Week of August 31

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year. We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning in second grade.

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In order to save paper and to make sure you get the latest updates, we will not send home a printed copy of the blog each week.

Please be cognizant of the following information about the beginning of the school year:

On the first day of school, students and parents are expected to gather at 8:00 a.m. in the schoolyard. On subsequent days, unless we are experiencing inclement weather, your child is expected to line up by 8:25 a.m. in front of the north entrance. Instruction will begin promptly at 8:30.

A free breakfast will be served each day in the multipurpose room from 8:00 until 8:20 for students who wish to partake. Breakfast is no longer being served in the classroom. Please support your child’s education by arriving on time everyday. At the end of the day, students will be dismissed from the room 106 door adjacent to the playground at 3:30p.m. For safety reasons, please be consistent about who is picking up your child at the end of the school day.

A packet, which includes the Student Information Sheet, emergency form, walking permission, and media consent form will be sent home on the first day of school. We ask that you fill out the forms and return them to the classroom teachers by Friday 9/5/14. Electronic copies of these forms will be posted on the blog.

Lunch is free this year for all students. If your child is bringing a lunch to school, he/she must have it upon arrival.

Last but not least, please have your child turn in the summer packet that was distributed at the end of the previous school year.

If you have any question or comment, please email us at athoang@cps.edu or llawson@cps.edu.

Balanced Literacy
Day 1:
Labor Day

Day 2:
Building Classroom Community based on CHAMPS A Proactive & Positive Aproach to Classroom Management by Randy Sprick, Ph.D. and The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete
– Teachers meet with students and parents on the Murray playground at 8:00 for first day of school rally.
Whole Class:
Morning meeting:
– Establish meeting rules with students utilizing the rules listed on chart paper.
– Greeting: “Say your name and when you do, we will say it back to you!” call and response
– Sharing: Students share their favorite experience this summer.
– Group Activity: Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
Students chant the words: “Apples, peaches, pears, plums, Tell me when your birthday comes.” Students chant their birthdays in response.
Morning message: Today is Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Welcome to second grade. We are excited to begin our learning journey with you!
– Assign lockers; students bring school supplies and place in desks.
– Teachers model how to decorate their name tags
Independent Activity:
– Students decorate their name tags to be used for the first week of school and field trips.
Whole Class Activity
– Establish classroom rules, routines and expectations. Discuss and model appropriate behavior for learning.
Introduce and organize:
– Reading and writing folders
– Texts and supplies in desks
– Personal library containers
– Model to students how to optimize the use of the classroom library. (The manner in which books are organized: genres, levels, etc.)
– Students begin selecting books to read independently.
Anchor Text:
Vocabulary: radiators, bolts, jungle gym, especially
(heaters, a threaded metal pin designed with a head at one end and a movable nut at the other, monkey bars, primarily or particularly
Interactive Read Aloud: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
– Read and analyze characters. Teachers and students also discuss the “Big Idea” or theme of the story to guide students to make connections from text to self. The Big Idea might include: Different children worry about different things. Adults can help ease a child’s anxieties. Worry does not improve or resolve a situation.

Day 3:
Building Classroom Community based on CHAMPS A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management by Randy Sprick, Ph.D. and The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete
– Teachers greet students at the North entrance door or doorway of the multipurpose room at 8:25.
Whole Class:
Morning meeting:
– Establish meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Say your name and when you do, we will say it back to you!” call and response
– Sharing: Students share their favorite experience this summer.
– Group Activity: Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
Morning message: Today is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. We will share the homework entries from our writing journals.
– Share our experiences, expectations, and input.
– Preview the day’s activities.
– Review routines for a successful classroom.
Independent Reading
– Teachers model what independent reading looks like and how to use second grade personal libraries and reading logs.
– Teachers model how to select a “just right” book.
– Students take turns selecting books to read independently or in pairs
Differentiated Instruction:
– Teachers meet with small groups to guide for selecting just right classroom library books for independent reading and using the students’ personal libraries.
Anchor Text: Whole Class
Interactive Read Aloud: Next Year I’ll Be Special by Kay Winter
Writing
Prewriting, Thinking aloud, Drafting:
– Teachers model orally and chart notes on how to write a narrative about oneself.
Paired Activity:
– Students work in pairs to begin a graphic organizer to support their narrative writing.
Differentiated Instruction:
– Guided and paired writing
– Small groups guidance for selecting classroom library books for students’ personal libraries
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
Writing conferences:
– Reinforce what helps produce good writing and celebrate students’ ideas with positive feedback.
– Students share their work-in-progress to the whole-class.

Homework Writing Journal
Present to students how to utilize their writing journal for homework:
– Name on the front of the book
– Date each entry
– Skip a line for each entry
– A topic is assigned one day and a free choice the next
– Write at least half a page, no skipping lines

Day 4:
Building Classroom Community based on CHAMPS A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management by Randy Sprick, Ph.D. and The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete
– Teachers greet students at the North entrance door or doorway of the multipurpose room at 8:25.
Whole Class:
Morning meeting:
– Establish meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Say your name and when you do, we will say it back to you!” call and response
– Sharing: Students share their favorite experience this summer.
– Group Activity: Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
Morning message: Today is Thursday, September 4, 2014. We will make connections between our lives and the theme of the read aloud.
Independent Reading
– Teachers review how to use second grade personal libraries and reading logs.
– Teachers reteach how to select a “just right” book.
– Students select books and read independently.
– Share our experiences, expectations, and input.
– Preview the day’s activities.
– Review routines for a successful classroom.
– Math routines: calendar skills including the weather each for day
Anchor Text:
Interactive Read Aloud: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Modeled Writing
Talking out the story before writing:
– Students share knee-to-knee their personal experiences about worrying or share information about themselves that they would like other students to know.
– Students work in pairs to complete a graphic organizer to support their writing.
Writing the stories:
Independent Activity
– Students begin their personal narratives.
Differentiated Instruction:
– Guided and paired writing
– Small groups guidance for selecting classroom library books for students’ personal libraries
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
Writing conferences:
– Reinforce what helps produce good writing and celebrate students’ ideas with positive feedback.
– Students share their work-in-progress to the whole-class.

