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Parent News April 7-11, 2014

Sorry the Parent News is a couple of days late!

A few quick reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL next week, April 14-18, 2014. Spring Break!
  • The San Jose Museum of Art field trip was amazing! Ask you children about it!
  • Egg Hunt Friday afternoon, thanks to Bella K.’s family! (There are no April birthdays in our class, BTW.)
  • A Spring Challenge Packet will go home on Friday, because A) We are doing great, and I don’t want to lose momentum, and B) We will be doing a progress assessment (our class only) the week we return. The work should only take 30-45 minutes per day, including reading. It is NOT required! However, students who do complete the packet and go over it with us on Monday, April 21st will receive a small prize…superstar tickets? Smelly stickers?? Wait and see!!!

Below are resource listings per parent request! I hope you find them useful.

Online Activities and Resources from the San Jose Public Library (use your library card!):

San Jose Public Library Kids’ Page

Tumblebook Library Online Stories Read Aloud

eBooks for Primary Grades  (may be further sorted by ATOS -AR- level)

Disney Books Online

Homework Help

Kids’ games, Cartoons and Comics, Sports links, and Arts and Crafts ideas

Carson Elementary Adaptive Learning Links:

Main Page 😉

Lexia -Foundational Reading Skills, self-paced

Dreambox -Math practice. Find teacher’s name, then use regular student I.D. and password.

Renaissance Place Home Connect – Practice Math Facts in a Flash; check A.R. level and achievement.

Other resources of Interest:

Maker’s Fair (STEM and education Resources; yearly event; “Maker” magazine)

Bay Area Parent  (Local magazine with listings of camps, tutors, and activities)

Reading Lists:

Benicia Public Library Booklist for Second and Third Grade 

NEA’s 100 Best Books for Children  

Moreland’s Summer reading List-2nd and 3rd

App suggestions:

Education apps for iPad-article on “Teachthought.com”

American Association of School Librarians 2013 Education App list

“Parents Magazine” app recommendations

Local Activities:

7X7 SF’s List of Kid- Friendly Activities in San Jose

Yelp’s List of kids’ activities in our area

Poetry:

Giggle Poetry

Children’s Poetry Archive

Language Arts

Story: “Carousel” by

Online Learning Support

Language Arts:

eWord Game

Story Summary

Plot Order (Flow Map)

Inference Game

Prefixes Game

Math Support:

Soccer Addition game (requires Flash)

Multiplication Arrays Game

Cash Out Game

Spelling Words

1.     angry

2.   lucky

3.   only

4.     cookie

5.     many

6. very

7.   puppy

8.   baby

9.   daddy

10. muddy

11. study

12. funny

13. lady

14. me

15. hobby

 

Unit 5:Learning Through Research
Unit Overview:
Why is it important to explore multiple sources when researching a topic? How does comparing and contrasting multiple texts help the reader to thoroughly understand the topic? How can the reader communicate the information they have learned about a topic to others? …the main purpose for the reader or writer is to communicate their understanding of the message.
Students will:
-ask who, what, when, where, why, and how questions to demonstrate their understanding of text.
-compare and contrast two different texts on the same subject.
-engage in a shared research project to produce a written and oral presentation.
-record science observations.
-use structural analysis and context clues when decoding text.
*Reading
2.RL.4 Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
2.RI.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
2.RI.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
*Listening/Speaking
2.SL.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts
and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
*Writing
2.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
2.W.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
2.W.8 Recall information gathered from experiences or gather information provided form sources to answer a question.
*Language/Conventions
2.L.1 Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English Grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
*Language/Vocabulary
2.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown or multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 2 text.
2.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:
Information, research, opinion, information, exposition, main idea, detail, compare, contrast, revise, edit, possessive, contraction
Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:
Chrysalis, larva, larvae, life cycle, butterfly
(Language Arts information from:
San José Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 ELA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map aligned to the Common Core State Standards page 59 of 112 SJUSD/Div. of Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services, PK -¬‐5:Albarrán/Lax/Petkiewicz/SJUSD 2nd Grade CCSS Cohort Version: November, 2013)

