Week of September 28

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Students received the PTO fundraising packets on Thursday, 9/25/14. This year’s goal is for each student to sell a minimum of five products. Classes with 100% participation will receive a pizza party sponsored by the PTO. Please consider helping the school reach our goal. PTO fundraising efforts provide our students with a wide range of programs, materials and enriching experiences.

Students will receive their Mid-term Progress Reports on Friday, October 10th. Please visit IMPACT on a regular basis to be informed of grades and missing assignments. Missing assignments need to be submitted immediately.

Balanced Literacy
Independent Reading (30-35 minutes at the beginning of each day). Differentiated instruction is provided at this time as well as throughout the lessons.
Differentiated Instruction:
Phonemic Awareness: The Skills That They Need To Help Them Succeed! by Michael Heggerty, Ed.D.
Week 4 (Daily, Different words will be given each day.)
Letter Naming: “The letter is___”; “Sound is___”
Rhyming: Teacher identifies the category for the day. Teacher says the nonsense word. Students say “Not (nonsense word), (real rhyming word)! Ex. T: Zace, S: Not zace, face!
Onset Fluency: Teacher reads word pairs. Students do “Thumps Up” if the words begin with the same sound. “Thumb Down” if they do not.
Blending: Teacher says the syllables. Students repeat the syllables, and then say the whole word. Ex. T: /mag-net/ S: /mag-net/; magnet
Identifying Final and Medial Sounds: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word and over-enunciate the final sound. Ex. T: fan, S: faN
Segmenting: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word and segment it into syllables. Ex. T: behind, S: behind; /be-hind/
Substituting: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word. Teacher says change the /*/ to /*/ and the word is? Ex. T: limit, S: limit, T: change the/lim/ to /hab/ and the word is? S: habit
* Use sounds
Adding Phonemes: Teacher says the syllable. Students repeat the syllable. Teacher says add/*/ at the end and the word is?
* Use sounds
Deleting Phonemes: Teacher says the word. Students repeat the word. Teacher says without the/*/ and what is left?
* Use sounds
Language Awareness: Teacher says the sentence. Students repeat the sentence and then separate it into separate words. T: I love school! S: I love school! I – love – school! Walk It Out or “Chop It Out”
– Guided writing: teachers circulate the room to assist students.
– Writing conferences
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
– Teachers administer the TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension)
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
Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop based on A Curriculum Plan for The Reading Workshop and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project
Morning Meeting (Daily) based on Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: Ball Roll
1. With everyone seated in a circle, choose the first greeter. She/He says a friendly “Good Morning, (child’s name) to someone across from her/him.
2. The receiver greets her back in the same way.
3. The greeter gently rolls the ball to the receiver, who becomes the next greeter.
4. Continue until everyone has been a greeter and rolled the ball. (The first greeter will be the last receiver.)
– Sharing: Students share their journal writing entries or something that is meaningful to them.
– Group Activity: Black Socks
1. Sing/chant this as a whole group, emphasizing the italicized words.
Black socks,
They never get dirty.
The longer I wear them, The stronger they get.
Sometimes
I think I should wash them
But something inside me
Keeps saying not yet,
not yet, not yet.
2. Pause after the last not yet and then repeat the song/chant.
3. Form two groups and do the song/chant as a round, with the second group coming in on the word never. Remember to pause after the last not yet.
A spelling test will take place each Friday (or Thursday if there is no class on Friday).

Day 1:
Morning Meeting
Morning message: Bonjour
Today is Monday, September 29, 2014. In math, we will explore doubles and combinations of 10 to build fact fluency.
Today’s Question: How can you tell which number goes with 4 to make ten? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Reading Workshop
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Four: Being an Independent Problem Solver
“Today I want to teach you that sometimes as readers we come across a word in our book we do not know. When this happens we stop and think quickly, ‘What could I do to figure out this word?’ Once again, as second-grade readers, we have decisions to make.”
Tip: “We could think about what is happening. Then reread to get a running start, all the time thinking about what would make sense here.”
“We also can start right in with the letters, chunking them and trying to figure out what the word might be saying, and then after a bit of that, we reread and put the first bit of the word in there, and think, ‘What might the rest of this word be?’ ”

Independent Reading
– Students read independently and/or with a partner using strategies they’ve learned.

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 7: Working Hard; Setting Goals and Making Plans for Writing Time
Share: Introduce a chart of moves that create strong writing, and invite students to share their writing and plans with one another in pairs.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.
Confer with small groups of students during writing to provide feedback.

Day 2:
Morning Meeting
Morning Message: Aloha
Today is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. We will explore tools used to measure weather.
Today’s Inquiry Question: How do you measure the weather?

Reading Workshop
Unit two
Tackling Trouble
Assessment-Based Small-Group Work
Part One: Readers Notice and Tackle Tricky Parts: Chunking Parts of Words, Drawing on Meaning as Well as Phonics
“Readers are problem solvers. This means we notice and name the troubles we are having as we read. When we come across a hard word we don’t just mumble over it—we try something. When that doesn’t work, we try something else! Today I want to teach you that readers can break words into parts to help us solve problems. As we do this, we think about what the word could say and what’s happening in the story to help us figure it out.”
“Readers can look at words and think about whether there are words we know inside the word that can help us to understand that new word.”
Example: “If we see the word tablecloth we can think to ourselves, ‘I have never seen this word before, but it has table at the beginning and cloth at the end, and I know what both of those words mean. Hmm. Maybe it means a cloth that you put on a table? I think I have seen that at a restaurant, maybe that is what this word is!’ ”

Independent Reading
– Students read independently and/or with a partner using strategies they’ve learned.

Close Reading: “Follow the Directions”
Lesson 2
The teacher projects the informational passage “Follow the Directions!” on the Smart Board
The teacher reads the passage aloud. (“I do”)
The teacher and students read the charted comprehension questions aloud. (“We do”, whole class)
Questions:
1. What should you do if the green light is on?
2. Why most likely did the teacher write the sign?
3. What does remove mean in step 4?
4. Why did the author number the steps 1, 2, 3, 4?
– The teacher and students reread the passage aloud. (“We do”, whole class)

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 2
Noticing Author’s Craft: Studying Imagery, Tension, and Literary Language in Owl Moon
Session 8: Revising with Intent
– Books to showcase: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson; A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket; Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel; Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
Mini Lesson
– Connection: Show students’ examples of various published books that are written with different intentions, some meant to be funny, and some meant to be sad and so on. Share with students what you were trying to do as a writer in your demonstration piece. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Reread your own writing aloud, voicing various intentions you have for its effect on readers. Demonstrate how you decide on an intention—making the story funny—and revise accordingly. Demonstrate how you generate an alternate intention and again revise accordingly. Model considering the possible intentions, and then choosing one for your revision. Debrief, restating the teaching point.
– Active engagement: set students up to consider their own intentions for previously written pieces. Share examples of different intentions that students have for their writing.
– Link: Remind students how powerful it is to consider what they want their readers to think and feel as they read their writing.
– Share: Have students read their writing in small groups, using their voice to show their intentions. Share out a couple of students’ intentions. Share the quote from Judy Blume— “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without the exercise the muscles seize up.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.
Confer with small groups of students during writing to provide feedback.

Day 3:
Morning Message: Ni hao
Today is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We will examine an author’s craft to assist us with our writing.
Today’s Inquiry Question: Why is it important to examine an author’s writing to help us with our own writing? Explain to a classmate!

Reading Workshop
Unit two
Tackling Trouble
Assessment-Based Small-Group Work
Part One: Readers Notice and Tackle Tricky Parts: Chunking Parts of Words, Drawing on Meaning as Well as Phonics
“Today I want to teach you that readers can break up a word to help us problem-solve. We look at the first few letters of the word plus the vowel and then a letter or two after the vowel and try to use that running start in a word to help us figure it out.”
“Remember that every syllable has a vowel in it, so vowels are keys when breaking apart a word into its constituent parts.”

Independent Reading
– Students read independently and/or with a partner using strategies they’ve learned.

