Weekly Updates

November 26 – 30

**Tuesday, November 27th is an early release day.

**On Wednesday, November 28th  we will be visiting the Alviso wetlands. Make sure to turn in your permission slips! We are so excited to learn more about food chains and webs, habitats, and different plant and animal species.  For this field trip, we will be leaving West Valley at around 9am. Students will need to bring a disposable lunch bag and a drink. It might be cool in the morning and then warmer in the afternoon, so make sure your child wears a jacket and shoes appropriate for outdoor walking. Please note that due to our busy schedule for our day at the Wetlands, we will return to school at 2:10 pm.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be 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 r-controlled vowel sounds as well with the patterns, ar and or.

MATH:

This week in Math we will shift our focus from 2-digit addition to 2-digit subtraction. We will be introducing students to the concept of “ungrouping” or turning a ten into ten ones. Check out the example below.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

We will also be using the following poem to help us know when we need to ungroup and when we do not. This really helps students to explain their thinking in the future!

**Poster credit goes to Katie King**

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November 12 – 16

**There is no school on Monday, November 12th due to Veteran’s Day.

**Tuesday, November 13th is an early release day.

**Next week is Red Ribbon Week. We will show our school spirit on the following days! These activities are not required, but optional.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler. Through this story we will be focusing on making inferences, or using the clues the author gives up combined with what we already know to figure out what the author is trying to tell us. We will be looking at character traits and describing different character’s personalities and actions as well.

We will also be discussing adverbs. An adverb describes an verb or an action. For example: I danced quickly. The word quickly is an adverb because it describes how I danced.

Check out the poster below for some great examples of when we use adverbs to make our writing even better!

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

This week we will also be working on Long e sounds as well with the patterns, ea and ee.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on our 2-digit addition strategies with a focus on adding 3 or 4 numbers at a time. This can be challenging for second graders to keep track of, so we really encourage students to show their work. This also helps them be able to explain their thinking.

We will be using the following strategies to help us add 3-4 numbers:

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

**THERE IS NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK DUE TO FALL BREAK**

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November 5 – 9

**Tuesday, November 6th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the folktale The Rough Faced Girl by Rafe Martin. Through this story we will be focusing on making text to text comparisons to stories we have already read. We will also be comparing and contrasting. When you compare and contrast two or more people, places, things, or events, you are looking for what they have that are the same and what is different. We will be focusing on using Venn Diagrams to help compare and contrast the characters in our story. Check out the poster below for some great vocabulary we use when comparing and contrasting.

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

We will also be reviewing adjectives. An adjective is a word that describes a person, place, or thing.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on our 2-digit addition strategies with a focus this week on if we need to regroup or not.

The regrouping strategy is the traditional algorithm most people use when solving addition problems. Students will be able to look at a problem and explain why or why not that problem would/would not need regrouping before solving it. Check out the poster below for a review on how to regroup.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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October 29 – November 2nd

**Thursday, November 1st is whole class picture day and picture retakes for individual students.

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

**Wednesday, October 31st is Halloween. West Valley will have a parade at the beginning of the day starting at 8:15am on the blacktop and students are allowed to wear costumes as long as they are school appropriate. Check out the guidelines below for more information.

 *Children may wear costumes but they need to be school appropriate and not     depict any form of violence: no toy guns, lasers, swords, knives, etc. 
* No costumes or accessories with wheels such as bikes, skateboards, etc. due to    safety concerns.
* The office will contact parents of students whose costumes are not appropriate for school to request a change of clothes.
* Children may wear a mask for the parade, but will be asked to remove it after the   parade for the day.
* Students may change after the parade if they would like to or if their costume becomes a distraction.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Through this text we will continue to focus on retelling a story through sequencing. We will also be identifying the problem and solution in a story. Throughout the week we will be making connections with this and other stories we have read. We will be making text to self connections as well to help relate to their characters’ feelings.

We will also be focusing on identifying shades of meaning. When we talk about how someone feels we could just say they are sad. But there are different levels of sadness. Someone could be feeling down (a little sad) or someone could feel devastated (very sad). When we read we want to identify specifically how a character is feeling, not just give a vague description. Check out the poster below for another example:

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

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin our Unit 4 on two and three-digit addition and subtraction. If you are following along at home with the Go! Math Chapter 4 focuses on two-digit addition and Chapter 5 focuses on two-digit subtraction.

This week we will be learning different strategies for solving two-digit addition problems. One strategy we will be using is called the show all totals method. This is where students look at a problem and start by adding up the total in the tens place, then the total in the ones place, and finally adding those two numbers together. Check out the poster below for an example:

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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October 22nd – 26th

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

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Through this text we will continue to focus on retelling a story through sequencing. We will also be identifying the problem and solution in a story. Throughout the week we will be making connections with this and other stories we have read. We will be making text to self connections as well to help relate to their characters’ feelings.

