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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of February 6th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone having an awesome week! We had a wonderful trip to the Robot Foundry yesterday and I’m sure you were wow’d by your children’s glow pets! Today was the last day to hand in money for the sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. I am still taking permission slips and money for the trip, however. If you would like to purchase a sketchbook, please contact The Sketchbook Project on Frost St here in Williamsburg. You will complete the sketchbook with your child independently and the day of the trip, they will bring it with them to be archived.

Currently I need pencils for the classroom.

Also, there is an opening for the Secret Reader on Friday, February 17th. Please consider coming in and singing up on Sign Up Genius, using the link the classroom mom’s sent out a few months ago.

Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday

Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Rosa Parks. PLease pay special attention to the word that is capitalized.

boycott, unfairness, refusing, scared, fought, inspired, happened, treatment, Supreme Court, rights

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math
Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing
Writing Prompt- How can you stand up for what you beleive in in a peaceful way?

Math
Worksheet.

Wednesday


Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Rosa Parks. PLease pay special attention to the word that is capitalized.

boycott, unfairness, refusing, scared, fought, inspired, happened, treatment, Supreme Court, rights

Math
Worksheet

Thursday

Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing
Out of the African American people we have been learning about, who do you most admire and why?

Math
Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of February 6th

Hi Parents,
I want to thank all the parents who graciously offered their time to come on the field trip with us yesterday to The Robot Foundry! Currently I have enough chaperones for The Sketchbook Project, but since we are walking and going to be in the neighborhood, I encourage anyone who would like to join us to please come.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
For our nonfiction unit, we are working with various nonfiction texts to summarize the text. We will talk about what is meaningful and important information vs. what is not so meaningful. We will also be discussing the beginning, middle and end of a story and how to include those important details while summarizing.

Writing-

This week we will continue drafting our nonfiction piece working on our conclusion. Once the piece is "finished" we will be working on editing and revising before publishing. Once the children have published, I was thinking about having a publishing party to invite parents to come in an view their pieces (all at one time). Please inform me if this is something you would be interested in and if it would be easier for you to come in in the morning or the afternoon and I’ll make it happen (if there’s a want for it).

An important note: Some of your children are often rushing through their writing, not adhering to the skills I am teaching in the lessons. I understand that sometimes parents feel I give too much homework, however, when I look at the writing assignments sometimes, it almost seems like very little effort is put into it. It is also not signed. What I’m feeling what then happens, is when I’m teaching a skill in writing, the children are rushing and putting little effort into their work. I try and provide as much feedback as I can to the children in one writing period, but there are 30 of them. If it is reinforced and practiced at home, I feel like the quality of writing will improve and the children will understand that you value their writing and expect from them their very best. The children understand that my expectations for their writing at this point in second grade is that it should be: neat, there should be clear paragraph structure, indentation, details, complex sentences and the writing should flow. They need to review their work for proper punctuation and capitalization. I have gone over what topic sentences are, proper sentence structure, how to give details in a sentence to show meaning, not plagiarizing, etc. I kindly ask that you hold high expectations for your children and their writing. We have come a long way since September and I want them entering third grade with a clear grasp of the foundations of writing.

Math-

This week we will begin our new topic, fractions! Students will be adding fractions, comparing them and solving real-life word problems with them!

Social Studies-

We have been celebrating Black History Month and this week we will be reading about an African American runner, Jesse Owens!

We will also be talking about large and small communities, the differences and similarities between them and what are some examples.

Science-

This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!
Sincerely,
Ms. Kender

PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.