Archive for December 2015

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

This week we will spend a good amount of energy reviewing our routines, as second graders fall out of practice having been away for weeks!

Be sure your child dresses in layers so we can adjust to the building and still go outside.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: A Story About Me:
Have you ever been to the dentist?  Write a story about your visit.  Tell what you felt, saw, and heard.

Choice #2: Terrific Toothpaste:
Pretend you have invented a new toothpaste.  Write a label for the toothpaste box.  Tell how to use your toothpaste and why it is special.

Sight words: all, food, front, hair, never, party, sky, started, stories, warm

Happy Holidays everyone!

This week you are receiving 3 reading contracts to take you through the winter break. Please try to remember to mark down if you read each day over the break.

Sight word review this week and through the break words from the start of the year are listed below.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: Tunes in the winter
Many songs are about winter holidays.  Write about your favorite holiday song.

Choice #2: Tongue Twisters
Write silly sentences about holidays.  Try to begin each word with the same sound
“We wish Wally a wonderful winter wag.”

Sight words:
another, far, grow, hard, heard, kind, light, more, some, to
because, better, go, me, old, really, right, they, was, you
afraid, dark, for, kept, many, might, own, show, why, would
before, eye, few, happy, high, my, open, people, starts, yellow
air, car, cried, funny, he, pictures, pretty, told, try, window
animals, bear, know, most, myself, second, she, sleep, three, work
both, cold, eat, find, green, little, long, says, table, we
city, full, no, other, places, put, school, sing, think, this
by, cheer, could, hello, hundred, mind, play, read, see, today
bring, children, comes, do, family, like, make, those, use, with
around, be, five, help, next, or, pull, take, until, walked
against, along, bird, different, girl, hold, morning, night, part, someone

Looking forward to this fun, busy week!

Parents, Please be reminded homework is 30% of your child’s grades.  Reading logs are due every Monday (logs are to be kept daily to track reading time, please do NOT fill them in all at once and then turn them in; that is not how they were designed to be used–and it sends a strong message to students that they are not valued) Writing Assignments are due every Friday.  We have a startling number of students receiving Fs due to missing assignments.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1: A Help Wanted Ad
Pretend you must hire a new doctor for your animal hospital.  Write a Help Wanted Ad.

Choice #2:Healthy Habits
Draw a picture of a make believe animal and then write about your animal/.  Include how to take care of it, what it eats, and how to keep it safe.

Sight words: against, along, bird, different, girl, hold, morning, night, part, someone