Math
Unit 10 Adding Whole Numbers
Lesson 6.5; Place Value and Base Ten Review
Enduring Understanding: A variety of Strategies can be used to solve any problem
Essential Questions: Does order matter when you’re adding? How can strategies and the order of numbers help you solve problems?
Unit 11:Adding and Subtraction Whole Numbers With Regrouping
enVision Topics 9 and 10; Investigations Units 8:3 and 8:4
Purpose/Focus:
The purpose of this unit is to give students time to work toward fluency when adding and subtracting numbers within 100. Fluency means accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility. The standard calls for students to use pictures, strategies, and standard algorithms to find the solution. Students who struggle with this may benefit form using concrete objects such as place value blocks. Students must understand the situation before they will be able to solve problems.
*Students will: Solve one and two step word problems, explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, and fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Common Core Standards:
2.OA.1
2.NBT.5
2.MBT.9
Standards for Mathematical Practice
MP 3
MP 4
MP 5
(Math information from:
San Jose Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 2nd Grade CCSSM Scope and Sequence SJUSD Division of Instruction –Albarrán/ Lax/ Petkiewicz / Centeno / SJUSD 2nd Grade CCSS Cohort Page 23 of 47.
Created and modified from original work with permission from the Dana Center, University of Texas, Austin June, 2013)

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Parent News for the Week of February 24-28, 2014

 

Welcome back to school!

This week, we will be reviewing Theme 4: Amazing Animals, finishing our unit on linear measurement, and working hard on our writing and reading while learning more about President’s Day and the two presidents whose birthdays the holiday commemorates: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Below you will find some links to extend your learning about this week’s topics.

 

Upcoming:

-CPAA Benchmark administration for grades K-2 is scheduled for this week.

-Butterfly unit begins first week in March!

-Report cards and conferences March 13 and 14. Information about conferences and report cards for Ms. Seyan’s class will go home Monday, March 3rd.

-Read Across America Week begins March 2, 2014; Read Across America Day is March 3, 2014.

 

Links:

Social Studies:

National Geographic Kids video about Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Abraham Lincoln site for kids

-Mr. Nussbaum’s George Washington site

National Geographic Kids’ Fun President Facts

-Picture and description of Mount Rushmore

Math:

PBS Kids’ Measurement Games for Kids

-FunBrain Measure It!

Reading (Phonics):

-Long Vowel Games

Two Vowel Word Game on Starfall

-Mrs. McKay’s Second Grade Weebly with links to vowel team songs on YouTube!

Read Across America:

-Read Across America on Seussville

Read Across America web home

The National Education Association’s information page for adults

 

Language Arts

 

 Unit: 4 Point of View

 

How do readers note characters’ different points of view when reading dialogue aloud? How do readers identify the author’s point of view? How does an author support his/her viewpoint? The main purpose of point of view is for the reader to gain a deeper understanding of what message the author is relating in the text.

 

Unit Overview:

 

Students will use what they learned about close  reading and delve even deeper into texts by acknowledging that characters have differing points of view and a unique voice. As they think about point of view, they will need to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text.

 

 *Reading- Read and listen to literary texts, including short stories or a novel, as well as science and social studies informational and functional texts and/or speeches.

 

 *Listening/Speaking- Ask and answer questions to get help, information or clarification. When speaking, students will be able to tell a story or recount an experience with facts and relevant details in an audible voice. As they identify the different points of view expressed by characters, they will learn to speak in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

 

 *Writing- Continue to develop their skills with informative/explanatory pieces, as well as narratives. In addition to these, they will write opinion pieces on topics or texts supporting a point of view with facts, details, linking words and a conclusion.

 

 *Vocabulary- The vocabulary focus for the unit is using context clues as well as continued work on structural analysis specifically prefixes, roots and compound words. Glossaries and dictionaries should be used to help clarify meanings and phrases.