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 2
Noticing Author’s Craft: Studying Imagery, Tension, and Literary Language in Owl Moon
Session 9: Close Reading
Mini Lesson
Close Reading: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
– Connection: Ask students to recall the intentions they came up with yesterday for their stories. Tell students that to create an intended effect on readers, they can study books to learn how.
– Teaching and Active Engagement: Name a question that will guide the inquiry
– Guided Inquiry: Set students up to study a powerful part of the mentor text and to name the effect it has. Remind them of questions they will ask. Scaffold students’ work in naming and discussing how the author makes this part of the text so powerful. Challenge students to see and name more on the page. Share out some examples. Channel students to name what the author has done that they, too, can do. Name what the students have done and link this work to their writing. Remind them how studying a text in this way is like having another teacher. Set students up to go through the process of learning another craft move from a mentor text, using the same steps you’ve just led them through. Scaffold the experience as needed.
– Link: Recap the craft moves that students have figured out from today’s work. Suggest they try these in their own work, if their writing calls for it.
– Share: Trying Out Craft Moves
Acknowledge the difficulty in separating the mentor author’s topic from her craft moves. Ask students to Post-it the most important parts of their stories, in partnership, in preparation for trying out more craft moves in their writing in future workshop.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.
Confer with small groups of students during writing to provide feedback.

Day 4:
Morning Message: Guten Tag
Today is Thursday, October 2, 2014. In science, we will observe and compare several types of clouds and discuss how they move across the sky.
Today’s Inquiry Question: Are clouds all the same?
What kinds of weather do different clouds bring?

Shared Reading: “Invitation” by Shel Silverstein
If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come In!

Reading Workshop
Unit two
Tackling Trouble
Assessment-Based Small-Group Work
Part One: Readers Notice and Tackle Tricky Parts: Chunking Parts of Words, Drawing on Meaning as Well as Phonics
“Today I want to teach you that readers use what we know about letters and patterns from word study to help us read our books. We can look closely at words and say, ‘Do any of these letters go together to make special sounds? Can I use those sounds to help me read?’ ”
Tip: “What we are really trying to do is carry our word work into reading workshop to help us read words.”

Independent Reading
– Students read independently and/or with a partner using strategies they’ve learned.

Survive Alive Mobile Unit from the Chicago Fire Department – Students will receive a mini lesson on fire safety and role play an escape plan with the fire fighters. (20 – 30 minutes)

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 2
Noticing Author’s Craft: Studying Imagery, Tension, and Literary Language in Owl Moon
Session 10: Learning to Write in Powerful Ways
Mini Lesson
– Connection: Begin by asking students to mimic your actions exactly. Then ask them to come up with their own actions, modeled after the ones you show them. Remind students of the work they did in previous sessions, looking carefully at the crafting techniques used in “Owl Moon”, and then marking places in their writing where they could give these a go. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Model using the “Learning Writing Moves from Our Favorite Authors” chart as a resource for making your own writing more powerful.
– Active Engagement: Recruit students to join you in finding other places in your writing to try out craft moves employed by the mentor text. Revise your shared writing, based on students’ suggestions.
– Link: Ask students to look through the writing in their folders and make plan for the day’s work. Remind students that they can look at books for ideas to make their writing more powerful.
– Share: Providing Feedback to Peers
Have students provide feedback to writers who feel they need advice from readers.

Day 5:
Morning Message: Buonguiorno,
Today is Friday, October 3, 2014. We will work in pairs to describe our neighborhood to our partner.
Today’s Inquiry Question: How are neighborhoods different from each other? How are they alike? Explain to a classmate!

Reading Workshop
Unit two
Tackling Trouble
Assessment-Based Small-Group Work
Part One: Readers Notice and Tackle Tricky Parts: Chunking Parts of Words, Drawing on Meaning as Well as Phonics
“Today I want to teach you that readers can think about what kind of word would make sense to help us figure out the tricky part. We might say to ourselves, ‘This word needs to be a describing word because it comes before a thing.’ We can then use our thinking about the kind of word needed and what is happening in the story to help us take a try at reading the tricky word.”

Independent Reading
– Students read independently and/or with a partner using strategies they’ve learned.

Spelling Test

Word Study
Spelling Words for next week:
name, good, sentence, man, think, right, might, high, tight, flight, bright, ancestor, community, push, pull, strength
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.

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 2
Noticing Author’s Craft: Studying Imagery, Tension, and Literary Language in Owl Moon
Session 11
Learning to Write in Powerful Ways
Help students develop the habits of writers: being more observant, catching their thinking on paper, setting goals and using all they know to make writing better. Help students learn to use published text to take their writing to the next level.
Mini Lesson: Today’s session aims to echo the one that precedes it so that students have a familiar format for studying and trying out a professional writer’s craft moves.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.

Math
Lesson 2–3 Doubles and Combinations of 10
-Students explore doubles and combinations of 10 to build fact fluency.
– Interactive Read Aloud
Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale by Lily Toy Hong (Whole Class “I do”)
Vocabulary: doubles, combinations of 10, doubles fact, number sentence, sum
1. Warm Up
-Mental Math and Fluency (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, Partner)
– Math Talk
Students solve number stories
Level 1: An egg carton has 6 eggs in the top row and 6 eggs in the bottom row. How many eggs in all?
Level 2: The first week of September has 7 days, and the second week of September has 7 days. How many days are in the first two weeks of September?
Level 3: Abby’s crayon box has two rows of crayons. The second row has 8 crayons. Abby’s crayon box has 16 crayons in all. How many crayons are in the first row?
-Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, Partner)
Teachers introduce double ten frames. (Whole Class “I do”)
Students examine a blank double ten frame “We do”, Partner)
– Using Double Ten Frames
Students explore strategies for finding the total number of dots shown on double frames. (“We do”, Partner)
Naming Doubles and Combinations of 10
Students sort facts into two groups, doubles, doubles and combinations of 10, and record fact strategies “We do”, Partner)
3. Practice
– Playing Fishing for 10
Students practice finding combinations of 10 (“We do”, Partner/Small Group)
– Math Boxes 2 – 3: Journal 1, p. 23
Students practice and maintain skills. (Independent “You do”)
Assessment Check-in: Assessment Handbook pp. 98 – 99 (Whole Class “I do”)

Lesson 2–4 The Making – 10 Strategy
– Students use a strategy based on place value to add within 20.
Vocabulary: addend, making 10, helper fact
1. Warm Up Math Talk
– Mental Math and Fluency (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, You do)
Teachers flash the following cards in sequence 87, 88, and 91. Students share strategies for finding the total dots on each card. Teachers highlight strategies that involve mentally moving dots to complete a ten frame.
– Math Talk
Differentiated Instruction
Level 1: Quick Look Card 87
Level 2: Quick Look Card 88
Level 3: Quick Look Card 91
– Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, Partner)
Using erasable boards, students write as many combinations of 10 as they can. (You do)
Teacher asks, “How do you know you found all of the combinations?”
Several students share the strategies used. (“We do”)
– Exploring the Making – 10 Strategy
Teachers list combinations of 10 so that they are ordered by their first addends – going from smallest first addend to the largest (0 -10).
The teacher posts the chart to support independent math thinking.
3. Practice
Students practice the Making 10 – Strategy on journal 1, p. 24
(“We do”, Partner “You do”, Independent)
Playing the Number – Grid Game
1. Players put their markers/counters on the number grid.
2. Students take turns rolling the die then moving their markers determined by each roll.
3. Students play to reach exactly 110 on the number grid.
– Math Boxes 2 – 4: Journal 1, p. 25
Students practice and maintain skills. (Independent “You do”)
Assessment Check-in: Math Journal 1, p. 24 (Whole Class “I do”)

Lesson 2–5 The Near – Doubles Strategy
– Students use near – doubles strategy to solve addition facts.
Vocabulary: near – doubles strategy, helper fact
1. Warm Up Math Talk
– Mental Math and Fluency (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, You do)
The teacher pose number stories (leveled for differentiation)
– Math Talk
Level 1: A truck has 9 wheels on one side and 9 wheels on the other side. How many wheels are there in all?
Level 2: Tommy and Missy are collecting rocks. Missy finds 8 rocks. Tommy finds 8 more than Missy. How many rocks did Tommy find?
Level 3: Quinlynn has some stickers. Ping has 7 more stickers than Quinlynn. Ping has 14 stickers. How many stickers does Quinlynn have?
– Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message
Assessment Opportunity
The teacher shows students Quick Look Cards 79 and 81 in sequence.
Using half sheets of paper and pencils, students write how they figured out the number of dots on the last Quick Look Card. (“You do”)
Students share how they figured out the number of dots on Quick Look card 81. (“We do”)
Teacher asks, “How do you know you found all of the combinations?”
Several students share the strategies used. (“We do”)
– Discussing the Near – Doubles Strategy
The teacher displays 6 + 7 and 9 + 8.
Students collaborate in pairs determine the doubles that are close to these facts. (“We do”)
The teacher poses the following questions.
“How can you use a near by doubles fact to figure out the answer to 6 + 7?”
“How can you apply the same strategy to solve 9 + 8?”
– Identifying Helper Double Facts
The teacher displays the Fact/Helper Doubles Fact chart.
The small groups of students brainstorm and discuss additional facts that can be added to the chart (Continue this process throughout week). (“We do”)
– Playing The Exchange Game Partners play the Exchange Game to practice making exchanges between $1 bills and $10 bills and between $10 bills and $100 bills. (“We do”)
3. Practice
– Math Boxes 2 – 5: Journal 1, p. 28
Students practice and maintain skills. (Independent “You do”)
Assessment Check-in: Math Journal 1, p. 24 (Whole Class “I do”)

