Monthly Archives: November 2013

Keeping Kids Busy Over the Long Weekend

November 30, 2013

We always say, “Go outside, spend time with family, and read!” when asked what children can do over vacations to keep learning and growing. Doing those three things every day is the best prescription for a healthy, happy student! That said, there are lots of ways to augment that basic recipe…

Have your children run out of novel activities to keep them amused this weekend? Never fear, the class blog is coming to the rescue with links to ideas, games, online books, and more. Enjoy!

1. Online Thanksgiving Games on the Primary Games site provide cute graphics and immersion in symbols and themes associated with this holiday.

2. Get out your library card! If you don’t have access to children’s books or a library where you are this weekend, try surfing over to the San Jose Public Library Kids’ page and logging on to Tumblebooks. (Click on the “Read Online” link, then click on the first entry, “Tumblebooks”. If you don’t go through this route, you will be out of the library system and may have to pay for the service.) With your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your home phone number) your child can have access to hundreds of fully animated online books! Ms. Seyan is a big fan of this site: Grade ranges and AR levels are listed with each title, you can search for your books by level, and there is often a game to go with the books! Highly recommended.

3. If your child misses the Computer Lab, have them check out the Carson Adaptive Learning Links page and log on to Dreambox, Lexia, or Imagine Learning.

54.Remember that your child may practice Math Facts in a Flash anywhere there is online access. Simply log on to the Renaissance Place site and choose “Math facts in a Flash” and “Work at Your Current Level”.

5. If you really want to learn about Thanksgiving, here are some more scholarly sources that you and your child may explore together: Learn NC’s “Teaching About Thanksgiving” and PBS Learning Media’s “Thanksgiving”.

…and here’s a local news story that reflects the spirit of the season: “$20,000 Donation Helps Youth Football Team.”

We hope this helps. Please visit again later for updates to our Recommended Links, including Ms. Won’s picks for phones and tablets!

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Parent News November 25-27, 2013

-Thanksgiving Holiday this week. School will be  dismissed at 2:22 on Tuesday, November 26th and 12:52 on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013. There will be no School on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29.

-There will be no After School Intervention Groups for Second Grade this week. We resume on Monday, December 2nd.

-This week’s short homework will be due on Wednesday.

Language Arts:

 

Unit 3: Text Structure

 

Story: “A Trip to the Firehouse”

 

2.RI.7 Explain how specific images,  such as a diagram explaining how a machine works, contribute to and clarify a text.

 

2.W.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short series of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, and use temporal words to signal event order and provide a sense of closure.

 

2.RI.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

 

Spelling Words

 

 There will be no Spelling Words this week.

 

     
     
     
     
     

 

  Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

text features, captions, diagrams, photographs

 

 Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

 Math:

 Unit 4: Place Value

 

 Purpose/Focus: This unit calls for students to read, write, and represent a number of objects with a written numeral. Remember than when reading and writing whole numbers, the word “and” should not be used. 235 would be written as “two hundred thirty-five”. Students are introduced to symbols greater than >, less than <, and equal to = in First Grade and use them in Second Grade with numbers within 1,000.

 

 2.NBT. 3 & 4 – Compare numbers based on meaning of tens and ones.

 

 2.OA.2- Gain fluency with subtraction facts through 20 (Math Facts in a Flash Practice)

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

MP2: “Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Create a logical representation of the problem. Attend to meanings of quantities.” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 

 MP7:  “Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

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Parent News Novemner 18-22, 2013

-Cookie Dough orders arrive this week.

-Thanksgiving Holiday next week. School is dismissed at 12:52 on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. No School Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29.

 

Language Arts:

 

Unit 3: Text Structure

Story: “A Trip to the Firehouse”

 

2.RI.7 Explain how specific images,  such as a diagram explaining how a machine works, contribute to and clarify a text.

2.W.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short series of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, and use temporal words to signal event order and provide a sense of closure.

