Monday, October 8, 2012

Week 8

Welcome to week eight! This week’s theme is: Discovery Week.

There is no school on Thursday or Friday of this week.  We hope you have a great break!

Our next field trip is just around the corner!  We are going to the Hee Haw Farms on October 19th (A Friday).  We will leave at around 12:15 p.m. to be there by 12:30 p.m.  We will be returning to the school at 2:15.  At Hee Haw Farms, the children get a hay ride, there is a petting zoo, and they all get a free pumpkin, and go through a small corn maze. We will use our experience at Hee Haw farms as inspiration for our writing.  If you are interested in attending the field trip with your student please email your child's teacher (remember that all chaperones need to complete a background check in the front office). 

From October to March, the Second Grade will be participating in the Book It! Program. This reading program allows students to earn free pizza for meeting monthly reading goals.  The goal for second grade will be to read at least 20 minutes a day for 20 days a month at home.  Each student has been provided with a calendar to track their own reading minutes.  At the end of the month, the student will return their tracker to school.  If your student has met his/her goal they will receive a certificate for a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut. 

Second grade has been learning to tell time in math.  Students who wish to practice at home can play the game at the following link: When your students are playing this game please remind them that the hour hand will not always be pointing directly at the numbers!! Most of the time the hour hand will be in between  two numbers.

Note to Mrs. Slade’s bus riders:  Our second graders are so thorough in managing their caught-cha cards, take home papers, reading buddies, toileting, and backpacks that some of Mrs. Slade’s students have had trouble getting to the bus on time.  Here is how we are trying to fix the problem:
1.      Mrs. Slade’s class will be stopping by to get our backpacks and reading buddies on the way to music on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and to Art on Tuesday and Thursday.
2.      We will try to wrap up instruction a couple minutes before three o’clock to give them time to take care of their important business!
3.      We have talked about the fact that reading buddies can spend the night in the Slade zone if they are forgotten until time to get on the bus. No one should go back inside the building to get the reading buddy.
4.      We are trying to make sure everyone has a potty break after lunch and before dismissal

Here is a look at what we are learning this week:

Art: Students will continue working on their student directed art projects using mediums such as collage, pastels, paper construction, and water color.

ASL:  Students will be learning to sign the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dance:  Students will be composing group shape choreography using the 5 shape categories that were explored last week. Students will then perform their choreography for the other students in the class.

Health:- NO HEALTH CLASS, NO SCHOOL FRIDAY! Yay for Fall Break!!!

 Math: Students will continue their study of time.

Music: Rhythm and bells, lyrics and so me notes

PE: Students are working on their Presidential Fitness by running or walking laps of our school. Second Grade has already run 100 miles this school year! We hope to make it to 200 miles by Thanksgiving.

Reading: Large Group Phonics: Long a Digraphs, Small Group Phonics: Long Vowel Review (a, I, o, u),Shared Reading: Nature Walk ”Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?” Guided Reading by leveled groups, Centers (SSR, iPods, Computers, Partner reading).

Science: Students will continue their study of the human body by learning about muscles.

Social Studies: Students will continue their study of Utah.

Spanish: Students will continue their study of the colors.

Writing: Students will be reviewing the penmanship of their capital letters. Students will continue their study of PENSMARK, a self-regulating strategy developed to teach sentence fundamentals: capital letters, end marks, making sense, simple sentence formulas, and subject/ verb identification.  During composition time students will be learning about word choice and brainstorming ideas for their next narrative. Everyone has mastered the three requirements of a complete sentence set A-H.  We are starting a new set this week on identifying subject nouns and verbs!

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