Week of September 24th

We had a busy week and have finished NWEA testing. Due to scheduling delays- the permission slip for a our trip to the 53rd st Farmers Market didn’t go out but will be sent home soon.

Reading Workshop:  We worked on strategies to solve tricky words and will continue practicing next week.  As we grow as readers, the words we read become longer and trickier- using multiple strategies at once help us become stronger readers.

Writing Workshop: We worked on thinking

Math: We will be completing lessons 1.8-1.11 this week.

Social Studies: We discussed food deserts and how they impact neighborhoods as well as how farmers markets are grocery stores are ways to improve areas without access to healthy food.  We will continue this discussion next week and also make food with Pilot Light on Thursday!

Science: We will begin our unit on solids and liquids this week!

Week of September 17th

Hi 215 Families- I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful weather.  This week I will be sending home permission slips with more details about going to the 53rd st. Farmers Market on Thursday, weather permitting.  As a continuation of our pilot light and social studies lessons, we will look at where food comes from in Chicago, the benefits of farmers markets, and hopefully interview people who work at the stands.  If you would like to come with us, please let me know!

This week we will also be taking the beginning of the year NWEA for Math and Reading, Monday and Thursday.

I have been asked to be a Network 9 Teacher Facilitator which means that I will miss a few days of school attending and giving trainings.  Thankfully, Ms. Newsome is with us this year and a certified substitute so she will be take over the class on some of the days that I am not here.  This Tuesday, I will not be at school as I will attend the first district summit.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We have been talking and writing about predictions, character traits, and thinking about how books want to be read to practice our fluency.  We have also been pushing our stamina and as a class have independently read for 26 minutes! This week we will delve in to word work and use strategies to figure out tricky words.

Writing Workshop:  We will continue on with our personal narratives.  We have been learning strategies about how to generate ideas for our stories.  We talked about people and places that are meaningful for us and writing small moments.  This week we will talk about objects and practice stretching out small moments over pages.

Math:  We will review our extended response from Monday and continue on with lessons 1.6-1.10.  At home please practice addition facts and giving an opportunity to count change whenever possible.

Social Studies:  We will continue talking about community in terms of our classroom, school, neighborhood, city, county, and world.

Science:  We will hopefully take a trip to the farmers market mid week, check in with our garden, and begin solids and liquids the following week.

First Week


We had a great first week in 215!  We spent a lot of time getting to know each other,  building relationships and classroom community. We discussed our class and school virtues to be kind, safe, respectful and responsible and how those should look, feel, and sound.  We launched our reading workshop and Everyday Math curriculum. We also read lots of great books and explored the garden and our garden box in a scavenger hunt. I am looking forward to a really great year with your children
Some of the lessons we will be covering this month…

Readers Workshop: Readers read in longer phrases, solve tricky words, check for comprehension, mark their thinking with a post-it, and practice high frequency words.  

Writers Workshop: Writers generate ideas for personal narratives, study master writers to understand how they make small moments meaningful, write with detail, craft powerful endings and hook readers with a strong introduction.

Social Studies:  We will look at where Room 215 is on the map, analyze different types of communities, discuss what makes a community strong, and study Hyde Park.

Science: We will launch our unit on Solids and Liquids this week.  We begin by inquiring what makes something a solid, liquid or gas. We will also spend lots of time in the garden and begin our Pilot Light Lessons!

Math: We will begin Everyday Math by placing whole numbers on a number line, count tallies and calculate their value, use patterns to solve number stories, compare numbers and find even and odd patterns.

Things to know…

  • Beginning of the year NWEA testing, Tuesday September 18th and 19th
  • Specials this quarter are Spanish and P.E.
  • If you received a note for snack please provide one this month for the class.  There are 26 children. We will switch from A-M, N-Z each month.

2018-2019 Supply List

Supply List

2 Dozen #2 Pencils (Preferably Ticonderoga)
3 Composition Books Wide Ruled
4 Glue Sticks
1 small safety scissors
4 Folders (1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 red)
1 reams of copy paper
1 Paper Towel
1 Box Kleenex
1 Drum sanitizing wipes
1 Box colored pencils
1 Box crayons
1 Box markers
2 square pads of Post-its
Sharpie markers
Expo Markers (Dry Erase)

Summer Learning Fun

Hi Families!  I hope you are having a great summer and I am so looking forward to meeting all of you for a great 2nd grade year.  These months, please make sure to read, read, read.  The Chicago Public Library has a great summer reading program that is all about Earth.  They have science experiments and recommended reading as well as prizes to keep kids motivated.

Real world applications of telling time, counting money, counting and adding items in the grocery store are great ways to keep kids engaged in math while prepping them for 2nd grade math.

The library also has passes that can be checked out for museums this summer and offers chess classes and tournaments.