Lesson 2–6 The Turn – Around Rule for Addition
– Students use dominoes to explore the turn – around rule for addition.
Vocabulary: turn – around rule
1. Warm Up Math Talk
– Mental Math and Fluency (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, You do)
The teacher flashes Quick Look Cards 76, 88, and 119 (ten frames) in sequence, and asks what they saw and how they saw (leveled for differentiation)
– Math Talk
Level 1: Quick Look Card 76
Level 2: Quick Look Card 88
Level 3: Quick Look Card 119
-Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message
The teacher displays a visual of a domino with four dots on one side and five on the other side, and a unit box listing domino dots as the unit.
Using erasable boards and markers, students write an addition fact for the domino. (“You do”)
Students share the facts they wrote (“We do”)
Teacher rotates the domino and asks, “Did anyone write a different fact? If no, record the fact. (“We do”)
– Exploring the Turn – Around Rule for Addition
Journal 1, p. 22
Explain that pairs of students will work with dominoes to explore a rule for addition. (“We do”)
– Assessment Check – In
The teacher displays a domino with 3 dots on one side and 6 dots on the other side.
– Assessment Opportunity
Students use Exit Slips to write the fact and the turn – around fact.
Differentiated Strategy
Students select a domino and tell the addition fact orally as the teacher writes it on the exit slip. . The teacher rotates the domino. hen the student tells the turn – around fact orally while the teacher writes the turn – around fact. (“We do”)
Students collaborate in pairs writing facts. Then rotating the dominoes to write a second turn – around fact. (“We do”)
A few volunteers share their pairs of facts and the teacher records each on chart paper.
The teacher poses these questions: “What do you notice about each pair of facts? Do you think the sum will always stay the same when we switch the addends/the numbers we are adding? Why?”
– Identifying Odd and Even Numbers
Journal 1, p. 29
Paired partners count out 10 pennies each for a pool of 20 pennies. One at a time, students grab a handful of pennies. Then they count what each grabbed and add both totals together. They identify if the total of both is an even amount or an odd amount. Findings are written on p. 29. (“We do”)
3. Practice
– Math Boxes 2 – 6: Journal 1, p. 37
Students practice and maintain skills. (Independent “You do”)

Lesson 2–7 Subtraction and the Turn – Around Rule
Day 1: Students solve an open response problem by writing number stories and models.

Vocabulary: turn – around rule, number story
1. Warm Up Math Talk
– Mental Math and Fluency (Whole Class “I do”, “We do”, You do)
Students solve number stories using addition and subtract facts.
The teacher poses number stories and students solve and share their solutions and strategies (leveled for differentiation).
– Math Talk
Level 1: Logan has 4 red tomatoes and 8 yellow tomatoes. How many tomatoes does Logan have in all?
Level 2: Gavin has 8 red grapes and 13 green grapes. How many more green grapes than red grapes does he have?
Level 3: Johan has 7 raisins in his hand and some in a baggie. He has 16 raisins in all. How many raisins are in Johan’s baggie?
– Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message
Students turn to Journal 1, p. 31. Do problem 1, then talk with your partner the solution and strategy used.
– Writing number Stories and Number Models
(“I do”, “We do”)
A few students share their solutions (8 + 2 = 10).
The teacher writes the turn – around fact (2 + 8 = 10). And asks, “Can we write the number model this way? Why?
Differentiated Strategy
The teacher models a new version of the math message with the order of addends reversed. “Jessica has 8 goldfish and 2 dogs. How many pets does she have in all? Does the number story still make sense? Why? Is the total number of pets the same or different?
– Solving the Open Response Problem
Read problem 1 as a class. Point out that the students can use the blank space to illustrate their numbers stories. Tell students to use numbers up to 20 in their number stories, and remind them to include a number model.
– Then paired students should share ideas about the task on Math Master p. 39.
Read Problem 2 as a class. Tell partners, “Think about the turn – around rule using the subtraction fact from their number model in Problem 1.”
The teacher prompts partners to discuss how the turn – around rule would affect their subtraction stories.
Summarize
Students read My Reference Book, p. 22 on GMP8.1 (“We do”)
Ask: “How did Rosa explain how she used doubles to help her figure out other facts?”
Ask: How did you explain that the turn – around rule does not work for subtraction? (“We do”)
The teacher collects the students’ work to evaluate and prepare for day 2.

Science
Harcourt: Weather: The big idea is weather can be observed, measured, predicted, and compared.
Lesson 1: How does weather change?
Vocabulary: weather, weather pattern, seasons
– Students observe weather and identify how it changes over time.
– Students use their lab manual p. 71.

Introduce the Harcourt Science Book
Harcourt: Weather
Lesson 2: Why Do We Measure Weather?
Vocabulary: temperature, thermometer, wind, precipitation
– Identify tools used to measure weather. Use metric and standard English (customary) to measure temperature.
– Introduce the Watching the Weather packet. Explain to students that they are going to spend the next four weeks observing and recording weather patterns with a partner. Review the chart of how to work cooperatively.

Interactive Read Aloud from Harcourt Text Book:
“What is the Water Cycle?
Vocabulary: water cycle, evaporate, condense,
drought

Review the chart of how to work cooperatively.
Measuring temperature/observing and recording weather patterns (daily)
– Working in pairs, students use thermometers to measure and record the temperature in the morning, noon, and afternoon. They will also observe and record weather. We, as a class, will do this for the next five weeks to compare and learn about weather patterns.
Interactive Read Aloud: Rain or Shine

Social Studies
Read “A Community of People”. Point to chart to review our vocabulary (community, citizen, role, cooperate, country, map, rule, fair, responsibility). ). Discuss how the word community can mean different things to different people, that a community can be as large as a city or town or as small as a neighborhood or school.
Ask students to name places they go where there are rules. Explain that some rules help us get along with others, while other rules help keep people safe.
– Students work in table groupings to write rules for our class.

Interactive Read aloud: Lesson 2 – A member of Different Groups
Interpret Quotation: “All the world’s a stage…And one man in his time plays many parts.” – William Shakespeare
– Students work in pairs to discuss roles they have at home and in school. Chart some of the roles as a whole class activity.

- Students work in pairs to plan designs for their anti-bullying posters.

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

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Week of September 21

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We sincerely thank the group of second grade parents/guardians who chaperoned the recent field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. The children enjoyed an engaging experience.

Students have begun using the Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension and Fluency Informational Passages. Each week on Mondays, students will receive a new article to read and questions to answer. Please monitor their reading for accuracy and intonation and their answers to the questions each week. The completed stories are due the following Monday. This is considered part of the minimum of 30 minutes reading at home each day.

Students will take the Math Unit 1 assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please refer to the graded homework to help your child review. The following concepts will be assessed: Counting by ones, Determining placements of numbers on the number line and number grid, Calculating amount of coins, Skip-counting by 2s, 5, 10s, and 25s, Using relation symbols such as , and = correctly, and Finding unknown quantity such as 7 + ___ = 10

Parent-teacher conferences/Report card pick up for the first quarter is Wednesday, November 12. The sign-up schedules are posted outside of rooms 103 and 106. Please make your appointment as time slots are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, the sign-up sheets for Second Grade Parents Weekly Read Alouds are posted next to the conference sheets.