We will also be focusing on identifying strong vs. weak verbs. A strong verb does a better job of describing what is happening in a sentence. For example, instead of saying: I went to line up, we could say I dashed to line up. The word dashed paints a picture for the reader to understand exactly what happened. Check out the poster below for another example.

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

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on addition and subtraction story problems with unknown totals and unknown partners.

This week students will also be tested over the following skills:

  • Solving unknown totals and partners in addition and subtraction equations
  • Comparing addition and subtraction equations
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems.
  • Add 3 numbers together and identify the strategy used to solve.
  • Identify doubles and near doubles equations.

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October 15th – 19th

**Monday, October 15th there is no school due to a staff learning day.

**Tuesday, October 16th is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story I Need My Monster by Rita Moreno. Through this text we will focus on retelling a story through sequencing. We will also be identifying strong verbs and adjectives and applying them to our writing.

We will also be focusing on identifying common and proper nouns. A common noun is a general noun (not specific) such as girl or store. A proper noun is a specific person, place, or thing such Amy or Target. Check out the poster below for more examples.

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

MATH:

This week in Math we will be focusing on subtraction story problems. We will be looking at problems with unknown totals and unknown partners. For example, unknown total problem might look like:

In this problem we don’t know the amount that we start with. The total is unknown. We can solve this problem as a subtraction problem by counting up or switch it to an addition problem where we are still finding the total.

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October 8 – 12

**Due to Parent Teacher Conferences students will be dismissed from school at 12:40pm everyday.

WEEK B (There will be no music or art due to conferences.)

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the non-fictional story Spiders by Gail Gibbons. Through this text we will focus identifying facts in a story. We will use the compare and contrast strategy to look at different arachnids and insects. We will also be talking about different text features that non-fiction stories have that fictional stories would not. Check out the poster below for some examples.

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

We will also be focusing on identifying different types of sentences and their punctuation. This includes statements and demands (using periods), asking questions (using a question marks), and sentences with emotion (using an exclamation mark).

MATH:

This week in Math we will be continuing talking about addition and subtraction strategies. One of our focuses will be balancing equations. When we balance an equation we want both sides to equal the same amount. For example: 4+1=5 so both sides equal 5. We can also try 3+5+2 = 3+7 so both sides equal 10.

We will also be reviewing different subtraction strategies including drawing pictures, counting up, and mental math.

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October 1 – 5

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

**Thursday and Friday, October 4th and 5th, students will be released at 12:40pm due to parent teacher conferences.

**Friday from 8:00am – 8:15am we invite families to come in to our classroom for our writing celebration where students will share a personal narrative story that they have published.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. Through this text we will focus on making connections. Student can make text to self connections (something that happened in their own lives), text to text (something that happened in another story), or text to world (something that has happened in the past or present). We will really focus in on diving deep and making a meaningful connections. Check out the poster below for an example of a deep vs. a shallow connection.

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

We will also be focusing on identifying complete vs. incomplete sentences. We know that a sentence is a complete thought with a subject (who the sentence is about) and a predicate (what they are doing). A proper sentence also makes sense and includes capitals and punctuation marks.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin our Unit 3 on addition and subtraction strategies. If you are utilizing the GO Math! workbooks at home Unit 3 should line up well with what we are doing in class. We will begin by reviewing how addition and subtraction are related to one another by using fact families. A fact family uses the same 3 numbers to make 4 different equations (2 addition and 2 subtraction). Check out the example below.

We will also be talking about different strategies for adding 2 or 3 numbers together such as the near doubles (5+5 = 10, so 5 + 6 is just one more, or 11) and find the 10 strategy (4 + 5 + 6, so 4 + 6 makes 10, and 5 more makes 15).

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September 24 – 28

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

**Friday, September 28th is lunch on the lawn. We invite families to join their child for lunch between 11:50am – 12:35pm. You may bring blankets or towels to sit on and enjoy eating outside. Students will be able to play when they are finished eating.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker. Through this text we will continue practicing making inferences. When we make inferences we have to find the information the author doesn’t directly say. We will also use clues from the text and our own inferences to come to a conclusion about what the author wanted us to understand. It’s like putting togethers the pieces of a puzzle!

We will also be reviewing the parts of speech we have worked on this month: nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Remember:

  • A noun is a person, place, thing, or animal
  • A verb is an action word. It’s something you do
  • An adjective is a describing noun. It can tell color, size, shape, and texture

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

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on numbers with 3 and 4 digits and identifying the value of a digit inside a whole number. For example: 1,253. We know the 5 is in the tens place, so 5 tens is the same as 50.

We will also work on incorporating math talk by justifying why a number is greater than or less than. For example: 1,245 is less than 1,254 because the 4 in the tens place is small or less than the 5 in the tens place.

On Friday students will be tested over the following skills:

  • Representing numbers in picture form
  • Ordering numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least
  • Comparing numbers with greater than, less than, or equal to symbols
  • Identify mystery numbers based on place value clues
  • Combining numbers from expanded form to number form

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