Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November News


                                  
Upcoming Dates:
  • November 7-  No school, Election Day Professional Learning for Teachers
  • November 6th - 17th- Food Drive -Click here for flyer
  • November 8th & 9th- GRE Math Workshop for Parents - Click here for information
  • November 13th-17th Book Fair
  • November 15th- Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast (Grade Level Schedule to Come)
  • November 20-24-  No school, Thanksgiving break
HALLOWEEN PARTY:
A huge thank you to the many parents who donated yummy snacks, party supplies, or assisted with activities! Our celebration was a great success thanks to all of the parent support!

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Making connections
    • Text to Self - “This reminds me of a time…”
    • Text to Text - “This reminds me of a book…”
    • Text to World - “This reminds me of something I saw when…”
  • Schema - Background Knowledge
    • As learners, we more readily understand new ideas and concepts when we connect them to what we already know.  Students discuss and think about current schema that they have around different concepts or ideas in books.  They are then able to better understand what they are reading and learning about!
  • Monitoring comprehension
    • Thoughtful readers recognize when they become distracted and when they are reading carefully.
    • Students record thoughts and ideas as they read.

WRITING:
  • Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Design a Heart Map of favorite people, experiences, and memories
  • Use Heart Map to remember topics for writing
  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end
  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time
  • Using checklist to self-assess and plan for next parts
  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice
  • Revising and editing rough drafts  
MATH:
We are currently in Unit 2: Attributes of Shapes and Parts of a Whole
During this unit, students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing and drawing 2-D and 3-Shapes
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes
  • Understanding equal parts of a whole
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary
  • Continuing with fluency within 20
  • Describing a rectangular array of tiles in terms of the number of rows, the number of tiles in each row, and /or the total number
Some math vocabulary we use in Unit 2:
  • Polygon
  • Vertex or Vertices
  • Angle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Angle
  • Right Angle
  • Arrays - rows, columns
  • Congruent
  • Fraction - and fraction related vocabulary (halves, thirds, fourths)
SCIENCE:
  • Explain how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gather and analyze data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Analyze the ways sever weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wild fires, etc.)
WORD WORK / SPELLING:
  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress.
If you ever have any questions, concerns or comments please do not hesitate to contact me, rebecca.woolums@dcsdk12.org.

Happy fall!


Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 6th Crazy Hair Day (Make a donation to  hurricane relief fun to wear crazy hair)
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break
  • October 16-18 Fund-Raiser at the Chicken Shack
  • October 31st- Halloween Breakfast Parties and Costume Parade


Curriculum Update:


READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Recording  and sharing our thinking while reading
  • We wrapped our Reader’s Theater- Fox Plays
    • During this unit students learned about fluency (reading like a reader would read it). We practiced reading with a good pace, good phrasing and changing our voice to match the punctuation and characters we are reading about.


WRITING:
We are continuing our Opinion Writing Unit.
  • Student have written several letters at this point to recommend favorite books to readers.  
  • We have learned to make our letters stronger, longer and more convincing by adding more parts/reasons to our letter and providing evidence to support our opinion
  • We have used a checklist to evaluate our writing and set goals to make our writing better
MATH:
We will be wrapping up our first Investigations Unit right after Fall Break.  We will then begin Unit 2  Attributes of shapes and Parts of a Whole.
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.


SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • We are completing our unit on Civics this week. Students identified what our Roles, Rights and Responsibilities are in various parts of the school and playground. During our Technology Time with Mrs. Fleet we learned about an App called Adobe Spark. Students then collaborated with a partner to create a  video describing one pace in our school. Please look at your child’s Seesaw account for the video.


WORD WORK/SPELLING:
  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress!


Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, September 18th- Conference Sign Up Opens
  • Friday, September 22nd- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
  • Wednesday, September 27th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, September 29th- Digger Dash
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful
  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
  • Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time
  • Identify and discuss story elements- character, setting, problem, solution and identify beginning, middle and end in stories
  • Recording our thinking while reading

WRITING:
Our first writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

MATH:
Our first Investigations Unit is called: Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems. During this unit students will focus on the following:
  • Introduce Math Tools and classroom routines-using Number Lines and The 100 Chart
  • Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together
  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using known facts to solve problems
  • Begin to develop fact fluency within 20
  • Compare two quantities
  • Coins
  • Time
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems, share strategies for solving and ways to record

SOCIAL STUDIES:
Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).

WORD WORK/SPELLING:
Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on. Students were then divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome Back Letter!

July 29, 2017

Dear Second Grade Parents and Students,
Welcome to a new school year!  I am Becky Woolums, and I am very excited to be your child’s second grade teacher!  Second grade is an exciting time in a child’s life and there is a tremendous amount of learning and accomplishments that takes place over the course of the year.  My goal as your child’s teacher is to foster a love of learning while valuing individuality and striving to meet the needs of each student!  Your input and support are very important and I value the partnership we share in your child’s education.  I am very excited to meet you and your child!
On a personal note, I am a Colorado native and my husband, Dale and I have lived in Douglas County for over twenty-five years.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, our Great Pyrenees Gus, reading, and cooking.  Both of our children are graduates of Douglas County Schools.  Our son Britton will soon be starting graduate school and our daughter Hannah is in her final year at Colorado State University.
I am happy to welcome my 33rd group of students to a new school year!  I started my teaching career as a learning specialist in Rawlins, Wyoming.  I returned to the Denver area and married my husband of 34 years and continued my teaching career in Douglas County as a learning specialist, kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher.  I received my teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado and my masters in special education from Denver University.
I am looking forward to “Meet Your Teacher” on August 5th!  This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet me, become acquainted with our classroom, and drop off school supplies. 
   Please mark your calendar for the following important dates:
·       Families are welcome to come visit our classroom, meet me and drop off your labeled supplies on Friday, August 5th.  Please sign up for a time slot by clicking here for the online Conference Scheduler use the password digger and then use the student look up tab
·       Our First day of school is Monday, August 8th
·       Parent Back to School Night is August 17th two session times 6:00-6:30PM and 6:35-7:05PM
·       We will not have class on August 18th or August 19th.  Each student will come to school for one hour to complete reading and math assessments.  Please sign up for a day and time between July 19th and August 1st by clicking here for the online Conference Scheduler.  Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete the assessments on either August 18th or August 19th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort students to their testing locations.  Students will conclude their assessment day by having you accompany them to take their school picture.  Our Before and Afterschool Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on both August 18th or August 19th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me via email Rebecca.Woolums@dcsdk12.org. 

I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of summer break!

See you soon!

Fondly,
Mrs. Becky Woolums