Balanced Literacy
Independent Reading (30-35 minutes at the beginning of each day). Differentiated instruction is provided at this time as well as throughout the lessons.
Differentiated Instruction:
Phonemic Awareness: The Skills That They Need To Help Them Succeed! by Michael Heggerty, Ed.D.
Week 3 (Daily, Different words will be given each day.)
Letter Naming: “The letter is___”; “Sound is___”
Rhyming: Teacher identifies the category for the day. Teacher says the nonsense word. Students say “Not (nonsense word), (real rhyming word)! Ex. T: Zace, S: Not zace, face!
Onset Fluency: Teacher reads word pairs. Students do “Thumps Up” if the words begin with the same sound. “Thumb Down” if they do not.
Blending: Teacher says the syllables. Students repeat the syllables, and then say the whole word. Ex. T: /mag-net/ S: /mag-net/; magnet
Identifying Final and Medial Sounds: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word and over-enunciate the final sound. Ex. T: fan, S: faN
Segmenting: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word and segment it into syllables. Ex. T: behind, S: behind; /be-hind/
Substituting: Teachers says the word. Students repeat the word. Teacher says change the /*/ to /*/ and the word is? Ex. T: limit, S: limit, T: change the/lim/ to /hab/ and the word is? S: habit
* Use sounds
Adding Phonemes: Teacher says the syllable. Students repeat the syllable. Teacher says add/*/ at the end and the word is?
* Use sounds
Deleting Phonemes: Teacher says the word. Students repeat the word. Teacher says without the/*/ and what is left?
* Use sounds
Language Awareness: Teacher says the sentence. Students repeat the sentence and the separate it into separate words. T: I love school! S: I love school! I – love – school! Walk It Out or “Chop It Out”
– Guided writing: teachers circulate the room to assist students.
– Writing conferences
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
– Teachers administer the TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension)
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
Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop based on A Curriculum Plan for The Reading Workshop and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project
Morning Meeting (Daily) based on Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser
– Greeting: Friends in Our Class
– Sharing: Students share their journal writing entries or something that is meaningful to them.
– Group Activity: Super Gooney Bird
A spelling test will take place each Friday (or Thursday if there is no class on Friday).

Day 1:
Morning meeting
Morning message: Today is Monday, September 22, 2014. We will learn how to craft powerful endings to our stories.
Inquiry question: Why is it important to end a story in a powerful way? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Reading Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Three: Partners Can Talk about Books to Grow Ideas
“Today I want to teach you that readers take care of our partnerships. Just like when we play games with friends, we cheer each other on. We can do the same thing with our reading partners. We can share the parts that are tricky and help each other figure out those parts. When things are not clear we can use each other to understand our books better. A reading partnership can be so-so or it can be awesome. To make our partnership awesome, we find ways to let each other know that we are listening carefully to everything our partner says. When we really listen, we react or respond to whatever our partner tells us.”

Shared Reading:
“Cooperation” by Sara Holbrook p. 24

Cooperation’s hard
and it’s work
to make caring last.
Sometimes,
forgiveness is tough to chew
and understanding melts too fast.

I could always order my way,
that’s easy.
I could protect
me first and only.
I could never compromise.
But stubborn gets,
well,
lonely.

Independent Reading

Phonemic Awareness

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 5: Letter to Teachers; Revising with the Masters; Crafting Powerful Endings
Mini Lesson: Revising with the Masters
Reread the beginnings of the two whole-class mentor texts. Discuss the setting and explain how it transports the readers to a place and sets the stage for what’s to come. Have students work in pairs to compare the ending of the stories. Then as a whole class create a chart about what makes for a “good ending”. When sending students off to write, remind them of the many things they’ve learned from the masters to make writing more powerful.
Students continue to write their Small Moment narratives.

Day 2:
Morning meeting
Morning Message: Today is Tuesday, September 23, 2014. For science, we are going to review how pressure from air can push water around a syringe system?
Today’s Inquiry Question: How can compressed air be used in our daily lives? Share what you are thinking with a partner.

Reading Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Three: Partners Can Talk about Books to Grow Ideas
“Today I want to teach you that readers prepare and plan for partner reading time. We mark places where we had some big ideas, where we figured out a new strategy, or where we were confused. Partners can then talk about these things with each other. This is a way we can begin to collect ideas and tips to use whenever we read. Remember, two brains are better than one!”

Close Reading: Lesson 2
“Clouds”
– Teachers explain the second reading process.
We will read the selected text more than one time. During the second reading we will read with a pencil. As we read, we will annotate or mark some words in the passage or text.
– Teachers introduce the three annotations we will use with copies of text
1. Circling unknown words
2. Using a question mark to show we don’t understand what the author is telling us
3. Highlighting evidence to prove our answers to questions about the text

Independent Reading

Phonemic Awareness

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 5: Letter to Teachers; Revising with the Masters; Crafting Powerful Endings
Mid-Workshop Teaching
Help students understand when they revise, they need to focus on whole sections of their stories at a time. In addition to endings, writers revise beginnings. They think, “Have I set up my story the way I want it to? Does it set the stage for what’s to come? Does it create the mood or tone I want? Does it hook readers, making them want to read on?” Students can also revise the most exciting, or sad, or revealing part, making sure to slow down and stretch that part out.
Share: Share some endings students have crafted for their narratives.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.

Day 3:
Morning Meeting
Morning Message: Today is Wednesday, September 24, 2014. In the writing workshop, we will learn how to reread like detectives to make sure our writing makes sense and sounds right.
Today’s Inquiry Question: What does it mean to “Read Like a Detective?” Share your thinking with a classmate.

Reading Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Three: Partners Can Talk about Books to Grow Ideas
“Today I want to teach you that reading partners are friends and friends often recommend books to each other. When your partner takes your suggestions and reads the same books, you will have so much more to talk about because you’ve both read the same books!”
Tip: “When you want to recommend a book, you start with the title of the book, tell a little bit about the characters or the subject that you found interesting and why you think your friend might enjoy reading the book.”
“When you need a recommendation, ask your partner which books they think you might like reading.”

Independent Reading

Phonemic Awareness

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 6: Rereading Like Detectives: Making Sure Our Writing makes Sense and Sounds Right
Interactive read aloud: Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
Channel students to notice and name important parts of the mentor text during the read-aloud.
Mini Lesson: Rereading Like Detectives
– Connection: Share with students two pages from the demonstrated text—one with many run-on sentences and one page with correct end punctuation. Recruit students to turn-and-talk, observing what is different about the two pages. Then share out some of their observations. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Demonstrate how to reread your own writing to look for and include end punctuation. Invite students to read and think alongside you as you demonstrate on the next sentence.
– Active Engagement: Set students up to fix their stories’ punctuation, working in partnerships. Then share out some examples.
– Link: Encourage students’ partnership work before sending them off to continue editing on their own.
Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.

Day 4:
Morning Meeting
Morning Message: Today is Thursday, September 25, 2014.
In science, we will learn that weather can be observed, measured, predicted, and compared.
Today’s Inquiry Question: How do people measure the weather?
Share your thinking with a classmate.

Phonemic Awareness

Reading Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Three: Partners Can Talk about Books to Grow Ideas
“Today I want to teach you that reading partners try to invent new things to do together with our books. We can find new ways to talk about books, to collect our thinking, or to figure out tricky parts. Partners can also use the reading charts we have created together. In other words, just like grown-up readers, we can decide what we will do when we get together to talk about our books. Readers prepare and plan for partner reading time.”

Shared Reading: “Happy All Around” by Sara Holbrook

Happy settles,
An orange campfire in my chest,
peaceful.
Not a scattering wildfire
quickly covering the ground.
A slow glow,
my inner circle,
warm,
attracting others all around.

Independent Reading

Phonemic Awareness

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 7: Working Hard; Setting Goals and Making Plans for Writing Time
Mini Lesson: Working Hard
– Connection: Introduce a quote by Jane Yolen—or another quote that emphasizes the importance of setting and working toward goals. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Introduce the Narrative Writing Checklist for the second and third grade, and give each child a copy. Demonstrate how to compare your own writing against the checklist, setting goals for the unit.
– Active Engagement: Set students up to compare their writing against the checklist, working in partnerships to set new goals. Invite a couple of students to share their goals and reasons for choosing these.
– Link: Send students off to write, emphasizing their individual goal pursuits.

Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.
Confer with small groups of students during writing to provide feedback.

