School Closure Week 2

Hi 215 Families- Here are resources I put together and below is a sample schedule your kids could follow if they aren’t already following one :). I am putting the link from the google doc I was using in case you want to edit or add anything yourself: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fMh2eVgEn1bhd9uptL69krHcIsJv_AFkZhSDakGpaUM/edit

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
8-9am
9-10am
10-11am
11-12am
12-1pm
1-2pm
2-3pm
3-4pm
4-5pm

 

*Math Websites/Apps:   Engage NY- https://www.engageny.org- I was using this resource for enrichment with the kids.  Mostly working within 3rd Grade Module 1. 

  • ST Math is Free right now for parents.  I am trying to get it free for the school but need to wait- so in the meantime I would sign your child up- I just did for mine.  https://www.stmath.com/coronavirus
  • IXL- IXL.com We have an account for IXL for math, reading, social studies and science.    Username: rayroom215 Password: sweeney70
  • Khan Academy

You can also buy a 2nd or 3rd grade math book off of Amazon for skills practice if you would like to limit screen time. 

*Reading:  Students are signed up on Epic which is another great reading app.  Kids should be keeping up their reading of an hour a day. Research shows that independent reading is the best way to increase a students reading level in second grade- so read read read!  Although most are book-worms already:)

*Writing: Here are prompts for students to write about each day… I will be sending a project for Informational Writing in the next week. 

What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?

  1. Go for a walk. Write a sentence about the walk you went on.
  2. Write about a trick you would like to play on your mom.
  3. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outside?
  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside?
  5. Tell about what you will be when you grow up.
  6. Write about what you would like to do for your next birthday.
  7. If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  8. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.
  9. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.
  10. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?
  11. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
  12. What did you do today?
  13. What is something you would like to learn more about?
  14. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?
  15. What is the best movie you have ever seen?

 

*Social Studies/Science:  BrainPopJr is free access currently.  This is a resource we use a lot in class. You can sign up for free family access here: https://www.brainpop.com/free-trial/?who_am_i=home&promo_code=BPCVFA&utm_source=covidhub&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=free-family   

With my own kids I took the habitat packet from the CPS 2nd grade resources I sent you and have been supplementing it with a video about habitats from Brain Pop and also resources from different museums (https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans).  After we discuss the habitat we learn about, I have them draw a picture with features- we have just done tundra and rainforest so far….   

Here is a pic of our science wall: 

*Below are resources that were culled together by an art teacher friend at Lab.

Creative ONLINE SOURCES 

  • Listen to one of these podcasts: 
    • Short and Curly (Ethics)
    • Pants on Fire (Truth)
    • The Past and the Curious (History)
    • Story Pirates (Theater)
    • Stories Podcast (Literature)
    • Tumble  (Science)
    • Stories Podcast (Literature)
    • But Why? (Curiosity)
    • Forever Ago (History: One season only)
  • Art Stations:
    • Sculpture 
      • Modeling clay (sculpey, model magic) 
      • Tin foil ANYTHING
    • Masking Tape 
      • Be a spy
      • Hopscotch 
      • Maze
      • Balance board
      • “Road” 
    • Paper
      • Origami
      • Gel Crayons/oil pastels/sharpies/tempera sticks
      • Exquisite Corpse
      • Cardboard (make a face, make a board game and use cardboard to make the base, make a chess board)
    • Textiles
      • Sewing (buttons, beads, embroidery floss, dental floss!)
      • Weaving (use a cereal box to create a loom!)
    • Science
      • Circuit stickers (or anything conductive) 

 

 

School Closure Resources

Hi 215 Families- I will keep posting resources here on my blog… I hope everyone is doing well as our first day comes to a close.

As a reminder each student should be reading for 1 hour a day.

Passwords to Moby Max and RAZ Kids were sent home on Monday- if you were unable to access please let me know.

