December 11th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brrr…What a difference a day can make in our weather! Please check the weather forecast so that your child comes to school with the appropriate outer wear for recess. Lower School is buzzing with excitement! The next week will be quite busy and filled with many exciting activities! See our calendar reminders for important upcoming events.

As we prepare for the week ahead please remember that there will be a poem due next Tuesday, December 12th. The theme is “sweet treats” with a minimum of 4 lines. Students need to practice their poem daily so they are prepared to recite it on Friday, December 15th .

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Wednesday, December 13th:  Holiday Chapel (10:10-11:00 a.m., Finley Center Main Arena-chapel attire)
  • Friday, December 15th: Dress Down Day for students
  • Tuesday, December 19th: Second Grade Holiday Luncheon/Celebration (teachers will provide lunch for the students)                                                                                 Rehearsal for LS Holiday Sharing (12:00 – 12:45 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 20thX DAY – Lower School Holiday Sharing (10:00-11:00 a.m. – Finley Center Main Arena)                                                                                      EARLY DISMISSAL (11:45 a.m.)

ACADEMIC UPDATES 

Language Arts

  • Partnering with Winston Library to investigate research methods and resources used for writing nonfiction
  • Incorporating text features within our nonfiction writing to help our audience gain more information about a topic
  • Rereading and revising our drafts to increase the amount of specific information (facts) to help others learn more about our topics
  • Including effective leads that grab the reader’s attention and crafting effective concluding statements within our nonfiction writing
  • Reviewing and practicing with 3 letter blends and suffix rules
  • Noticing and utilizing text features in our reading in order to help us figure out key words
  • Using context to build knowledge of unknown words and asking questions to understand keywords such as, What is this word similar to?
  • Solving unfamiliar words by using strategic and flexible thinking
  • Rereading our nonfiction texts to sound like “experts” about a topic

Math

  • Discussing place value and representing 3-digit numbers using base-10 blocks and expanded form notation
  • Using place value and expanded form to compare 3-digit numbers
  • Using Base-10 blocks to make sense of  3-digit numbers and trading; when needed
  • Measuring with U.S. Customary and Metric systems

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore force (a push or pull) and the role friction plays on the force of an object
  • Developing specific vocabulary used in discussing force and motion
  • Analyzing how much force is needed to move objects across a variety of surfaces

Social Studies

  • Exploring community jobs and services with attention to the value added to our communities

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Science Lab:

Second grade students are working with balance scales this week.  They predict the mass (grams) of an object- scissors, battery, etc. and then find the mass.  As they gain experience, they find that they become better predictors!

 

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