Weekly Updates

May 27 – 31

**There is no school on Monday, May 27th due to Memorial Day

**Tuesday, May 28th is an early release day.

**Thursday, May 30th – Please join us for our 2nd grade performance of Going Buggy in the GLC at 1:15pm.

WEEK B

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell. We will use this story to focus on comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between two stories.

We will also be reviewing several of our grammar lessons from this year, including but not limited to different verb tenses. Check out the poster below for a quick reminder!

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

MATH:

This week in math we will be continuing will our economy project. This week students will be finishing their prototype and submitting their plan to the “bank” in hopes of getting a loan to fund their project. Once approved students will be buying their items from the “store” (all materials supplied in class, no supplies need to be purchased) and begin production. They will also be creating and finalizing their advertisements/commercials and setting up their shop!

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May 20 – 24

**Tuesday, May 21st is an early release day.

**There is no school on Monday, May 27th due to Memorial Day

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Koala Lou by Mem Fox. We will use this story to focus on identifying the problem and solution the story. We will apply this strategy to other stories in the coming weeks as well.

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

MATH:

This week in math we will be combining what we have learned about money in math with what we have learned about the economy in social studies by beginning our economy project! This week students will begin by brainstorming what they would like to sell in and create a business plan including supplies needed, plans for advertisement, and making a prototype.

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May 13 – 17

**Tuesday, May 14th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe. We will use this story to focus on identifying the author’s purpose, or their reason for writing the story. An author writes a story for one of three reasons. We can remember these reasons by thinking about pie!

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

Authors write to:

  • Persuade – convince you to do or believe something
  • Inform – teach you facts and information about a topic
  • Entertain – tell a story to make you laugh and enjoy

We will also be learning about homophones. Homophones are two (or more) words that sound the same but do not look the same (meaning they are spelled differently) or mean the same. 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 reviewing and testing what we have learned so far about money. Students will be tested over the following materials:

  • Identifying coins based on their name, appearance, and value
  • Counting money amounts of like coins (all the same type)
  • Counting money amounts of mixed coins (variety of coins)
  • Building different money amounts less than $2.00
  • Comparing money amounts using greater than and less than symbols (> < )

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May 6 – 10

**Tuesday, May 7th is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the non-fiction story Sharks by Kristine George. We will use this story to focus on how authors share facts and information. We will be asking and answering questions related to the text and proving our answers with evidence from the story. We will work on comparing and contrasting using tools such as a Venn Diagram as well.

We will also be learning about non-fiction text features. These are tools authors use to share facts and information with us. Some examples we will be learning about are the table of contents, real photographs, captions, labels, diagrams, maps, timelines, close-ups, bold print, headings/subheadings, charts/graphs, glossaries, indexes, and more!

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue focusing on building and counting different money amounts, but this time we will be focusing on amounts greater than $1.00. We will also introduce more information about different coins such as the fifty cent piece, or half dollar. We will be working on comparing different money amounts using words like “greater than” or “less than” as well.

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April 29 – May 3

**Tuesday, April 30th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading poetry in Old Elm Speaks by Kristine George. We will use this story to focus on analyzing poetry to understand what the author wants to share with us. We will also be learning about different poets and their impact.

We will also be learning about poetic devices. These are tools poets use in their writing. Some examples we will be learning about are:

  • Alliteration: phrases/sentences where most words begin with the same letter/sound. For example: Alex ate apricots all afternoon.
  • Onomatopoeia: sound words. For example: Boom! Pop! Thud!
  • Similes: comparing two things using the words “like” or “as”. For example: She was slow like a turtle.
  • Repetition: repeating sounds, words, or phrases to make an impact. For example: The frog went hop, hop. hop.
  • Personification: giving human qualities to an object. For example: The sun smiled as it peeked out from behind the clouds.

We will be working on the phonics sounds ough/eigh as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue our unit on money. We will be focusing on different ways to make monetary values. For example: 23 cents could be made up of 23 pennies, 2 dimes and 3 pennies, 4 nickels and 3 pennies, and more! We will practice building and counting different money amounts less than or equal to one dollar. Check out the video below for a couple examples of counting coins!