  • I posted a PDF packet in stories on DOJO- this is a 2nd Grade CPS resource.
  • Students who were present on Monday received packets with work- I would suggest doing a page a day of each reading, math, and homework.
  • Students write each day.  We were working on opinion writing before we left.   They can write an entry about something they like or dislike and why it is the best or worst. We were working on introductions, reasons, and conclusions. Possible subject areas could be video games, books, movies, tv shows, super hero super power, graphic novel, game, dessert, sport…. ” In my opinion… is the best … because…”
  • In math we just began unit 8 about geometric attributes- parallel lines, right angles, sides, vertices, angles. Double digit subtraction and addition was from last unit with an emphasis on estimation.  Moby Max should be personalized more or less to their level.
  • Here is a resource for science: mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning. I try to do a mystery science video/activity once every 2 weeks and the kids like it a lot. We were currently learning about states of matter… we were going to begin physical vs. chemical changes

Below are resources that I posted on DOJO yesterday and some new ones too!

  • mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
  • gonoodle.com- Physical Activity
  • classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
  • www.getepic.com/learn/freeremotestudentaccess/

Message from 215

Please note the following work/resources for students to do during closure. I have posted a CPS resource packet on DOJO as well in the stories section.

Each child that was present, or had materials given to them on Monday, received a bag of books.  Make sure your child reads for a hour a day.

*A bag of books that they need to read by the time they return
*Post its for them to write the following prompts and put in their reading notebooks:
– character traits
– character point of view ” _______ point of view is _______”
– challenges and response to challenge ” The challenge _________ faced was __________. They responded by _____________”
– predictions “I predict ….”
– inferences “I infer…”

They will also bring home a packet of reading passages with questions and 4 scholastic news articles. For Math they will have a differentiated math packet and a general ELA/Math homework packet.

I am going to send the link from Network 9 for additional enrichment activities and a couple of links from our gym teacher to stay active. You can sign up for Go Noodle as well if you want the kids to do some dance videos, yoga, or meditation. They love doing it in class.

That is it for now. I would highly recommend keeping a consistent schedule each “school” day. Reading time, math time, art time, screen time, building time, active time. That is what I plan to do with my kids at home at least…

Stay healthy. Hopefully we all are back together in 2 weeks!

Best,
Ms. Sweeney

Here are links for more enrichment. I will also be sharing a district resource packet as a PDF.

Network 9 Resources: https://padlet.com/pmholubik/4bo2ch850epu

PE link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwHMPhsLkmfCkNjjnGQcZSQqKlc?projector=1&messagePartId=0.2

https://www.superhealthykids.com/

March 9th-13th

Notes for Families

  • Progress Reports will go home today in students folders. 
  • Hearing and Vision testing will begin March 9-13.
  • LSC Meeting- Thursday, March 12th
  • PTO Meeting- Family Cooking Night- Tuesday, March 24th
  • Snack – Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of March.  Please bring enough for 21 students.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will return to measuring this week by discussing yards and meters.  We will also learn about arm-span and enter data into different types of graphs.   

Reading –   We will continue to infer character feelings, track characters’ actions, thoughts, and words across a story.  We will focus this week on inferring what a character has learned from an experience, and how the lesson/moral of a story can be applied to a reader’s life.   

Writing – We will continue our opinion writings.  Students will finish their first rough draft and learn how to edit their own drafts. 

Social Studies –  We will celebrate Women’s International Day on Monday by learning about Malala and other strong women activists. .

Science –  We will continue the Solids and Liquids Unit with more investigations on changing states of matter.  We will also discuss attributes of solids and liquids.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelink 7.8 7.9 Homelink Review Review  NO homework 
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

 

 

March 2nd

  Weekly Newsletter March 2nd – 6th

Notes for Families

  • Field Trip will be March 6th!  Make sure to arrive on time to school as we will be leaving at the start of school.  
  • Snack – Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of March.  Please bring enough for 21 students.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.

What is happening in class….

Math- We will return to measuring this week by discussing yards and meters.  We will also learn about armspan and enter data into different types of graphs.   

Reading –   We will continue to infer character feelings, track characters’ actions, thoughts, and words across a story.  We will focus specifically this week on predicting characters’ actions based on character traits and past behaviors.  Students will practice retelling major events in a story.  

Writing – We will continue our opinion writings.  Students will write a review about their favorite food and restaurant. 

Social Studies –  We will merge our Black History Month unit with Womens History month.  We left off the week learning about Ida B Wells. We will continue to learn about her contributions to Chicago and beyond. 