Day 5:
Morning Meeting
Morning Message: Today is Friday, September 26, 2014. For reading, we are going to discuss how partners can find new ways to talk about books.
Today’s Inquiry Question: How can a reading partner help figure out how to read a tricky part in a story? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Phonemic Awareness Assessment

Spelling Test

Word Study
Spelling Words for next week:
very, after, things, our, just, girl, dirt, shirt, third, thirst, birth, system, produce, consume, life, cycle
Teacher display the 16 Fry words, pointing out patterns and strategies from Fountas and Pinnell such as read, copy, cover, write, and check.

Independent Reading

REACH B.O.Y. Assessment

Students continue to write/revise their Small Moment narratives.
Confer with small groups of students during writing to provide feedback.

Math
Lesson 1-12 Exploring Base-10 Blocks, Area, and Dominoes (Day 2)
Students count by 100s and 10s to find the value of base-10 “building,” use shapes to cover rectangles, and sort dominoes according to the number of dots.
Goal: Read, write, and model with manipulatives whole numbers up
to 10,000; identify places in such numbers and the values of the digits in those places; read and write money amounts in dollars-and-cents notation.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
2. Focus
– Math Message
– Discussing Procedures and Expectations for Explorations (Whole Class “I do”)
– Exploration C: Sorting Dominoes (Partner “You do”)
3. Practice
– Playing the Number-Line Squeeze (Partner “You do”)
– Math Boxes 1-12 (Independent “You do”)

Unit 1 Progress Check Lesson 1-13
– Teachers model how to self-assess using the Self-Assessment p. 5
– Students complete the Self-Assessment
– Students complete the unit Assessment to demonstrate their progress on the Common Core State Standards covered in this unit: counting coins, placing numbers on a number line, skip counting, relational signs (>, <, =), Finding Equivalent names for numbers, determining odd and even numbers
– Unit 1 Challenge (Optional)
– Students problem solve using calculators (keys 2 and 5 are considered broken); using coins to purchase school items; and using the fewest coins to identify a given amount

Open Response Assessment
– Teachers introduce the problem by distributing the assessment master p. 10, giving the directions and setting expectations for successfully completing the problem.
– Students complete the open response
– Students share their strategies with the class
– Students edit their Open Response Assessment
– Students complete Math Boxes 1-13

Lesson 2–1 Grouping by 10s
Vocabulary: total, trade
Students explore place –value concepts as the play The Exchange Game with money and practice grouping by 10s using $1, $10, and $100 bills
Goal: Read, write, and model with manipulatives whole numbers up
to 10,000; identify places in such numbers and the values of the digits in those places; read and write money amounts in dollars-and-cents notation.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
Level 1 Count up and back by 10s from a multiple of 10
Level 2 Count up to 50 by 10s. Stop. Continue to count by 5s.
Level 3 Count up by 10s from 100. Stop. Continue to count by 5s.
– Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message
Students cut out the play money
Students count the money.
Students put the money in a Zip Lock bag and label it with the amount on a post-it
Students label their bags with their toolkit numbers.
– Making Exchanges
– Introducing Making Exchanges (Whole Class “I do”)
– Making Exchanges with bills
– Counting play money to find a total
3. Practice
– Playing the Exchange Game Math Master p. G14 (Whole Class “We do”, Partner “You do”)
– Math Boxes 2- 1 Journal 1, p. 18 (Independent “You do”)
Assessment Check-in: Journal 1, p. 17 (Whole Class “I do”)

Lesson 2–2 Addition Number Stories
Vocabulary: addition number story, unit box, label, number model
Students write and solve addition number stories.
Goal: Demonstrate automaticity with all addition facts through 10 + 10 and fluency with the related subtraction facts.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
Children solve addition facts using Quick Look Cards
Level 1 Quick Card 102
Level 2 Quick Card 78
Level 3 Quick Card 82
– Daily Routines
2. Focus
– Math Message
Students solve an addition number story.
There are 5 children skating.
There are 8 children playing ball.
How many children are there in all?
– Representing Number Stories
Students are introduced to unit boxes and number models. (Whole Class “I do”)
– Creating and Solving addition Number Stories
Students create number stories and represent them with unit boxes and number models. Journal 1 p. 19. (Whole Class “We do”, Partner “You do”)
– Writing Number Stories
Students write and solve number stories about a picture Journal 1 p. 19. (Whole Class “We do”, Partner “You do”)
3. Practice
– Completing Number-Grid Puzzles
Students fill in missing numbers on number-grid puzzles. Journal 1, p. 20 (Whole Class “We do”, Partner “You do”)
– Math Boxes 2 – 2
Students practice and maintain skills. Journal 1, p. 21 and inside back cover (Independent “You do”)
– Assessment Check-In: Journal 1 p. 19 (Whole Class “I do”)

Science
Science Observation Logs
Air and Water Fountain
Assessment Opportunity
Inquiry Question:
How can I use air to push water around a system?
– Students write the answer to the inquiry question using charted vocabulary and scientific terminology.

Investigation 1 part 6:
Rockets
Inquiry Question:
How can I use compressed air to propel a balloon rocket?
Students and teachers set up a balloon rocket system and find out how far the air in the balloon will propel the system along a flight line.
– Air can be compressed.
– The pressure from compressed air can move things.
– Students write the answer to the inquiry question using charted vocabulary and scientific terminology.
Science Observation Logs
Rockets (Day 2)
Inquiry Question:
How can I use compressed air to propel a balloon rocket?
– Students write the answer to the inquiry question using charted vocabulary and scientific terminology.

FOSS: Investigation 2 part 1
Weather Calendar
Inquiry Question:
How can we keep a record of daily weather condition?
The class shares what they think they know about weather and how it relates to air. A class meteorologist begins recording daily weather observation on a class calendar. Symbols are used to indicate five basic types of weather.
Science Content:
– Weather describes conditions in the air outside.
– Meteorologists are scientists who study the weather.
– Scientific journals record what is observable.
– Discuss how weather affects farming.

Social Studies
Interactive Read Aloud:
Read and discuss with students Enemy Pie by Eric Munson
– During this time, break and have students turn knee-to-knee to share their impressions of the characters.
– Teachers chart strategies utilized in the story to stop bullying. Students are encouraged to add strategies to the chart. The chart will serve as a model for how to behave appropriately.

Review for Quiz about Anti-bullying:
– Small groups of students discuss and complete questions from the study guide.

Unit 1 Living in a Community
Introduce the unit
Objectives:
– Use a visual to predict content.
– Interpret a quotation.
– Use a comparison chart to prepare for the unit.
Prior Knowledge: Using a word web, teachers lead the class in brainstorming a list of details to describe the community and its people.
Visual Learning: Students examine the image showing people at the entrance of their neighborhood. Have them predict what they might learn about communities in this unit.
Interpret Quotation: “I am a part of all that I have met.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Compare and Contrast: Discuss and chart how communities are alike and different.

Preview the Vocabulary
Objectives:
– Use visuals to determine word meanings.
– Use words and visuals to predict the content of the unit.
Link Picture and Words: Ask students to look at the pictures that illustrate community, citizen, role, cooperate, country, and map. Have them tell what they see. How are community maps and country maps different? When would you use each?

Some Things Go Together
Objectives:
– Obtain information about a topic using a variety of visual sources such as literature.
– Describe how things can be grouped.
– Recognize that people live, work, and play together.
Read and Respond: “Some Things Go Together” by Charlotte Zolotow
Question to think about: How do friends go together?

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

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Week of September 14

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We extend our sincere gratitude to those who participated in the Back-to-School night. Your insight and inquiries about the education of your child are valuable to us as we continue to plan and implement the second grade curriculum.

Please return the emergency form, dental form, lunch form, walking permission, media consent form, and the student directory opt-out form immediately. They are long overdue!

Balanced Literacy
Independent Reading (30-35) minutes at the beginning of each day). Differentiated instruction is provided at this time as well as throughout the lessons.
Differentiated Instruction:
– Guided writing: teachers circulate the room to assist students.
– Writing conferences
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
– Teachers administer the TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension)
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
Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop based on A Curriculum Plan for The Reading Workshop and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project
Word Study
Phonemic Awareness: The Skills That They Need To Help Them Succeed! by Michael Heggerty, Ed.D.
Week 2 (Different words will be given each day.)

Day 1:
Morning Meeting
Morning message: Today is Monday, September 15, 2014. We will continue to discuss strategies for preventing bullying.
Inquiry Question:
Why is it important to work together to prevent bullying? Discuss what you think with a classmate.

