For parents of students in Room 234
Mon,, August 25, 2013
This week we will begin Unit 1 in Fundations. This unit
is a review of 1st grade. We will review closed syllables
(syllables containing short vowel sounds that are
closed in by consonants. We will also talk about the
tricks for distinguishing between the spelling options for
the /k/ sound, and well learn about digraphs.
Be sure to look at the backside of this paper for the
homework log! I will collect these on Mondays.
There is NO spelling list to study from until later in the
year. Fundations tests the understanding of spelling
rules. Family packets will be sent home at the start of
each unit. Your child is expected to do a little each
night over two weeks. They are due on test days.
***Please have your child practice Level 1 trick
words. These need to be memorized. Starting in
Unit 3, your child will be introduced to new trick
words, and 5/6 words will be added per unit.
The Daily 5/Work On Writing
This week we will start talking about types of
sentences/punctuation at ends of sentences and
capitalization rules. Im excited to see the decorated
Reading Log: With a Friend poem students read
the poem to a lucky listener each night AND reading
fluency packet ***directions are attached to the
Mon. clock paper
Tues. clock paper
Wed. money paper
Thurs. +0/+1 paper
Fri. mixed + facts paper
Fundations packet: U1 packet due Fri., (9/5) AND
continue to practice Level 1 words
We will be partnering this year with Mrs.
Rogaliners class for science and social studies on
Mondays. This week well be focusing on making
friends and citizenship for social studies.
I introduced this website in our computer lab time
week. Great typing practice for kids!!!
Open House will be this Thursday, August 28 @
6:30pm. Hope you can make it!
We have started Unit 1, which focuses on an
introduction to tools and resources, as well as a brief
review of addition facts and counting patterns. Students
are also exposed to the number grid, which we will use
A LOT in 2nd grade.
Please note that students should be able to successfully
complete 100 addition facts in 5 minutes by the end of
2nd grade. Students should also be able to tell time,
write the date, and count coins. I can already tell with
some of the basic introductions that there are some
students in my class who really struggle with basic
addition and identifying which coin is which/what its
value is. Those are skills they really should have
mastered in 1st grade2nd grade is more a review of
those skillsand we build upon those skills.
One important thing to note about Everyday Math is that
it reviews what students learned before, teaches what
they need to know now, and introduces things that are to
come. At times, math will seem extremely hard, but its
very likely those are the lessons that your child does not
need to master at this time. Rather its an introduction to
what is to come.
The Daily 5/CAF time/Reading:
I have already started reading interviews with my class
and am about halfway done meeting with each student.
This week I will be administering STAR Reading (and
STAR math tests) to get a sense of Independent
Reading Levels. I combine this information with
benchmark results and listening to students read in our
one-on-one reading conferences. All of this helps me to
determine if and what interventions might need to be put
Last week we talked a lot about 3 ways to read a book,
choosing an I PICK book, and what Read to Self (part of
Daily 5) looks like. We also put Read to Self to practice.
As a whole, my class had a reading stamina of about 3
minutes. We will be practicing each day to build their
stamina, which will allow me to start reading
conferences. I have also begun to introduce CAF
reading strategies, which students can use to become
better readers. We will talk about authors purpose this
week as well.
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