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October 10th

We are half way through the 1st quarter!  Progress reports will go home Tuesday along with a field trip form.  If you need another Taffy Apple order form please let me know.

What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:  students will analyze the characteristics of a folk tale and retell the message/lesson from the story. We will also be reading folk tales in guided reading groups practicing the reading strategy of retelling. Students will be given new word work words on Tuesday as well.

Writing Workshop:  Last week we took a few days to practice writing narratives about our Hyde Park walk. Students wrote with detail using their senses while we were in the neighborhood.  They also practiced using comparisons. This week we will pick back up with our own personal narratives and continue studying our mentor authors for writing moves.

Math:  We finished Unit 1 on Friday and will begin Unit 2 on Tuesday.   I will send a family letter home tomorrow explaining what students will be learning in this unit.  It also will give strategies for working with your child at home. This week we will be exploring place value, writing addition number stories, and explore doubles and combinations of 10 to build fact fluency.

Science:  Last week we made streams.  This week we will look at our landforms now that some time has passed to examine weathering and erosion. We will also analyze our water run off samples.

Social Studies:  This week we will study the different branches of government and continue to look at different neighborhoods in Chicago.

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Week of October 2nd

Welcome to the 5th week of 2nd grade!  This will be the last week of our specials cycle and progress reports will go out on Friday.  Forms for the Taffy Apple PTO fundraiser went home on Friday.  Order forms are due Friday, October 13th.

This week in 214 we will …

Reading Workshop- continue to practice our word work strategies- figuring out tricky words and determining ways how to solve them in our independent reading books. We will be reading instructional texts in our word study groups and practicing reading strategies.  Students will also get a new set of word work words on Tuesday.

Writing Workshop- we are working hard on our narratives.  We are focusing in on detail- writing about what we feel, see, think, and hear in our stories.

Math- we will be working on the final lessons of Unit 1.  Please talk to students about the value of coins at home- how much is a quarter worth?  If you have 6 nickles, what is the total?

Social Studies- we are comparing urban and rural communities and starting to narrow in on Hyde Park.  What makes Hyde Park a unique community?  What makes you a good citizen?

Science- last week we looked at erosion by studying the act of precipitation on land.  This week we will look at how water effects soil over time and what happens to run off and ground water.

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Week of September 25th

Happy Monday 214 Families-  Please read below for what we will be up to this week!

Reading Workshop:  all kids have been assessed and if you would like to talk about your child’s reading level or strategies for reading at home please let me know.  We are going to start guided reading and word study groups this week.  Thank you to Ms. Gruber for helping me get them started.  Students will also continue to practice strategies for figuring out tricky words and stopping and jotting to remember ideas.  We will also practice writing 4 star questions with our read aloud Zeely.  Kids are expected to fill out their reading log in school and at home. They should be bringing their book baggie with blue folder to and from school M-TR.

Writing Workshop:  Last week we analyzed our narratives with a writing checklist with our writing partners.  This week we are going to continue writing using that lens and also trying out craft moves from our mentor authors, Jane Yolen and Angela Johnson.

Math:  Today we will look at our open response problems from Friday and students will have a chance make changes to their written answers.  For the rest of the week we will continue practicing counting using number grids, calculators, number lines, and money.  Students do not have Everyday Math home links for unit 1. Math homework is review from the end of the 1st grade.

Science:  Last week we made a model of a landform using humus, gravel, sand, and clay. We created a lake and investigated how condensation occurs.  This week will continue our exploration into the water cycle and look at how rain creates streams and alters landforms.

Social Studies:  We will continue our study into rural, urban, and suburban communities. We will discuss the components that make Chicago an urban community and jobs that help the community grow.

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3rd week!

Happy Monday and welcome back to the 3rd week of school!  We are off to a great start and have launched our science unit, already grown as readers, practiced our strategies with number lines, and stretched out small moments in our writing.

This week…

-In reading workshop we will be using strategies to solve tricky words and also practicing retelling and our new skill- stop and jot.

-writing workshop we will crafting powerful endings and introductions.  We will also continue studying our master texts Owl Moon and the Leaving Morning to learn how to stretch out small moments and include detail.

-Math we will cover lessons 1.4-1.7.

– Social studies we will continue to read Zeely and discuss the differences between urban, rural, and suburban communities.

-Science we will make models of the water cycle by making stream tables with different organic materials to create a model of land and water. We will observe the reaction to land and water when we spray water and use ice packs to alter the landscape.

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Welcome to Room 214’s blog site!

Hello families!  I am happy to have our blog up and running.  Please check here weekly for class updates.

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