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 2: Capturing Story Ideas (Tiny Topics Notepads)
In this session, teach students that writers capture everyday moments and save them as possible story ideas to write later.
Interactive Read Aloud: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Channel students to notice and name important parts of the mentor text during the read-aloud.
Mini Lesson: Capturing Story Ideas
– Connection: Convene students. Remind students to watch for little things that could become stories and to record these in their Tiny Topics notepads. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Demonstrate getting an idea for a story from a tiny event and jotting it down to develop later.
– Active Engagement: Ask students to think back over their day to find a small moment that could become a story, then jot it down to write about later. Share the writing a few students did to help generate even more ideas.
– Link: Convey that jotting down small moment story ideas is a habit that will serve students for a lifetime of writing. Remind students of strategies they know to get an idea, and ask them to use those or other ideas to get started writing.
Students jot their ideas for their stories on Topics notepads. They discuss their ideas with a partner in preparation for the Small Moment narratives.

Day 2:
Morning Meeting
Morning message: Today is Tuesday, September 16, 2014. In science, we will use syringes to investigate air.
Inquiry Question:
What happens when I push air into a smaller space? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Close Reading:
“Clouds”
-Teachers explain what and why we close read.
What is close reading? We will be close reading each week this year. Close reading is about figuring out what a text says. If someone is reading a story, he/she should be able to retell the plot. If someone is reading a science text, he/she should be able to answer questions about the key ideas and details of the text. Why should we close read? Close reading helps us become stronger readers and greatly increases what we know.
– Teachers read the inquiry questions from the Smart Board: What are clouds? How do clouds help us? What strategies can you use to learn the four main types of clouds?
– Teachers model reading the article “Clouds” as it is projected on the Smart Board.
– Teachers explain the second reading process.
We will read the selected text more than one time.
During the second reading we will read with a pencil. As we read, we will annotate or mark some words in the passage or text.

Independent Reading

Word Study

Writing Workshop:
Conferring and Small-group Work: Supporting Elaboration Before and After Students Write

Share: Remind students of how to gather efficiently for the share portion of the workshop, and praise their independence. Remind students of a strategy they can use when they are stuck. In this case, remind them they can look at and listen to the world around them for writing ideas.

Teacher models a Small Moment Narrative through a think aloud and a shared writing.

Day 3:
Morning Meeting
Morning message: Today is Wednesday, September 17, 2014. We will learn how to stretch out our small moments into stories.
Inquiry Question:
How can you grow an idea and make it interesting? Share what you think with a partner.

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part One: Helping Children Make Decisions Based on Habits, Volume, and Stamina
“Today I want to teach you that readers sometimes step back to think about ways to make our reading lives even better. We can get ideas by sharing them with one another and by talking to grown-ups, too, about what they do to take care of their reading lives. Today I want to teach you that you can make a New Year’s resolution for yourself as a reader, even though it is not New Year’s Day.”
Tip: “Sometimes when we make a New Year’s resolution, we come up with a little temporary way to remind ourselves of our plans. For example if we want to eat less candy, we write down all the candy we eat, just to make ourselves think about it. If we want to find more times in the day to read, we might make ourselves a book bag and start carrying it with us all the time, and we might keep a Post-it in the back of a book where we record the time when we are reading, and the day. That way we can push ourselves to read at least four times a day and stuff like that.”

Independent Reading

Word Study

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 3: Stretching Out Small Moments
Interactive read aloud: The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson
Channel students to notice and name important parts of the mentor text during the read-aloud.
Mini Lesson: Stretching Out Small Moments
– Connection: Match students with long-term writing partners. Tell about one student who used his/her notepad to record a tiny detail. Remind students that writers not only write but also live with details. Name the teaching point.
– Teaching: Tell students that tiny topics need to grow in their minds before they are written.
– Active Engagement: Ask the class to take an idea from their notepads and grow it into a story, telling the story to a partner.
– Link: Remind students how Jane Yolen and Angela Johnson might have gotten the idea for her story, emphasizing that they do the same—they can find and record small moments.

Students begin writing their Small Moment narratives.

Day 4:
Morning Meeting
Morning message: Today is Thursday, September 18, 2014. In math, we will explore base-10 blocks, area, and dominoes.
Inquiry Question:
How do base-10 blocks help you understand place value? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part Two: Reading Is Thinking – Before, During, and After
“Readers, now that you are in second grade and ready to do grown-up things, I want to teach you that as grown-up readers, we can read with our minds on fire. When grown-ups read books, we are always thinking. Grown-up readers think before we start reading, then more while we’re reading, and then some more when we’re done reading. Today I want to teach you that to start a book, you can begin thinking all these huge thoughts from the second that the you pick the book up.”
“I want to teach you that readers set ourselves up to read just like we set ourselves up to play a game. We start noticing things, and thinking about what the game might be about before we even start playing it. We do the same things with our books. We look at the front cover, the back cover, and we take a look inside the book. We then imagine some ways the book might go.”
Tip: “Readers also know that there are different kinds of books, just like there are different types of games. Just like we try to figure out how each game works and what we need to do to play it, we try to figure out how each book works and what strategies we’ll need to use to read this type of book. Readers get ourselves ready to read by asking ‘What kind of book is this? What do I have to do when I read books that go like this?’ ”

Independent Reading

Word Study

Writing Workshop: Based on Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 4: Writing with Details
Mini Lesson: Writing with Details
– Connection: Introduce the concrete object students will study closely—seashell, flowers, or something else with details—and then give one to each set of partners. Set students up to make close observations of their objects, zooming in on the details with the help of a magnifying glass. Share some students’ observations, pointing out the kinds of details they noticed. Name the teaching point.
-Teaching: Study one page of the mentor text, noticing how the author zooms in on a small moment to write with detail. Demonstrate how to write like the mentor author, zooming in on your own small Moment story and stretching it out with lots of details.
– Active Engagement: Challenge writers to zoom in on a small moment in their own stories, writing with details. Offer suggestions as they work.
– Link: Send students off to write, and encourage them to add detail to their stories. Tuck in reminders of how to add on to their writing, and demonstrate one way.

Students continue to write their Small Moment narratives.

Day 5:
Morning message: Today is Friday, September 19, 2014. We will learn how to craft powerful ending to our stories.
Inquiry question:
Why is it important to end a story in a powerful way? Share your thinking with a classmate.

Parent Read Aloud

Students take the spelling test.

Shared Reading:
“Cooperation” by Sara Holbrook p. 24

Cooperation’s hard
and its work
to make caring last.
Sometimes,
forgiveness is tough to chew
and understanding melts too fast.

I could always order my way,
that’s easy.
I could protect
me first and only.
I could never compromise.
But stubborn gets,
well,
lonely.

Independent Reading

Word Study
Spelling Words for next week:
live, me, back, give, most, saw, law, raw, jar, straw, draw, country, ocean, title, motion, change
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.

Writing Workshop:
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 5: Letter to Teachers; Revising with the Masters; Crafting Powerful Endings
Mini Lesson: Revising with the Masters
Reread the beginnings of the two whole-class mentor texts. Discuss the setting and explain how it transports the readers to a place and sets the stage for what’s to come. Have students work in pairs to compare the ending of the stories. Then as a whole class create a chart about what makes for a “good ending”. When sending students off to write, remind them of the many things they’ve learned from the masters to make writing more powerful.
Students continue to write their Small Moment narratives.