Science –  We will continue the Solids and Liquids Unit with more investigations on changing states of matter.  We will also discuss attributes of solids and liquids.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelink 7.5 7.6  Homelink 7.7 Homelink 7.8 Homelink NO homework 
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

February 24th

  Weekly Newsletter February 24th – 28th

Notes for Families

  • Field Trip slips for the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop March 6th performance at the Auditorium Theater are due..  Please return form and $20. Email me if you have questions. 
  • Snack – Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of February.  Please bring enough for 21 students.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Black History Assembly Friday, February 28th.  There will be two performances: 9:30 and 2:00.  Families are welcome. We would like your child to be dressed in jeans and either a black, red or green shirt. 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will begin Unit 7 focusing on whole number operations and measurement and data.  This week we will focus on 2-digit numbers and multiples of 10, addition problems with 3 or more addends, and explore measuring to the nearest yard.  

Reading –  This week we will continue our third unit focusing on character traits.   We will continue to infer character feelings, track characters’ actions, thoughts, and words across a story.  We will focus specifically this week on predicting characters’ actions based on character traits and past behaviors.  Students will practice retelling major events in a story.  

Writing – We will continue our opinion writings.  Students are learning how to persuade someone through their writing.  

Social Studies –  We will continue our African American History Unit.  At the end of the week we will write a report about someone we felt  inspired by. 

Science –  We will continue the Solids and Liquids Unit with more investigations on changing states of matter.  We will also discuss attributes of solids and liquirds.

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelink 7.1 7.2  Homelink 7.3 Homelink 7.4 Homelink NO homework 
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of January 21st

 Weekly Newsletter January 21 – 24

Notes for Families

  • Thank you to the families who brought in snack already!
  • Raise a Glass Fundraiser –  The annual Raise a Glass fundraiser is January 30th.  You can buy tickets at the link below:
  • Field Trip slips for the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop March 6th performance at the Auditorium Theater were sent home last week.  Please return form and $20. Email me if you have questions. 
  • Snack – Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of January.  Please bring enough for 21 students.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will continue Unit 5 this week, focusing on making arrays, matching clock faces to digital notation, mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100, using open number lines to solve word problems, and solving change-to-more number stories.  Please keep practicing telling time at home and adding/subtracting money values at home.  

Reading –  We continue to put all of our nonfiction strategies to use when determining the main idea of a paragraph or topic. We will also focus this week on comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts, specifically identifying text features. 

Writing – Students will complete second drafts of their informational writing and begin final drafts to publish! 

 Social Studies –  We will wrap up our Native American Unit and be prepared to start our African American history unit. 

Science –  We will wrap up our Earth Movements unit by making a volcano and being assessed at the end of the week. 

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  No school 5.6  Homelink 5.7 Homelinks 5.8 Homelinks No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of January 13th

  Weekly Newsletter January 13th-17th

Notes for Families

  • Raise a Glass 1/30 from 6-8 at Promontory Point
  • No School January 20th for MLK Day

_________________________________________________________________________What is happening in class….

Math- We will start Unit 5 and a new math journal.  

Reading – We will continue learning about Main Idea and determining importance of supporting details.  We will read nonfiction books and read an article about Cetaceans

Writing – We will continue working on our How To Books and include transition and sequence words. 

Social Studies – We will read a book about Fry Bread and understand how this food is so important to Native American culture. 

Science –  We will study volcanoes and make a model!

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelinks 5.1 Homelinks 5.2 Homelink 5.3 Homelink5.4 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

January 6th-10th

  Weekly Newsletter January 2nd-10th

Notes for Families

  • Welcome back and Happy 2020!  We are excited to start the New Year!
  • Field Trip slips for the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop performance at the Auditorium Theater will be sent home this week- keep a lookout. 
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of January.  Please bring enough for 21 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will do 4.8-4.11 this week.  We will focus on measuring using feet, inches, centimeters, and explore using arrays.  Please keep practicing telling time at home.  

Reading –  We continue to put all of our nonfiction strategies to use and also determine the main idea of a paragraph or topic. 