2.RI.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

Spelling Words

 

1.   pail

2.   tail

3.  pray

4.   stain

5.   clay

6.  wait

7.  bay

8.   paid

9.  braid

10. jail

11. crayon

12. snail

13. sail

14. birthday

15. quail

 

 Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

text features, captions, diagrams, photographs

 

 Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

 

 Math:

 

 Unit 4: Place Value

 

 Purpose/Focus: This unit calls for students to read, write, and represent a number of objects with a written numeral. Remember than when reading and writing whole numbers, the word “and” should not be used. 235 would be written as “two hundred thirty-five”. Students are introduced to symbols greater than >, less than <, and equal to = in First Grade and use them in Second Grade with numbers within 1,000.

 

 2.NBT. 3 & 4 – Compare numbers based on meaning of tens and ones.

 

 

2.OA.2- Gain fluency with subtraction facts through 20 (Math Facts in a Flash Practice)

 

 Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

 MP2: “Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Create a logical representation of the problem. Attend to meanings of quantities.” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 

 MP7:  “Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.” (SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

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Parent News November 11-15, 2013

Announcements:

-Second Grade Field Trip to the Abby Sobrato Center at Walden West this Friday, November 15th. Buses leave at 8:45 A.M. and return around 1:15. Remember that your student will need a bagged, garbage-less lunch! Please refer to the information sheet your child brought home for specifics about that.

-Second Harvest Food Drive at Carson Elementary through November 21st. Please send appropriate donations with your child. Items may include: Peanut butter in plastic jars, rice, pasta, beans, soups, powdered or evaporated milk, canned vegetables or fruits, and canned tuna. You may also donate online at this link.

-There will be no school on Thursday or Friday, November 21st and 22nd, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. School will be dismissed at 12:52 PM on Wednesday, November 20th.

Spelling Words

 

 

1.   chick

2.   check

3.  chain

4.   wheel

5.   what

6.  when

7.  cheese

8.   share

9.  thank

10. thrill

11. shopping

12. sheep

13. shell

14. shiny

15. chill

 

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Carson Elementary Annual Food Drive

Families,

From November 4th through the 21st, Carson School will be holding their annual Holiday Food Drive.

Click on our Holiday Food and Fund Drive link to donate online.

To donate at school, send appropriate food items to school with your child.

Appropriate items include:

-canned tuna

-peanut butter (in plastic jars)

-boxed cereal

-juice boxes

-rice

-beans

-canned fruits and vegetables

-bread

-tortillas

-canned evaporated milk

-boxed milk powder

Please avoid sending glass containers or perishable items, such as fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, or dairy products.

 

Items can be placed in one of ten donation barrels around the school.
Thank you for your support!!

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Parent News November 4-8, 2013

-This is Conference Week. School is dismissed at 12:22 every day.

-Every family has a conference time scheduled. If your appointment does not work for you, contact your child’s teacher to reschedule!

-The very best way to contact your child’s teacher if you aren’t able to come by the classroom is to email them:

    SSeyan@SJUSD.org or HWon@SJUSD.org

Language Arts Focus:

Unit 3: Text Structure

Week 1 Story: “Chinatown” by William Low

Spelling Words

 

1.   that

2.   this

3.  with

4.   white

5.   while

6.  why

7.  ship

8.   shape

9.  tricked

10. chin

11. each

12. rich

13. them

14. China

15. Thursday

 Standards:

2.RL.4-Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines)supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

2.W.3-Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

2.SL.1- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

2.L.2- Demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

 

Math Focus:

Unit 4: Using Place Value to 100

Purpose/Focus: Students will read, write, and represent a number of objects with a written numeral (number form or standard form). They will have many opportunities tor read and write numerals in different ways. Students will be reviewing to greater then >, less than <, and equal to = and have ample experiences communicating their comparisons in words before symbols are started.

Second graders will rely on first grade knowledge of hundreds, tens, and ones, modeling numbers, and comparing them.

Common Core Standard:

2.NBT.3 & 4: Read and write numbers to 1,00 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form; and: Compare two three-digit numbers based on the meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, <, and= symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Attend to meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them. “How is ______related to____?”; “What is the relationship between____and___?”

MP7: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. “What patterns do you find in______?”; “How do you know something is a pattern?”

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