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1.15 – 1.19 News

318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had an amazing week!

Being that the weather is a little funky; kids are starting to get sick. We had a few conversations in class about how important it is to wash your hands and covering your mouth when you cough. Please make sure you speak with your child about this so we can prevent anyone from getting sick/spreading germs!

This week in writing, kids began incorporating facts in their nonfiction books. After each writing period, I used student work samples in order to model how students elaborate in their writing. Students are discussing the purpose of using words like but, because and so. Kids said that it makes their book more interesting, informs the reader and challenges them to push themselves as writer. Ask your child how they incorporated facts into their Subway books! Next week we will be finishing up our rough drafts and adding text features.

Kids should be reading for 25-30 minutes each night!  In reading, we continued to notice how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader.  Ask your child what they already know, and what they’re wondering while they are reading. They are doing this in class, so they should be used to answering these questions. Next week we will be starting a “Personal Library”, which allows kids to track the books they’re reading and celebrate reading! Whatever book they complete they will be able to write it on their personal library worksheet and color it in. This will also help motivate kids to read at home. If you have any questions regarding this, please let me know.

Also, I added new books to our classroom library. These books do not have stickers on them, so please make sure they don’t get lost with ones that are from home. Kids were told these books need to be read with an adult since they’re more complex texts. They are push books for all kids!

In our read aloud, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we read that Charlie found the last golden ticket and will be going to the factory at 10 AM. Ask your child what they know and what they are wondering about the story! The students in 318 are SUPER into this book. Some kids have seen the movie or read the book before. Even if this is the case, students are making connections or learning something new.

In math, we continued with our Subtraction Unit. Kids completed grade level questions and used problem solving strategies this week.  Students are encouraged to use our math language in partnerships and during instruction.  Ask your child about the terms minuend, subtrahend and difference. In addition, kids learned two new games called Nearest Difference and Spend a Dollar.  We’re continuing to count by 10’s and 100’s by any number, so please practice this at home! (Example: 14, 24, 34… and 114, 214, 314…)

In subway study, we started our projects. I was asked not to tell families what the kids are creating because they want it to be a surprise. Thanks to everyone who brought in materials! We are now all set with cardboard boxes for our individual projects. We might need some more in the coming weeks, so I’ll keep everyone posted.

Families have been asking about work kids can do at home, so all second graders will have a choice board. I’ll be sending that in an email and it will also be posted in the “resources” page on this site. Remember this is a choice, not mandatory.

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, February 15 – Subway Study Celebration

Friday, February 16 – Friday, February 23 – Midwinter Break

 

Lindsey

1.8 – 1.12 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the three day weekend!

This week in writing, kids continued to write facts about subways. Yesterday kids sorted out their facts and tried grouping similar ones together. They then created a heading for the group and will begin writing each page next week. While writing the facts in complete sentences, kids will be challenged to add the words but, because or so in each sentence. This helps kids add more detail to their work.

In reading, we continued to notice how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader. Kids should be reading for 25-30 minutes each night! While they are reading, ask them what they already know and what they’re wondering. They are doing this in class, so they should be used to it.

Kids are loving our read aloud, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Ask your child what do they already know and what they are wondering?

In math this week, we started our Subtraction Unit. Kids got to create their own problems and solve a partners. They had a bunch a different strategies, which were all talked about and modeled on the bead string. Kids also learned two new games called Unroll a Square and Close to 100. We’re working hard on counting by 10’s and 100’s by any number, so please practice this at home! (Example: 14, 24, 34… and 114, 214, 314…)In subway study, we read an article about all the different fares that we’re used over the years. Kids learned lots of new and interesting facts! Ask your child what they thought was most interesting to them!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 15 – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Lindsey

1.2 – 1.5 News

Dear 318 Families,

 

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone enjoyed the break as well as the snow day yesterday! During these snowy days, please make sure kids are also bringing sneakers. Today, we had P.E. and lots of kids couldn’t participate because they only had boots.

 

Even though we had a short week, we learned a lot…

 

In writing, kids wrote facts about subways. They are writing one fact per post it and placing them inside a folder. Kids will be using these facts to help create their Subway Nonfiction Book.

 

In reading, we continued to notice how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader. Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night!

 

We started a new read aloud this week called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Ask your kids what they already know about the book and what they are wondering?

 

In math this week, we played different money math games. Kids played collect $1.00, money matching, and jump jump. Ask your kids what their favorite game was.

 

In subway study, we read an article about how the subway was built. Kids learned lots of new and interesting facts about the process. Ask your child what they thought was most interesting to them!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 15 – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, February 15 – Subway Study Celebration

Friday, February 16 – Friday, February 23 – Midwinter Break

 

Lindsey

12.18-12.22 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!