 

Spelling Words

 

 

1.   smart

2.   party

3.  park

4.   store

5.   short

6.  think

7.  sand

8.   thing

9.  drink

10. drank

11. cold

12. boat

13. blow

14. toe

15. vote

 

Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

opinion, exposition, narrative, main idea, detail, revise, edit, possessive, contraction

 

Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

 (Language Arts information from:

 

San José Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 ELA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map aligned to the Common Core State Standards page 59 of 112 SJUSD/Div.  of  Curriculum,  Instruction  &  EL  Services,  PK -­5:Albarrán/Lax/Petkiewicz/SJUSD  2nd Grade  CCSS  Cohort Version:  November,  2013)

 

 

Math

 

 Unit 7: Exploring Measurement

Topic 11: Linear Measurement

 

 Purpose/focus:

The purpose of this unit is for students to measure the length of objects in customary (inches and feet) and metric (centimeters and meters) units. Students should have ample experiences choosing objects, identifying the appropriate tool and unit, and then measuring the object. The teacher should allow students to determine which tools and units to use.

 

 Vocabulary:

 

length; measure; unit; inch; centimeter; yardstick; meter stick, estimate

 

Common Core Standards:

 

(2.MD.1)

 

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

 

(2.MD.3)

 

Estimate the lengths of objects using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. Students should make estimates after seeing a benchmark unit, such as the length of one inch, before making their estimate.

 

Standards for Mathematical Practice

 

MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically.

 

Use available tools recognizing the strengths and limitations of each. Use estimation and other mathematical knowledge to detect possible errors. What estimate did you make for the solution? Why was it helpful to use…?

 

MP6: Attend to precision.

 

Calculate efficiently and accurately. What would be a more efficient strategy? How are you showing the meaning of the quantities?

 

(Math information from:

 

San Jose Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 2nd Grade CCSSM Scope and Sequence SJUSD Division of Instruction –Albarrán/ Lax/ Petkiewicz / Centeno / SJUSD 2nd Grade CCSS Cohort Page 23 of 47.

Created and modified from original work with permission from the Dana Center, University of Texas, Austin June, 2013)

 

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Parent News January 6-10, 2014

Happy New Year!

 

*If you haven’t already: Please use the SJ Museum of Art Family Pass that the museum provided after their docent visited us last month. The San Jose Museum of Art’s website is located at http://www.sjmusart.org. To check on the exhibitions before attending with your family, click here. For more information on the “Let’s Look at Art Program”, click here.

*PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m.

*No SCHOOL on Monday, January 20th in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

*We start at new Language Arts Unit and new story this week: “Officer Buckle and Gloria”. There is a wealth of support materials available for your children, often created by other school districts. We can’t do every activity during our limited computer and classroom time, however. If you would like to explore additional learning materials relevant to what we are doing in class, follow these links:
* “Mrs. Smith’s Second Grade Classroom” Blog
*“Officer Buckle and Gloria” on YouTube
*Scholastic.com’s Officer Buckle Extension Activities
 

Language Arts:

 

Unit 4:

 

Story: “Officer Buckle And Gloria”

 

2.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

 

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word-recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

 

d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

 

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

 

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

 

2.W.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed through editing and revising.

 

Spelling Words

 

1.   are

2.   mark

3.  part

4.   hard

5.   card

6.  dark

7.  star

8.   carpet

9.  party

10. charm

11.  target

12. farther

13. team

14. between

15. beehive

 

Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

 

 Math:

 

  Unit 5: Measuring Time

 

Purpose/Focus: Students tell (orally and in writing) and write time after reading analog and digital clocks. Time should be to 5 minute intervals, and students should also use the terms a.m. and p.m. Students should understand that there are 2 cycles of 12 hours in a day-a.m. and p.m.. Recoding their daily actions in a journal would be helpful for making real-world connections and understanding the difference between these two cycles.  ( SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 

 2.MD.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m..

 

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

 MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically. Use appropriate tools recognizing the strengths and liabilities of each. In what situations might it be more helpful or informative to use….”

 

 MP6: Attend to precision. Communicate precisely with others and try to use clear mathematical language when discussing their reasoning.

 

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Parent News, December 9-13, 2013

*The Kind Kids Field Trip was a success! Have your children talked to you about what they saw, what they heard, and how they want to help animals?

*On Monday, the Second Grade Classes had a visitor from the San Jose Museum of Art. We learned about line, shape, and color; we looked at diverse art works and shared our insights, and asked Big Questions about “Art” and what it means. Please use the SJ Museum of Art Family Pass that the museum provides to spend quality time enjoying art with your family!

The San Jose Museum of Art’s website is located at http://www.sjmusart.org. To check on the exhibitions before attending with your family, click here. For more information on the “Let’s Look at Art Program”, click here.

*Second Grade December Birthdays Party: Friday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m.

*New Year Break: Monday, December 23rd, 2013-Monday, January 6th, 2014.

Language Arts:

Unit 3: “Text Structure”

Story: “Jamaica Louise James”

2.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word-recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

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

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

2.W.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed through editing and revising.

Spelling Words

1.   feet

2.   sweep

3.  free

4.   street

5.   cheat

6.  leaf

7.  green

8.   three

9.  beach

10. need

11.  beaver

12. least

13. team

14. between

15. beehive

Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

Main idea, details, topic

narrative, temporal

Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

close reading

 Math:

  Unit 5: Measuring Time

Purpose/Focus: Students tell (orally and in writing) and write time after reading analog and digital clocks. Time should be to 5 minute intervals, and students should also use the terms a.m. and p.m. Students should understand that there are 2 cycles of 12 hours in a day-a.m. and p.m.. Recoding their daily actions in a journal would be helpful for making real-world connections and understanding the difference between these two cycles.  ( SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 2.MD.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m..

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically. Use appropriate tools recognizing the strengths and liabilities of each. In what situations might it be more helpful or informative to use….”

 MP6: Attend to precision. Communicate precisely with others and try to use clear mathematical language when discussing their reasoning.

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Parent News Decmeber 2-6, 2013

-Kind Kids Field Trip on Friday, December 6th from 9:45-1:15. Please consider chaperoning! We can take 10 parents total.

-Santa’s Secret Shop is open in Room C-10 this week. Hours are 7:30-8:00, upper and lower grade recesses, upper and lower grade lunch time, and after school until 3:00. It is suggested that students make purchases when their class goes to the shop as a group, but the parent volunteers have been somewhat flexible!

Language Arts:

 

Unit 3: “Text Structure”

Story: “Big Bushy Mustache” 

 2.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

 

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word-recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

 

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

 

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

2.W.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers,focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed through editing and revising.

 

 

Spelling Words

1.   cloud

2.   growl

3.  round

4.   scout

5.   count

6.  ouch

7.  down

8.   tower

9.  meow

10. outside

11.  sound

12. mouth

13. loud

14. hour

15. our

 

Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:

 

narrative, temporal

 

 Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:

 

  Math:

 

  Unit 5: Measuring Time

 

 Purpose/Focus: Students tell (orally and in writing) and write time after reading analog and digital clocks. Time should be to 5 minute intervals, and students should also use the terms a.m. and p.m. Students should understand that there are 2 cycles of 12 hours in a day-a.m. and p.m.. Recoding their daily actions in a journal would be helpful for making real-world connections and understanding the difference between these two cycles.  ( SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)

 

2.MD.7 Tell and write time form analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m..

 

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

 

 MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically. Use appropriate tools recognizing the strengths and liabilities of each. In what situations might it be more helpful or informative to use….”

 

 MP6: Attend to precision. Communicate precisely with others and try to use clear mathematical language when discussing their reasoning.

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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 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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