HAPPY NEW YEAR!
From Mrs. Veonâ€™s Class and the entire Buckeye School District, we would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!!!
Ways to Practice Reading Fluency In the second grade classes, students are expected to read between 90 and 100 words by the end of the school year. This is assessed through monthly reading fluency checks. In class students engage in repeated readings of familiar texts, work with partners in groups, and perform poems and Readerâ€™s Theatres. All of these things help students improve their reading fluency. At home, please give your child opportunities to read text they already know and read aloud each and every night. The weekly poem sent home on Mondays is dedicated to the improvement of reading fluency.
Learning in Different Ways As studies have shown, students learn in different ways. Some students learn better by listening, some learn better by reading, while others learn better though handson activities. In our class, I try to give students opportunities to learn in many different ways to help students learn in a way that best fits their needs. As you can see below, students use technology, read aloud, and work in small groups, and each week the activities are varied to include hands-on, reading and listening to meet the needs of all students.
Students Learn Science in Many Different Ways Students have learned about the planets, stars, moon and sun in different ways so far this year. They have done this through reading, listening and using the computer. By using Google Earth (free download), students were able to navigate through the galaxy and get a better understanding of what is out there and the vastness of our “world”. We will continue the next semester by learning about living things, so please ask your child what books/stories they have read or what websites they have used.
Using the Computer I are trying to incorporate more and more technology into our learning. Students have been using the computers to learn more about reading, writing, math, science and social studies. I have added many links to websites that will help your child while having fun. It can help in many different ways. Please take some time to visit our class webpage to find these links. In addition to using the computers, students have been taking some assessments using Turning Point, which are “clickers” for students to answer questions to given questions. This helps students get immediate feedback to how they have done as a class to the question and if we need to spend more time on that given subject.
Students Enjoy Reader’s Workshop
Each day students enjoy Reader’s Workshop time. During this part of the school day students select three or four books out of the classroom book baskets to read and respond to. Students have hundreds of books to choose from in all genres. Once a week each child spends Reader’s Workshop time on the computer using an interactive site called Raz-Kids. This site has students listen to stories and then checks their comprehension at the end. Reader’s Workshop allows me time to hold individual conferences with students about the books they are choosing and responses they have to them. I enjoy hearing the students read to me!
Students are expected to not only write their ideas down in various ways, such as poems, stories and plays, but they are sometimes expected to read their ideas aloud. This helps with their public speaking. Students work together in groups often. This not only teaches students how to work together in a cooperative way, but they gain extra knowledge through the various viewpoints that are presented to them. Using manipulatives is another way students are able to express themselves. Sometimes students are not always able to articulate their thoughts through words, but this gives them an outlet to show what they know!
Having Fun! I try to make the classroom a fun place to learn by showing the students many learning games. One of our favorite times each week is Thursday afternoon when we have center time. Each Thursday four centers are planned. During these activities one center is always tied to technology and gets the children on the computer. The other centers engage students in math and reading games . Students play in small groups or with partners. The students and I also enjoy doing science experiments whenever possible to help learn the standards.
Parental Involvement The home-school connection is vital to studentsâ€™ success. Being involved with your child and working on basic reading and math concepts will help them master the learning standards and gain important life skills to help them be successful.
TIPS FOR PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT 1. Read to or with you child each night. Before, during and after reading ask them questions about what they have just read. Engage them in all types of reading: fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers , recipes, and comic books. 2. Keep the weekly spelling list, sent home each Monday, in a safe spot. Spend five to ten minutes a night going over the words for the Friday test.
Asking your child about school each day, looking at the papers they bring home and helping them complete their homework assignments each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are all important things you can do.
3. Practice addition and subtraction with your child by doing flashcards, oral rehearsal , and have them complete the undone problems on their one minute math check each Tuesday and Thursday. 4. Have your child count collections of loose change or count the change aloud for them. When in the store show them how to make change or count back change whenever possible.
~Upcoming Events For The Rest Of The Year~ We will be doing a lot of different things to complete the second half of the year. I always encourage your feedback about what we are doing and always appreciate your ideas/suggestions. I expect to have a lot of fun learning, while maintaining high expectations for each and every student. WE (meaning YOU, YOUR CHILD, ME, and the SCHOOL) need to make sure we are all on the same page and work as hard as we can to make sure your childâ€™s future is a bright one. If for any reason you have a question or comment, please donâ€™t hesitate to call me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading We will spend the next few months reading many fiction and non-fiction books. We will focus on the comprehension strategies of making predictions, theme, main idea and details, and questioning.
Writing During Writerâ€™s Workshop students will continue to follow all the steps of the writing process to write stories. They will work with other students to edit and improve their writing pieces. I also hope to let them type some of their pieces on the computer.
Math We will be busy the second half of the year mastering subtraction facts. Some of our other large units will be about telling time, counting money and making change, geometry, probability, algebra, data analysis, and word problems/problem solving.
Science Some exciting topics are coming in the next few months! Students will learn about living things, sound, weather, and Ohio animals. Some of these units will allow for some time to do hands-on experiments and non-fiction reports.
Social Studies Our social studies standards will have the students learning about famous Americans and how they have helped to shape our country. Students will also learn about government leaders and the role of government. We will end the year with a large unit on economics.
Celebrations Hard work, good behavior, and improved progress all deserve to be recognized. We will celebrate good behavior with monthly behavior charts and prizes. Class behavior will be celebrated each time the students earn fifteen rams for good behavior in special classes, at lunch, and in the hallway. As a school we will continue to have assemblies to show and celebrate grade level and school improvements.
Let’s Finish Out the Second Half of the Year with Style and “CLASS”!