Sept. 17th - 21st
Fall Catalog Sale Begins
School, Yom Kippur
| Six Day Rotation
||Day 1 P.E., .............Day 4 P.E.
Day 2 Library, .......Day 5 Library
Day 3 Art, ...............Day 6 Music
General Information, etc.
page is a way for parents to keep updated on those important messages
that your little ones should place into your hands, but often don't.
will begin sending homework out this next week.
be aware we have nut allergies in the class. Foods that
enter the classroom for snack need to be nut free. Please
make sure your child's snack is packed separately and your
child knows which item is for snack. This way we can prevent
nuts during snack. This would include any birthday treats.
and 2nd Grade Fall Curriculum Night is on September 24th,
6:00-7:30pm. Please join us!
Fridays I will be sending out extra credit homework. Your
child may complete the Scholastic News and earn fifty smiley
bucks! This is not required work. If you and your child want
to complete this work together or your child wants to work
with an older sibling, that is encouraged. All I ask is that
the work is not done for him/her and that is is something
that is done together. If your child would rather work on
the Scholastic News on his/her own, that is fine also.
will be using Spelling City for our spelling tests. It is an
online program. Occasionally the the sentences and words
stated on the web site, http://www.spellingcity.com/genngenn/
, are hard to hear or understand. I have no way of knowing if
the mistakes made during a test are due to inattention,
misspelling, or misunderstanding. However these issues only
occur occasionally. I find the advantages of using
spellingcity.com far outweigh the disadvantages of only being
able to take the test once on Friday. So I appreciate your
Sometimes students do better on the spelling test when they
write the words rather than type them. I can easily
accommodate this if your child needs to write the words. If
you are noticing a difference between the spelling grades
from last year or you think that it will help your child on
the spelling test, feel free to write me a note. If I
suspect your child may do better by writing the words, I may
ask them to give it a try myself.
Personal Narrative and Nonfiction
Our first unit in reading and writing will focus on fiction. We will
be learning about becoming more mature readers by looking at what the
author intends and working through more difficult words. In writing we
will be working on person narrative stories. personal narrative
stories are short, true stories the child writes about his/her own
Basic Number Sense and Geometry
first trimester we will study basic number sense and geometry.
In this unit we will be looking at basic addition and
subtraction and how we can pull numbers apart and represent them
in different ways. We will also be working with skip counting
(continued throughout the year) In geometry we focus on two
dimensional and three dimensional shapes. We will also focus on
identifying and dividing polygons to learn basic fractions.
Studies: Citizenship, Types of Communities, Basic Map
trimester we will study citizenship, types of communities
related to rural, urban and suburban. We will be looking at
maps and learning how maps are a flat representation of the
Earth. We will learn to identify the continents and oceans on
a map of the world as well as a little information about each.
Plants and Energy
First trimester we will study about plants and how energy
moves through living systems.
trimester begins Sept. 6th and will end Dec. 6th. Report
cards will be given out during the Parent/Teacher
Conference. We will set up dates for this on during the fall
Starting on Oct. 2nd, your child will be fined 50 smiley bucks
(part of the classroom economy) for each part of the homework
that is missing.
clarify the homework your child needs to be
doing each night, there are four basic
If your child forgets the spelling list, it can be accessed on http://www.spellingcity.com/genngenn/
- Read for 15
minutes and discuss what was read (Each day your child must
bring the take home book back to school if he/she checked
one out, even if he/she will be checking it out again.),
- Practice skip
counting, 5 minutes,
- Complete the
homework sheet (usually a math sheet both sides must be
completed if it is two sided),
- Study the
have snack each day in the afternoon. Please be aware of
nut allergies when planning snack. I would like students
to have fruits, vegetables, yogurt or cheese for snack.
If your child is celebrating a birthday, he/she may
bring in a special snack of his or her choice. It needs
to be something that can be served individually, such as
cupcakes, cookies etc. We will pass out the special
snack and sing happy birthday. Please do not send
birthday invitations into the classroom. I will send
home a class directory and you may use it to send out
One of the math units we cover late in the school year is money.
However I want children to begin working with coins and learning
about counting coins early. As part of our math work we have a
classroom economy. The children earn a paycheck and pay rent and
taxes! At the end of the month, we have an auction and the
children may bid on items in the auction. You can help your child
get an early start on identifying coins and counting them by
giving your child a small allowance. An allowance of under a
dollar will help your child learn to count change. If you already
give your child an allowance, try to make sure he/she works with
coins. The best learning occurs when children have the opportunity
to experience what they are learning. Although we work with
plastic coins in class, I find the students who have had the
opportunity to work with real money usually recognize pictures of
the coins quite easily and do very well on the money unit. (This
is particularly important since the coins have changed, and we now
have many more designs for coins in our currency.)
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