Writing – We will write a book about what we are an expert so that we can make “How To” books.  Students have chosen a topic that involves movement (dance, soccer, planting a garden) and formulated a table of contents and are now writing chapters. 

Social Studies –  We will continue to research different native american tribes in the U.S. and learn how living in different regions affected their way of life. 

Science –  We will be observing how plates move by cutting out along the plate boundaries on a map.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.8 Homelink 4.9  Homelink 4.10 Homelinks 4.11 Homelinks No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of December 16th

Weekly Newsletter December 16th-20th

Notes for Families

  • Spirit Week!  
    • Monday – Ugly/Beautiful Sweater 
    • Tuesday – Character & role play OR  Crazy mix match /backwards day
    • Wednesday – Floor color war day & Family night
    • Thursday – Pajama, story, movie & stuffed animal day 
    • Friday – Dance Party and Sports
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Twas’ the Week Before Winter Break
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  

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What is happening in class….

Math- We do 4.5-4.8 this week.  We will be focusing on place value and measuring.  Please keep practicing telling time at home.  

Reading –  We continue to put all of our nonfiction strategies to use and also determine importance in details. 

Writing – We will finish up our lab report and then begin “ How To” writing.

Social Studies –  We will continue to research different native american tribes in the U.S. and learn how  living in different regions affected their way of life. 

Science –  We are going to discuss how plates move in motion.  We are also going to do a STEM activity with marshmallows. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.5 Homelink 4.6  Homelink 4.7 Homelinks 4.8 Homelinks No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of December 9th

Weekly Newsletter December 9-13th

Notes for Families

  • Field Trips!   On 12/13 we will be going to the Hyde Park School of Dance.  The ticket is $9 for students and chaperones as well.  No need to bring a disposable lunch because we will be coming back to school for lunch.  Dress warmly though because we are walking the two blocks to HPSD and it is supposed to be cold. 
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Twas’ the Week Before Winter Break
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Progress Reports will go home this week.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  
  •  The last week before winter break we will be doing some STEM activities with marshmallows. We need a few bags of both small and large marshmallows and would appreciate a donation if possible.  We also will be doing activities with tissue paper. If you have some to spare we would appreciate that too! ________________________________________________________________________

What is happening in class….

Math- We will begin Unit 4.  This week we will be practicing telling time.  It is very helpful for students to practice at home with this skill- ask what time is it in 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30…

Reading –  We will keep learning about text features in nonfiction and learning key vocabulary. We are comparing different nonfiction books on the same topic to see how they compare and differ and how we can add to our adding knowledge. 

Writing – We will continue our informational writing unit with science writing.  We will create a new experiment to test and write about. 

Social Studies –  We will research different regions of the United States and learn about how natural resources played into different Native American  groups way of life. We were able to learn a lot about the Northwest and southwest coast at the Field Museum.  

Science –  We will make flip books of the Earth showing how continents have moved over time. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.1 Homelink 4.2  Homelink 4.3 4.4 No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

Week of December 2nd

Notes for Families

  • Field Trips!  This Friday (12/6) we are finally going to the Field Museum.  Please make sure to send your child with a disposable lunch.  On 12/13 we will be going to the Hyde Park School of Dance.  The ticket is $9 for chaperones as well. 
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Night Before Winter Break!
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  
  •  The last week before winter break we will be doing some STEM activities with marshmallows. We need a few bags of both small and large marshmallows and would appreciate a donation if possible.  We also will be doing activities with tissue paper. If you have some to spare we would appreciate that too! 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will finish up Unit 3 this week.  We will learn more strategies for subtraction and then review on Thursday and have the Unit 3 test Friday. 

Reading –  We will keep learning about text features in nonfiction and learning key vocabulary.  We will then practice teaching our classmates about our books using key vocabulary and sounding like “experts.”

Writing – We will continue our informational writing unit with science writing.  We will create a new experiment to test and write about. 

Social Studies –  We will research different regions of the United States and learn about how natural resources played into different Native American  groups way of life.  

Science –  We will look at a map of the world and cut it into pieces to represent the different plates and analyze how scientists discovered they used to be connected. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  3.9 Homelink 3.10  Homelink 3.11 Review No School
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes