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About Woodward

I am a second grade teacher, wife, lover of learning, books, giraffes, husker football, and all things orange.

February 18-22

This week is our Winter Recess so there will be no school February 16 – 24. School will resume on Monday, February 25th

Don’t forget to work on your Flat Stanley journals over break. We are excited to see all the adventures our class has when we return!

February 11 – 15

**Tuesday, February 12th is an early release day.

**Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. We will be making bags and celebrating in class. If your student would like to bring Valentines to pass out please make sure they have enough for the whole class. (We have 25 students.)

**Next week is our Winter Recess so there will be no school February 16 – 24**

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. Through this story we focus on identifying the point of view. This means who is telling the story. We will be looking for clues, like pronouns, to help us identify if the story is being told in 1st Person or 3rd Person point of view. Check out the poster below for a couple examples!

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about abbreviations. We use abbreviations to shorten words. We frequently use abbreviations when we write Titles (like Mr. or Mrs.), Streets (like St. or Ln.), measurements (like in. or cm.), and more! Check out a longer list below.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

MATH:

This week in math we will continue learning about different shapes and sorting them based off their characteristics. We will also introduce the terms congruent and similar. We will practice sorting shapes using these rules.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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February 4 – 8

**Tuesday, February 5th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Through this story we focus on identifying characters feelings and intentions. We will use these clues to help us analyze the text and identify the lesson the author is trying to teach us.

We will also be learning about subject-verb agreement. This means making sure the verb makes sense with who or what the subject is. Check out the poster below for an example:

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

MATH:

This week in Math we will be starting our new unit on geometry and fractions. We will begin with learning different shapes. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, congruent and similar shapes, and fractions (halves, thirds, and fourths). If you are following along at home, this unit matches with Chapter 11 of Go! Math.

This week we will be be focusing on naming different shapes and sorting them by their characteristics (size, number of sides, vertices, etc.). We will also be introducing the difference between a polygon not a polygon.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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January 28 – February 1

**Tuesday, January 29th is an early release day.

**Friday, February 1st is our class field trip to see the play Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure. Due to the time of the play, we will be eating lunch prior to our normal time. Students are asked to bring a lunch from home this day. Since we will still be eating it at school, lunch items can be brought in either disposable or reusable containers.

**Friday, February 1st is also our Family Science Night from 5:30pm – 8:00pm in the GLC! The WVPTO has partnered with Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to bring 10 new scientific activity stations. This year projects are focused on air and include CD-balloon hovercraft, self-made musical instrument, propelled vehicles, air resistance projects, pneumatic pressure projects, air pollution experiment, air vortex shapes and more. The FSN Committee also prepared two chemistry projects to compliment the CDM projects. Students and parents explore interactive stations, where volunteers assist with individual activities. In addition, Mrs. Wendy Chew will have the C-Lab open from 6:30-7:30 pm for our families to tour inside. Come check it out!

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Snow Day by Lester Laminack. Through this story we focus on summarizing what happened in the story using the format: Somebody Wanted But So Then.

For example if we were to summarize the 3 little pigs we could use the SWBST format below:

We will also continue working on identifying the lesson in the story.

We will also be learning about singular and plural nouns. We know that singular means just one of something. We also know that plural means more than one.

We will be focusing on the different rules for making nouns plural. For example:

  • Most nouns end in an -s when we make them plural (dogs, plants, cars)
  • If a noun ends in the letters s, x, sh, or ch, we make them plural by adding an -es (buses, boxes, dishes, benches)
  • If a noun ends in a -y, we typically change the -y to and -i and add es (baby – babies, berry – berries)

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will finish reviewing digraphs as well this week.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on measurement. This week we will look at both Metric Units (centimeters and meters) and Imperial Units (inches and feet). Students will practice measuring different objects using these units as well as estimating the length and height of objects.

We will also be reviewing and testing over telling time and measurement. Students will be tested over the following skills:

  • Telling time to 5 minutes on an analog clock
  • Making time to 5 minutes on an analog clock
  • Solving story problems using elapsed time
  • Using nonstandard, metric, and imperial units to measure different objects

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January 22 – 25

**There is no school next Monday, January 21st.

**Tuesday, January 22nd is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Vorst. Through this story we will be focusing identifying the lesson in the story. We will use different strategies to help find the information the author wants us to know. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about pronouns. A pronoun takes the place of a noun in a sentence. For example: Mr. Bernstein is the principal of the school. We can change Mr. Bernstein (a noun) to a pronoun. He is the principal of the school. Check out the poster below for another example.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will continue reviewing digraphs as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will wrap up our focus on telling time and shift our focus to measurements. To start with we will focus on measuring with non-standard units of measurements (such as measuring with paperclips or math cubes). This will help students get into good habits when it comes measuring the length and height of objects. We will be doing lots of hands on practice before moving onto standard units of measurements such as inches/feet and cm/meters.

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January 14 – 18

**Tuesday, January 15th is an early release day.

**There is no school next Monday, January 21st.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the nonfictional story about Martin Luther King Jr. Through this story we will be focusing identifying the key facts, or important information, in a story. We will use different text features to help find the information the author wants us to know. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about commas in a series. We use commas in a series when we are listing 3 or more things in one sentence. For example: My favorite colors are orange, yellow, and blue. We put the commas in between the items in list and stop using commas when we get to a word like AND or OR. Check out the poster below for another example.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will continue reviewing digraphs as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on telling time. This week we will be focusing on telling time to the minute as well as elapsed time. We will look at two different times and decide how many minutes or hours has passed in between them. For example: Billy started his homework at 1:00pm. He finished his homework at 2:00pm. The elapsed time would be 1 hour or 60 minutes.

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January 7 – 11

**Tuesday, January 8th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Akiak by Robert Blake. Through this story we will be focusing identifying the differences between facts and opinions. We know a fact is something true that has evidence to prove it. An opinion is how someone feels about something. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about possessives. We use a possessive to show that someone or something owns (or possesses something). Typically we add an ‘s to the end of the owner’s name to show that something belongs to them. For example: The toy that belongs to the boy = the boy’s toy. 

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

In the following weeks we will be reviewing digraphs as well. A digraph is where two letters work together to make one new sound. Digraphs we will be working on include th, ch, sh, wh, and ph.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin our Unit 5 on telling time and measurement. If you are following along at home with the Go! Math, the second half of Chapter 7  focuses on telling time and Chapters 8 and 9 focus on measurement.

This week we will be focusing on reviewing the basics of telling time. This will include but is not limited to reviewing the parts of an analog clock, telling time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.

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December 17 – 21

**Tuesday, December 18th is an early release day.

**Friday, December 21st is the last day before Winter Break. School will resume on January 7th

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Blizzard by John Rocco. Through this story we will be focusing on predicting and identifying problem and solution. We will also be making connections to our own lives with the story.

We will also be learning about verb tenses this week. A verb is an action word. If something happens in the past (to show something has already happened) we usually add -ed. If something is happening in the future (to show something will happen but has not yet) we usually add “will” in front of it. Check out the poster below for a few examples!

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

MATH:

This week in Math we will be reviewing and testing over 2-digit and 3-digit addition/subtraction. Students will be tested over the following skills:

  • Adding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • Adding three 2-digit numbers together with regrouping
  • Subtracting 2-digit and 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems

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Have a great winter break!

December 10 – 14

**Tuesday, December 11th is an early release day.

**Friday, December 14th from 11:30am- 1:00pm. All 2nd graders and their parents are invited to share this buffet-style meal that will feature dishes from countries around the world. Students’ quilt projects that they have been working on will be displayed during this time as well. I hope many of you will be able to come and celebrate with us!

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. Through this story we will be focusing on identifying character traits and feelings. We will make connections to our own lives/the world on how to help others.

We be reviewing proper sentences (including a subject, predicate, capitals, and punctuations.) We will also work on expanding sentences to make them better! This includes using descriptive words and adding details to stretch out our sentences and make them stronger. Check out the poster below for an example!

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

This week we will also be reviewing all our r-controlled vowels that we have worked on the last few weeks (ar, or, er, ir, and ur).

MATH:

This week in Math we will start working with larger numbers and move onto 3-digit addition and subtraction. Students have become masters of 2-digit numbers and have done a great job being able to explain their reasoning! We will be testing over these skills next week.

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December 3 – 7

**Tuesday, December 4th is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

Due to lots of extras in our schedule last week (Art, Field Trip, Book Fair, etc.) we did not have enough time to give our story Those Shoes  the attention it deserved so we are continuing to work on that story this week. We will be learning more about those skills mentioned last week (repeated below).

This week in reading we will continue reading the fictional story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Through this story we will be focusing on making inferences, specifically through the facial expressions and dialogue the author shares with us. We will make connections to our own lives to help relate to the characters and gain a better understanding for what the author’s purpose for writing the story was.

We will also be discussing antonyms and synonyms. Antonyms are words that mean the opposite of each other, like hot and cold. Synonyms are words that mean the same, like happy and glad. Check out the poster below for another example!

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

This week we will also be working on other r-controlled vowel sounds as well with the patterns er, ir, and ur.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue our focus on 2-digit subtraction. Students this week will be focusing on when they need to ungroup (or borrow) in a subtraction problem and when they do not. This can be a tricky concept for 2nd graders so we refer to the poem from last week which really helps students remember what conditions require ungrouping and which don’t.

We will also begin working on story problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction.

Thanks for stopping by! Check back next week for more updates on our learning!