Last week we learned another aspect of Daily 5. We began “Work on Writing.” During “Work on Writing” students are writing independently around the room about what they choose to write about. We started off just writing in our reader’s response notebooks. The students were given an activity ring to keep in their book baskets. On the ring are 12 ways to respond to texts. We have learned 3 of them; story map, favorite part, and beginning, middle, end. We did an example for each activity together as a class two weeks ago. Last week they picked from the three activities and wrote about a book that they had read from their book baskets. Students wrote at their desks, but will eventually be allowed to sit anywhere in the room and will have a choice about what they are writing about. Each day we have been building stamina, and are already up to 20 minutes!!
Today we got to decorate our treasure books. We brought in stickers, pictures, and words to glue on our notebooks. These will be our writing notebooks. We will be putting all of our “treasured” stories in them. We are so excited to start using them. Here are some pictures of us decorating them. If you would like to see a picture of us with our finished products, click on Treasure Books, over on the left hand side, under pages.
This week we are working on Unit 3 in spelling. The skill for the week is the spelling patterns of “ou” and “ow”. Spelling homework is due back to school by Friday. Please help your child study for the test on Friday. Also, I found a website to practice the “ou” and “ow” spelling patterns. Just click on the picture below to go to the website. Once there, click on “ou and ow”.
This week’s spelling words are: will, each, about, how, up, your
Yesterday, we started doing our Book Treasure Books. Our first story was Owen, by Kevin Henkes. Your child should have brought home their brown envelope, a retelling sheet and a little yellow felt square. The yellow felt square is the Book Treasure. It is to help your child remember the story. They need to do a written retelling of the story on the sheet that they brought home. The retelling sheet and envelope are due back to school by Tuesday. The yellow felt square should be kept in their treasure boxes at home. If your child does not return the retelling sheet and envelope next week, they will not get the next book treasure. If your child would like to listen to the story again, just click the play button below. If you would like to see a picture of us with our treasure chests, just click on “treasure chest” over on the left hand side under “Pages”.
Congratulations to the following students for making it into the one minute club this week: Max, Emma, Chase, Kiley, Mackenzie, Giovanni, Lillyan and Lana. They got 100% on their Mad Minute in two minutes:
Congratulations to the following students for making it into the Super Star Club this week. They got 100% in less than a minute on their Mad Minutes: Chyenne, Elijah, Blake, and Peter
BOOK ORDERS: The September book orders are due by Monday, September 29th. Don’t forget, book orders are due on Monday. If you would like to order on-line, please use the information on the left side of this page under book club ordering. Every book ordered on-line earns us a free book for our classroom library. THANKS!!!!
SHIRTS: Second grade t-shirt order forms and money are due by Friday. We are hoping that everyone orders a t-shirt. We wear our t-shirts on field trips and for special days at school throughout the year.
FIELD TRIP: We will be going on our Walk Through Fraser field trip on October 9th. Permission slips and money, $6.00, is due by Monday, September 29th.
SUNNY D LABELS: Don’t forget that we are collecting Sunny D Labels. We have 3 so far. If you drink Sunny D, please save your labels and bring them to school. We are trying to collect 20, so that we can get 20 free books for our classroom. Don’t forget that I am giving out Eagle Bucks to everyone who brings them in. THANKS!!!
EARLY RELEASE DAY: Thursday will be an Early Release Day, dismissal will be at 1:30.
PARTY FUND: If you have not sent in your party fund money, please do so by this Friday. We have MANY fun and exciting things planned for our school year and we will not be able to do them without your donations to the party fund.
GYM: We have Gym class on Tuesday. Don’t forget to wear/bring your tennis shoes.