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



14. wake

15. taste


 Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:


evidence, independent, collaborate


Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:


close reading, reading strategies, text annotations






 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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