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April 22 – 26

**Tuesday, April 23rd is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. We will use this story to focus on identifying the motivation of the characters. What goals do they have or what drives them to act the way they do? We will also look at how the author structures the story’s timeline using flashbacks, or looking back into the past.

We will also be learning about prefixes. Prefixes are added to the beginning of words and change their meaning. For example, the prefix -un means not. So the word unhappy means not happy. This week we will be focusing on the prefixes un-, re-, pre-, dis-, and mis-. Check out the poster below for their meaning and some examples.

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

We will be working on the phonics sounds sion/tion (at the end of words) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin our unit on money. If you are following along at home, this unit matches with the first half of Chapter 7 of Go! Math. We will start off by reviewing pennies (1 cent) and dimes (10 cents) and representing different money amounts using these coins. This will help make the connection to the base ten place value system our numbers follow. We will also begin adding in other coins such as nickels (5 cents) and quarters (25 cents). Check out the video below for some catchy information about each coin!

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April 8 – 12

**Tuesday, April 9th is an early release day.

**There will be no school next week, April 13 – 21 due to spring break.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the biography Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan. We will use this story to focus on identifying the lesson, or moral, in the story. This is what the author wants us to learn from reading the story. We will be using evidence from the story to support our answers. Check out the poster below for some questions we ask ourselves to help identify the lesson.

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

We will also be learning about suffixes. Suffixes are added to the end of words and change their meaning. For example, the suffix -ful means full of. So the word beautiful means full of beauty. This week we will be focusing on the suffixes -able, -ed, -ful, and -less. Check out the poster below for their meaning and some examples.

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

We will be working on the phonics sounds al/el (at the end of words) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin focusing more on division. When we think about division we focus on breaking numbers apart into smaller, equal groups. We can also view it as repeated subtraction (the opposite of multiplication). Check out the example below.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

This week we will be testing over the skills we have learned this unit. Students will be tested over the following materials:

  • Skip counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s
  • Solving multiplication problems using arrays, repeated addition, equal groups, and number lines
  • Solving division problems using equal groups

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April 1 – 5

**Tuesday, April 2nd is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the biography Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard. We will use this story to focus on retelling the story from beginning, middle, to end as well as asking an answering questions using the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). We are also learning about similes. Similes compare two things using the words “like” or “as”. Similes help to paint a picture about what is happening in the story. For example, instead of saying “the boy was fast” we could use a simile and say “the boy was as fast as a cheetah”. This paints a better picture to show how that boy was very, very fast! Check out the poster below for more examples.

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

We will also be learning about literal and non-literal language. Literal language is when the text means exactly what is says. For example: “He broke his foot” literally means his foot is broken. However with non-literal language (which we also call idioms), we don’t always mean exactly what we say. For example: “she said to zip your lips” does not mean to put a zipper on your mouth, it means to be quiet. Check out the posters below for extra examples.

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

We will be working on the phonics sounds oo (as in moon and book) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on multiplication by learning a variety of strategies to solve and represent equations. Check out the examples below.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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March 24 – 28

**Tuesday, March 25th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Library Lion by Michelle Knudson. We will use this story to focus on identifying characters’ feelings through the clues the author gives us. The poster below focuses on three clues we will use to help determine how a character may be feeling.

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

We will also be learning about articles. We use three articles when talking about nouns. Check out the poster below for a few examples and rules for when we use each one.

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

We will be working on the phonics sounds aw/au as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin focusing on the basics of multiplication and division. Unfortunately there is not a Go! Math workbook that this unit corresponds with. We will start off with skip counting by numbers to help connect the concept of repeated addition to multiplication. For example 3 x 5 is the same thing as 3 groups of 5 or 5+5+5 which equals 15. We could also say that 5 x 3 is the same thing as 5 groups of 3 or 3+3+3+3+3 which also equals 15.

We will also represent multiplication problems through arrays, like the one below.

**Poster credit goes to Learn Zillion

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