This week you may have noticed your child's green “take-home” folder with a homework assignment. Please be sure to help your child open their backpack everyday to check for homework and other important information. This will help to teach your child responsibility and to become more independent. The inside pockets are now labeled “keep at home” and “return to school”. Every morning, we will look through the pockets for notes and homework from home. If your child will be going home from school in a different way than they usually do, please make sure to send a note in their green folder or email me so I can help them to remember how to go home.
If your child would like to bring a snack please make sure that it is a fruit or vegetable. Also, in order to minimize classroom disruptions please be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle so they will not need to leave the classroom to go to the drinking fountain. Additionally, we have P.E. every school day so please make sure your child wears or brings appropriate shoes for gym class so they can participate.
Students were happy to notice some familiar things in our classroom such as our CAFE menu. Many students utilized this system last year to learn reading strategies and make reading goals and we will continue to do so this year. This year we will go into more depth with each strategy in order to meet the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) for second grade. Additionally, we will learn new strategies that students were not exposed to last year.
CAFE is a system developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser that helps students understand the four key components of reading: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary (CAFE). All four components are broken down into different reading strategies that support each goal. Students will be introduced to various reading strategies on our CAFE board during the school year. Not only does our CAFE board serve as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction but also serves as a visual to develop and post individual student reading goals. Here is our first CAFE reading strategy:
- Check for Understanding: Students need to continually stop reading to confirm that they are comprehending the text. If they are having a difficult time understanding, students are encouraged to back up and re-read.
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
- Work on Writing
This week students were introduced to Writer's Workshop. Writer's Workshop is a designated time of 45 minutes each day where students will become “authors”! Our lessons are primarily taken from the Units of Study by Lucy Calkins which is aligned with the Common Core Start Standards. This program exposes second graders to opinion, narrative, and information writing. We are starting the year off with narrative writing! Our class worked on writing independently without teacher or peer support. This allows me to better understand the writing strengths and needs of each individual student.
Second graders were excited to learn their first math game of the year called "Winning Track". This will help them to develop essential skills to meet the following common core state standard:
2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. 2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Student Friendly Objective: I can quickly add and subtract within 20 using mental math. I know, from memory, all the sums from 1+1 through 9+9.
Students should have brought in a favorite book on Friday. If they forgot please help your child bring in their favorite book to school tomorrow (Monday).
Students received a large ziplock bag to help the class get to know them better. Please help your child to fill it with five items that tell about them. The items should not be valuable or breakable and must fit in the bag when it is zipped shut. This is due on Tuesday, August 30th.
Friday, September 2nd - Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm.
Monday, September 5th - No school, Labor Day
Thursday, September 8th - Open House, 6:30pm