Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week at a glance

Below are some announcements and reminders for the upcoming week.

Monday
January 30
Day 6
Thank you for your book orders! The order has been placed and the books should arrive in the next 10 days.

P.E., Music
*Country Report and IXL Math Homework
Tuesday
January 24
Day 1

C.A.R.E. lesson, Art, ½ Spanish
*Math and Country Report Homework
Wednesday
January 25
Day 2
Wear C.A.R.E. t-shirts (non-uniform)
 Music, P.E.
*Country Report Homework
Thursday
January 26
Day 3

P.E., ½ Spanish
*Math and Country Report Homework
Friday
January 27
Day 4

Spanish, Music




















This Week’s Learning Focus:

Reading: We are continuing to learn more about researching skills while learning about different countries. The students are also busy synthesizing and organizing information to present in their accordion books. They are enjoying the creativity of creating the books.

Writing: This week, we are reflecting on our work, setting new goals as scientific writers, and will be conducting new experiments in class. We are learning that the experiments are fun to conduct, but going back to revise our work takes more determination and a growth mindset. Revision can be a challenging skill, but the students are showing great effort. I am proud of them. We will continue to practice this throughout our writing unit.

Spelling: We will review spelling patterns and vowel teams. I will not be sending home a new sort. This should give the children more time to work on their country reports.

Science: In science, we are observing our bean plants and watching them grow. These bean plants were given to us by our visitor from the Arboretum. We also divided up into teams to try out our own bean experiments. Some teams planted Lima beans in milk cartons, some in clear baggies, some in a shoe box, some in clear cups, and some chose to plant other seeds. They came up with a big idea, a hypothesis, gathered materials, and are predicting results. It is amazing to see if beans can grow in water, or without air, or what they do with limited light source. Ask your child about their experiment and what they know about other experiments of their classmates. It is fun to see the excitement on the students faces each day when they come in to see if anything has changed!

Math:  In math this week, we are working on multiplication facts with 2s, 5s, and 10s. We are making things easier by seeing that those facts have a simple pattern to them. We can practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and make a connection to those multiplication fact combinations. We also are learning about multiplication tables and seeing patterns when using facts of 2s, 5s, and 10s. Finally, we are using dot paper (dot arrays, but the paper looks like the old paper dot sugar candy) which helps us to visualize multiplication combinations of 2s, 5s, and 10s. The stretch is like algebra....and that is if 2x5=10 then 2x5=2x4+2 or 2x5=2x6-2 etc. The = sign isn't always looking for an answer. Sometimes it just wants one side of the = to balance with the other, practicing that equal means is the same as!

Upcoming Reminders:
* “Math in Focus Boot Camp for Parents” on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm.

*Please send a shoe box to school with a rectangular slit cut in the top of it by Tuesday, February 7th.
* Colonial Acres visit on February 8th.
*Country Report boards are due on Monday, February 13th.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

DR. MICHAEL THOMPSON | SPEAKER SERIES FOR BRECK PARENTS

Tuesday, January 31


12:00-1:00 PM | Dr. Michael Thompson: Peter Clark Center for Teaching & Learning Speaker Series (Heritage Room, Anderson Ice Arena) Topic: The Nature of Boys. Box lunches will be served. To assist us in planning, RSVP ASAP.

7:00-9:00 PM | Dr. Michael Thompson: Peter Clark Center for Teaching & Learning Speaker Series (Cargill Theater) Topic: Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. This presentation is best suited for Lower and Middle School parents.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Missing Zarria

We miss our friend, Zarria! It's fun to think about how much we enjoyed meeting her family and hearing about her special events in Birmingham. We gave her a great send off and have our fingers crossed that she'll return next year.

Zoom in on plants

The Arboretum returned to share with the second grade even more about Botany. This lesson was called "Zoom In On Plants." The students enjoyed acquiring more detailed information about the purpose of roots, stems, flowers, and leaves. They had the opportunity to view parts of a plant under the microscope, sharing observations and asking questions. As in true science form, several questions were unanswered, so we are creating experiments to make some learning connections through our own discoveries. It is so fun to have our very own Grow Lab in the classroom. The students like to visit it each morning and make note of any changes in our individual plants and team experiments.





Monday, January 23, 2017

Bang, zoom, clink, ouch

Whether it's in Writer's Workshop or S.T.E.A.M., our second grade engineers are hard at work! They are busy setting up experiments, running numerous trials to test their hypothesis, asking that all important question, 'why,' writing lab reports, and learning how to use hammers and nails to create artwork. (We are still learning how to miss our thumbs while hammering a nail!) It is exciting to see their enthusiasm for science increase as it is integrated into different areas of study.  















Week at a Glance

Below are some announcements and reminders for the upcoming week.


Monday
January 23
Day 1

Chapel, C.A.R.E. lesson, Art, ½ Spanish
*IXL Math Homework
Tuesday
January 24
Day 2

Music, P.E.
*Google Hangout with Wendy Gediman (Antarctica)
*Math and Spelling Homework
Wednesday
January 25
Day 3

P.E., ½ Spanish
*Google Hangout with Rodrigo Scaramele (Brazil)
*Social Studies Country Report Homework
Thursday
January 26
Day 4

Spanish, Music
*Math and Spelling (glue sort) Homework
Friday
January 27
Day 5

STEAM, ½ Spanish, P.E.