I really appreciate your support.

           

Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 

Reading: This week, our theme was Keeping Safe. The children really enjoyed the shared story, Officer Buckle and Gloria. Our focus skill was using illustrations/pictures to support our reading. This selection is perfect, because the humor in the story comes from the illustrations. The story would not be as much fun without the pictures. Students worked on non-fiction selections in their leveled groups learning about home, road, and water safety. We will wrap this unit up on Tuesday.

 

Math: We continued to work with three-digit subtraction, working with subtraction across the zeros We tested out of the chapter today. Next week, we will begin our money unit. We worked with coins and skip counting their values in the fall, as it made “sense” to combine that with regular skip counting activities. Many children have difficulty distinguishing the difference between nickels and quarters. They also can find it hard understanding why the dime is smaller than a nickel or a penny,, but it is worth more. Having your child sort and count handfuls of change would be a great way to support learning at home.

 

Fundations: We continued with Unit 7. This is a long chapter which formally introduces open syllables. Students worked with tile boards and wipe boards, analyzing multi-syllabic words and coding their parts.

 

Writing/Social Studies: We have been working on an integrated social studies unit. Students created a lapbook base and we have been adding pieces to it all week. They also brainstormed together to create a chart with character traits they think are important for a president to have. They will use this as a springboard to write a piece about why they think they would make a good president. The kids will be sharing these pieces next week and then they can bring their projects home.

UPCOMING       

                                                

Specials’ Schedule for February 19th – 22nd.

Monday: President’s Day (no school)            

Tuesday: art        

Wednesday: music

Thursday: library

Friday: computer

Wishing you a fabulous and fun family-filled weekend!

Mrs. Weir

 

 

 


Second Grade News 1/25/19  

                                          Second Grade News

                                           January 25, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            This week we wrapped up our second set of benchmark assessments. These definitely impact our regular schedule and it will be nice to return to routine next week.

            Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 Reading: This week, we finished our theme of Keeping Fit. We read a shared selection called There is Nothing Like Baseball and analyzed the inferences in the text. This has been a focus skill for several weekly themes in this unit, where the reader takes information they read, combine it with that they know, and come up with new information. Students read leveled selections in small groups with that went along with the theme. We worked on writing long, strong sentences using their weekly vocabulary words. They also read to their Pre-K Book Buddies.

Math: The kids have been working hard in small groups and independently in math this week. They are applying regrouping skills to three-digit numbers in this chapter. Students also worked on math fluency skills through X-tra Math practice, Tangy Tuesday puzzle packets, and flash card subtraction practice. I have also introduced Sunshine Math for independent problem solving enrichment. We met several times this week during WIN to check in and talk about problem solving strategies and any bumps they hit in approaching problems.

 

Fundations: We are wrapping up Unit 6 which focused on v-e, like the word dive, and v-e exception syllables, like the word give. The children applied syllabication rules to divide words into their parts and then coded the syllables by type. They also practiced spelling trick words with magnetic writing boards and Roll and Write sheets.

 

Writing: We reviewed the steps to writing a strong opinion piece and then wrote a class essay on why a trip to Great Wolf Lodge is the best vacation. (We wrote about the place most students had been to.) They were very excited to share the reasons why they thought this spot was so fun. Students then responded to a formal opinion prompt for their benchmark assessment.

Social Studies: We continued learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he helped make positive changes in our world.                                               

Science: We invited Mr. C.’s class over for a Mystery Science lesson where we learned about different properties of various types of material. Students designed and created hats to protect themselves from the elements, if they were shipwrecked on an island, using simple supplies. We also viewed a Mystery Doug video about why we get hiccups.

 

UPCOMING                 

Specials’ Schedule for January 28th – February 1st

Monday: music            Thursday: gym

Tuesday: library           Friday: art

Wednesday: computer  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Weir

 

 

 


Second Grade News 1/11/19  

                                         Second Grade News

                                           January 11, 2019

Greetings from Second Grade,

            Next week our students will be taking benchmark tests in reading and math. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a nutritious breakfast. We want everyone to do their very best.

STAR Math will be given first thing on Tuesday, January 15th.

STAR Reading will be given first thing on Wednesday, January 16th.

Thank you for your on-going support! J

 

            Here’s what we have been up to in the classroom this week:

 

Reading: We finished up our animal growth and change theme. We worked on our focus skill of making inferences. This is a tough skill and we worked in large and small groups to help guide the process. I began assessing Core Phonics with individuals this week as well.

 

Math: We worked extensively on the skills needed for two-digit subtraction with regrouping from chapter 4. We played fact fluency games and did some spiral review to keep the kids current with skills they have learned this year. Chapter 6 will focus on addition with three-digit numbers.

 

Fundations: Unit 6 focuses on v-e syllables as in the word ripe. Students practiced building, reading, and coding these syllables on their tile boards. We decoded words with long i spelled i, ie, igh, and y at the end of the word. We also reviewed r-controlled vowels and practiced decoding nonsense words.

 

Writing: We started a new opinion piece about whether students prefer dining out or eating at home. Students formed an opinion and then backed it up with four reasons that support their choice using transitional words. The children are becoming more confident and comfortable in writing drafts of this sort independently. I began conferencing with individuals to help each student add detail to their pieces.

                                             

Science: We continued learning about the life cycle of Emperor penguins and tied this information to our literature theme in reading. We also viewed a Mystery Doug video how glass is made.

UPCOMING                 

Specials’ Schedule for January 14th-18th

Monday: library            Thursday: art

Tuesday: computer         Friday: music

Wednesday: gym

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Weir J