Tuesday, December 22, 2015

See you in 2016!

It was great to see your children's faces as I told them during our morning meeting that it would be next year when we had our next morning meeting. They couldn't believe it! Like a whole year will pass in this next week and a half! It was great and developed into a wonderful lesson. 

We've spent the last couple of weeks working on a special creative writing piece for you all. I hope that you enjoy your child's creativity, penmanship, organization, and in many, exploration with paragraphs, quotation marks, and great voice. The growth we have made in our writing is astounding in such a short time. Enjoy! 

In math we've begun collecting and organizing data. We are playing, "what's my rule" in order to think about common attributes as well as differences to help us eliminate possible rule choices. 

If instances provide themselves over this next week, please try to provide your child with opportunities to tell time, count money, and solve random addition and subtraction facts. They love to make a game of this one like a relay or being timed! 

We're also digging deep into text features to assist us with becoming part of the story as we read. We are practicing to stop and reflect on what we've read every few pages asking questions like, "Do I  know where the setting is?" "Who is the main character?" "What do I like most about said character?" "Is there a problem?" "Are the characters working on a solution?" "Can I retell the beginning, middle, and end?"

I will miss all of your sweet children this next week but hope that you all have time to enjoy one another and get some good laughs in on maybe at least one "lazy" day as my girls and I like to call it. 

Happy Holidays! I can't tell you enough how honored I am to be working with you and your child. I am truly blessed! 

Some critical thinking and team work before we indulged in afternoon gingerbread cookie creativity. 

Beware! Here come the gingerbread "men"! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Snapshots from today

Using base 10 blocks to help us work with numbers while problem solving

Our calendar helper this week. 

Having fun in the Author's Chair! We love listening to one another's stories. 

More authors!

Practicing how to construct stories with the assistance of an iPad (and Mrs. West) 

Giggling at our own fun with iPads. 

Check this out! 

Team work! 

Deep in learning and practice! 

Counting objects by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

Wait! Here comes Mrs. Ortiz so let's stop our work for a moment to pose! 

Peer editing. Making our writing better. 

We even used iPads this afternoon during Readers' workshop to publish today's writing piece

And to practice this weeks spelling words! 

Another great day in second grade! 
Just a reminder that tomorrow-Wednesday, December 9th is a half day of school. Dismissal is 12:30. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015


In the upcoming weeks, we will be engaged in a Gingerbread Literacy Unit where we look closely at different versions of The Gingerbread Man. We will be looking closely at different literary elements while enjoying fantastic versions of the popular tale. 

In the end, I'd like to have some fun by having all of us have the chance to decorate two of their very own gingerbread cookies. Thanks to Mr. Kaback, he will be providing us with the 45 gingerbread cookies. These will be about 5-6 inches tall to make them a blast to decorate. 

However, I am reaching out to ask if any one of you would be willing to donate: 

White frosting(4-5 containers)
String licorice- red and black if possible
Mini chocolate chips
Mini m & m's
Cinnamon candies
Or anything else that would be fun to use to decorate. 

Your help would be so appreciated. Please be sure to let myself or Russ (our room parent) know of any way you can help. He can be reached at rk@russellkaback.com

We plan on having our gingerbread fun the afternoon of Tuesday, December 22nd. 

Thank you!!

Beat the Calculator

Beat the Calculator is a game that we've been playing to show the importance of knowing math facts. The goal is for our brain to beat the calculator. 

Close to 20 is another game we practice that again helps us think about number sense and math facts. The goal is to get as close as 20 as you can. We only have five cards at one time to work with and we must think about which cards are most likely to take us the closest to 20. 

Everyday we are working toward number sense. As you've heard me say before, math fact practice -both addition and subtraction are very important. 

Currently, we are differentiating even and odd numbers to assist us with grouping, left overs when problem solving, and able to identify patterns for simple recognition of even and odd numbers.  

As we move into this week, our focus will be to apply what we know about numbers and patterns to work with money and using money to solve more story problems. Language is a big part of this practice as your second grader must identify which language tells us to add or subtract.