I'd like to thank you for the wonderful gift basket that made my break even more enjoyable. Thank you for coordinating such a special gift.
This week we are reviewing routines and doing some goal setting. Each Monday your child will be making a goal for the week. This should be something they know they need to work on. When making personal goals, we will also need to make a plan in order to carry out the goal. It is my goal to connect with each child and check in with them after they make each goal. Their goal sheets will "live" in the front cover of their orange take-home folders. Please take the time each week to check-in and support your child with his/her goals. We will reflect on how he/she did on either Friday or the following Monday.
This week we will be wrapping up our PBL Water unit and finish our group presentations using Voicethread. Once our presentations are complete, they will be shared on our classroom and student Weebly sites. The students will then continue an art project with Ms. Meg by painting a bus shelter mural that exhibits our learning from this PBL unit. The mural will respresent how we are all connected by the same water. I am really excited for this masterpiece!
LITERACY: We are studying contraction words in word work. We are beginning non-fiction reading and writing units. Next week we will concentrate reading and writing about black history and the men and women whom have made great contributions to our society. This will lead us in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and day of observance. We hope you will have opportunities to talk and find out more about these important people in our country's history together as a family.
MATH: We are continuing and deepening our understanding of mutiple-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. Once they understand the addition and subtraction strategies, the children are getting excited and trying out 2, 3, 4, 5+ digit problems! All the while we are trying to represent the process and communicate the meaning and how we get the answers. Have fun making and solving problems at home. Your child should also be adding up their own reading minutes on his/her reading log. Please make sure to send completed bingo reading logs to school each monday!
* Persuassive writing celebration
* Snowday/hot cocoa party
* Guest speaker Sara DeRuyck from Water1st came to talk with the second grade classes. She shared how Water1st strives to help make a difference with the global water crisis. We learned a lot about the impact walking for water has on communities, and women and girls in particular. We're hoping to participate in Water 1st's Carry5 Walk for Water on May 4, 2014.