Welcome to Second Grade

With Ms. Sheridan

March 20 to 24

Food Drive Food Drive Food Drive Food Drive!!

Buy your Ray School logo items before the prices go up next year!!  Shirts are $10 sweat pants $15.
Good for gym days and Warrior Wednesdays!

Women’s History project due NO LATER Then this Friday.

Please continue to send in snacks.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.  If you have not given a snack yet please consider picking up something next time you are shopping.

This week we will begin a conversations about engineers in science.

This is the last week for reading contracts.  After this week students will be assigned a weekly book report/project instead of reading contracts.  Turn in your last reading log next Monday.

Finishing up Unit 6 in math and beginning unit 7 which is “Whole Number Operations and Measurement and Data”

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
across, behind, house, how, move, nothing, one, took, voice

A “Writing Application” COMPLETE RESEARCH FOR WOMEN”S HISTORY PRESENTATION

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March 13 to 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

PACK A LUNCH FOR THE TRIP

Please note our food drive is in full swing.  Please donate.

Please contribute snack.

Please make sure your child has proper clothes and shoes for the weather.

We continue our unit on changes to the globe, our Women’s History study, and addition and subtraction using regrouping (carrying and borrowing)

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
I’ve, begins, being, flower, ground, laugh, ready, stood, tall, very

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1 A Story About Me, Told by a Friend
Write a story about a time a friend helped you from the friend’s point of view.

Choice 2: PLAYmates
Do you have a best friend?  Write a play (script) about two people who are best friends.Tell about some things they do together.  Tell it through dialogue.

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6 to 10

Very exciting happenings in and around Ray this week!!

We will attend the Shedd Aquarium next week.  We need parent chaperones to help out, as we will be trying the tour with ipads for the first time.  3 studnets will travel together with an ipad viewing the exhibits.  We would like one parent for every 2 groups.  Let us know if you can attend.

The Shedd Aqaurium is hosting overnight experiences and April 7th there are a few openings still available.  Check out their website for details on how to sign up.

The Women’s History project due at the end of the month is an exciting time for us to celebrate the powerful women who have come before us.  If your family needs help finding resources please let us know.  As questions of us as we get closer to the deadline.

There is currently a food drive in full swing at Ray.  Please donate any non parishables.  The drive ends next week.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
are, baby, didn’t, good, I’ll, is, please, sound, talk, too

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application:

Choice 1:Fantastic Food
Pretend you are a food in the suppermarket.  If you could talk, what would you say to make shoppers wnt to buy you?
Write a speech about yourself.  Name what food you are, and tell what makes you special.

Choice 2: Cooking for Kids
Make a cookbook for a friend.  On each page, draw a picture of something you like to eat.  Under the picture, write the directions that tell how to cook the food.  List steps in order.  Be sure to name each thing you will need to buy at the market.

 

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February 27 to March 3

Parents please contribute snacks.

This week we will continue looking at earth materials and earth systems.

In math we are embarking on unit 6 that includes graphing and a big emphasis on double digit addition.

In reading and language arts we are long e spellings, am/is and are,understanding characters through words and actions, suffixes y and ful, and quotation marks.

The field trip has finally been approved and the permission slip will be in today’s folder.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
always, anything, been, draw, friends, mother, soon, under, watch, words

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application:

Choice 1: A Letter
Pretend you took a long car trip.  Write a letter to a friend.  Tell what you did for fun as you rode in the car.  Did you sing songs?  What games did you play?

Choice 2: It Auto Be Mine
Pretend you could have any car in the world.  What kind would you want?  Write about your car.  Tell what it looks like and how it is special.  Include a drawing of your car.  Does it have special powers?

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February 21 to 25

Another short week!

The African American Heritage event was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who came out!

This week we are reviewing all the long i spellings, homophones and homographs, and story structure.  In math we are working on addition with 2 digits (without regrouping and with regrouping) In science we will begin a transition from earth materials to engineering conversations.

Please look for a field trip form in the take home folders and return it as soon as possible.  We do not accept trip forms and fees the day of the trip.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
any, blue, carry, doing, else, room, studied, sure, teacher, turned

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1 Creative Writing
Pretend you are a grasshopper.  Write a story about somethig funny that happened to you.  Begin the story with these words:  Jumping isn’t always the best way to travel…

Choice 2: My What’s bugging you
Pretend a scientist has just found a strange, new species of bug.  Write questions you would like to ask the scientist about the bug.  Skip lines under each question. Then write the scientist’s answers.

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February 13 to 17

This week Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the place, and second grade makes it a big deal.  Unfortunately we cannot permit an avalanche of candy in our classrooms.  We realize many of you have already made purchases for this kind of shared experience.  If you have purchased candy please save it for home use. We ask two things for tomorrow:

  1. No candy
  2.  If you make or purchase Valentines for the class that you make one for each student.  A class list will be attached.

Class Dojo is an electronic communication tool used by specialty teachers.  Please do not try to communicate with your child’s homeroom teacher through Dojo this year. If you have any questions about Dojo please let us know.

Our next field trip is scheduled for March 17th to the Shedd Aquarium.  Space for chaperones is limited.  Please let us know if you can attend.

African American Heritage Gallery walk is this Thursday.  See the accompanying flyer for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
also, fly, gone, have, horse, look, river, said, saw, something

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1 A Story About Me
Think of friends you have visited in their house or apartment.  Write a story about your visit.  Tell why it was fun or exciting.

Choice 2: My Dream Home
If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Would you live in a castle, on a houseboat, or in an igloo?  Write about your dream home. What is special about it?  What does it look like?

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February 6 to 10

We begin the week with an anti-bullying video/seminar. Students will gather in the auditorium on Monday at 930 to view and after discuss the issue of bullying.