Day 5
Building Classroom Community based on CHAMPS A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management by Randy Sprick, Ph.D. and The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete
– Teachers greet students at the North entrance door or doorway of the multipurpose room at 8:25.
Whole Class:
Morning meeting:
– Establish meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Say your name and when you do, we will say it back to you!” call and response
– Sharing: Students share their favorite experience this summer.
– Group Activity: Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
Morning message: Today is Friday, September 5, 2014. We will review months, weeks, days, telling time.

Word Study
Spelling Words for next week:
over, new, sound, take, only, car, park, hard, barn, card, shark, family, compare, contrast, timeline, map
Teacher display the 16 Fry words, pointing out patterns and strategies from Fountas and Pinnell such as read, copy, cover, write, and check. The spelling test will take place every Friday.

Independent Reading
– Teachers review how to use second grade personal libraries and reading logs.
– Teachers reteach how to select a “just right” book.
– Students select books and read independently.
– Share our experiences, expectations, and input.
– Preview the day’s activities.
– Review routines for a successful classroom.
Anchor Text:
Interactive Active Read Aloud: This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters
Independent Writing:
– Students continue to write their personal narratives.
Differentiated Instruction:
– Guided and paired writing
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
Writing conferences:
– Reinforce what helped produce good writing and celebrate students’ ideas with positive feedback.
– Students share their work-in-progress to the whole-class.

Math
– Math routines: calendar skills including the weather for each day and number sequences.
Math Talk: What is math talk? Ask students to brainstorm and turn-to-talk with a partner what they think math talk is.
– Share out our thinking
– Work with the class to establish norms
– Model to students how to behave appropriately according to our norms
– Present a math problem for the class to solve using math talk
Show students a ten frame. Ask “How many dots? How do you know?”
Chart students’ responses on board. Then ask, “How many more dots you need to make ten?”

– Math routines: calendar skills including the weather for each day and number sequences.
Math Talk
Show students a ten frame with a different combination each day. Ask “How many dots? How do you know?”
Chart students’ responses on board. Then ask, “How many more dots you need to make ten?”
Lesson 1.1 Math Message and Number Sequences
Objective: To introduce the Math Message routine and to review number sequences and number lines
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
Math Message:
With a partner, talk about what mathematics is. Look for items in the classroom that have to do with mathematics. Be prepared to share what you find.
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Writing Numbers in Sequence (Whole-Class Activity)
– Reviewing Number Sequences Starting with 1,000 (Whole-Class Activity)
– Introducing the Journal (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Missing Numbers on Number Lines (Partner Activity)
– Differentiated Instruction:
Enrichment: Counting School Days with Roman Numerals (Small-Group Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 1.
– Teacher guides a small group of students on how to use the number line to find the missing numbers.

- Math routines: calendar skills including the weather for each day and number sequences.
Math Talk
Show students a ten frame with a different combination each day. Ask “How many dots? How do you know?”
Chart students’ responses on board. Then ask “How many more dots you need to make ten?”
Lesson 1.2 Tools and Coins
Math Message
Take an erasable board and a marker. Make tally marks to show how many children are here today.
Objective: To guide students as they find the values of coin combinations
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Distributing Tool Kits (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Finding the Values of Coin Combinations (Whole-Class Activity)
– More Oral Coin-Counting (Independent Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 2.
Differentiated Instruction: Teacher guides a small group of students using real coins to find the values of coin combinations.

- Math routines: calendar skills including the weather for each day and number sequences.

Math Talk
Show students a ten frame with a different combination each day. Ask “How many dots? How do you know?”
Chart students’ responses on board. Then ask “How many more dots you need to make ten?”
Lesson 1.3 Calendars and Clocks
Math Message
How many months are in a year? Can you name the months?
Objective: To review months, weeks, and days, and to review telling time
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Building a Calendar for the Month (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Telling Time (Whole-Class Activity)
– Saying and Writing Ordinal Numbers (Small-Group Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 1.
Differentiated Instruction:
Students work in pairs using student clocks to tell time.

Science
Interactive read aloud: Air and Weather by F.O.S.S. (Delta Education)
– Students work in small groups to discuss and chart their expectations for science explorations as well as rules and routines to ensure safety and optimal learning.
– Students share out their notes in whole class setting.
– Teacher presents and discusses rules and expectations for science explorations based on the F.O.S.S. chart.
– Teacher explains to students that we will be learning about air and weather for this unit. We will work together observe, gather and discuss data from the world around us in order to understand scientific principles.
– Students work with assigned partner to observe and gather information to enter into science notebooks.
– Students work in pairs to discuss “What I know about air, and what I want to learn about air.” They take notes to share for our KWL chart.
– Teacher uses the KWL chart to activate students’ prior knowledge of air.
– Class shares out and teacher charts the content under the K and W portion of the KWL chart.
Establish rules and expectations for science explorations (daily).
Investigation 1 part 1: Air Is There
How does air interact with objects?
– Students pair up to work with a set of objects to see how objects can be moved by and through air.

Social Studies
Building Classroom Community based on CHAMPS A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management by Randy Sprick, Ph.D.
Whole Class Shared Reading:
Don’t Laugh At Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin

“All about Me” Project
– Students write a paragraph about themselves on the “Welcome to Second Grade” poster and then decorate it.

Thank you for your support.
Anh Tuan Hoang and LuAnn Lawson

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