Monthly Archives: September 2013

For Students-September 24, 2013

Dear Students,

Find your teacher’s name, then follow their directions! 🙂

Ms. Won’s Class:

1. Click on RenPlace on your gray browser toolbar. Log in as a student and practice Math facts in a Flash-practice at least once, and test at least once.

2. Go to Lexia for 15 minutes.

3. Play the eWord game until it’s time to log off (Check the whiteboard for the link!).

4. To Log Off, Click on the gray apple and then on “Log Off Student” in the dropdown window.

Ms. Seyan’s Class:

1. Click on RenPlace on your gray browser toolbar. Log in as a student and practice Math facts in a Flash-practice at least once, and test at least once.

2. Sunday was the first day of Autumn! Click on this link here to learn about why seasons change.

3. Science time! Click on this link: PBSKids – to watch an interactive video about friction.

4. If there’s time, choose another PBSKids activity to enjoy until Computer Lab is over.

5. To Log Off, Click on the gray apple and then on “Log Off Student” in the dropdown window.

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Parent News September 23-27, 2013

Upcoming at Carson:

 

 

-September 27th-Second Grade Birthdays on the blacktop benches at 2:00 P.M.! 

 

-Monday, September 30th-Friday, October 4th, 2013: (FALL BREAK-NO SCHOOL)

 

 This week in class:

 

 Language Arts:

 

 Unit 2 “Good Readers Know What’s Important”

 

  Story: “Henry and Mudge and The Starry Night” by Cynthia Rylant

 

  2.RL.2 Recount stories, including folktales and fables from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

 

 2.W.1 (Narrative) Students will write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order,and provide a sense of closure.

 

 2.RL.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

 

 2. RL. 4 Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

2.L.1 Demonstrate command of conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring verbs.

 

 Spelling Words

 

 

 

1.   ride

2.   globe

3.  bathe

4.  rise

5.   June

6. ripe

7. chose

8.   wrote

9. cube

10. joke

11. your

12. are

13. our

14. every

15. because

 

 Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

 narrative

 

 Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

 close reading, reading strategies, text annotations

 

 

Math:

 Unit 2: Using Strategies for Addition

 

Purpose/Focus: “This standards focuses on developing an algebraic representation of a word problem through addition. The intent is NOT to introduce traditional algorithms or rules, but to make meaning of operations. Solving algebraic problems requires emphasizing the most crucial problem solving strategies and understanding the situation. ” SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013

 

 2.OA.1-Reinforce strategies and learnings from prior grades to solve one-step problems for addition or subtraction using drawings, objects, and equations.

 2.OA.2- Gain fluency with addition facts through 20

 

 2.NBT.5 & 6 -Focus on addition strategies based on properties of operations

 

 Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

 MP4: “Model with mathematics. Understand this is a way to quantitatively and abstractly (able to decontextualize and contextualize). What number model could you construct to represent the problem? How would it help to create a diagram, graph, and table…? What are some ways to visually represent…? “(SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 

 MP7:  “Look for and make use of structure. Look for the overall structure and patterns in mathematics. What observations do you make about…? What do you notice when…? What parts of the problem might you eliminate…., simplify…? What patterns do you find in…?” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

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Parent News for September 16-20, 2013

 

 

Upcoming at Carson:

-Friday, September 20th, 2013: Walkathon!! Second Grade goes to recess at 9:30 A.M., then starts to walk at 10:00 A.M.!

-Friday, September 20th, 2013 5:00 P.M. -8:30 P.M.: Harvest Festival! Come to Carson and play games, bid on auction items, eat great food, and see your friends! All proceeds go toward Carson’s programs, including field trips, Music, and Science lab.

September 27th-Second Grade Birthdays on the blacktop benches at 2:00 P.M.! 

-Monday, September 30th-Friday, October 4th, 2013: (FALL BREAK-NO SCHOOL)

 

 This week in class:

 

  Language Arts:

 

 Unit 1 “Good Readers Ask Questions”

 

  Story: “Mrs. Brown Went to Town” by Wong Herbert Yee/Review

 

  2.RL.1 (Literature) and 2.RI.1 (Informational Text) Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

 

 2.W.1 (Opinion) Students will write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

 

2.RF.3a Read and write long and short in regularly spelled words in text.

 

 

Spelling Words

 

 

1.   mine

2.   gave

3.  vote

4.  wide

5.   safe

6. side

7. note

8.   rake

9. hike

10. five

11. state

12.mistake

13.nine

14. wake

15. taste

 

 Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

evidence, independent, collaborate

 

Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

close reading, reading strategies, text annotations

 

 

 

Math:

 

 Unit 2: Using Strategies for Addition

Purpose/Focus: “This standards focuses on developing an algebraic representation of a word problem through addition. The intent is NOT to introduce traditional algorithms or rules, but to make meaning of operations. Solving algebraic problems requires emphasizing the most crucial problem solving strategies and understanding the situation. ” SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013

 2.OA.1-Reinforce strategies and learnings from prior grades to solve one-step problems for addition or subtraction using drawings, objects, and equations.