I am so appreciative of your support in 318. THANK YOU for the generous class gift. I am so lucky to have such awesome families in 318.

In reading, we are still focusing on nonfiction text features. We are noticing the glossary and index in order to navigate our texts. Kids are reading for a full 25 minutes in order to increase their stamina.

In writing, we finished publishing two pieces of writing: our nonfiction piece and instructional piece. Kids enjoyed reading their pieces on Thursday to you at our family morning!

We are exploring money and understanding ways to make change out of a number. We are figuring out strategies in order to find combinations of a number. One thing that we discovered that is if you start with the most amount of coins and end with the least amount, then you know that you have all of the combinations to match the original number. For example, Lindsey has 26 cents. Find as many ways as possible to use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to make this amount of change! The most amount of coins would be 26 pennies and the least would be a quarter and a penny.

In subway study, students completed working on posters in teams. Help needed for our content study! If you are traveling on the subway during the break and take pictures, please email me them to use in our study! Thank you for your support!

Also, Mae-Su’s husband, Brian came to visit second graders and speak with them about his job as a maintenance worker for the MTA. Kids asked him questions and really enjoyed their time with him. Ask your child what they learned from this interview!

In word study, students learned more about –er, -ing, -est suffixes. Students are now expected to spell words with these combinations correctly.

Other Info:
Winter Break: December 25-Jan 1st. School starts January 2, 2018

January 15th: No school, MLK Day

Enjoy Winter Break!

Lindsey J

12.11 – 12.15 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone is staying warm in this frigid weather!

Today, we interviewed Jurema, a station agent, who works at the 59th street station! Kids asked her questions about her job and they really enjoyed it. Ask your child about the information they learned from this interview!

In writing, kids worked all week on publishing their nonfiction pieces. 2-318 added a table of contents, glossary, diagram, captions, and an about the author page. Some kids even made a book blurb for their books! Families will get to see these published pieces during our family morning next Thursday!

In reading, we continued to notice how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader. We also talked about the RAN strategy (Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction). Before kids read their Nonfiction book, they wrote down what they knew (prior knowledge) about the topic and their wonderings. After reading their independent text, they wrote down new information, as well as things that were confirmed or misconceptions.

In math this week, we talked about what needs to be included in our math posters. We came up with must haves: a big and bold title, student’s names on the back, a chart, a key, labels, numbers and symbols. Kids then made math posters in partnerships for ways to make 25 cents. We also talked about using a strategy to make sure you have the correct amount and multiple ways to show work. Kids said that we should start with the most amount of coins (25 pennies) and end with the least amount (1 quarter). We are now finding ways to make 17 cents. Ask your child about the different combinations to make 17 cents!

In word study, kids learned about base words, suffixes, and how to make a word plural. Example: bench is the base word and adding the suffix “es” makes it plural. Kids learned that if words end with s, ch, sh, x or z we must add “es” to make it plural, and if it doesn’t we just add an “s”. Give your child some base words and ask them how to make them plural!

In subway study, students are working on making their group posters “museum ready.” This means very neat, clear, and having a lot of information about the subway. These will be displayed during our Subway Study celebration in a February.

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

-Please send in $8 per child by 12/21 for our for T-shirts

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 21 – Family Thursday

December 24 – January 1 – No school- Winter break

 

Lindsey

12.4 – 12.8 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a great week! Thank you to our chaperones that helped us out today for our fieldtrip to the Old City Hall Station. The kids had a great time learning about the history of this awesome station. Ask your child what their favorite part of the trip was!

Also this week,  LyRon, a subway operator, talk to the second graders about his job. Kids enjoyed asking him questions and they learned so much about his reponsibilities. Next week we will get to interview a station agent!

We began writing our nonfiction books. Kids had the choice between creating a book or poster. This week they added different text features such as headings, pictures with labels, and captions. Kids also edited their pieces and will publish next week. Ask your child about their nonfiction book.

In reading, we continued to notice how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader. Some text features we found are table of contents, index, glossary, bold words, diagram, caption, heading, and labels. Kids will be taking home an extra nonfiction book to read for the next couple of weeks. Ask your child to teach you what they learned about text features!

We started our Money Unit this week. The first day, we discussed our noticings of coins. We built upon our ideas, and worked together in order to dig deeper about our understanding of the 4 different coins and how much they’re worth. We read two books about money. One text helped us think about this: If we had 25 cents, what coin combinations could come up with? Ask your child how many different coin combinations are there to make 25 cents.

In word study, kids relearned about 5 closed syllable exceptions, which were: old, ild, ind, olt, and ost. These are exceptions because they break the rule of a closed syllable and have long vowel sounds, not short! Kids came up with word that have these closed syllable exceptions and made a class chart. We also learned about vowel teams: ay and ai. Kids also created a chart with words they know that contained these vowel teams.

