Week of September 24-28

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The students are off to a great start in second grade! One special time that we all enjoy is our Morning Meeting. This is a time where each class meets as a community and we participate in activities that meet our social and emotional needs. In addition, this time gets the students excited about learning experiences they will be engaging in throughout the day. Therefore, it is important for your child to be in his/her classroom by 8:00. Students may start entering the classrooms at 7:45.

 

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Monday, September 24-28 Swim PE continues for Crawford’s class (Students should bring a swimsuit and towel. Goggles are highly recommended.)
  • Friday, September 28 – GoPlaySave Dress Down Day for students
  • Monday October 1-15 Swim PE begins for Bever’s class.
  • Friday, September 21st– Fall Fan Day
  • Picture Make Up day 10/3
  • October 1-5 Spirit Week (More info to come)
  •  Friday, October 5 Homecoming & Embrace Possibility Celebration
  • This event is for ALL ages. There will be an outdoor dinner from 5-7pm with family lawn games, spirit tent, DJ and plenty of community time!  Then,  families are encouraged to make their way over to the football stadium to watch Varsity Football take on Wake Christian at 7:30pm.  Everyone can register online via our website www.ravenscroft.org and click on Athletics or via link:  https://www.ravenscroft.org/our-community/parent-involvement/rac/homecoming-registration
  • October 8 Fall Holiday

 

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Being flexible when encountering vowel teams in tricky words
  • Figuring out new words by thinking about what the word means in the story
  • Using strategies to monitor reading and fix mistakes
  • Studying the craft of mentor authors in order to write meaningful narrative stories
  • Revising with intent
  • Learning writing moves from a mentor text through close reading
  • Trying out craft moves learned from mentor authors
  • Using a capital letter at the beginning of every sentence and a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence

Math

  • Writing and solving addition number stories
  • Exploring doubles and combinations of 10 to build fact fluency
  • Using the Making-10 Strategy based on place value to add within 20

Science

  • Identifying the six different types of simple machines (wheel and axle, lever, screw, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane)

Social Studies

  • Lead From Here lessons (citizen-leaders and being ethical)
  • Geography (maps and globes)
  • We will continue our collaborative geography unit of study and partner with Mrs. Zeblo and Mrs. Ortolano in the library to learn about The Super 3 research model. Students will be conducting research about a continent with their classmates and will use this research model to locate reliable information and cite their sources.

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Science
*** I’m looking for a woodworker who can help me prepare the wood boards and pieces for the Simple Machines wrap up project- Pocket Sundials.  A bandsaw is probably the most efficient tool for this work!  Please contact me at patrick.knox@Ravenscroft.org ***
Second graders study simple machines during the first quarter. For our first lesson, students learned how to do a simple engineering drawing with a front view and a side view of the same object. Next, they practiced following a plan to build simple levers using LEGO building sets. This week students will build a working model of a windshield wiper that consists of both a lever and a wheel and axle. It would be helpful if you would open the hood of your car and let your second grader watch as the wipers work.  How much of the mechanism can you see?  Is the motor hidden or obvious!
Early this year one of our returning K students talked about how his parents had helped provide a safe place to keep all of his science belongings that came home from school. On parent’s night, I ran into that student’s mom who talked about how much fun they had when friends and family came over and her son had the chance to teach about what he had done and made in science lab.
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