 

  2.OA.2- Gain fluency with addition facts through 20

 

 2.NBT.5 & 6 -Focus on addition strategies based on properties of operations

 

 Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

 MP4: “Model with mathematics. Understand this is a way to quantitatively and abstractly (able to decontextualize and contextualize). What number model could you construct to represent the problem? How would it help to create a diagram, graph, and table…? What are some ways to visually represent…? “(SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 MP7:  “Look for and make use of structure. Look for the overall structure and patterns in mathematics. What observations do you make about…? What do you notice when…? What parts of the problem might you eliminate…., simplify…? What patterns do you find in…?” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

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For Students September 16-20, 2013

1. Log in to Renaissance Place -check your browser toolbar!-and practice your Math Facts in a Flash-start at “work at your current level”.  Practice and Test for 10 minutes. Your teacher will give you the signal when you can move on to another activity.

2. If you are ready for an A.R. Test or two, you may take them now.

3. If you go to Ms. Won’s class for Science and Social Studies, you have been learning about force and motion. Here is an easy online activity about pushing and pulling from bbc.co.uk. Try it, even if you go to ELD or Computer lab instead!

4. This game is a bit more challenging to use, but you can try it here. It’s from sciencekids.co.nz.

5. If you finish using both, you may visit PBS Kids-NOT Kidzpics or another website!

6. When the teacher gives the signal, click on the red dot on the top left of your browser window to close it, then click on the gray apple at the top of your computer screen. When you see the dropdown menu, look to the bottom and click on “Log Out (Student)”.

 

 

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“If you don’t give me__________, I won’t be your friend!”

September 13, 2013

Families,

Today I learned that one of my students told a second student of mine that they would not be their friend anymore unless he gave him his watch.

I was very disappointed to hear this.

We don’t bully at Carson School. Please talk to your children about respectful behavior, and make sure they know that if a student tries to make you do something you don’t want to do, or tries to take something that is yours, say “No!”, move away from the person, and tell an adult. Please also tell your children that it’s not OK to bully others! Bullying includes threatening, intimidating with words, and using pushing/shoving to intimidate. I am sure you can think of more examples when you talk with your child.
If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, please contact me.

Thank you,

Ms. Seyan

 

 

 

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Second Grade Walk-A-Thon Basket Theme: Date Night!!

The 2013 Silent Auction will be held during the Harvest Festival on September 20th.

Each grade level creates a basket from donations by families in that grade level. Each grade level has a distinct theme for their basket. Families send theme-appropriate donations to school with their children, who pass the gifts to their teachers. Teachers in turn give these to a parent volunteer who creates a beautiful basket.
On the night of the Harvest Festival, adults sign their name and write a bid on a piece of paper. The person with the highest bid at the end of the Auction wins the basket!
Through this Silent Auction, families contribute to Carson’s academic programs, including Music, Science Lab, and Field Trips.

Second Grade’s theme is “Date Night”. We need donations of the following:

-Gift Cards for date appropriate places;

-Candies;

-Candles;

-Picnic date items;

-Romantic gesture items, like professional massages, spa visits, or balloon rides.

Cash donations or gift cards are also acceptable in lieu of an actual item.

Donations, whether of cash, gift cards, or items, are due in your child’s classroom by Monday, September 16th, 2013.

Thank you for supporting your children and Carson Elementary!

 

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Second Grade Birthday Party Schedule!

Both Second Grade classes will have their monthly birthday parties together this year. We will pack up and meet for song and treats at the blue lunch benches by 2:00 P.M. on these dates:

September 27th   -for birthdays in August and September

October 31st         -for October birthdays

November 27th    -for November birthdays

December 20th    -for December birthdays

January 31st          -for January birthdays

February 28th       -for February birthdays

March 28th            -for March birthdays

April 25th               -for April birthdays

May 30th                -the Second Grade picnic will include a celebration for May, June, and July  birthdays

 

*Each class will supply their own treats, so bring 31 servings. You don’t need 60!!

*If a class has no birthdays in a particular month, they won’t attend the party. It’s no fun to watch other kids eat treats! That said, they might go out for free play to enjoy the party spirit, if not the snacks.

*Ms. Seyans’ class has a parent volunteer-Bella’s mom, Mrs. Ramos-who will coordinate with each month’s birthday people so that we have a variety of items and not too much for students to carry home. Those in Miss Won’s class may consult with the teacher and/or each other to make sure that everybody brings something different.

*If you choose to bring a treat on your child’s actual birthday instead of or in addition to the party day, please be advised that we will have your child hand the treat out at the end of the school day for their classmates to take home. San Jose Unified School District rules allow classrooms only one party with food per month-and they actually prefer healthy treats!

If you have any questions about our fabulous Second Grade Birthday Party Schedule, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher by phone, email, or in person!

Thank you!

 

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