Monday, November 14, 2016

Welcome to the only full week of November!!

We have been so busy- it is actually hard to explain how busy we have been!

Once upon a time, an amazing class of second graders wrote some AMAZING fairy tales!!  The students have written the most wonderful stories and they are just so excited to share them with you.  They are so proud of their work- and they should be, they really worked hard and the hard work paid off.  I hope that you can all make it to our publishing party on Thursday at 8:20 am.

Today, as you have seen by now, we finally got to our pumpkin carving, scraping, pulp pulling and painting.  As you can see from the pictures I posted on the blog, so far we have pulled out the seeds, weighed the pumpkins, counted the ribs and measured them in both height and width.  This week we will continue to discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin, the ways pumpkins are used and what life is like at the pumpkin farm.  Our pumpkin investigators will be pumpkin experts by Thanksgiving!!

For the upcoming week and a half we will discuss Thanksgiving in both Social Studies and Religion. In Social Studies, we will learn about the hardships the Pilgrims faced coming here from so far with so little and how the Native Americans and Squanto befriended them and help them learn about the land and how to survive.

In Religion, we will talk about how very fortunate we are and much we have to be thankful for.  We will also continue in our religion books by talking about Ordinary Time coming to an end and Advent starting in a couple weeks.  In addition we will start to discuss how the bible is broken into the Old and New Testaments.

The third chapter of the math book focuses on graphs, charts, collecting data, line plots and Venn Diagrams.  I have found that one of the trickiest parts of this chapter is reminding students to look for the key to see how much the symbol used in the chart represents.  Often, students assume that the pictures in a pictograph or chart represent "one" but that's not always the case, so please review this with them when it comes home in the homework- tomorrow :)

We have started Unit 2 in reading.  Unit two focuses on nonfiction reading.  Nonfiction reading is traditionally more difficult to read than fiction because it does not follow the same expected sequence of a fictional story.  Also, the reader is reading to gain information, not just for entertainment which is often the case in fictional reading.  I encourage everyone to read some nonfiction books at home (books about animals are perfect for this age and they can choose animals they like which will help hold their interest.)  When you read with your child, or if he/she reads independently, ask them what they learned- they should finish reading the book having gained two or three new pieces of information.  This week, and throughout the unit, we will talk about features of nonfiction books such as- photographs, diagrams, labels, captions, glossary, index, table of contents and more.  When your child reads nonfiction at home, ask them if their nonfiction books have any of these features.  We will discuss that these features are put in the book by the author, for a purpose- and that the purpose is usually to provide extra information, and so we shouldn't ignore them.  The story we are reading this week (and next) is "Ants!" and so we will discuss insects as well this week. The vocabulary words are : insects, cocoon, tunnels, enemies and invade.  In grammar we will discuss complete and incomplete sentences.

As you can see, we are very busy learning here!

A few reminders-

1- For the girls who are doing Girl Scouts, the first meeting will be this Friday.  We are asking that parents show up at 3:50 for a brief meeting before the end of the first troop meeting.

2- Tag Day is Thursday

3 - Please send in cans of pumpkin

4- Publishing Party Thursday 8:20am

5- Book orders due Wednesday

6 - Next Wednesday is a half day- there is no aftercare

7- Flat Stanley- we could still use a lot of states for Stanley.  I must thank the parents who have sent him in - Sabrina and Jack- thank you....and well Kady (or Nurse Kelly) gets a huge shout out for sending in so many states, I have lost count.  Thank you and please keep them coming!!!
Good Afternoon

Homework

Spelling- write words three times each
Math pages 33 and 34

Reminders

Book orders due Wednesday (in hopes we get them back before Thanksgiving) Also, if you wish to order from the book order for Christmas, let me know and i will get the books to you without your child knowing :)

Please bring in cans of pumpkin for the food drive by tomorrow

Tag Day Thursday $2

All parents are invited to our Fairy Tale Publishing Party on Thursday at 8:20 am :)I hope to see you all there, the children have worked so hard!

Pumpkins!