Reminder: African American Hero project is due no later than Friday February 17. Any early submissions are welcome and advised. Waiting until the last day is discouraged.

Please be mindful of the temperature fluctuations indoors and out and have you child dress in layers when possible. A warm outer wear is always advised just in case. Also, it is suggested that all articles of clothing be labeled with the child’s name.

Please continue to contribute snacks and a water bottle for your child’s desk.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
earth, core, soil, dirt, erosion, ocean, lake, river, brook, stream

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: A Poem
Write a poem about a journey you have taken. It may be a small journey, just to the corner store, or a longer journey to a vacation spot. Tell how you traveled and how long it took to get to the destination.

Choice 2: Travel Poster
Pretend you own a travel agency. You need to advertise a special destination you are featuring. Make a poster to tell about the place. Draw a picture and write sentences about it under the picture.

 

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January 30 to February 3

Dear Parents,

PTO fund raiser is this Thursday evening at the Prometory on 53rd and Lake Park.  Please join us for some good times for a great cause!

This Friday was to be a planning and preparation day for teachers, but as many of you already know, the Board of Education has declared that it will be a furlough day for teachers.  The result of the 4 furlough days is a 2% cut in pay for teachers.  This is in addition to a pay reduction last year.  We will be meeting at City Hall on Friday to let the mayor and they city know how distructive this is for students and the families we serve.  Please join us if you are able.  More information can be found on the Parents for Teachers web site and at Raise your Hand web site.

This week and next week student will have writing application homework.  We gave last week off for this assignment thinking students would start their research projects.  PLEASE note that the projects are due NO LATER than February 10th.  If you still have questions about the project do not hesitate to ask.  Writing application is due Thursday this week.

Please keep sending snacks, pencils and water bottles.  We go through snacks and pencils farely quickly and each child should have a water bottle with sports lid to stay hidrated.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) and publish (turn it in to the teacher)…Note: Due Thursday

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:  Planet Pen PalsPretend you live on another planet.  Write a letter to someone who lives on Earth.  Tell them about what the schools are like on your planet.  Explain what people wear, eat and do for fun at school.

Choice 2: News Story
Pretend you are the first kid to go to the moon.  Write a newspaper story about your trip.

 

 

 

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January 23 to 27

This Friday is the Lunar New Year. We will celebrate by all wearing red (color of luck) and there will be some very special surpises that day!  Be sure to be on time so you don’t miss anything!

This week in Language Arts we are covering author’s purpose, using a dictionary, ee, ea spellings, and quotation marks.

In Social Studies we are beginning our research project of African American Heros. (See attached explanation and du date)

Inn Math we begin a more in depth unit on addition and subtration.

Dates to note:
Today Ray Fund Raiser at Promentory Resturaunt
February 16th Gallery Walk
February 17th African American Heritage Assembly

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)
Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
culture, community, special, subject, language, lessons, wear,transportation

This week plan to spend time each evning gathering information for your research project.  Beging takning notes.  You will not be required to turn these in, however the teachr may ask to see  your progress at any time.

 

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January 17 to 20

Tomorrow we are going to the theater.  Chaperones have already been established.  For those of you who wanted to come please consider coming on our next trip.  Our apologies, the seating was so limited.  It is recommended that your child bring a lunch, though they will still be able to get a school lunch if they are not able to bring their own.  It is also recommended that the kids wear a Ray school shirt.  These can be purchased for $10 through Ms. Clement rm 215.

Please look for the instructions and rubric for the African American Heritage project in this week’s folder.  Projects will be due in mid February.

This week please review sight words to date.  Also review types of sentences and the importance of story structure.

We will take a unit math test this Friday on time, place value, measurement in inches and centemeters, and counting coins.

Please send a water bottle with a sport lid.

Please note that if your child did not turn in a writing application last week they currently have a 0 (F) in grade book and should plan to make up that assignment.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
review words to date (found in all the previous blog entries)

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:Bully bully
Write about a time you have witnessed bullying.  Tell what you did in response to the bullying.

Choice 2:Theatre
Write about a time you attended a show at a theatre.  Tell what you saw and with whom you attended.  Was it a movie, a dance performance, a musical concert, or a play?

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January 9 to 13

Happy New Year to all!!

We have exciting plans in the new year.  This month is African American Heritage Month.  Second grade will participate in the event with our second research project/presentations.  We will all be reading a novel titled The Hundred Dresses.  This book revolves around some important concepts involving school bullying.  We will also attend the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s theatrical interpretation of the book.  Math this month continues to explore place value, measurement and addition and subtraction drills.  In science we will embark on a new study; more information to come in this subject.

BE ADVISED: Please have your child dress in layers.  Mark clothing articles with child’s name.  We plan to go outside whenever the weather allows.  Please also make sure your child has a water bottle with sport lid.  We need snack donations.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
against, along, bird, different, girl, hold, morning, night, part, someone

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:Riddles
What zoo animal always carries a trunk but never has to pack? An Elephant!  Write more riddles about animals in the zoo.

Choice 2:Zoo Animal Favorites
In your opinion which is the most interesting animal in the zoo?  Explain why you think so.  Try to include some facts about your animal choice.

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December 19 to 23

Happy Winter Everyone!

This Friday we will be a part of an informal winter celebration assembly at 9:15am.  Parents are welcome, but be mindful that there may be standing room only.

This week’s homework will be light.  A double sided reading contract will be sent home for the break as well as this week’s reading log.  Please return all 3 reading contracts to receive a pizza coupon in January. There will a math assignment today through Wednesday.  No writing application this week.  We encourage you to have your child find authentic writing experiences such as thank you cards or letters to extended family. None of this writing is meant to be turned in to us though.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

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