Math
Lesson 1-9 Even and Odd Number Patterns
Students explore even and odd numbers using concrete and visual models.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
2. Focus
– Math Message
– Introducing Even and Odd Numbers (Whole Class “I do”)
– Identifying Even and Odd Numbers (Whole Class “We do”, Partner “You do”)
3. Practice
– Math Boxes 1-9 (Independent “You do”)

Lesson 1-10 Skip-Counting Patterns
Students skip count o calculators and number grids and look for place-value patterns in their counts.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
2. Focus
– Math Message
– Counting Orally (Whole Class “I do”)
– Skip Counting with a Calculator (Whole Class “We do”)
– Finding Patterns on a Number Grid (Partner “You do”)
3 Practice
– Solving Broken-Calculator Problems (Independent “You do”)
– Math Boxes 1-10: Preview for Unit 2 (Partner “You do”)

Lesson 1-11 Comparing Numbers and Home Links
Students discuss the meaning of the , and = symbols and use the symbols to record comparisons of numbers, money amounts, and addition and subtraction expressions.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
2. Focus
– Math Message
– Comparing Penny Amount (Whole Class “I do”)
– Reviewing Relation Symbols: Is Less Than (), and Is Equal To (=) (Whole Class “We do”)
– Finding Patterns on a Number Grid (Partner “You do”)
3 Practice
– Playing the Number Grid-Game (Partner “You do”)
– Math Boxes 1-11: Preview for Unit 2 (Independent “You do”)

Lesson 1-12 Exploring Base-10 Blocks, Area, and Dominoes (2 Days)
Students count by 100s and 10s to find the value of base-10 “building,” use shapes to cover rectangles, and sort dominoes according to the number of dots.
1. Warm Up
– Mental Math and Fluency
2. Focus
– Math Message
– Discussing Procedures and Expectations for Explorations (Whole Class “I do”)
– Exploration A: Base-10 “Buildings” (Partner “You do”)
– Exploration B: Covering Rectangles with Shapes (Partner “You do”)
3. Practice
– Math Boxes 1-12 (Independent “You do”)

Science
Investigation 1 part 4:
Pushing on Air
Inquiry Question:
What happens when I push air into a smaller space?
Students use syringes to investigate air. They discover that air can
be compressed and that air under pressure can push objects around.
Science Content:
– Air is matter and takes up space.
– Air can be compressed.
– The pressure from compressed air can move things.
Assessment Opportunities
(Student Journal): Students indicate how air can be compressed and how air
pressure can be used to move things.
Review for the quiz by discussing the charted notes about air concepts and by re-demonstrating previous explorations.
Go over the science study guide with students to clarify any misconceptions.
Science Quiz 1: Air
Students continue to write observations in their science journals.

Social Studies
Interactive Read Aloud: Read and discuss with students A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook and
Enemy Pie by Eric Munson
– During this time, break and have students turn knee-to-knee to share their impressions of the characters.
– Teachers chart strategies utilized in the story to stop bullying. Students are encouraged to add strategies to the chart. The chart will serve as a model for how to behave appropriately.

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

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Week of September 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you so much for all your support to make the first week of school an awesome one!

It is of utmost importance that you return the signed code of conduct, emergency contacts, walking permission, media consent and lunch forms promptly. For parents who haven’t done so, please return these forms as quickly as possible. The forms are posted in the above category labeled “Forms”. Please click on the appropriate one, print, and fill and sign.

Please make sure your child is doing his/her homework each night and returning it the next morning to the classroom. Homework is 10 percent of the grade, and it is an important learning experience of second grade. The graded homework provides us with valuable insight to inform instructional planning and implementation.

Each night your child is required to read any book for 30 minutes under your guidance. Please assist your child logging his/her reading information on the Second Grade Reading List. The list will be due the following Monday and each week thereafter. Math worksheets are assigned each night, except the night after a math Unit Progress Check. Students are also required to write a minimum of one half-page to a page journal entry in their composition books nightly during the weekdays. Until the agenda books arrive, students have been writing homework assignments in their composition books. You can always check your child’s homework assignments on the blog.

Back to School Night is Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 pm. We look forward to seeing you.

This is the schedule for the school year. We will inform you if there are any changes. Students’ ancillary classes will take place as follows:
Room 103
World Language: Monday through Friday (2:45 – 3:15)
Physical Education: Monday and Wednesday (12:50 – 1:35)
Art: Tuesday (12:50 – 1:35)
Library: Friday (12:50 – 1:35)
Lunch and recess: Daily (11:55 – 12:40)
Room 106
World Language: Monday through Friday (2:45 – 3:15)
Physical Education: Tuesday and Thursday (12:50 – 1:35)
Art: Friday (12:50 – 1:35)
Library: Monday (12:50 – 1:35)
Lunch and recess: Daily (11:55 – 12:40)

Balanced Literacy
Independent Reading (30-35 minutes at the beginning of each day). Differentiated instruction is provided at this time as well as throughout the lessons.
Differentiated Instruction:
– Word Study: Phonemic Awareness The Skills That They Need To Help Them Succeed! By Michael Heggerty, Ed.D.
Week 1, p. 1 (Different words will be given each day.)
Letter Naming: “The letter is___”; “Sound is___”
Rhyming: Teacher reads word pairs. Students do “Thumbs Up” if the words rhyme, or “Thumbs Down” if they do not rhyme.
Blending: Teacher says two words with a pause between them. Students repeat the words with a pause, and then say the compound word.
– Guided writing: teachers circulate the room to assist students.
– Writing conferences
– Working in pairs
– Allowing extended time
– Using graphic organizers
– Drawing pictures to support writing
– Teachers administer the TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension)
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
Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop based on A Curriculum Plan for The Reading Workshop and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project

Day1:
Morning meeting:
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Stand and Reach Up High” To the tune of “Frere Jacques” from Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser, p. 24
– Sharing: Students share how they celebrated Labor Day.
– Group Activity: Bluebird, Bluebird p. 136
Morning message: Today is Monday, September 8, 2014. We will write and solve addition and subtraction facts, and identify the addition symbol in math.
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.

Interactive Read Aloud: Jessica by Kevin Henkes

Writing/Editing
– Teachers model on chart paper how to edit (capitals, periods, and fixing spelling).
– Teachers provide a passage on Smart Board. We all work together to edit the passage.
– Students work in pairs to read, discuss and assist each to edit their writing.
– Students begin to edit their papers independently.

Day 2:
Morning meeting:
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Stand and Reach Up High” To the tune of “Frere Jacques” from Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser, p. 24
– Sharing: Students share how they celebrated Labor Day.
– Group Activity: Bluebird, Bluebird p. 136
Morning message:
Ni hao (nee hah-o),
Today is Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Today we continue to investigate how air interacts with objects.
Question to think about: Who is your best friend and why?
Introduce:
– Classroom helpers

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part One: Helping Children Make Decisions Based on Habits, Volume, and Stamina
Interactive Read Aloud: Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
– Read and analyze characters to guide students to identify the theme or (“big idea”), which is friendship.
– Using a word web to guide students to chart supporting details for the theme.
“Today I want to teach you that grown-up readers (like you guys, now that you are second graders) make decisions about how our reading lives will go. When we were littler, sometimes we had people who told us, sit here, read this, start by doing this, then do that, Post-it this, and so forth. But this is a more grown-up year, and this year (and for the rest of your life) it will be important for readers to make decisions about how you want your reading life to go.”
Example: “You’ll decide for example, whether a book is just right for you, how you’ll get ready to read a book, whether you are going to write your ideas on a Post-it or not. . . .”
Link: “Today, then, as we start this new year and this new unit, you are not just going to read today, you are going to show what you do when you get the chance to be the boss of your own reading. And I’ll be watching those decisions, and learning so much about you, and about what you think makes for the most amazing reading life in the world.”

Independent Reading

Writing Workshop:
Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Mini-Lesson 1: Introduce writer’s workshop
– Discuss what an author is, discuss what writer’s workshop is
– Discuss rules of WWS and post in classroom:
Speak at a level 1 voice
Use quiet feet when walking
Conference only during assigned time.
Work really hard and use your time wisely!
Put everything away properly
Word Study: Word Walls (Whole-group instruction)
– Introduce the word walls. Explain to students that word walls are collections of words that support the development of students’ independent and strategic reading and writing. Word walls are a helpful visual record of their learning that can also serve as a quick reference when they get “stuck” on a word while reading or writing. When used effectively, word walls can be the core of a systematic phonics and spelling program.
– Students continue to edit their writing from last week.

Day 3:
Morning meeting:
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Stand and Reach Up High” To the tune of “Frere Jacques” from Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser, p. 24
– Sharing: Students share how they celebrated Labor Day.
– Group Activity: Bluebird, Bluebird p. 136
Morning message:
Bonjour (bon-zhoor),
Today is Wednesday, September 10, 2014. We will continue to discuss what the writing workshop looks like and sounds like.

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part One: Helping Children Make Decisions Based on Habits, Volume, and Stamina
Interactive Read Aloud: Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes
“Today I want to teach you that readers try on books like one might try on a shirt, checking to see if this book fits, if it is just right. We use the five-finger rule [more than four words they can’t read on a page of a second grader’s book with a hundred words would definitely mean the reader is not reading with 96% accuracy], but we also know that a book should be a smooth read, that when reading aloud we should read like we are talking smoothly.”

