Ms. Maureen's Class
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Ms. Maureen - Room 107
2nd/3rd Grade Class
March 20, 2015
First, I want to say how wonderful it was to meet all of you at our Parent/Teacher Conferences! It was nice see you and to share your children’s progress for this past quarter. They have all been working very hard with the new curriculum presented to them.
In Mathematics, this quarter we are working on money; Dynamic Addition (carrying); Dynamic Subtraction (borrowing); Graphing of all types (Plotting coordinates); Fractions: Identification, parts of a whole, < > and (Adding and Subtracting like denominators mainly Third Graders, but of course all those who are ready too!); Multiplication; Common Factors; Measurement-all types and using cm, meters, ft, in; One-Step Word Problems; Division (3rds); AND Geometry-area as it relates to Multiplication and Addition.
In Language, we have been studying the writing process. They have worked on developing a good Title for their story; the importance of a topic sentence for each paragraph; Characterization; Plot, Climax; and Ending. I stressed the importance of editing their writing after a first draft and I will be teaching and reviewing them this process until the end of school.
We have also been working a great deal on the various Parts of Speech. They should all know by now what nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, and prepositions are! I have also discussed with them how to incorporate them into their writing to make more interesting.
Spelling is an extremely important part of our curriculum. I give lessons on Monday mornings during which the children write their words onto a sheet of paper to bring home with them to study. After their word list is checked, they write their new words into their Language notebooks. Each day, they write their words three times each into their notebooks. Some days, they will write sentences using five words of their choice. Soon they will be using their words in stories!
We have been studying different types of maps in Geography as well as Land Forms; The United States; The Seven Continents; Oceans; and Rivers and Mountains located on the continents. We just began studying the continent of Africa and will study all seven by the end of the year. The children have a Geography portfolio where they keep all of their studies and are learning organization skills through its use.
Another important aspect of our class is Reading. We have Silent Reading after recess each day, during which the children can choose a book from the classroom or from our small library in the office. I also send books home for the children to read each day. I keep a log of the reading books, which have been read, by the children, and choose a book from the list for a few to read to me during Silent Reading Time. Some children go to our Lexia Program, which makes this an opportune time to do this. The reading books I will be sending home now, belong to me and I do hope that your children enjoy them! Please return them as soon as your children have read them, so another child will have an opportunity! I believe in a strong bond between your children, home, and school. I feel this is one way of solidifying that bond, so let us please work together on this!
On March 26th we will be having our Science Fair in the Gymnasium. Ms. Kim sent you a letter with my Rubric and instructions for your children’s Science Project. I trust you will notify me if you have any further queries or concerns about the project! Have fun with your children on this!