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 21 – Family Thursday

December 24 – January 1 – No school- Winter break

 

Lindsey

11.27-12.1 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break and had a wonderful week!

In writing, we began our Nonfiction Unit. We learned about the purpose of text features and why they are important in nonfiction texts. Also, we talked about some differences and similarities between fiction and nonfiction books. Next, as a class we brainstormed a list of topics we are experts on. Today, kids selected one topic they’re interested in studying in 318. We wrote three facts that they know about this topic. Ask your child about what they’re choosing to write about!

In reading, we are noticing how authors of nonfiction texts use text features to teach their reader. Some text features we found are table of contents, index, glossary, bold words, diagram, caption, heading, and labels. Kids will be taking home an extra nonfiction book to read for the next couple of weeks. Ask your child to teach you what they learned about text features!

In math, we completed our Problem Solving Unit and will begin our Money Unit on Monday. Kids learned about combining, removal, comparing and missing part problems.

Today we had the privilege of seeing a puppet show presented by NY Kids Project. The show was about how children all have different needs. The class truly enjoyed their time and asked questions after the show.

In word study, kids learned about 5 closed syllable exceptions which were: old, ild, ind, olt, and ost. These are exceptions because they break the rule of a closed syllable and have long vowel sounds, not short! Ask your child about some words with these glued sounds in them.

We read an article about the different types of cars that have been used over time in our subway study. Kids then worked in groups in order to take notes, make a goal, and create  informative poster drafts in teams. Next week we will work on a rough draft!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 8 – Secret Subway Field Trip

Thursday, December 21 – Family Thursday

 

Lindsey

11.13-11.17 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! It was great talking to many of you yesterday at the conferences. I enjoyed my time with each family.

This week in writing, kids started thinking more deeply about their series books and making a first draft. Kids are using lots of descriptive language and transition words in their work. Ask your child what their series book is about!

In reading, we discussed that readers think about what their reading. They ask questions: What is the book about, who’s telling the story, and what are the most important parts? Kids are also coming up with their own questions while reading, which helps deepen their comprehension. Please make sure kids are reading for at least 20 minutes each night.

In math this week, we did a bunch of problem solving but created our own questions. All kids received that same start of a problem, but got to add any question they wanted. Example: Lindsey had 48 stickers and her friend has 39. Some questions kids came up with were how many do they have in total, how many more stickers does Lindsey have and how many more stickers does her friend have? We talked about how a question changes the way we problem solve.

On Tuesday, we had a great time at the Transit Museum. Thank you to all the chaperones and Brian for taking wonderful pictures! All kids received metro cards, but have been demagnetized so they can’t be used, they are just a souvenir. This week we started a subway timeline. Kids learned about important events in history and are in the midst of creating a class timeline!

In word study kids learned about glued sounds which include ang, ong, ank, onk, ing, ung, ink, and unk. Ask your child what are some words that have these sounds in them.

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 – No School – Thanksgiving

 

Lindsey

11.6-11.10 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a wonderful week of learning and had a great first subway field trip to the Tenement Museum. Thank you to the chaperones that helped out! Next Tuesday is our second field trip to the Transit Museum.

It’s getting chilly outside! Please make sure your child is dressed warm and has a coat. We don’t want any of them getting sick.

On Wednesday, 318 will be going to the Book Fair. Each kid will get to pick out a book.

On Thursday, there’s a half day because of Parent Teacher Conferences. Remember to be on time, because each family only has 15 minutes. If you’re waiting, please sign in next to your name.

In writing, kids wrote their first book recommendations. Students used an organizer, wrote their first drafts, edited a peer’s work, revised their piece, and published it. Kids will be writing at least one recommendation a month. These recommendations will be kept in our classroom library. Kids will get to browse book recommendations authored by their peers. This way we can help each other pick our next book to read. Ask your child which book they selected to write a recommendation for!

In writing, we began drafting our series books. Kids created their characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution. Next week we will begin to write them!

In reading, we talked about characters and identifying their traits. These traits are helpful when a problem arises in the text. Characters respond to these problems in a way that matches their personalities. Ask your child which series book they’re reading and to tell you all about the main character!

We are turning our solving brains off in math! Kids are thinking deeply and drawing out what they comprehend. They are making sure to add a small picture, labels, arrows and an equation. Kids also learned about combining and removal problems. Ask your child about these two types of problems.

In our subway study we discussed who the MTA is, their role, and how many people commute in NYC. Kids were shocked about the numbers!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access this week in the Peck Slip library. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 14 – Transit Museum

Wednesday, November 15 – Book Fair

Thursday, November 16 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 – No School – Thanksgiving

 

Lindsey 🙂