Independent Reading

Writing Workshop:
Mini Lesson: How writing workshop looks and sounds.
Teachers and students make the following chart together as a class and keep it posted.
– Looks like:
Writers are all at different parts of the writing process.
Some writers work at their desks.
Teachers conduct conferences with students.
Some students publish their best work.
Some writers conduct conferences in the peer corners.
Some writers illustrate their published pieces.
Some writers look for a new idea to write about.
– Sounds like:
Students write silently.
Teachers and students use quiet voices during conferences.
Students use soft feet to move from place to place.

- Students continue to edit or publish their writing from last week.

Day 4:
Morning meeting:
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Stand and Reach Up High” To the tune of “Frere Jacques” from Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser, p. 24
– Sharing: Students share their journal writing assignments.
– Group Activity: Bluebird, Bluebird p. 136
Morning message:
Ohayo (oh-hi-oh),
Today is Thursday, September 11, 2014. In science, we will write to explain how air resistance affects the way things move.

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part One: Helping Children Make Decisions Based on Habits, Volume, and Stamina
“Today I want to teach you that readers use bookmarks to keep our places so that when we resume reading in a book, we know where we left off.”
Tip: “Some grown-up readers take a second when they return to a book to glance back over what they have already read and think,’ What has happened so far in this book?’ and ask, ‘Who is the main character? What does he or she want? What’s happening to the main character?’ ”
“If you are reading nonfiction, you can name the who or the what (the subject of the book) and can picture what is happening or name what the part or topic is mostly talking about.”

Independent Reading

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 1: Discovering Small Moments That Matter
In this session, teach student that one way they can learn to write meaningful, beautiful stories is to study the craft of mentor authors.
Interactive Read Aloud: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Mini Lesson:
– Connection: Remind students of the materials and routines of writing workshop and give them a chance to practice gathering. Create a drumroll around the unit and remind students of all they learned about writing stories last year.
-Teaching: Introduce students to the master writers they will be studying, and read the beginning of a book by each one, pointing out how each story topic matters to its writer. Brainstorm with students possible ways that Jane Yolen and Angela Johnson—and any author—might come up with a Small Moment story that matters. Tell students that Jane Yolen and Angela Johnson probably use a notepad to record the little details that later become stories.
– Active Engagement: Share the tiny notepad ideas with students. Then ask them to think of a Small Moment story idea and to tell that topic to the person sitting next to them. Suggest that they try to name why this moment matters. Ask writers to get started by telling the beginning of one story to their partner.
– Link: Remind students that master writers can influence them. Direct them to begin writing and, as they work, name aloud the ways they do so efficiently.
Students begin writing one of the many Small Moment narratives for this unit.

Day 5:
Morning meeting:
– Review meeting rules with students.
– Greeting: “Stand and Reach Up High” To the tune of “Frere Jacques” from Morning Meeting Ideas by Susan Lattanzi Roser, p. 24
– Sharing: Students share their journal writing assignments.
– Group Activity:
Bluebird, Bluebird p. 136
Morning message:
Buenos dias (bway-nos dee-ahs),
Today is Friday, September 12, 2014. We will review strategies used for solving addition and subtraction problems.
Interactive Active Read Aloud: A poem entitled “Squeezes” by Brian Patten

Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop:
Unit One
Taking Charge of Reading
Part One: Helping Children Make Decisions Based on Habits, Volume, and Stamina
“Today I want to remind you that just as you have goals that help you write a story well, you also have goals that help you make a reading life for yourself. And one goal that almost all readers have is this: we want to push ourselves to read more. One way to push ourselves to read more is to invent a system for keeping track of how much we have read, so we can then look back and say, ‘Am I reading more?’ ”

Independent Reading

Word Study
Spelling Words for next week:
little, work, know, place, years, rain, mail, wait, paint, chant, paid, history, goods, services, pitch, volume
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.

Writing Workshop
Unit 1 Narrative, Bend 1: “Studying the Masters for Inspiration and Ideas”
Session 1: Discovering Small Moments That Matter
In this session, teach student that one way they can learn to write meaningful, beautiful stories is to study the craft of mentor authors.
Interactive Read Aloud: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
– Students continue to write their Small Moment narratives.

Conferring and Small-Group Work: Cultivating Independent Writers
– While students write, teacher holds small group and one-on-one conferences with students.

Share: Organizing Ongoing and Finished Writing Projects:
– Introduce writing folders to the class, explaining that one pocket is for writing that is finished and one is for writing that is ongoing. Share writing from the workshop that reflects last year’s teaching and elicit students’ responses. Encourage students to draw on last year’s instruction as they write.

Math
– Math routines
– Math Talk
Show students a two ten frames with a different combinations each day. Ask “How many dots total? How do you know?”
Chart students’ responses on board.

1.4 Partner Study Routines
Objectives: To provide practice with addition facts, and to establish partnership principles
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Discussing Partnership Principles (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Exploring the Everything Math Deck (Partner Activity)
– Demonstrating and Playing Addition Top-It (Partner Activity)
– Enrichment: Playing Coin Top-It (Partner Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 5.

1.5 Grouping by Tens-$1, $10, $100
Objectives: To provide review for grouping by tens, and to provide practice exchanging 1, 10, and 100 dollar bills
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Counting Money (Independent Activity) Differentiated Instruction: Teacher guides a small group of students using paper money to find the values of bill combinations.
– Playing the Money Exchange Game with $100 Bills (Partner Activity)
– Differentiated Instruction Enrichment: Playing the Money Exchange Game with $1,000 Bank Drafts (in assigned pairs)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 6.

1. 6 Math Boxes
Objectives: To introduce My Reference Book, and to introduce the Math Boxes routine
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Introducing Math Boxes (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Completing a Math Boxes Page (Differentiated Instruction:
Students work in assigned pairs)
– Playing Penny Cup (Partner Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 7.

1.7 Working in Small Groups
Objectives: To establish rules for working in small groups, and to review number patterns and sequences
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Exploring Counting Patterns on the Class Number Grid Poster (Whole-Class Activity)
– Establishing Rules for Small-Group Work (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Making a Class Number Scroll from 1 to 1,000 (Small-Group Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 8.
Differentiated Instruction:
Students who finish early will play Addition Top-It.

1.8 Number Grids
Objectives: To guide students as they explore place-value patterns on number grids
– Mental Math and Reflexes/Math Message
– Math Message Follow-Up (Whole-Class Activity)
– Finding Patterns on a Number Grid (Whole-Class Discussion)
– Completing Number-Grid Puzzles (Independent Activity Differentiated Instruction: Students work in pairs under teacher’s guidance.)
– Enrichment: Going on a Number-Grid Hunt (Independent Activity)
– Students complete Math Journal 1, p. 9, 10.

Science
Establish rules and expectations for science explorations (daily).
Interactive read aloud: Air and Weather by F.O.S.S. (Delta Education)
Explain to students the steps required to write a lab observation.
Teachers and students collaborate in a shared writing.
Investigation 1 part 1: Air Is There
How does air interact with objects?
– Students write to explain their exploration.
Investigation 1 part 3:
Parachutes
Inquiry Question:
How does air affect how a parachute floats to the ground?
Students construct and observe parachutes dropping through the air. They
think about how air slows the descent of the parachute.
Air resistance affects how things move.
Science Content:
– Air is all around objects.
Assessment Opportunities
Lab Observation:
Students write to explain how air affects the parachute’s descent. Students answer the inquiry question. They must incorporate the key vocabulary in the writing.

Social Studies
– Teachers review the “Welcome to Second Grade” posters. In addition, models are provided to scaffold writing.
– Students collaborate in pairs to complete their “Welcome to Second Grade”.
– Students share their completed posters.
Interactive Read Aloud: Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook. (pp. 1-27)
– Chart students’ ideas of what is considered bullying.
– Read and discuss the book with students. During this time, break and have students turn knee-to-knee to share their impressions of the characters.
– Students predict and write how the bully B.E.A.N.S. will be utilized to stop the bullying.
– Teachers chart strategies utilized in the story to stop bullying. Students are encouraged to add strategies to the chart. The chart will serve as a model for how to behave appropriately.

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

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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.

In the future, this weekly update and other information will be posted online on our blog at: murraysecondgrade.wordpress.com. Please check our blog weekly for lesson plans, schedules and announcements. If you wish to be notified of blog updates, in the upper right corner of the blog page, please click on the box under the Email Subscription heading.

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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