Friday, November 22, 2013

Peek at the Week

**Book Fair Tuesday, December 3rd**

For a full week it went by really fast!

Here are some of the things we did last week and this week:

In Math:
  • Began Topic 5: Place Values to 100
  • Learned how many tens and ones are in a number
  • New vocabulary: digits, number work, > greater than, < less than, = equal to, before, after, even, odd
  • Read and wrote numbers using number words
  • Used symbols to compare numbers
  • Counting to 100, using words such as; before and after
  • Learned to find 10 more and 10 less using a hundred chart
  • Talked about even and odd numbers, and learned that if you add two odd numbers together the sum will always be even

In Reading:
  • Continued Unit 5 in Fundations
  • Unit 5 Test
  • Made Non-fiction Flip Books; and talked about the features of a non-fiction book
  • Started to read, How Animals Sleep
  • Continued reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

In Science:
  • Reviewed for the Tree Test
  • Took Tree Test on Monday
  • Introduced new topic: Reptiles

In Writing:
  • Students finished their own “How To Take Care of  Cat” book
  • Introduced how to write and draw a visual investigation plan: it combines words and pictures to give instructions for making or doing something
  • Modeled how to make a scarecrow, along with things I would need to make it, the steps in order to build it, and helpful hints I would tell a person before building a scarecrow
  • Students started to create their own visual investigations, choices were: building a sand castle, growing a flower, or cleaning a bedroom

Reminder: Next week is a short week, early release on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Santullo 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Peek at the Week

This morning we had a Veterans Day assembly to honor those who have and are currently still serving. 2nd graders stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance-they did a great job!

Room 206 also earned 5 extra minutes twice this week for great behavior J

Here are some of things we have been working on:

In Math:
  • Continued working on skip counting skills
  • Used models to represent numbers
  • Used Arrays to add
  • Took Topic 4 test—they all did excellent !

In Reading:
  • Started Unit 5 FUNdations
  • Introduced how to divide closed syllables with multisyllabic words
  • Practiced Trick Words
  • Reading groups started to read Lionel and Amelia and A Friend Like Ed, two stories about friendship
  • Continued reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

In Science:
  • Read the book, Tess’s Trees
  • Finished our changing tree project
  • Created the parts of a tree using a paper plate
  • Discussed how trees grow using a diagram

In Writing:
  • Students finished their dog research final project
  • Created a class book of the students 8 steps on “How to Take Care of a Dog” with partners
  • Brainstormed animals for their individual “How To” book, Cats was the winner
  • Rough draft of materials and steps needed to care for a cat

Reminder: No School on Monday and Tuesday. Enjoy your extra long weekend!

Miss Santullo J

Friday, November 1, 2013

Peek at the Week

The boys and girls in room 206 had a great week! We started a new challenge: teacher vs. students. Have your child tell you all about it J

Remember to look on the website for new pictures I added!

Here are some of the things we have been working on:

In Math:
  • Began Topic 4
  • Worked on repeated addition problems
  • Learned the vocabulary word “Array”
  • Played a game to help students learn to skip count
  • Practiced breaking down word problems with multi-step directions

In Reading:
  • Finished Unit 4 in FUNdations and had Unit Test
  • Students started and finished reading Trick or Treat! A Halloween Rhyme
  • Students created their own “Halloween Night” story
  • Started to read The Miraculous Journey or Edward Tulane written by Kate DiCamillo to the students

In Science:
  • Mrs. Pavlicek from the Science Center came to bring us on a tree walk
  • Students learned how to identify different types of trees such as; maple and pine

In Writing:
  • Students continued to work on their descriptive writing of their monster they created
  • Worked on our Halloween Pumpkins for the vocabulary parade
  • Brainstormed adjectives
  • 5th grade book buddies came to read with our class
  • Students went around the room to look at every students Family Tree Projects and answer a questionnaire

Have a great weekend

Miss Santullo J